Days Gone By: Evelyn Baker reminiscing
The family of Evelyn Baker of Edgewater Apartments recently gathered and celebrated Evelyn’s 90th birthday. The following is a short history compiled by her family.
Evelyn K. (Ray) Baker was born on March 28, 1924 to William and Kathryn (Haberstich) Ray in Clifton Township. She had five sisters — Pearl Wurst, Irene Maher, Gladys Hinsch, Marian Van Hollan and Lorraine Thomson; and two brothers — Ferris, and her twin, Everett. Everett passed away at the age of four from appendicitis.
Growing up, her family had a hired hand, Pete Miller, who worked for room and board. He always told the story about how small the twins were when they were born (Evelyn weighing 3 lbs. 12 oz., and Everett 4 lbs. 13 oz.) that their parents put them in dresser drawers to sleep.
Evelyn walked approximately a mile to attend elementary school (a one-room school house) located on Jerusalem Corner.
To attend high school, she moved to River Falls to live with an aunt, Mary Ray, who charged 25 cents a week for room and board. After school she worked at the Kandy Kitchen in River Falls, owned by Phil Paynter. She graduated in 1941.
She met her husband, Stuart Baker, at a dance in River Falls. The dance hall was located above Moody’s garage on Main Street.
She moved to Red Wing and stayed with Stuart’s older brother, Merle, his wife and family so she could work at Nybo’s Café.
Evelyn and Stuart raised five children — Beverly, Bill, Dennis, Kevin, and Lori, on the farm in Big River. She has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She and Stuart moved from the farm into River Falls in 1999.