John H. Baker - John Baker former pretz athlete dies

John H Baker former Freeport high school football and basketball star and a great great grandson of Wm F "Tutty" Baker, 1st settler of the town site of Freeport an early land owner here died in Rockford hospital Thursday May 16 noon after a heart attack. He was stricken while driving his automobile in company with his wife who took him to the hospital. For the past 8 yrs he operated Baker's Walgreen Pharmacy 1419 Point ave Rockford. Previously, he had operated a drug store in the empire building South Main and Morgan streets in Rockford. he had lived in Rockford for the past 19 years. He was born in Freeport Sept. 5, 1905 the son of Mr  Mrs Bert Baker and attended Lincoln grage school. Later, he graduated from Freeport high school in 1924. His father is a great grandson of Tutty Baker. He was a member of the grade athletics teams and during his high school's career he was a standout football and basketball player. He played a guard position on each team and captured the 1923 football team. The 1924 football team on which he played was considered national prep champions. His marriage to Alice O'Rourke took place Oct. 14, 1932. The survivors include his wife, a daughter Mrs. Arlene Person of Rockford, two grandchildren, his parents who live in Freeport, a brother, Bert of Flaggstaff, Az, a sister Mrs. Ruby Nickel of Freeport. He was a member of Rockford Lodge of Elks. Service will be held in the Long-Contz funeral home 428 Park ave Rockford at 1:30 p.m. Sat with the R T Rev. M Sgr Leo M Kenough pastor of St. James Cathedral officiating internment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-8 o'clock tonight. Freeport Journal Standard Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois May 15, 1959 Col 6 pg 6. Submitted by: Dem Bones on 17 July 2002

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