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 Karle <I>Wilson</I> Baker

Karle Wilson Baker

Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Death 8 Nov 1960 (aged 82)
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Burial Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6262997 · View Source
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Poet. The 3rd person to be named a fellow to the Texas Institute of Letters. She was the daughter of Kate Florence Montgomery Wilson and William Thomas Murphey Wilson. She attended the Little Rock Academy, and Ouachita Baptist College. When she was nineteen, she enrolled at the University of Chicago where she studied under poet William Vaughn Moody and novelist Robert Herrick. For two years during the long term she taught at a girl's school in Bristol, Virginia. The final "e" in her first name was added in 1893 to help avert mistakes in gender, but her name continued to be mistaken for a man's throughout her life by fans and reviewers. A volume of her poems, Dreamers on Horseback, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Some of her other titles include Star of the Wilderness, Two Little Texans and Family Style. In 1897, her father's wholesale grocery business in Little Rock failed and he decided to start a grain and feed company in Nacogdoches and moved the family there. Karle first came to Nacogdoches in 1901. She was supporting herself with her earnings shortly before she married Thomas Ellis Baker, a Nacogdoches banker. They had two children, Thomas Wilson born in 1908 and Charlotte born in 1910. Her son became a banker and the daughter, now Charlotte Baker Montgomery, is author and illustrator of numerous children's books and two adult novels. Karle died in Nacogdoches.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Karle Wilson Baker (13 Oct 1878–8 Nov 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6262997, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .