Descendents of Henry George Grabenhorst
Descendents of Dorothea Auguste Elizabeth Grabenhorst Fisher Wolf
Descendents of Lauretta Fisher


Jay Otis Baker


1-Jay Otis Baker, son of Lauretta Fisher and William H Baker, was born on 11 Aug 1902 in Laverne, Rock, Minnesota, died on 15 Sep 1947 in Riverton, Fremont, Wyoming at age 45 from complications of diabetes, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery. 

Jay married Zula Virginia Warren, daughter of George C Warren and Lita Slapp, on 24 Oct 1929 in Miles City, Custer, Montana. Zulla was born on 12 Sep 1911 in Colorado, died on 23 Jun 1986 in Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana at age 74, and was buried in Boulder Cemetery, Boulder, Jefferson, Montana. They had one daughter: Lita Jacqueline. They were divorced in December 1932.

2-Lita Jacqueline Baker was born on 16 Aug 1930 in Natrona County, Wyoming and died on 17 Dec 2012 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana at age 82. 

Lita married James Richard Streib, son of Richard William Streib and Josephine Fallis. James was born on 31 Jul 1930 in Montana. They had nine children: Rick, Lisa, Daniel, Janie, Steven, Stephanie, Ellen, David and Kevin.


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Biography

Jay Otis Baker was born on 11 Aug 1902 in Laverne, Rock, Minnesota, the sixth child and second son of William H Baker and Lauretta Fisher Baker. Five of his six siblings were also born in Minnesota: Iza in 1890, Bernice in 1892, Lettie in 1893, Bernard in 1895 and Helen in 1897. One of his sisters, Lettie, died as an infant while the family was in Minnesota.  Iza's sister Thelma was born in 1906 after the family moved to Washington in 1904 or 1905.

Jay's parents divorced after they moved to Washington and in 1911 his mother married James William Lawton. In 1915 Lauretta and James moved from Olympia to homestead on Horse Creek in Treasure County, Montana. Jay and his brother Bernard moved with them. By that time Jay's oldest sister, Iza,  had married Jacob Frisch and was settled in Olympia. His sister Thelma was nine years old when they left and she stayed behind with Iza rather than be uprooted from her school and friends to face the hardship of homesteading in Montana. Bernice had left for California to marry Arthur Barnes in 1915 and Helen joined her there a year later after her brief marriage and divorce from Carl Nommensen. Both Bernice and Helen had contracted TB as children and they needed to live in a warm, dry climate for their health.

William Lawton died in Montana on 10 Feb 1919 at age 58. That year the summer was very dry and the range was left without much grass. Winter came in early and cold with a lot of snow and many ranches went out of business. Bernard and Jay were struggling with the Horse Creek homestead but held on. Bernard had returned from the navy and became engaged to the schoolteacher, Estella Broadbent, who he would marry on on 19 Dec 1919. In 1920 census, Jay was living and working with his brother Bernard on the Horse Creek homestead but sometime in the next few years he, Thelma and Lauretta ended up in Casper Wyoming in Natrona County in the middle of the oil boom in the Salt Creek Oil Fields.

Jay met Zula Virginia Warren while she was teaching in Hysham. They were married in 1929 in Miles, City, Custer, Montana. After their marriage they lived in Natrona where Jay was working as a painter in a gas compression plant.. In 1930 their daughter, Lita Jacqueline Baker, was born. Soon after that their marriage fell apart. In 1932 a divorce was granted to Zula in Butte, Montana where she was living with her parents on the grounds of desertion over one year. In 1935 Jay was still living and working in Natrona County but between 1935 and 1940 he moved back to Treasure County, Montana next to Bernard and Estella on their homestead where he farmed. Zulla went on to graduate from Western Montana College in Dillon and started a teaching career and later was Superintendent of Schools in Jefferson County for many years. In 1939 she married Karl Kyler in Boulder and he eventually legally adopted Lita Jacqueline. Lita married James Streib and they had nine children. Zula and Karl owned Karl's Bowling Alley which they built in 1969. Karl died in 1981.

