|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1829|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1914|
Thank you Lester for the added information...
Found an 1892 bio on him. He was born in 1829
Alfred Baird, a resident of Big Dry Creek, Fresno County,
California, was born in Ohio, November 16, 1829. The Buckeye State continued to be the scene of his childhood and youth until he reached the age of eighteen years. He then went to Iowa and settled on the frontier of that State, where he engaged in carpentering. For twelve years he pursued this occupation with varying success. The year 1859 found him en route to California, making the trip with ox teams and horses and taking with him his wife and two children. Three years previous to this time he was married to Miss Lydia K. Beard, a native of Indiana, who, with her parents, settled on the Iowa frontier about the time Alfred took up residence there. The journey across the plains consumed the entire summer and proved an uneventful one. Arriving in California, he settled for a short time at a point near Visalia and finally settled down on the King's river in Fresno County and lived there since the fall of 1859. The remarkable changes that have taken place, the rapid development of the soil, and the birth and growth of Fresno were all witnessed by him. His early reminiscences of life in the San Joaquin Valley were interesting in the extreme. The year of his arrival here found him successfully gardening on the King's River for two years until a flood came and wiped out his whole place. He then procured some sheep on shares and also engaged in the cattle business, which he continued with excellent success for eighteen years. Alfred ascribed his success to his sheep investment and to the fact that his stock had the entire public domain to run over. He sold out his sheep interests in 1879, but still held his ranch properties, consisting of 8,000 acres of land, scattered through Tulare as well as Fresno County. He resided at Big Dry Creek, twenty miles east of Fresno, on what is known as Poverty Ranch, the ranch being so named on account of a weed growing in abundance near his place called poverty weed. In his agricultural pursuits he also met with eminent success. During his long residence in this county he has assumed his share of work and responsibility in politics. He was a Republican candidate for Assemblyman, and on two occasions for County Treasurer although he was never elected, owing to the Democratic ascendancy in the district. His children are Benjamin M., a resident of Visalia; Alice, now Mrs. Dr, Reid of Tulare; L. E. Baird, living in Oregon; and Florence G., now Mrs. R. E. Keiler.
Florence G Baird Keeler (1871 - 1956)*
Created by: D.A.R.
Record added: Oct 13, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11963473