Amanda Caroline Jensen Baker was born 14 December 1860 in Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah in a log house on the outskirts of town. Her parents were known as Olof Jonsson and Maria Bengtsson Jonsson in Sweden, but when they immigrated to the United States, they changed their names to Ole and Maria Jensen. In the spring of 1859, they traveled across the plains with a L.D.S. handcart company and settled in Grantsville, Utah. Five years later, they moved by ox-team to Fountain Green, Utah. When Amanda was eight years old, she and her family moved to Oak City, Utah to ranch. In 1869, their ranching efforts failed and they moved to the newly settled city of Richfield, Utah. For many years, Amanda worked as a maid for Clara Young, the daughter-in-law of Brigham Young. When she was fifteen years old her father died. Two years later, Amanda married William George Baker on 20 August 1877. They lived in Richfield until financial interests led them to Wayne County for six years. Later, they moved to Boulder, Utah and worked in the cattle ranching business. In 1910, William retired and they moved back to Richfield. Amanda was the mother of thirteen children: Blanch, Ruth, William, Claude, Charles, Frank, Mabel, Edna, Lionel, Ida, Nel, Hannah, and Amanda. Her husband passed away in 1922. When Amanda was seventy-seven, she fell down and for two years she needed constant assistance until she died 16 September 1939.
This collection is a combination of various letters, genealogical materials and biographies of the Baker family. The section containing information about Amanda consists of a two typewritten page biography written by her daughter, Mabel Adelia Baker Haycock. The biographer relates stories of Amanda's childhood with very little information about her experiences as an adult. Amanda's childhood was spent in many different places. When she lived in Fountain Green, Utah her father planted wheat in a lot next to their home at a time when the grasshoppers were rampant. Because they were destroying many neighboring crops, Amanda and her sister were enlisted to swat at the grasshoppers on many hot, summer days. Their efforts resulted in saving the majority of the wheat. Amanda also remembered times when she and her family would hear the men in town beating on large brass drums to warn people of Indians. As Amanda grew older, she never liked the sound of a brass drum because of the fear it instilled in her. Mormon Pioneer