BAIRD – A pioneer of the Brooks district, James (Jim) Baird passed away Sept. 19, 1965 at Brooks General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 76.
Born in Scotland, the late Jim Baird came from Australia in 1912 to Calgary, Alta., and to the Duke of Sutherland’s North Farm near Brooks in 1916.
He was employed later by the Canadian Pacific Railway Department of Natural Resources in 1923 and then he went with the Alberta Department of Agriculture in 1935 as manager of the Demonstration Farm at the East Station here.
He retired in 1954 to live with his daughter and her husband and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Sunstrum at Cessford.
The late Jim Baird was one of the few members of a pioneering group that kept the wheels of progress turning in Brooks during early days, He was active in all community affairs when resident here and had a wide circle of friends.
He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Agnes McKinley Armstrong, B.C., Mrs. Janet Sturm Lanagan, Sask., Mrs Marion Macfarland Viking, Alta., Mrs. Frances Babb, Viking Alta., Mrs Helen Sunstrum Cessford, Alta., one son , James of Calgary; one son William predeceased him in 1941 while serving with the RCAF; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother Robert Baird of Swift Current, Sask. and one sister Mrs. Helen Dykes of Scotland.
Service was conducted by Rev. Leonard Ling of Brooks United Church on Sept 21 at 2 p.m. with interment following under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Brooks cemetery.
Pallbearers were Flex Emslie, Jack Nestor, Andy Ulrick, Laman Anderson. Duncan Hargrave and Bob Harstead.
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BAIRD – Mrs. James Baird, a highly respected resident of Brooks for the past thirty-one years, passed away in the local hospital early Monday morning, March 24, after a serious illness. She was fifty-seven years of age.
The late Mrs. Baird was born at Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland on February 22, 1890. She came to Canada in 1913 and on July 5th of that year was married to Mr, Baird at Calgary.
In 1916 the family moved to Brooks, where they have since resided. Mrs. Baird devoted most of her time to her family, but became widely known and respected by a wide circle of friends.
Left to mourn her loss are her husband, James; one son, Robert James; and five daughters, Mrs Ralph McKinley (Nan) of Armstrong, B.C., Mrs. Martin Sturm (Jennie) of Brooks, Mrs John Macfarland (Minnie) of Brooks, Mrs Clarence Babb (Frances) of Edmonton, Mrs Ike Sunstrum (Helen) of Brooks. Another son, Bill was reported missing in action with the R.C.A.F. on the PacificCoast on October 30, 1942, A sister, Mrs, H. V. Reeves, lives in Calgary, a brother Wm, Murdoch, at Brooks and one sister and four brothers are living in Scotland, There are also six grandchildren.
Rev, Allan Dixon conducted the funeral service from BrooksUnitedChurch on Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock, when scores of friends attended to pay last respects. Pattison’s Funeral Home of Medicine Hat was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Alex Emslie, A.M. Patriquin, A.W. McKellar, O. F. Ingram, P. D. Hargrave and J. A. McKay. Burial was made in Brooks Cemetery.
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