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Sharon McConnel,
Gem County Coordinator

Fred Baisch (1869 - 1951)

Fred Baisch, 82, died at his home in Emmett Friday night. Death came suddenly and unexpectedly to the prominent Gem county resident. A native of the Emmett valley for over forty years, Baisch has been active in the devlopment of both civic and industry in this locality.

Baisch has been connected with the development of several of the leading orchards of the valley and was Gem cmanty's first fruit inspector. He has served on the board of county commissioners, the Brick school board, Emmett Irrigation District board and during the last World War as a member of the local selective service group.

The present Gem county court house was constructed during the time that Baisch was on the board of commissioners. The landscaping and planting of the trees and shrubs on the court house grounds were the special project of Mr. Baisch.

Baisch was born March 1, 1869 at Mascoutah, Illinois; leaving his home town at the age of 17 years, he spent the next 8 years in Mexico, California and Colorado, settling finally at Palisades, Colorado. On August 11, 1895, he returned to his home in Illinois to be married to Miss Anna K. Hottes, leaving immediately for their future home in Colorado, where he engaged in horticulture and where'they resided for 17 years.

Owing to ill health of a member in the family, they moved to the Emmett Valley in July, 1911, where he engaged in general farming and fruit growing and where he has resided to the present time. On Sept. 6, 1922, his wife passed away after a short illness.

Of eight children born to this union, four survive, Henry F. Baisch and Anna B. Dudley of Emmett, Leland F. Baisch of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Katherine E. Stowell of Glenn's Ferry, Idaho, and 11 grandchildren. On Dec. 24, 1940, Mr. Baisch was united in marriage to Mrs. Jeannette H. Motz in Boise. Mrs. Baisch preceded her husband in death March 18, 1950.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon , with Rev. H. C. Newman officiating. Beatty chapel was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in Riverside.

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