Mrs. Anna Bakerbower, living in Clayton, was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, March 25, 1867, her parents being Conrad and Catherine (Bedenbender) Smith. Her father was born in Switzerland in 1830 and her mother’s birth occurred in Germany in 1840. After coming to this country they located in Schuyler county, Illinois, and subsequently removed to Cass county, Missouri, where Mrs. Smith passed away in 1899, but her husband is still living in that county.
Mrs. Bakerbower was educated in the common schools of Cass county, Missouri, and spent her girlhood days under the parental roof, where she was carefully trained in the duties of the household so that she was well prepared to take charge of a home of her own at the time of her marriage. On the 23d of December, 1890, she became the wife of Joseph William Bakerbower, who was born March 14, 1868, in Clayton, Illinois, a son of Michael and Mary (Bolinger) Bakerbower. His father was a harness-maker by trade but is now living retired, he and his wife having a good residence in Clayton. J. W. Bakerbower was a stock buyer and shipper, following the business for some years, but eventually he became ill and went to Thomasville, Georgia, for his health. The change did not prove beneficial as had been anticipated and he passed away February 23, 1901. He was a member of the Mystic Workers and also of the Mutual Protective League, in both of which he carried large insurance policies
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Bakerbower were born two children: Harold, born March 22, 1893; and Eva, born May 6, 1895. The mother owns her own home in Clayton and also has other property there, from which she derives a good income. She is a member of the Christian church and she enjoys the hospitality of the best homes of the town having gained many friends during her residence in this part of the county.
Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 705; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.