May 7, 1915: Duluth opera singer Mille Baker goes down with the Lusitania

On this day in 1915, Duluthian Millie Baker was killed aboard the Lusitania after the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. An opera singer, Miss Baker had been living in New York City, studying  with Madame Giulia Valda for a few months. She left New York on May 1 aboard the Lusitania, heading for Paris to resume lessons before she was to make her formal operatic debut in Madrid. Born in 1887, Baker had grown up in Duluth on Park Point and attended Central High School as a member of the class of 1907. In March of 1904, she sang the contralto role of Frederic in a local production of Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon at Duluth’s Lyceum Theater. She left to study voice in Chicago that year and never finished high school. Her complete biography can be found here.

Millie Baker (Image: Duluth Public Library)