|Lena Baars was born 26.1.1915 and died 13.5.1993 and was named after her grand mother Helena. She married Virgil Fred Carlton (27.6.1906 – 22.9.1983) on 2.6.1935. She was the first telephone operator in Linden, Tennessee. She and her family lived in the same building where the telephone office was located. She slept in a bed right beside the telephone switchboard so she would be sure to hear if anyone tried to make a call. One day the building caught fire and it burned to the ground. After that the telephone office was relocated to another county. Rather than move, she became a waitress and a cook in a local restaurant. This remained her occupation until she retired. She and Virgil had three children. |
Lena Baars Carlton had a continuing interest in the Baars family and its history. She loved her family unconditionally and there was no cousin or kinfolk who were too “distant.” She insisted that she and her children live by “The Golden Rule.” She enjoyed sharing stories and loved music and dancing. Reliving the family history as told to her by her “Popa” – Jarrett Nathaniel – was a high light of her life. She told her children the family stories often so they would remember them as they grew older. Lena Baars Carlton and her husband Virgil are both buried in the Pineview Cemetery in Perry County, Tennessee.