|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1963|
Ninia "Ninnie" Lilla Baird was the founder of The Mrs. Bairds Company, the largest independent bakery in the United States until it was acquired by Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Baird started her operation out of her home kitchen in 1908, baking pies and breads to supplement the family income. When her husband William died of diabetes in 1912 (then an uncurable disease), the family's business switched into full-gear.
Her sons delivered bread on bicycles until their delivery area was so large that it could no longer be carried out on foot. It was at that time that the family's buggy was converted into a "horse-drawn bread delivery vehicle".
Bread was baked in the family's kitchen until the need arose for a larger baking facility. A small bakery was built in the family's backyard. In 1920, Baird's Bread was in such high demand, that the family had to open a larger production plant in Fort Worth. Other plants were eventually built in Dallas (1928), Houston (1938), and Abilene (1948) to accomodate the demand for Bairds Bread products.
Soon after her death, the Texas State Senate passed a resolution honoring Mrs. Baird, noting that she had been, "a living example for mothers, wives, business executives and good people the world over."
Now the Mrs. Bairds brand is known all throughout the southern United States.
William Allen Baird (1867 - 1911)*
Deward Clayton Baird (1891 - 1965)*
C B Baird (1903 - 1969)*
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Created by: John Wright
Record added: Dec 14, 2005
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Per obit in 1961, she was orphaned as a young girl and learned her baking skills from her aunt on a wood burning range. Initially, she and her husband operated a small bakery in Tennessee. Than, after moving to Ft.Worth, began a business as a lunch stand ...(Read more)|
Added: Sep. 22, 2013
Wow, an inspiring story that I will now tell my daughters about. I have grown up with Mrs. Baird's Bread but never fully knew the story. My father also worked at Mrs. Baird's in the late 70's.|
Added: Sep. 2, 2012
I have spent my whole life in Fort Worth and have grown up on Mrs. Baird's bread. Thank you very much for all you did. It became part of Fort Worth's history.|
Added: Sep. 18, 2007
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