L.M. BAIRD, produce and commission
merchant at No. 220 Upper Water street,
was born in Spencer County, Ky., September 22, 1831.
His father, Stephen Baird, a
Virginian, early moved to Kentucky, there
married Mrs. Sarah Pierson, nee McDonald,
a native of that state, owned a plantation
worked by slave labor, and was prosperous.
Selling his farm, he distributed some of his
slaves among his children, took some to
Vigo County, Ind., whither he moved, and
gave them their freedom. Purchasing a
tract of land near Terre Haute, he settled
there in 1833, and remained until his death
which occurred six years later.
after his father's death, at the age of fifteen
the subject of this mention accepted employment
as a clerk, and remained so engaged
in various positions until October, 1851,
when, yielding to the excitement caused by
the rich discoveries of gold on the Pacific
coast, in company with Robert N. Gilmore, he
he went to California by New York and the
Isthmus. Returning to Terre Haute in the
spring of 1853, he entered the clothing
store of Samuel Mack, where he remained
until the beginning of the next year, when
he embarked in the clothing business for
himself at Worthington, Green County, Ind.
At this place, on Christmas day, 1856, he
was united in marriage to Miss D. H.
Blount, who, two years later, passed away,
leaving a little daughter six months old. In
May, 1859, he was married a second time,
to Miss Ann E. Blount, a sister of his first
It was in April, 1861 that he moved
to Evansville. After traveling about a year
in the interest of Roelker, Blount & Co., he
accepted a situation as book-keeper with
W. M. Aikman & Co., at 220 Upper Water
street, remaining in that capacity until the
summer of 1865, when the firm failed in
business, Mr. Baird buying the stock, etc.
In September, 1865, he formed a co-partnership
with George H. Start, under the firm
name of Baird & Start, which was dissolved
after nine years of successful operation.
For fourteen years past the business has
been continued by Mr. Baird alone, thus
making more than twenty-six years of occupancy
of the same building, first as bookkeeper
and then as proprietor.
Industry, integrity and wise management have been
the chief factors in building his prosperity.
The fruits of his efforts embrace, not only
the commodities purchasable with money,
but also the more valued comforts which a
good reputation and a high standing in the
community afford. In politics he is an ardent
republican, always ably championing
the principles of that party. During the
campaign of 1888 as a clear and forcible
card-writer, he contributed largely to the
success of the triumphant party. He is a
prominent member of the Masonic order,
having attained the degree of Knight
Mr. Baird's second wife died in January,
1873. She was the mother of nine
children, five of whom died in infancy. On
December 25, 1873, his marriage to Mrs.
Mary Peterson occurred. She was the
mother of two children at the time of his
marriage, since which six more have been