On 23 December 1879 Karen Marie Karoline Jensen, known as Carrie, was born in Nykobing, Flaster, Denmark to Niels and Ane Elizabeth Rasmussen Jensen. After her parents were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they sent Carrie and her older sister to America, accompanied by the missionaries. Her parents and other siblings stayed in Denmark to make disposition of their property, intending to come to Utah within a year. When Carrie arrived in the United States, she stayed with an Uncle in Levan, Utah, for one year. During this time, she learned to read and write in English. Her parents arrived eleven months later and they moved to Richfield, Utah. When Carrie was seventeen, she married Lars Arthur Baker. His future looked promising as an associate with the Meteer Brother Hardware store. However, at the age of twenty-eight Lars was fatally wounded while unloading machinery. Carrie was left a widow at the age of twenty-three with no insurance, no income, and three sons: Karl, William, and Orval. She began sewing for money and later became Richfield's City Recorder, earning about twelve dollars a month. In 1810, after having lived alone for eight years, Carrie married her brother-in-law, Henry Baker, whose wife, Hannah, had passed away. Carrie reared her own three sons, Henry's three sons, and one daughter that she and Henry had together. After suffering with crippling arthritis that left her bedfast for two years, Carried died in September of 1937.
This collection is a combination of various letters, genealogical materials, photos, biographies, and autobiographies of the Baker family. The section with information about Carrie Jensen Baker contains two biographies. The first biography, written by Dorothy Baker Fowles, chronicles Carrie's life and is two typewritten pages. The second is two and a half typewritten pages of narration about her experience crossing the Atlantic with her sister, Hattie. These biographies, though brief, give the reader an equal balance of information about the different periods of Carrie's life. The biographer writes that for the first eight years of Carrie's life, she loved play on Denmark's seashore and picnic in its woods. When she and her family joined the church, however, her life changed drastically. Although it was an adventure for Carrie to set out to America with her sister, it was also very challenging. She loved meeting new people, but missed her family. She grew very close to her sister, but had to separate from her when they reached Utah. She also had to learn a new language, culture, and religion. These trials prepared Carried to overcome the challenges of losing a husband at a young age and raising children on her own.