Jay Otis died on 15 Sep 1947 in Riverton, Fremont, Wyoming at age 45 from complications of diabetes. According to his death certificate, he was working on the Jim Deardorff Ranch at that time which was next to his sister Thelma Snyder and her family. Jay was buried in Mountain View Cemetery. 


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Jay Otis Baker

A special thanks to Denise Batey for sharing her photographs of Jay

Newspaper Photo

Zula Warren Baker



Documents and Articles

Articles

Jay Otis Baker and Zula Warren Marriage Articles

Montana Standard (Butte, Montana)
December 1, 1929

 

Lita Baker Birth Announcement

Montana Standard (Butte, Montana)
August 20, 1930

 

Jay and Zula Baker Divorce

Montana Standard (Butte)
December 30, 1932

 
   

Obituaries

Zula Warren Baker Kyler
Independent Record (Helena)
24 June 1986
      Lita Jacqueline Baker Streib
The Boulder Monitor (Boulder, Montana)
December 2012
         
     

Lita Jacquelyn (Kyler) Streib passed away peacefully the morning of December 17, 2012, with her husband Jim by her side and surrounded by family. The cause of death was a cerebral aneurysm. Jackie was born on August 16, 1930, to Jay and Zula Warren Baker in Gillette, Wyoming. When she was about 10 years old, she and her mother moved to Butte and later to Boulder. Zula married Karl Kyler; Karl adopted Jackie, and became her father. In high school she met and later married classmate and husband James R. Streib. They were married on June 8, 1952. This was after she had attended Carroll College and Jim had been in the Navy. They liked to say it was the first "mixed" marriage in St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Boulder since before that marriages of mixed faiths were conducted in the parish house. The marriage lasted through nine children and 60 years. Jim owned and operated Boulder Cash Grocery, Karl's Bar and Bowl, and drove school bus to make ends meet. Jackie remained at home as a mom to the children and later worked at Boulder River School and Hospital when the children were out on their own. Jim survives at the home they built on Jefferson Street in Boulder. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; son David; and brother-in-law John Garden. She is survived by her children: Rick (Sandy) Streib, Lisa (Steve) Barker, Daniel Streib, Jamie (Julia) Streib, Steven Streib, Stephanie (Mike) Howell, Ellen Harne, daughter-in-law Esther Streib, and Kevin Streib; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren (and one on the way); and sister-in-law Rayess (Dee) Garden; plus pets she thought of as her kids. She will be missed by all of them and by the many keno machines she fed over the years. Jackie was a member of St. Catherine's Parish in Boulder. She was proud of the fact that the parishioners, guided and mentored by Father William Greytak, were able to build the parish community center. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jackie's life will be conducted by Father Greytak on December 21 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at St. Catherine's Parish Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Catherine's Parish Center, Boulder Ambulance, or a charity of the donor's choice.

         



Records

Census Records

1920 census  
living with brother Bernard
Bernard W Baker age 24 born in Minnesota farmer rented farm
Jay O Baker age 17 born in Minnesota farm laborer
School District 50, Treasure, Montana; Roll: T625_977; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 145
   
1930 census  
Jay O Baker age 17 born in Michigan painter Gas Compressor Plant
Zula Baker age 22 born in Colorado homemaker
Election District 2, Natrona, Wyoming; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0004
 
   
1940 census (Jay Otis)  
Jay Baker age 37 born in Minnesota divorced living on farm
Treasure, Montana; Roll: m-t0627-02232; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 52-13
 
   
1940 census (Zula and Lita)  
Lita Warren age 50 born in Colorado seamstress
Zula Baker age 28 born in Colorado widowed school teacher
Jacquelyn Baker age 9 born in Wyoming
Lake Avoca, Silver Bow, Montana; Roll: m-t0627-02231; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 47-56

 

Vital Records

Marriage Records

Jay Otis Baker and Zula Virginia Warren

Death Records

Jay Otis Baker

  Zula Warren Baker Kyler
Wyoming Death Certificate   Montana Death Certicate
 

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