Lieut. Sam Baker

 

OCTOBER 1942 HILLSBORO MIRROR

Lieut. Sam Baker Lost life in Plane Crash

Young Itascan was member of Hillsboro College First CPT Class; Got wings September 6th, and married last Saturday

Lieut. Sam Baker, 22, son of Mrs. Ann Baker of Itasca, instructor in the U S Air Corps, and stationed at Brooks Field, lost his life in a plane crash at Garwood, Colorado County, Wednesday, according to announcement by Brooks Field authorities. His Mother was advised of the young man’s death Thursday.

Lieut. Baker was one of three Hill Countians to graduated as an Army Aviation Cadet on September 6th, and he was commissioned a Lieutenant not quite a month ago. He was married last Saturday to Miss Doris Holasek of West, who also is a former Hillsboro College student.

Lieut. Baker attended Itasca High School, participating in football, basketball, track and baseball, and participated in the same sports in Hillsboro College. He was a member of the local school’s first civil pilot training class.

He is survived by his widow, his Mother, one brother, Ollie, another former Hillsboro College student now in the Air Corps in Alaska, and one sister, Mrs. Emil Larson in Indiana.

Within the last three months he is the second Itasca youth, both commissioned officers in the U S Air Force, to be killed in plane accidents in the United States.

Funeral services for Lieut. Baker will be held at the Methodist Church in Itasca Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with Rev. C. H. Sisserson of Mart, a former pastor at Itasca, officiating. Interment will be in the Itasca Cemetery under the direction of Marshall and Marshall.

The body arrived in Itasca Saturday morning over the Katy and was carried to the home of his Mother.

HCGS