|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1871|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1965|
History of Thomas Henry and Fredonia Lloyd Baker written by their daughter Ella Baker Allen:
My father, Thomas Henry Baker was born December 14, 1866 at St. George, Washington County, Utah, a son of Thomas and Martha Ann Larsen Baker.
His father Thomas came across the plains with the Horton D. Haight Company in 1859 he was 18 years old. His mother Martha was born in Council Bluffs in 1849. She came across the plains in 1850 as an infant in an unidentified company. My great grandfather George Baker was an original pioneer to the Cotton Mission.
Father's family moved to Pine Valley to operate a flour mill. Father was the oldest of ten children. They didn't have a high school at Pine Valley, so father took advanced classes at the elementary school in Pine Valley.
My mother, Fredonia Adeline Lloyd was seventeen years old when she married by Father in the St. George Temple, March 14, 1888. He remained working with grandfather at the flour mill after he and mother were married.
May 31, 1889 was the birth date of their first child, a little girl Adeline. When Addie was two months old, my parents decided to move to Thurber in Rabbit Valley, Wayne County, Utah. They, along with Grandpa and Grandma Baker (Thomas and Martha Larsen Baker) and their six sons made the two hundred thirty five mile trip to start a new home. They put all their belongings in three wagons. Some of the boys drove the cattle. It seems, she told me, it took three weeks to make the trip.
Then after arriving in Thurber, Father filed on some land at a place called Red Creek (now called Pine Creek), it was in the Thurber Pastures, it consisted of 200 acres. He farmed and built a home. He operated a binding machine that cut and bound the grain into bundles and was called a grain binder. It was then ready to be hauled to the stack yard in preparation to be threshed.
Our sister, Martha May, was born August 12, 1891. Grandma Baker (Martha) died August 4, 1894, leaving Grandpa with five sons to finish raising. One of his six sons had married after they came to the valley. Mother and Father, along with father's brother, Ben and his wife, helped Grandpa in his task. Grandfather also had a deaf and dumb sister and she was quite a care.
There were some drawbacks in the first Thurber town site. They had no culinary water and too much sand, so they (the town's people) decided to move the town. The site that was picked was two miles north. They started to move in 1895. Father was very lucky. He could build on the north end of his land and be in the new town. It was a hard struggle to get the new town going. They built a much better home. While they lived here in this home five more children were born.
At first they brought the water into wooden troughs in the center of town. Each family hauled their water to their home in barrels. They finally decided that the water would have to be piped. The pipe was purchased. According to Rainbow Views, the History of Wayne County, Father was the first one to haul a load of pipe from Salina to Thurber. The pipeline was finished in 1899 and each family had water piped to their home. The canal ran through the center of the town. Again my father was lucky as the water ran just below the house. They were able to raise a large garden and also water all of the fields.
A little girl, Muriel Maud was born October 15, 1896.
Father went to the mountains for poles leaving mother and three small children home alone. An Indian called Grayhead came to the door asking for food. Mother gave him bread, butter and milk. He was sitting on the porch eating and Addie passed by him. He caught her by the arm as if he were going to harm her. Mother grabbed him and threw him from the porch to the ground. As she did this, she saw a large knife in his belt. Mother said she was never so scared in her life. She told him to get going and to never come back. After he left, she hurried and got her children ready and went to Uncle Robert Forsyth's (married to Fredonia Goheen sister to Eliza), about a mile down the road. They stayed there until Father came home a couple of days later.
Then on November 12, 1901 Geneve, another little girl, came to join the other three little girls. Their first son, Thomas Lloyd, was born October 18, 1904. Mother had a still born baby in August 1908. Their second son, Lamone, was born January 11, 1911 and died February 1, 1911. He was named after Father's friend, Lamone Woods.
In 1911 Father built another house, an "A" frame, two story. It was a very nice home and is still standing (1981). I was the only one of Mother's children born in this house. I was born March 25, 1912. I was Ella, named after my Aunt Ella Beckstrom, my mother's sister.
There was a lot of demand for lumber. About 1912 Father, along with Alphus and John
Jackson and Ben Baker, bought a new steam sawmill and operated it at Reese Creek in Horse Valley. Addie's husband, Joe, Addie being my sister, bought the other Jackson's out. A few years later, they had a fire at the mill and Father sold his share to Ernest Jackson.
Father loved horses. Mother also said the only pictures Dad ever had taken, were with a horse. Father was average in size. His weight was 155 pounds. He was five feet eleven inches tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He loved to dance. Mother never danced. When I was a small girl, Father would dance with me.
My parents worked very hard. They had little money. Mother said that they, along with
Grandpa Baker and his family, took up a dairy ranch on the Boulder Mountain. They milked cows, made cheese and butter then sold and traded it for things that they needed.
I would like to describe a few things I remember about my parents. Some of the hardships they had. They raised most of their food. Our home was heated with a wood burning stove. Father hauled the wood from the hills. It took a lot of loads to keep us warm through the long cold winters.
The light system was an oil lamp, which they carried from room to room as they needed light. A fire place was also used. The coal oil for the lamps was sold at the store for 15 cents a gallon and that would do for a month. Our clothes were sewed on a foot treadle sewing machine. Very few things could be bought ready made. Mother made our coats, dresses, pants, and underwear. The material, which was seamless sacks she made our underwear out of, she had to boil on the stove to get all the dirt out before making them into underwear.
She also had to make the soap she used to wash the clothes, by cooking animal fat, water and lye in a large tank or tub, usually in the backyard. She cooled it then cut it into squares to dry.
We always had good warm bedding. Mother made ticks filled with straw to cover the bed and a large pad with blankets to go under you. Then she made quilts for covers. Quilt tops were made by taking old coats and pants that couldn't be worn any more and piecing them together.
They were lined with flannel when she could get it. The filling was wool she had washed and corded into small bolts and placed in the quilt. She always quilted them with size eight thread.
The kitchen and living room floors were bare. She cut rags from old clothing, had them woven into carpets for our bedrooms. In about 1917 they got linoleum for the house. This made it real nice. In 1917 Father put some gas lights in the house. This worked very well.
In February 1920 a real bad form of flu came to the county. It seemed to come straight to us. We all became real ill. When Father took the flu, he didn't have a chance. He took pneumonia right away and he died on February 7, 1920. There wasn't a funeral. Joe,
Addie's husband, made his casket. It was very nice. Muriel was the only one of us that could go to the cemetery and see him buried, with us all having the flu. Mother had three children still at home, Geneve was 18, Lloyd, 15 and I was nearly eight.
He was County Assessor at the time of his death, and is buried in the cemetery in the Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah.
Adeline Baker Jackson
Martha May Baker Jackson
Murial Maud Baker Jackson
Geneva Baker Duncan
Thomas Lloyd Baker
Infant Daughter Baker
Ella Baker Allen
Robert Lewis Lloyd (1822 - 1892)
Eliza Adeline Goheen Lloyd (1838 - 1921)
Thomas Henry Baker (1866 - 1920)*
Ella Baker Allen (1912 - 1987)*
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