Colvin Family Photo'

Colvin Family Photo's

The Colvin family came to St. Joseph County before 1927. They settled in Mishawaka and have been here ever since.

This was taken just weeks before she died Floyd Leon Baker - 1980

added 12/09/2005

Fannie Idella Colvin was born 23 Jul 1911 in Continental, Ohio, the daughter of Charles Henry Ellsworth Colvin and Maude Francis Martz. After a hard childhood in which she was placed in the Ft. Wayne Children's home when she was about 10 years of age, by her mother after her parents separted. She was taken from the home by her Grandmother Melzina Krewson, Martz, Boschet. She was brought at some point to Mishawaka and here she married Howard Russell Soule on 30 Jul 1927 by Rev. Alonzo Slaughter. They had 4 children - 2 sons and 2 daughters of which only 3 are alive at this time.

Fannie was a active woman she was Fannie was President of the Dry Cleaners Union. She was President of her Missionary Circle at the Central United Methodist Church. She held the honored as the first Senior Regent to make her degree in the Women of the Moose Lodge. She was the first College of Regents of the Moose Lodge. This was as high as you could go in the Women of the Moose. She was buried in her Robe and her Cap was beside her.

Fannie & Howard were divorced on June 11, 1943. Fannie then married Floyd Leon Baker on 09 Feb 1945, in Mishawaka. There were no children born to this union. They lived a pleasant live in Mishawaka. Floyd worked for Studebaker till his retirement.

Publication: South Bend Tribune
Date of Obit: April 24, 1978
Notes: Fannie Idella Baker, 66, of 813 Hubbard St., died at 11 pm. Sunday in St. Joseph Hospital after a two-month illness. She had been admitted to the hospital two hours earlier. Mrs. Baker was born on July 23, 1911, in Continental, Ohio, and lived in Mishawaka most of her life, coming here from Columbia City IN. She retired in 1972 from Rubin Dry Cleaners, where she had worked for 25 years. On Feb. 9, 1945, in Mishawaka, as Fannie I. Soule, she married Floyd Leon Baker, who survives with two sons, Richard Hubert Soule of Breman, and Wayne Russell Soule of Mishawaka; two daughters, Mrs Ralph (Harriet Soule) Gill jr. of Mishawaka and Mrs. William (Beverly Soule) Stewart of South Bend; Two step sons, Byron Baker of Lake Station, IN, and Leon Baker of Mishawaka; six step-daughters, Mrs Margaret Blackburn, Mrs. Harry Landis, Mrs. Curtis Massey and Mrs Evangeline Roderick, all of Hartford City, Mrs Pat Tayler of Elkhart and Mrs. Delores Buck of Lake Station; 31 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; a brother Harold Eugene Colvin of Mishawaka and a half sister, Mrs. Eva Schmidt of Pompano Beach, FL. Friends may call in the Bubb Funeral Chapel from 2 to 9 pm Tuesday. Mrs Baker was a member of South Bend's Central United Methodist Church; a past president of the church's Missionary Club; a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 98, and past president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and Dry Cleaners.
Source: News paper

Note: Fannie had 4 brothers. They were:

John E. Colvin, b. 28 Nov 1913 in Defiannce, Ohio, d. 14 Mar 1914 in Defiance, Ohio

Harvey E. Colvin, b. 13 Jul 1915 in Ft. Wayne, IN, d. 13 Jul 1916 in Ft. Wayne, IN

Charles Henry (Red) Colvin, b. 19 May 1918, d. 08 Mar 1952 in Mishawaka, IN

Harold Eugene (Hap) Colvin, b. 25 Oct 1920 in Lima, Ohio, d. 09 Oct 1989 in Mishawaka, IN


Fannie loved life and her family, she was most fond of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Girls' (Abt. 1956)

From left to right: Nellie Baker (wife of Byron,

Delores Soule (Wife of Richard),

Fannie Colvin Soule Baker,

Ruthie Baker (Wife of Leon),

Harriet Soule Gill (Wife of Ralph Gill)

and Sharon (center)

Pearl & Red

Red & Pearl


Family of Charles Henry "Red" Colvin

Charles married 27 Jun 1936 in Mishawaka to Pearl Leona Cooper, b. 25 Nov 1917 in Union, Fulton Co. daughter of Otto Cooper and Lula Belle Hudkins. They never had children. Charles was found dead in Granger, apparent suicide. Pearl later married Ernest Moen, he too died. Pearl died 10 Oct 2001


Pearl's Parents

Otto & Lula

All of their family

Pearl is the one on the left sitting

Irene, Linda, Patsey, Pearl

Irene, Lula, Junior, Pearl


Harold Eugene "Hap" Colvin Family

Harold will grow up and on 1 Oct 1942 enlisted in the Army as a Private. Harold married on 02 Apr 1950 to Eleanor Eichenberg, b. 01 Nov 1928 in South Bend, daughter of Jack Eichenberg and Catherine Starep. To this union they will have 2 sons, Charles and Harold. Hap worked for the Dodge MFG. Co., in Mishawaka for many years in the foundry. Eleanor was a housewife during their married life. Hap would inter into eternal life 09 Oct 1989.

Photo's sent by Sharon Vanden Bossche & Georgia Gill-Elkins

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Project Started: November 26, 2005

Project Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2005 02:33:13 PM