Hermine Amalie "Minnie Molly" Kampmeier was born 14 January 1854 in Leipzig, Lockhausen Uebbentrup, Germany, the daughter of Carl Heinrich Wilhelm Kampmeier and Wilhelmine Amalie "Minnie" Obermeir Kampmeier.
With her parents, she emigrated to the United States aboard the ship Admiral from Bremen and landed in New Orleans on November 7, 1854.
Minnie grew up in Peoria, Illinois and Wayne County, Iowa. She married 29 December, 1870 at Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa John Rankin Baldwin. They had four children:
1. Franklin Gerard "Jardy" Baldwin, b. 23 November 1871 in Keokuk, Lee Co., IA; m. Emma Abigail Bradt 22 December 1897 in Kelly, Nemaha Co., KS; d. 15 March 1946 in Tulsa, OK; buried in Frederick, OK.
2. Mary Ann "Ann" Baldwin, b. 7 February 1875 in Corydon, Wayne Co., IA; m. Thomas Seymour Roots 26 February 1896 in Nemaha Co., KS; d. 29 July 1942 in Seneca, Nemaha Co., KS; buried in the Illinois Creek aka Roots Cemetery, Nemaha Co., KS.
3. Minnie Mae Baldwin, b. 25 June 1881 in Beattie, Marshall Co., KS; m. Paul Anderson Jermane around April 1916 in Kansas City, MO; d. 20 April 1873 in Seneca, Nemaha Co., KS; buried in the Seneca city cemetery.
4. John Frederick Baldwin, b. 30 November 1893 near Centralia, Nemaha Co., KS; m. Esther Allen Dennen 2 January 1918 in Manhattan, Riley Co., KS; d. 27 March 1924 in Seneca, Nemaha Co., KS; buried in the Havensville, KS town cemetery.
Minnie's obituary, probably from a Seneca paper, around February 16, 1936:
"Death Takes Mrs. John R. Baldwin
Deceased Had Been A Resident Of Nemaha County For Fifty-Seven Years.
Mrs. Minnie Molly Baldwin died Saturday February 8th, 1936, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Minnie Jermane, age 82 years, 25 days. Mrs. Baldwin was born in Leipsic, Germany, Jan. 14th, 1854 to William and Minnie Campmire. At the age of six months she was brought to America. Her girlhood was spent at Peoria, Illinois. While still a young girl she moved with her parents to Wayne County, Iowa where she was married to John R. Baldwin the 29th of December, 1870, at Corydon, Iowa.
She was the mother of four children, all of whom lived to establish homes of their own. Three of her children survive her: Franklin G. Baldwin, Frederick, Okla; Mary Ann Roots, Centralia, Kans; and Minnie May Jermane, Seneca. Her youngest son, Dr. John Baldwin, Seneca, preceded her in death. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandson: Creta Roots Coe, John R. Baldwin, Mrs. Myra Lamb, Mrs. Frances Robinson, Polly Anna and Paul Thomas Jermane, and Dorothy Baldwin - one great-grandson, G. W. Coe. One grandchild, John William, son of Dr. John Baldwin, passed away in infancy. Her husband, John R. Baldwin died October 18, 1926.
After her husband's death she kept the old home going for several years but in March, 1932, she was stricken with paralysis, since which time she has been a helpless invalid in the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. A. Jermane, where she has received the utmost in care, love and affection.
Mrs. Baldwin had lived a pioneer life in three states -- as a child in Ill, a young girl and bride in Iowa, and a young matron, raising her family in Kansas. Much hard work came her way but she was an active, happy woman, doing her share under all conditions. That plenty and comparative ease came to the Baldwins in later life was due to their own untiring efforts.
Mrs. Baldwin joined the Seventh Day Adventist church as a young woman and was a woman of strong Christian character, teaching her children honesty, sobriety and industry, not only by precept but by every act of her busy life. She was a strong prohibitionist and in the days of Governor St. John was one of his strongest supporters. In her last illness of three weeks duration she has been cared for untiringly by her two daughters, Mrs. Jermane and Mrs. Roots.
Funeral service was held at 2:30 P. M. Tuesday at the Lauer Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Harry R. Weed. The song service was by a choir, D. E. Taylor, Clifford Baldwin, Irene Riffer and Fredrica Wheeler. Edward Ott accompanist. Pallbearers were: Frank Roots, B. W. Kampert, Ward Brown, F. T. Deaver, John Hampton and Roy Rodgers. Burial was in the family lot in the City cemetery."
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