David W. Baird


DAVID W. BAIRD, president of the Riverside Glass Works of Wellsburg, was born in Hardy county, Va., now West Virginia, August 27, 1853, the son of David C. and Mary A. (Beach) Bairs, natives of Loudon county, Va. The father was a miller by occupation, but for the past twenty years has not been engaged in active business. In politics he was active as a whig, and afterward as a republican, voting against the ordinance of secession. He and wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is now eighty-four and she seventy-four years. Fifteen children were born to them, of whom four are now living, the others having mostly died before reaching their sixth year. David W. Baird, the youngest of the family living, was educated in the public schools of Zanesville, Ohio and at the Commercial college of Wheeling, where he was graduated in 1873. At the age of twenty-one years he became book-keeper and entry clerk with Bloch Brothers, of Wheeling and after three years' service in that capacity was engaged as bookkeeper for the Wheeling Hinge company five years. In 1880 he took the same position with the La Belle Glass company, of Bridgeport, and in the latter part of 1884 he entered the employment of the Belmont Glass works, of Bellaire, Ohio, being engaged as bookkeeper one year and as western, salesman two years. Mr. Baird became associated with the RIverside Glass works in AUgust 1887 and in January, 1888 was elected president, a position he has since held to the satisfaction of all concerned. With a thorough knowledge of the business, he has steadily advanced the interests of the works, and increased its prosperity. He is a gentleman of brilliant parts, liberal culture and as a neighbor and citizen has the high esteem of the community. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, to which Mrs. Baird also belongs and has been superintendent of the Sunday school since 1889. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, and in politics he is a republican. Mr. Bairs was married April 28, 1879, to Mary A. Robinson, daughter of William and Matilda Robinson, of Wheeling. She is a lady of culture and refinement and has been a teacher for several years in the graded schools of Wheeling, always holding a certificate of the first grade. Mr. and Mrs. Baird have three children: Blanche M., David B. and Ella, the latter of whom died June 29, 1886, aged thirteen months.

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