From Stanton Baker:
Arthur D. Baker was born Jan. 24, 1856 at Waterloo, Iowa. When still a young man, he moved with his parents to Howard, Kansas. There he was married to Nancy Ellen Long on Sept. 18, 1880. She was born Nov. 19, 1851 in Indiana. They lived in Kansas several years but in 1889 they decided to make a trip to Kelso, Washington with some thought of living there. They had a covered wagon and four horses hitched to it. When they got to northwestern Nebraska, they decided to rest their horses a few days beside a nice spring and there was plenty of firewood and an old log cabin. While talking to some of their neighbors they found out that it was government land subject to homesteading. They filed on 160 acres and later bought an additional 40 acres. The two youngest children, Ernest and Florence, were born there.