Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Efficient Business Woman Stricken While Attending the Prayer Service of Her Church


   During the early hours of Sunday morning, January 29, Miss Florence Baker passed away at her home at the Sherburne Inn.  From the time that she was stricken, on Thursday evening she remained unconscious until the end which came peacefully.

   About ten years ago Miss Baker and her sister, Mrs. Colton, became managers of the Hotchkiss Inn in this village.  Under their direction the Inn constantly grew in popularity with the traveling public and became known as one of the best hotels in the Chenango Valley.

   In 1917 Miss Baker and her sister, Mrs. Colton, located in Sherburne as managers of the then new Sherburne Inn and have since made it their permanent home, making many friends both in the vicinity and throughout the State.

   Miss Baker was born in the town of Oxford, March 31, 1871, the oldest daughter of the late Joseph E. and Annie Wheeler Baker of Oxford.  She was a faithful member of the Baptist church of Sherburne, uniting with that church by letter from the Oxford church soon after locating there.

   That she was stricken while attending a prayer service in her church, in apparently excellent health, cannot be considered a calamity.  This was her last public appearance on earth and she was in a place she loved.

   The funeral services were held at the Sherburne Inn, Tuesday afternoon.  Interment in Riverview cemetery, Oxford.

   Deceased is survived by three brothers, Adelbert W., of Bovina; Howard L., of Norwich; and Fred R., of Oxford; and one sister, Mrs. Edith L. Colton of Sherburne.


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