The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., December 27, 1928, page 1
DEATH SUDDENLY CALLS G.H. BAKER
In a race with the death last Sunday, George H. Baker won for a brief hours, then passed from the realm, as everything that could be done by medical science and warm friends, had failed. Sunday morning Mr. Baker was suddenly taken ill, and Dr. Bonebrake was called. He later conferred with Dr. Collins, and it was decided an effort to save that Mr. Baker's life could be made by hastening with him to the hospital. A swift trip to the Good Samaritan Hospital, at Portland, was made in the Chapman ambulance, considering the condition of the roads, and the suffering patient. Dr. Paul Rocky was in readiness to perform the necessary operation for general peritonitis, but he, likewise could give but little hope for a favorable outcome, stating death was close at hand without an operation, and by operating only could it be determined definitely whether Mr. Baker had a fighting chance. The operation was made and the patient rallied from the shock nicely. However, the surgical disclosures were such that eminent death was expected by the physicians, and Miss Ruth Baker, who accompanied her father to Portland, was so advised. Death followed at midnight, Sunday night, less than twenty-four hours from the time he became ill.
A daughter, Mrs. Grant Dyer, of Spokane, and a son, George A. Baker, also of Spokane, were notified as soon as the trip to the hospital was planned, and they are arrived in Portland on the early Monday morning train, too late to see their father before death.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Chapman Chapel, and are to be conducted by M.L. Sanders, D.D., formerly of Goldendale and an old friend of the deceased; at present of the M.E. church at Elma, Washington. The services will be held at 2 o'clock, and the Masons will perform the last rites at the grave.
The sudden passing of Mr. Baker is not only a shock to the family, but to the community as well, and the sympathies of his friends all over the county, are extended the bereaved family. Mr. Baker has for many years been a leading citizen in Goldendale, and in the next issue an obituary will be published. He has a state-wide acquaintance politically, and has been identified actively in civic and fraternal circles for years.
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