Lillie Liston Baker was born 28 May 1884 in Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, the fifth of ten children born to Rufas Benson Liston and Elizabeth Emma Hill Liston. As the oldest daughter, Lillie's childhood responsibilities included tending the younger children, helping to make cheese and butter to sell in Salt Lake City, taking care of the garden, and doing the washing and ironing. Although Lillie loved school, the demands of living on a farm kept her from attending past the eighth grade. Lillie married Claude Vincent Baker 17 December 1902. Nine years later, they were sealed in the temple. Lillie and Claude settled on a ranch in Boulder and lived in a one-room log cabin with a lean-to kitchen. Although the ranch originally belonged to Claude's mother, Lillie and Claude worked hard to save money to buy it. In 1915, they built a two-story home and were the first people in Boulder to have wallpaper, gas lights and a telephone. Lillie was the mother of seven children: Reeves, Ruth, Glen, Burnell, Ariel, Claude, and Vonda. As a young mother, Lillie devoted her time to reading to her children, cooking, canning, and housekeeping. Lillie served as a Sunday School Secretary, Young Women's President, and Entertainment Committee member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Lillie was 60 her husband died and she sold the farm and moved to Escalante. In her older years, she spent her time gardening, cooking, and quilting. After battling with cervical cancer, Lillie died 4 June 1960.
This collection is a combination of various letters, genealogical materials, photos, biographies, and autobiographies of the Baker family. The section containing Lillie's biography, written by Ruth Baker Thompson, is sixteen typewritten pages. It also includes pictures of Lillie's family, poetry, family letters, and a family group record. Lillie's biography has many stories of her childhood responsibilities. Several times, Lillie was left in Escalante to tend her siblings, the garden, and the home, while her parents went to the Upper Valley to prepare cheese and butter. When she was twelve years old she went to the Upper Valley and supervised the making of the cheese and butter while her mother stayed in town. While Lillie's father and brothers were busy working in the fields, she was taught to do women's work: canning, cleaning, and cooking. Despite Lillie's many responsibilities, she also found time for leisure. She loved dancing, collecting poetry, and going on sleigh rides. After her marriage to Claude, Lillie's family held a dance at their home in celebration. She and Claude stayed with her parents until 2 January 1902 and then they traveled to Boulder to settle. Finances were meager, but Lillie donated her time, talents, and food supply to housing and cooking for many visitors. Friends, relatives, and members of the Church knew that they could find food and rest if they stopped at Lillie's home. Although this biography contains highly laudatory information, the reader can get a glimpse of the many responsibilities that are involved in farm life. Service, Widow.