Lois Baker was born in Moscow on February 24, 1896, the first child and only daughter of Elmer and Nettie (Haynes) Baker, who lived on the old Baker farm on the Messer Road.
Her brothers were Milford, the well-known local photographer, and Gregory, a forester who taught at the University of Maine.
Lois grew up in an artistic family. Her father, Elmer, was a taxidermist and fine photographer. He passed his love of photography to his son, Milford, who made it his profession during his tragically short life. Milford died at the age of 33 in boating accident on the Kennebec, just below Wyman Dam. Lois was a favorite subject while Milford was a young man honing his professional skills. Several display his artistry.
Lois married Clarence Weston Dutton, born 1880 in Starks, a son of Wesley and Julia (Fowler) Dutton. At the age of 19, Clarence was working as a shoe salesman in Presque Isle, according to the 1900 census. He first married in 1905 Addie Smith of Moscow, a daughter of Samuel and Esther (Moore) Smith. They lived in Bingham, where Clarence worked as an insurance agent. Addie died in 1919 of pneumonia following sickness with influenza. Clarence married Lois a year later. He was, at the time, working at the Bingham Hotel in addition to selling insurance.
Clarence purchased the hotel, which he and Lois ran until his death in 1948. It is well remembered that there was a raucous parrot who lived at the hotel, given to occasional saucy outbursts in the presence of guests.
This photo of Lois with the parrot was probably taken on the front porch of the hotel.
Lois continued to operate the hotel until it burned in 1952, with the loss of several lives. She lived for many years in a little house on River Street, near where the hotel had stood. The driveway to her house is now cleverly named Lois Lane. She might have appreciated the humor in that.