from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 386
ISABELLA (POOR) and ABSALOM BAIRD
Abs. BAIRD resides on section 1, Clinton Township, and is one of the well-known and leading pioneers of
Ringgold County. he was born in Putnam County, Indiana, December 3, 1831. His father, John BAIRD, was a son of
Samuel BAIRD, a native of Scotland, and was born in Virginia. His mother, Martha (MOORE) BAIRD, was a native of Kentucky.
They were married in Indiana and were pioneers of Putnam County, locating in the heavy timber near Putnamville. They
reared a family of six children - Samuel, Sarah Jane, Hartley, Mary, Absalom and Martha.
Abs. resided in Putnam
County until he grew to manhood. His early life was passed in assisting on the farm and in attending the common
schools in the log school-houses of that day.
After reaching his majority he was engaged in clerking in a store for
four years. In 1856 he came to Iowa by team, and was on the road thirty days.
He first located upon 120 acres of
wild land that his father had entered from the Government in 1853. He was married January 1, 1860 [Redding, Iowa], to Miss Isabella POOR,
a lady of high cultures and education, who was a successful teacher and taught the first school in Clinton and Middle
Fork townships. She was a daughter of Alvin POOR, a prominent pioneer of Ringgold County.
A short time after his
marriage Mr. BAIRD built a frame house 16 x 16, the first frame house built in the township. Here he has since resided
and improved his land from time to time as his means would premit, and has added to his acres utnil he has a splendid
farm of 565 acres. It is divided into fields for the convenience of stock, and a modern wind-mill furnishes his
stock with an abundance of pure water. He has a good, well-furnished house, barn, out-buildings for stock, an orchard
of 150 bearing trees, and small fruits. He makes a specialty of stock-raising and feeding, usually keeping from 100
to 150 head of cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. BAIRD are the parents of ten living children - William A., Ida R., Julia B.,
Alice E. Samuel C., Bertha M., James Claude, Charles A., Roy and Day. Two are deceased: John E. died at the age of
twenty-one years, and Rufus died at the age of twelve years.
Mr. BAIRD has served creditably as township trustee,
assessor, member of the Board of Supervisors, and was township clerk ten years. He has been a Republican since 1856.
Submission by Delbert Spencer, April of 2009
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