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 
near Alma.

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
Date: Unknown
Submitted by Jackie Kwasigroh 
Relationship: my husband's g-g-grandmother

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