Tombstone Tuesday-Luetta L. Baker

Luetta L. Baker, Chattanooga Mausoleum, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the burial compartment of Luetta L. Baker, located in the Chattanooga Mausoleum, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The compartment is inscribed:

Luetta L. Baker
Oct . 13, 1902
Oct. 24, 1932

Luetta Louisa Baker was born in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 13 October 1902, the daughter of Theodore W. (1875-1932) and Mary H. (Bollenbacher) (1875-1961) Baker. She was the youngest of four daughters born to Theodore and Mary. 

The Theodore Baker family in 1910: Theodore, 34; Mary, 25; Elvira, 12; Leona, 11; Marie, 10; and Luetta, 7. The family lived on what was known as Baker Pike and Theodore was a farmer. [1]

Luetta was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, on 27 May 1917. Luetta’s confirmation photo:

In 1920 Luetta, 17, lived with her parents and sisters Leona and Marie. Luetta attended school and her father was a bank teller. [2]

By 1930 Luetta’s three sisters had married and left home and Luetta, 27 and single, lived with her parents. She was not employed and her father operated a stone crusher. [3]

Luetta Baker, age 30, died in Black Creek Township on 23 October 1932. On 23 October according to her death certificate, although 24 October is inscribed on her compartment. According to her death certificate she died from tuberculosis. [4] Zion Chatt’s death and burial records indicate that she died from a hemorrhage of the lung. Luetta was interred in the Chattanooga Mausoleum on the 26th.  She was survived by her parents and 2 sisters.

The Baker family lost three family members that year. Luetta’s sister Elvira (Baker) Ripley died 30 July 1932, Luetta died in October, and their father Theodore Baker died 14 December 1932.

Luetta Louisa Baker had 3 sisters:
Elvira Lorena Baker (1897-1932), married Forrest M. Ripley
Leona Louise Baker (1898-1980), married Homer Carr
Marie Christina (1900-1986), married Oscar F. Schaadt

[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer County, Black Creek Township, ED 107, p.1B, dwelling & family 14, Theadre [sic] W Baker;

[2] 1920 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer County, Black Creek Township, ED 124, p.8A, dwelling & family 160, Thead [sic] Baker;

[3] 1930 U.S. Census, Ohio, Mercer County, Black Creek Township, ED 1, p.7B, dwelling & family 163, Theador [sic] W Baker;

[4] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Mercer County, Luetta L Baker, 23 Oct 1932;

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