It always pays to look for obituaries in small towns where your ancestor may have lived many years prior to their death. Many people in town might still know them and would like to hear news of them. That was the case with Cyrus P. Baker. He moved away from Indiana County, PA in 1869, yet when he died in 1883 they still ran an obituary on him. Many members of this family suffered from consumption, as it appears he also may have. How horrible to have died so far from home, apparently without any family nearby.
From the Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA, dated 11 April 1883.
Death of Cyrus Baker.
Mr. Cyrus P. Baker, of Lawrence, Kansas, died of consumption at Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 28th. He was a son of Mr. James Baker, formerly of Rayne Twp, this county and who moved to Tennessee in 1869 and from thence to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1876, where he still resides. The deceased, while in Kansas, suffered from lung difficulty and started west in the hopes that the trip would benefit his health. He first went to Colorado and thence to New Mexico and from there he journeyed to California. But he got no relief and started back to his home in Kansas and reached the town above mentioned where he died. Though surrounded by strangers he was kindly cared for. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn the loss of a kind husband and affectionate parent. He was a printer by trade and visited this place some two years since.