California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
FRED H. BAILLEE, who passed to the life beyond some years ago, is recalled with affection and appreciation by the residents of San Bernardino, where he made his home for nearly a quarter of a century. No man stood higher in the business life of the community, progressive and active in all the details of his business life he lived up to his strict ideas of business honor and integrity. He was always active in every forward movement of the city and was one of San Bernardino's greatest boosters.
In fraternal and social circles he held the same enviable position for in his intercourse with his friends and associates he was courteous, kind and considerate, and so today he is thought of with tenderness, with deep regret for his loss.
Mr. Baillee was a valued member of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Merchants' Protective Association. While he was a democrat he was never an offensive partisan, but always ready to do his part in the service of his party.
Fratemally Mr. Baillee was a member of the Masons, of the San Bernardino Castle No. 27 of the Knights of Pythias and of Lodge No. 836 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Modern Woodmen of America and of the Knights of Maccabees. His Free and Accepted Masonic affiliation was with the Phoenix Lodge, No. 178.
Mr. Baillee was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a son of David and Margaret Baillee, his father being a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and his mother of Dublin, Ireland. He was educated in the public schools of Scranton and at once went into his father's wall paper and paint store in Grand Island, Nebraska, receiving a thorough training and insight into business methods. He remained with his father until the latter's death and then carried the business on alone for some years afterwards. He then removed to Rock Springs, Wyoming, entering the same line of business in 1893. He remained there for two years when he sold out to come to Southern California.
He located first at Redondo, but in 1896 removed to San Bernardino. He started business in partnership with W. H. Parsons in the same line he had always been in, wall paper and paints. At the end of two years he bought out his partner and continued the business up to the time of his death on February 19, 1910.
Mr. Baillee married on April 30, 1890, at Grand Island, Nebraska. Mrs. Baillee carried on the business until 1918, when she closed out the wall paper and paint departments, retaining the art department. She replaced the two departments with a floral establishment she purchased and is running the resulting business now. In addition to her business activities she is active in politics, being a member of the Democratic County Central Committee of San Bernardino.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011