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Baker, Emaline Philokely, 1900-1993



  • Existence: 1900 September 27 - 1993 May 6
  • Existence: 1900-09-27 - 1993-05-06


Emma Philokely Baker was born in Emilee, Texas, on 27 September 1900 and died here in Austin on 6 May 1993. Along the way she earned a degree at Southwest Texas State Teachers College and also changed her first name to "Emaline" while a student. Her family moved to Woodville when she was about five so she could have beeter schooling. She followed cousins named Barnes to San Marcos with some worry as she was thought to be a sickly girl. But the hills seemed to be good for her and she came out in better shape than when she entered (according to a family story). Her major was Home Economics and she taught that subject for many years all over south and east Texas before meeting her husband-to-be, Justin O'Connor, in San Benito. She dropped out of teaching between 1930 and 1947 to raise her two children, Carol May and Michael, but returned as a 4th grade teacher in 1947 in Bridge City and stayed there until she retired in 1961.

Biography written by Jim Thompson.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Emaline Philokely Baker collection

Identifier: 90.100-Alumni-2009-Baker

Collection of materials connected to Emaline Baker that includes coursework related to home economics.

Dates: 1925, undated