Mrs. J. A. BALDRIDGE
CLAIMED BY DEATH
Mrs. Sarah T. Baldridge, wife of James A. Baldridge, pioneer and
estimable citizen of this city, died at her home here, at 321 South Locust
Street, Saturday evening at 8 o'clock. She had been confined to her
bed since December 26, 1933, after sustaining a broken hip from a fall
which resulted in other conplications that proved fatal.
She was an ideal mother in her devotion and love for her children and
Mrs. Baldridge was born October 5, 1854 at Albion, Ohio, the daughter
of Francis and Eliza (Merridith) Day and at an early age moved with her
parents and brothers to West Virginia, where they resided until 1876
and at that time again with her parents moved to Illinois and located
She was united in marriage to James A. Baldridge, January 19, 1888 at
Salem, Illinois, and shortly afterwards settled near Irvington and
lived near and in Irvington until coming to Centralia several years ago.
Mrs. Baldridge, or more familiarly known "Grandma Baldridge" to most who
knew her, united with the Christian Church in Irvington, later this
church being moved east of Irvington and is now known as the Fouts Church,
and she later transferred her membership to the Christian Church in
Centralia, where she remained a true and faithful Christian.
Surviving, besides her husband, are three daughters and one son,
William L. Baldridge, of Centrailia, Mrs. Estella Sweckard of Heyworth,
Illinois, Mrs. John Radley of Centralia, and Mrs. Ora Foster, also of
Centralia, also two brothers, James Day, of Auburn, West Virginia, and
Thomas Day of near Centralia, also Jasper and John Day of Alma, the latter
two preceding her in death. Besides these she is survived by fourteen
grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and one great-great
Funeral services were held from the Roy T. Baldridge Funeral home
this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, with the Rev. J. F. Rosborough of Eureka,
Illinois, officiating, with interment in Elmwood cemetery.
Source: An old newspaper clipping from Estella Houghton-Sweckard
Submitted by Jackie Kwasigroh
Relationship: my husband's g-g-grandmother