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(June 17, 1859 - September 6, 1926)
The Lusk Herald-Standard
September 9, 1926
NAT BAKER DIES AT HOME IN LUSK MONDAY EVENING
PIONEER OF STATE SUCCUMBS TO RECENT STROKE OF PARALYSIS
Was Well Known Throughout State For Political and Civic Activities; Funeral Friday
Another of Wyoming's pioneers, Nat Baker of this city, has answered the call of the Grim Reaper and sorrow fills the home of his survivors, while friends here and throughout the entire state feel the loss of one who has been a factor in the development and progress of this community, county and state.
Mr. Baker had been in failing health for several years, having suffered a paralytic stroke about two years ago. He was confined to his bed for months and it was thought for a time that he was recovering, but he became weak and was more or less bed-ridden for over a year following the initial stroke. During the past year he remained at his home most of the time and it became apparent that he was failing fast. Recently he suffered another stroke and this was the direct cause of his death which occurred Monday evening, September 6th, at 9 o'clock.
Mr. Baker was born on June 17, 1859, at Plantersville, Tex., and died September 6, 1926, at Lusk, Wyoming. at the age of 67 years, 2 months and 20 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Issac Pinxton Baker, both of whom were natives of Alabama.
He received his education in Texas and was a graduate of the Baylor university of Waco, Tex. Following his graduation he served for a time as deputy clerk of the district court, after which he went to Denver, Colo. where he worked as ticket agent for two different railway companies for about three years, and later engaged in contracting for tin, slate and galvanized iron roofing for an additional two years.
He was united in wedlock in February, 1884, to Miss Eliza Dunnica of Glascow, Mo. To this union were born two children, Nat, Jr., who died January 29, 1911; and Leona J. Baker.
In January, 1886, Mr. and Mrs. Baker and children came to Lusk, Wyoming, and Mr. Baker engaged in the mercantile business and stock raising. Mrs. Baker passed away on January 9, 1899.
On April 22, 1903, he was married to Miss Rebecca Doran of Sidney, Nebr. Two sons were born to this union, Charles E. and John Williams.
Mr. Baker was prominent in political circles in this community and state. He was a member of the first Wyoming state legislature, was receiver of the U.S. Land office at Douglas and served four terms as mayor of Lusk.
He was greatly interested in the civic welfare of his home town and state and was always ready to endorse and support enterprises that appeared beneficial.
Deceased is survived by his wife, two sons, Charles E. and John Williams; and one daughter, Miss Leona.
Funeral services will be held from the residence at 10 o'clock Friday morning, September 10th, Mr. R. J. Erwin of Douglas, officiating. G. J. Armstrong will have charge of funeral directions. Interment will be made in the Lusk cemetery.
The many friends of the family are joined by the Herald-Standard in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.
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