|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1858|
|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1934|
The Lincoln Star, NE, Thursday, December 6, 1934, P1, C6 and P12, C8
DEATH OF MRS. FRANCES BAIRD
Sister of Governor Bryan and Late W. J. Bryan Lived Here 38 Years
Mrs. Frances Baird, 76, eldest sister of Governor Charles W. Bryan and the late William Jennings Bryan, died at her home, 2137 South Forty-eighth street, at 5:50 o'clock Thursday morning after an illness of six weeks. The immediate family were at the bedside all during the night and were with her when she died.
Mrs. Baird had been suffering from paralytic attacks for six weeks and each recurrence left her weaker. She was conscious and cheerful, however, until Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in Wyuka cemetery. Troyer's is in charge.
Mrs. Baird was born on March 18, 1858, at Salem, Ill., just two years before her illustrious brother William Jennings Bryan. Govenor Bryan was nine years younger than Mrs. Baird. Governor Bryan said that his sister, who was variously known to her friends as "Aunt Fannie" and "Mother Baird," was a sort of special protector for him when he was a boy.
"Whatever I did was always right in her eyes," Governor Bryan said Thursday. "She seemed to regard me as a special protegee of hers." Mrs. Baird always took an intense interest in the activities of Governor Bryan and William Jennings Bryan.
Besides the Governor Mrs. Baird leaves a sister, Mrs. T. S. Allen; and a son and daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Roy Spangler, who lived with her, and W. B. Millson. A grandson, Capt. Francis Millson, also survives. J. W. Baird, her husband, died a year ago.
Mrs. Baird came to Lincoln shortly after William Jennings Bryan's first campaign for the presidency in 1896, at her brother's request. The family built a home at Forty-eighth and South street, near Fairview, where they have always lived. Mrs. Baird was a member of the Presbyterian church.
The home was a sort of community center for the Normal area, families dropping in on many occasions for a basket supper and an evening with "Mother Baird." She was quiet and unassuming and greatly loved by her friends and neighbors.
Her work in philanthropic circles was carried on quietly and was little known. Only three days ago she was planning a dinner affair for a number of elderly shut ins.
The Lincoln Star, NE, Saturday, December 8, 1934, P1, C2 and P6, C8
FINAL TRIBUTE TO MRS. BAIRD
Hospitality of Bryan's Sister Eulogized by Reverand Walcott.
A host of friends mourned with Governor Charles W. Bryan Saturday afternoon as last rites were held at the home, 2137 South Forty-eighth street, for Mrs. Frances Bryan Baird, his elder sister, who died early Thursday following a six weeks' illness.
Simple services were held in the presence of immediate relatives and neighbors of the Normal area, to whom Mrs. Baird was known as "Aunt Fannie" and "Mother Baird" Rev. C. H. Walcott, pastor of the First Baptist church officiated. He eulogized Mrs. Baird for her strength of spirit, for her hospitality and for her clinging to the traditions of her distinguished family.
"Hospitality was a crowning grace of her life," Rev. Walcott said. " The latchstring was always out to her friends, neighbors and relatives. She had the fine art of making everyone feel at home.
"She carried on the traditions of a distinguished family in her personal characteristics. Her tenderer graces were coupled with a strong and attractive personality. Strength and beauty were the sanctuary of her soul. Many have remarked concerning her facial resemblances to her famous brother, William Jennings Bryan. In many families brothers and sisters grow apart as they grow older. But not so in this family, the years seem to have brought them closer together. It is, therefore, a distinct community loss that another break should come in this family circle.
Sincere in Faith.
"Mrs. Baird's religious experience and responses were sincere and reverent, and her faith in God, and spiritual appreciations were profound and expressed themselves in practical service and a devotional spirit. We 'sorrow as those who have no hope,' but in the sublime confidence of the Christian hope, "for we know that if our early house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not make with hands, eternal in the heavens.'
"The spirit of our Lord, who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, was exemplified in many beautiful ways in the life of Mrs. Baird. She was always thinking of others, and radiantly cheerful and patient even under affliction. Service was the ideal of her life, and it was her lot to carry out a tender ministry within the home circle and beyond. Human need was to her a service opportunity."
Miss Kathryn Dean sang "My Task" and "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go." She was accompanied by Cornelia Gant Cole. Interment was in Wyuka cemetery.
James William Baird (1852 - 1933)
Plot: Sec-13 Lot-203 Gr-4
Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
Record added: Apr 27, 2011
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