Iznz Parsons McKnight Baker - Pioneer of Pioneers


Mrs. Iznz Baker The body of the late Mrs Iznz Baker who passed away at the home of her daughter in Waterloo, Ia was brought to Freeport today and taken to the Speer and Company funeral home W. Stephenson street. Funeral services were held from that place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon Rev B F Grenoble conducted the services and internment was made in the City Cemetery. Mrs. Baker was 87 yrs old and her husband the late Elmus Baker was a civil war veteran and son of Wm "Tutty" Baker who is credited with giving this city of Freeport its name. Iznz Parsons was born at S. Wayne, Wi May 19, 1844 her name was formed from the initial letters of the names of her brothers and sisters, when she was 15 years of age she was united in marriage to Washington McKnight to this union two sons were born, George McKnight of Freeport, and Thomas McKnight passed away in 1862. Her husband passed away in 1864. Later, she married Elmus Baker in this city besides Mr McKnight the following children survive, Frank Baker, Moline, Charles Baker, Huntington, Indiana Sherman Baker, Mrs Etta Winning Freeport. Mrs. Baker resided in Freeport for more than 60 years before moving to Waterloo. Freeport Journal Standard June 17, 1931. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

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