Ivy Baker Priest
was born September 7, 1905, in Kimberly, Piute County, to Clara Fernley
and Orange D. Baker. Her father worked as a gold miner near Kimberly,
but when the gold vein played out he moved his young family to Coalville.
Following a boiler explosion there in 1912 the Baker family again moved,
this time settling at Bingham Canyon where Orange obtained work in the
Life in Bingham
proved challenging. Ivy's father seemed strangely accident prone and
was frequently unable to work due to injury. In an effort to meet the
family's financial needs Ivy's mother opened a boarding house for miners,
which boosted the family income but also brought 20 to 30 miners tramping
through the Baker house each day. The mess their muddy shoes created
led, in a roundabout way, to Ivy's lifelong, influential political career.