Newspaper Reporter for Thirty-nine Years

Mrs. Mary Elma Baker, 85, died at her home in Hamilton Wednesday night, October 6.  Mrs. Baker the widow of Than Baker, was Hamilton correspondent for the Steuben Republican and the Angola Herald, having been writing news for the local paper from the Hamilton community for the past thirty-nine years.

Mrs. Baker is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Aldrich who resided with her and a son, Ernest Baker, of Angola, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Paul B. Stephenson officiating, assisted by Rev. A. P. Benjamin, and burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker remained active and busy until the few days immediately preceding her death.  The work of writing the Hamilton news had been carried on during the past several weeks by her daughter, Mrs. Aldrich, although Mrs. Baker continued her interest in the work.

Mrs. Baker was the widow of Than Baker, a retired Methodist Minister, and for the forty years of her residence in the Hamilton community, she had been interested and active in the work of the church.  She was also a loyal member of the Pythian Sisters.  The respect and affection of the entire community was hers for her active interest in the social and civic affairs of the town.
Submitted by Julia Duncan
* Printed after 6 Oct 1943, paper unknown.