Father's Name: Perry Morton Baird
Mother's Name: Ellen Irvin
one brother and one sister.
F O Baird learned leather carving as a boy, watching saddle makers ply their craft. He then apprenticed for a master craftsman who was so impressed by the young Baird that upon his death he left him his tools. Baird gained experience while traveling in Mexico and working for SD Myres in El Paso. Settled in Los Angeles in 1930 where he became a renowned teacher, author, artist, and master craftsman producing leather carvings for a diversified clientele.
F.O. Baird was a Leather craftsman and artist in the early part of the 1900s...
He served his country during the First World War as a troop saddler in E Troop 8th Cavalry...He is described as a "teacher, author, artist, and practical producer in his chosen field" (‘el Maestro’ as the Spanish referred to him, for his excellence in leather).
In 1935 Baird bought the Brydon Brothers Saddle & Harness Company in Los Angeles, CA. The F. O. Baird firm closed shortly thereafter when an employee embezzled all the funds.
The Brydon Brothers Saddle & Harness Company was a very successful turn of the century leather business from the early 20th century. The Brydon Brothers not only supplied Saddlery, Tack and other Leather Sporting Goods like Hunting & Gun Leather for the retail market, but they supplied the military (Calvary) and the movie industry as well. The Brydon Brothers Saddle & Harness Company was a large supplier to the U S Calvary and along with Saddles and Tack they supplied Holsters the (USGI) United States Government Issue M1916, which housed the M1911 and M1911A1 Pistols issued to the military in World War I. The Brydon Brothers Saddlery & Harness was also a large supplier of Saddlery and Tack to early movie industry and due to the accessible location in Los Angeles, Brydon Brothers Saddles were used widely by early Hollywood Movie Actors and Stars. In the Late 1930s or early 1940s, the Brydon Brothers Saddlery & Harness Company sold to F. O. Baird Company.
Baird School of Leather Carving
221 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs CO
Note: Baird was 45 years of age when he registered for the WWII draft #232. He lived at 3943 1/2 Saflower Dr Los Angeles, CA.
Note: WWI: Baird served from April 19, 1917 to June 19, 1920 as a troop saddler in E Troop 8th Cavalry..WWI.
Note: An obit by Bert Griffin was written and published in "The Craftsman" Volume XV Number 5 and is on page 10 and 11.
The Craftsman being a magazine for those in leather crafting.
Burial date: 10 AM Sat. April 3, 1971 Plummer Fair Chapel, Hillcrest Cemetery Kerrville, TX. Rev C.C. Ehler with Masonic Lodge 697 conducting graveside services.
Mary Ellen Bottolfsen Baird
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