BAIRD HARDWARE

On the West Side

Baird Hardware

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Daniel Edgar Baird  (on the left) came to Charleston from Ohio in 1885.  He went to work for the locally famous N.S. Burlew, who owned a large hardware store. ( not to mention the Burlew Theater on Capitol St ).  After 22 years with Mr Burlew,  Edgar started his own hardware store in 1905 on what is now Washington Street W., formally Charleston Street.  The first store was located where the Rite Aid parking lot is at Washington & Watts St.  This hardware store was formally Higginbothams. These three photos were taken in 1907

Baird Hardware

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Daniel Edgar Baird is in shirt sleeves in the center.  His sons are in the photo also. That's Floyd in the dark shirt with light suspenders. Daniel Bartlett stands behind the unknown little boy.  In 1924, Daniel Bartlett Baird drowned in the Elk River at Mink Shoals while trying to save a small boy from his Sunday School class.  The boy made it by the way.

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DELIVERY

Baird Hardware

Delivery's were made the hard way,  man and animal muscle.

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Baird Hardware

This ad from 1916

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Baird Hardware

By 1910, this building  was erected at 331Washington Street and Ohio Ave., across the street from the old store

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Baird Hardware

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Baird Hardware


Inside Showroom- Circa 1925
332 & 333 Charleston St. ( Washington St. ) Charleston WV.
                          
Lee Johnson - Daniel E Baird – J.M. Hickman – Floyd Baird
Bartlett Baird – Harry Thaxton - ??? Woodall – Garnet Brown.
Miss Donnally - Charles Higgins



Baird Hardware Lighter

Baird Hardware lasted into the 60s.  By then, almost all of Charleston's locally owned hardware stores were gone

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Ohio Ave

 

I placed this photo here because the Baird's owned this rental house, which was located right around the corner on Ohio Ave. Here, a retaining wall is being built that would be removed a year later by orders of the city. Something about encroaching onto the sidewalk too much. You can see that most of the streets on the West Side (and East Side too for that matter) were still unpaved.  This photo taken in 1915.


 All photos courtesy of  Daniel E Davidson



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 1900s PHOTOS PAGE

Here you will find photos circa 1907,  many with the corresponding photo of how that area looks today.  Some of  these properties no longer have the address they had in 1907 of course,  and so an educated guess as to the exact location has been made by taking into account the current city block numbers.  

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Elk River 1907
Elk River 1907

Other Photos from the 1900s

 


Charleston General Hospital

Photos from 1911


Kanawha at Capitol

Kanawha River Boat

 Great Riverbank Scene

Bowen Tavern

The Bowen Tavern 
Kanawha River Locks

Kanawha River Locks
Big Chimney

Big Chimney
Baird Hardware

Baird Hardware
Joe Cook

A few old Steamboats
Lewis Hubbard

Lewis Hubbard & Co

 Ruffner

Ruffner Cemetery Playground

 Nuttallburg WV

Nuttallburg  WV Coal Camp
Charleston WV map

City Map from the 1900s
Western Union

Western Union
Elizabeth Memorial Church
Elizabeth Memorial Church
A Funny Story
C&O Depot
The C&O Depot
Collapse of the Elk River Bridge in Charleston
Elk River Bridge Collapse
Central ME Church
Central ME Church
Derricks Creek
Derricks Creek Photo


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