Etc. -- John Baker's 1910 obituary
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An edited transcription of a page 7 article from the 26 May 1910 Simcoe Reformer. 
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Mr. John Baker died quite suddenly at his home in this village on Tuesday last in his 86th year. The deceased had been ailing for some weeks, but it was not thought that the end was so close at hand. The immediate cause of his removal was apoplexy.

Mr. Baker was born near Bristol, England, and came to Canada with his parents when 13 years old. The family settled in Thamesville, Middlesex County. Having learned the blacksmithing trade when a young man, he came to Port Rowan and started in business for himself. He subsequently married Miss Eliza Lutze [sic], who predeceased him about seven years. Since then he has lived with his daughter Lulu.

Four daughters, Aliva, Mrs. Warren McDonald, St. Williams; 
Harriet, Mrs. W. D. Scot, Detroit; May, Mrs. J. L. Brown, Chatham; and Lulu, Mrs. J. J. Carter, of this village; also one son, 
Mr. John Baker, Stratford, live to mourn his loss.

The funeral was held on Thursday, interment taking place in Newkirk's [sic] Cemetery at St. Williams. The Rev. H. A. Bray officiated. The deceased was buried under the auspices of the A. F. A. M., of which order he was an old member. He was also a veteran of the Fenian Raid and held the scrip for the grant of land given by the government when he died.

His death brings back to the minds of many the thought of bygone days when Mr. Baker was a prominent figure in the early life of the village and being a man of integrity he was universally respected by all.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole village upon their irreparable loss.

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