about Ruth Teaford Baker...
Teaford Baker began life in a
coal-mining camp near
Townley, Alabama. The family moved soon afterward to a
large farm two miles out of Townley
on the Fayette Road, now Highway 102. She was the youngest of
12 children born to Luther N. and Mary Atkins Romine.
Her family background traces its roots to America in
1660, and to this area just after the
War of 1812. She attended Walker College in Jasper and the
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Her degrees include a B.S.
in English/History; M.A. in Education/English; M.A. in School
Administration; A.A. in Education/English.
include: “Favorite Teacher of Alabama, 1980,” “Alabama’s
Teacher of the Year, 1982,” “Finalist in Jacksonville State
University Hall of Fame,” Business and Professional Women’s
“Woman of Achievement,” (local and district), “Walker County’s
Mother of the Year,” “State of Alabama Governor’s Award,” Three
“House of Representatives of Alabama Award.”
Teaford-Baker’s historical research
began while teaching English in
Jr. High School. She began writing featured newspaper articles
in the DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE in 1979, concerning the history of
the area, its people and their ways. Her husband of 43 years,
Paul Teaford, deceased as did her
only son, James Cecil Files. She is married to Thomas H. Baker
of Atlanta and has her daughter-in-law, Judy Campbell Files, two
grandson Jamie and Jeffrey and three great-grandchildren
Cayson, Callie, and Bryson. The
Bakers live in a home joining the original home place at
Townley. She retired as principal of
are active members at the
Church of God where she serves on the Board of Trustees,
Superintendent of the Sunday School,
and teaches an adult Sunday School Class.