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Anita M. Davis

Anita M. Davis

Female 1918 - 1987

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  • Name  Anita M. Davis  [1, 2
    Born  24 Feb 1918  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Female 
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Anita M. Davis, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 3, number of months in school in 1924: 9, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Albina Davis, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 29, name of mother: Leona A. Hewitt, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 30, place of marriage of parents: Morning Sun, Iowa, church affiliation: Presbyterian
    Census  1930  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Anita M. Hewitt, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, attended school during previous year, could read and write, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, state code 65, could speak English, no occupation
    High School  1934  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Mediapolis High School 
    Education  Abt 1938  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Burlington Junior College 
    Died  20 Sep 1987  Saint Francis Continuation Care Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 7
    Obituary  22 Sep 1987  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Anita M. Baird, 69, of Morning Sun, died Sunday, September 20, 1987, at the St. Francis Continuation Care Center. Born February 24, 1918, in Mediapolis, she was the daughter of Alben and Anna Hewitt Davis.

      She married Bruce Baird. He died in April 1973. She later married Robert M. Baird.

      She was a graduate of Mediapolis High School and Burlington Junior College. She was a well-known columnist for the Morning Sun News Herald and the Mediapolis New Era. She was employed as a copywriter for the National Research Bureau for several years and later was a proofreader and social editor for The Hawk Eye. She had articles and poems published in Lyrical Iowa and her creative writing frequently reflected rural life. She was a member of the Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church.

      Surviving are her husband; her mother, Anna Davis, Mediapolis; three daughters, Rebecca A. Smith, DeKalb, Illinois, Mary K. Baird, Largo, Florida, and Julie A. Biggerstaff, Ames; two sons, Bruce W. Baird, Dunlap, and Alan J. Baird, Sperry; one stepdaughter, Elaine Noss, Boulder, Colorado; five stepsons, Dr. Richard Baird, Kewanee, Illinois, Joe Baird, Morning Sun, Melville Baird, El Paso, Texas, John Baird, Uvalde, Texas, and David Baird, Freeport, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and eight stepgrandchildren.

      Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Pierce Funeral Home, Morning Sun.

      The service for Mrs. Baird will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church with Reverend Robert Schmidtberger officiating. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery. Memorials have been established for the public libraries of Mediapolis and Morning Sun.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Anita Baird; born: 24 February 1918; died: September 1987; last residence: 52650 (Sperry, Des Moines, Iowa); last benefit: 52640 (Morning Sun, Louisa, Iowa); Social Security #: 485-03-3135; state where issued: Iowa
    Buried  23 Sep 1987  Sharon Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I16221  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Alben Alexander Davis,   b. 13 Dec 1895, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1959 
    Mother  Leona Ann "Anna" Hewitt,   b. 25 Aug 1894, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1988, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Dec 1916  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 7
    Newspaper Article  25 Nov 1927  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • [...] Mellie Hewitt and family of Peoria, Lee Palker (sic: Walker) and family of Crawfordsville, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hewitt of Burlington and Albin Davis and family of this place took dinner Thanksgiving at the parental C. F. Hewitt home southeast of town.
    Residence  Apr 1936  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID  F5805  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Bruce Ehrman Baird,   b. 27 Aug 1911, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1973, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Dec 1937  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Bruce William Baird
     2. Rebecca Ann "Becky" Baird
     3. Alan J. Baird
     4. Mary Kathleen Baird
     5. Julie A. Baird
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F17690  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Robert McElhinney Baird,   b. 2 Feb 1905, rural Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1993, Morning Sun Care Center, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Oct 1980  [11
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F17683  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Anita M. Davis
    Anita M. Davis
    This was Anita Davis's senior class photograph, as published on the 1934 Mediapolis High School graduation class photograph in Mediapolis, Iowa.

  • Sources 
    1. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 29-34, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 6B, page number: 233; enumeration date: April 30, 1930

    2. [S377] World Connect - Hewitt :2102659, (last updated: Sat May 25 15:18:36 2002, contact: Daniel Hewit) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S9944] Baird, Anita M. (Davis) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 6B, September 22, 1987; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa

    6. [S7927] Mediapolis High School Graduates 1892-1960 and Class Photos 1914-1960 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S2488] Davis, Leona Ann "Anna" (Hewitt) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 8A, May 4, 1988; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S371] Hewitt, Cyrus Fairchild and Mary Susan (McClure) - Thanksgiving Dinner 1927, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 12, November 25, 1927; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S12790] Hewitt, Gladys Arlene - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 9, 1936; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S5829] Baird, Bruce Ehrman - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 23, April 11, 1973; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S2138] Baird, Robert McElhinney - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 11, April 15, 1993; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).