BAKER, GLADYS, 1900-1957


Syndicated columnist; novelist. Born– about 1900, Jacksonville, FL. ¬†Parents–¬† A. Herbert Baker and Johnnie Niblo Baker. Married– William H. Oates. Married– William H. Kettig, Jr. Married– Howard E. Coffin. Married– Roy Leonard Patrick. Beginning in 1918, worked for the Jacksonville Metropolis. In 1926 moved to Birmingham and became a feature writer for the Birmingham News. During much of the 1930’s wrote a weekly page of copy for the Birmingham News. Beginning about 1937 became syndicated foreign correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Wrote and published in newspapers two serial novels; “Sallie’s Temptations” and “Mr. and Mrs. Sallie.” Retired from newspaper work in 1942.


Files at Birmingham Public Library; Alabama Department of Archives and History; and from New York Times, December 18, 1957.


I Had to Know. New York; Appleton Century, 1951.

Our Hearts Are Restless. New York; Putnam, 1955.