From the January 3, 1884 LaFayette Sun: Hickory Flat Mr. Siles Baker, a prominent citizen and good man residing near Standing Rock, died on Saturday night the 22nd ult. And perhaps the death of no man ever created a greater void in the vicinity than did that of “Uncle” Silas. He possessed much property, but was ever ready to bestow it with a willing hand upon all objects of charity. We heartily condole with the bereaved.
From another part of the January 3, 1884 LaFayette Sun: --1884, 3 January issue. DEATH OF MR. SILAS BAKER Mr. Silas Baker died at his residence near Hickory Flat, on the final day of December 1883, of congestion of the bowels.Mr. Baker was born in Green County, Ga., December 18th, 1819 (?) but while a young man he moved to Meriwether county, GA, and spent a few years, when he removed to Troup county, eight miles south of LaGrange, and lived for twenty years, and from there he came to this county, where he has lived for thirty years. He was a man of remarkable energy and possessed many noble traits of character, one of which was that he was ever kind to the poor. He was a kind and affectionate husband, a loving father, a fine friend, a good citizen and above all, an earnest and consistent Christian. He had been a member of the Methodist church for fifty-one years, and the religion of his life was the triumph of his death, for he died peacefully, resignedly, triumphantly. He leaves an aged widow, five grown children and many friends to mourn their loss. There is something sadly sweet, a melancholy pleasure in contemplating the passing away of these old fathers and we would fain add fragrance to their memory. S. J. Mc