Died AT His Post In Frankfort
The notice of the death of no native-born black man of Trigg county has occurred recently that is more regretted by the white and colored people who knew him than that of Aaron Baker.
Previous to the time the Legislature was convened the first of the year Col. Sims, our Representative, procured the position of porter of assistant janitor for Aaron in the House under the clever Janitor, Capt. Todd Hall, and no darkey every left Cadiz more light hearted and buoyant and hopeful than Aaron. Arriving at Frankfort he began the discharge of his duties and served efficiently and intelligently until the morning of the 11th instant. He sent for Sol. Sims, and it was at once apparent to him that his charge was very sick with acute pneumonia. Aaron realized that he was very ill, but said he would be all right in a few hours. Despite the employment of the best of medical skill and nursing in the town of Frankfort afforded he continued to grow worse and worse until last Saturday morning before day he breathed his last in the presence of Col. Sims and other friends who were there to alleviate his suffering. He was sensible to the last and state that while he did not dread death yet, if it was God’s will that he should remain and care for his family it would be a great pleasure to him, otherwise, being a Christian and zealous member of the Methodist Church, he believed all was well with him, and thus he died. As he was kind, polite and always interested in the welfare of all law abiding people, especially those among whom he was reared, his death is to be deplored. These he revered, and them it was his delight of his heart to serve and entertain, and he in turn was well cared for and esteemed. He was born in this county in 1842, the salve of the late Rev. Thomas L. Baker, who at the inception of the late civil strive, lived at the mouth of Little River. Freeman baker, First Lieutenant-elect in dr. John L. – Company, and the young master of Aaron, was preparing to assume their patriotic duties, when Aaron asked permission to accompany the young officer as valet, and being a favorite of the Elder he was not denied the pleasure of sharing the hardships along with the young man incident to soldier life. While he was never permitted to bear arms in the strike, nothing would have gratified his pride more than to have don so. He was an intelligent as loyal to his benefactors, and from childhood had an unusual bright and accurate conception of equity and justice. When the right of franchise was delegated to his race he went promptly to the polls and voted the Democratic ticket, and this he always afterward did boldly and proudly, though occasionally was the subject of racism of men of his race.
The ex-Confederates at Frankfort many of them, were glad to renew acquaintance with him and all had become attracted by his pleasing deportment. General Joseph P. Nuckols, the member from barren county, was particularly affected by the death of his old colored friend, and on last Saturday morning, after the usual opening preliminaries, that gentleman introduced a resolution, announcing Aaron’s death, providing that the remains be transported through the State to the home burying ground of the deceased at the expense of the Commonwealth. He and Fenton Sims and Capt. Todd Hall accompanied the remains as a committee. On Sunday morning the committee arrived here, and on Monday morning the burial took place under the auspices of the U. -. F. Lodge, of which Aaron was a member. The funeral was largely attended, and the sermon was preached by Parson Mitchell, of Hopkinsville.