Philip and Mary Maud and their three young children, Roscoe, Bryan and LaPreal, immigrated to Canada from Bicknell, Utah in the spring of 1919. They came by train to Cardston where he bought land from E.J. Wood in Glenwood and moved into the old Cochrane mansion. He stocked his 80 acres with cattle and hoped to expand his new enterprise. But the summer of 1919 was so dry that very little hay was harvested. Winter came early and feed became scarce. By the spring of 1920, the ranchers had lost most of their sheep and cattle. Phil relocated his small herd further north but feed was expensive and by spring he was broke.
Phil and family moved, then, to Raymond until he was able to relocate. He bought a three-quarter section from H.H. Nichols and a quarter section from H.S. Allen north and west of Raymond, in the Welling area.
Early in the winter of 1920 Mary Maud passed away. In November of the same year Phil married his housekeeper, Lottie Stevens who was raised on a homestead near Manyberries. Bryan remembers her as a loving mother to her little new family.
Phil farmed with horses until 1928 when he bought his first tractor. Mechanization had come to the Baker farm. Phil was also an energetic business man and it was said of him that he could be pretty stubborn. He was often called "Fightin' Phil". Perhaps he earned that nickname from the leadership he assumed in the Sugar Beet Growers' Association. In 1932 he was made president of the Alberta Beet Growers' Association and in 1934 he became president of the National Beet Growers. He held these positions until his retirement in 1955. He always had the farmers' interests at heart.
Philip was a member of the Southern Alberta Water Conservation Board of Alberta when the St. Mary's Dam project opened up. He served on the Federal Board of Agriculture and was District Governor of the Lions Club of Southern Alberta which included part of Montana. After 1935, Phil kept such a busy schedule of business endeavors that he pretty much left farming to his sons with Bryan and Roscoe doing the managing.
Daughter Myrtle said of her dad that he liked to go to the community activities. He would take the whole family even the hired girls and hired men. To Phil they were all one big family.
In the fall of 1949 Phil rented the farm to some of his sons and moved into Lethbridge. Here he could raise all the flowers that he and Lottie enjoyed and he could keep up his activities.
Lottie passed away in September 1953 at the age of 52. Phil lived on at home with young Wayne and a sister-in-law Ethel Queckbourner for a few years until his health failed. The children looked after him until his death in August 1957 at the age of 73.
Phil left a large and strong posterity to carry on. After his death, Bryan bought the farm and it now operates under the name of Baker Land and Cattle Co. Ltd.
Three children were born in the first marriage and Seven children were born in the second marriage.
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