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Family of Otto Rudolph Martin and Agnes Franzenbach Family of Wilhelm Martin and Mollie Spindle Family of Casper Franzenbach and Susanna Schmidt Lucile E. Fisher - 2nd wife of Charles Baker    Baker Articles from North Carolina Newspapers 

Ancestors of Bette Baker Clarno 1921-2007

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Bette Jane Clarno

Bette Jane (Baker) Clarno was born on June 3, 1921 in Portland, OR, and died December 21, 2007. She spent most of her childhood summers at her grandparents' beach house in Long Beach, WA, of which she often fondly spoke. She moved with her husband, Robert Clarno, and their four children to San Diego in 1952. She spent 19 years playing the piano for Adult Education School choruses. Upon retiring, Bette and Bob enjoyed 10 years of travel in their 5th wheel exploring all 50 states. Bette was predeceased by her husband of 59 years in 1999. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jan Clarno of Burbank, WA, daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Ron Tenison of Beaverton, OR, daughter and son-in-law Sally and Mark DiVecchio of San Diego, daughter Mary Clarno of San Diego, and sister Charlene Baker of Tacoma, WA, 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren, and her many friends from Belmont Village of Sabre Springs. The family thanks San Diego Hospice for their invaluable support and suggests donations to them in lieu of flowers.

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Bette wrote down her Autobiography.
   Here is an HTML version which can be viewed with any browser.
   Here is a PDF version which is a little easier to read.

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1925 ca Betty Baker

1925 Betty Baker

In front of beach house at Long Beach, WA.
Photo sent to me by Bob Sorensen, grandson of Burdette and Sadie Franzenbach Foy.
(left to right)
  Art - who is this??
  Sadie Franzenbach Foy
  Rudolph Martin (Agnes' husband)
  Burdette Foy (Sadie's husband)
  Agnes Franzenbach Martin
  Betty Baker

Bette's Father's Side - Baker

Bette Baker Clarno's father was Charles Baker. Bette's grandparents were Felix Baker and Laura Smith. Bette's great-grandmother was Eliza Smith. Read more about Eliza Smith and the woman who adopted her, Polly Bollinger, here: Eliza Smith. This is the best page to start reading about Bette's ancestry.

Read more about the Family of Felix Baker and Laura Smith
Read more about the family of Alice Smith (Laura's sister) and George Miller:  Family of George Miller and Alice Smith
Read more about Felix Baker (Laura's 1st husband) here: Family of Nathan Baker and wife Susan.
Read more about Eliza Smith and the woman who adopted her, Polly Bollinger, here: Eliza Smith. Read about who we think are Eliza parents.
Read more about the parents of Eliza Smith (Laura's mother), Aaron Goins and Ann Leonard.
Laura Smith and her second husband Thomas Young as well as Eliza Smith and her daughter Mary Alice (along with her husband, George Miller) are buried at Cooper Mountain Evangelical Cemetery near Aloha, OR

Recent Updates:
23 Jun 2007 Following a visit to Aloha, OR, I've added tombstone photos from both Cooper Mountain Cemeteries.

Major Outstanding Questions on the Baker Side

1. The last we saw of Fielden/Felix Baker was the 1880 census in NC. What happened to him? He was fathering children with Laura Smith up until 1897. We have found Felix. Look on his page.
2. Charles Baker had a wife named Lucille J. , born about 1907, whom he married about 1928. She may have died about 1932/3. They appeared in the 1930 census. Where was she born? Where were the married? When did she die? Where is she buried? Where is her death certificate?  I've found the answers to some of these questions. Look on this web page.  But wait!! Now we have found that Charles had a fourth wife - Nell Olive Frazier who he married on 4 Apr 1926.
3. Eliza Smith appears in the 1900 census (Reedville living with George and Alice Miller) and 1920 census (Aloha living with George and Alice Miller). She does not appear in the 1910 census. Where was she that year? Did she go back to NC?
4. Who was Daniel Smith? Did he even exist? Who was the father of Eliza Smith's three children? Here is a page about Daniel.

Baker Articles from North Carolina Newspapers

Bette's Mother's Side - Martin

Bette's mother was Frances Martin. Bette's grandparents were Otto Rudolph Martin and Agnes Franzenbach. Both Rudolph and Agnes were born in what is now Germany.

Read more about the Family of Otto Rudolph Martin and Agnes Franzenbach.
Read more about the Family of Wilhelm Martin and Mollie Spindle
Read more about the Family of Casper Franzenbach and Susanna Schmidt

Major Outstanding Questions on the Martin Side

1. Where is Otto Rudolph Martin buried?

A new web page made up by Dan Soderberg. Shows his mother, Jeanne Martin Soderberg and Bette during the summer of 1938 in Long Beach, WA.

For more photos of the Franzenbach's, look at this web page created by Dan Soderberg: .


Much of the first hand information on these web pages is from Bette Baker Clarno. She had a wonderful memory for what happened in the early 20th century. Bette passed away on 21 Dec 2007.

My co-researcher who first showed me the marriage of Felix Baker and Laura Smith and has been a constant source of information is Angie Baker Ryan, the great-granddaughter of Lester George Baker, one of Felix's sons. Angie has discovered at least half of what you see here.
You can reach Angie at

Other Links

State Maps showing counties from the Census
Catawba County Cemetery Index
Los Angeles Public Library
Oregon Historical Records Index
Heritage Trail Press  Oregon Death Index
North Carolina Vital Records
Washington County Oregon Cemeteries
Washington State Vital Records
Washington County, Oregon. Part of the OregonGenWeb and USGenWeb Projects.
Find A Grave
North Carolina Death Certificates 1909-1975
Death Certificates (contains only extracted information from death certificates and no images)
Additionally in Washington State, in cooperation with Microsoft Research, is digitizing many of the state's public and historic records. Eventually images of the death certificates will be available online but no date is projected. Washington State Digital Archives - Digital Archives Home


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