John Baird the Carriage Maker




“J. Baird, Painter and Carriage-maker, c. 1907”.
John Baird (1867 – 1939) ran his carriage shop at the north west corner of Bridge and Charlotte Streets. The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is lucky to have a wheelbarrow made by John in our collection thanks his Grandson Denzil Baird for the donation.

Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Photo of John Baird’s wheelbarrow located at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Karen Stanley More graciously sent me this photo–thank you

John Baird was my great great grandfather. I have attached a photo taken in 1904 of John and Catherine and four of their children, Harry born 1891, Pearl born 1897, Alvin born 1898 and Myrtle born 1903.


John Baird, son of William Baird and his wife Eliza Baird, a native of Westmeath Township, Renfrew County, and a resident of Carleton Place for 32 years died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs.James E. Crawford, William Street, August 1939. Mr. Baird was in his 73rd year, has been active until his death, caused by a heart affection. Mr. Baird was married to Catherine Hamilton in Alice Township. they lived in Pembroke and Marathon before coming to Carleton Place. Mrs. Baird died at her home here in 1937.

John Baird was a carriage maker for many years and was actively engaged until recently. For a number of years he was caretaker for Central Public School and held the same position at the former Methodist Church. Surviving are three sons; Harry and Alvin of Carleton Place and Leslie of Yonkers, N. Y.; two daughters, Mrs James E. Crawford (Pearl) of Carleton Place and Mrs. Willard Rowlands (Myrtle) of Utica N. Y. Three sisters – Mrs. Thompson Kilgore of Vimy Ridge, Ont., Mrs William Major and Mrs. Margaret Baird of Ottawa; one brother, James of Westmeath Township, Renfrew County, also surviving. Source: Family Papers – Newspaper clipping

Birth: Jul. 10, 1868
Renfrew County
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 29, 1939
Carleton Place
Lanark County
Ontario, Canada

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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