The Brady Standard
12 August 1966
One story on Mrs. "Sally" Baird comes from two published news items about
two months apart:
Mrs. O. T. (Sally) Baird celebrated her 100th birthday quietly Sunday.
One of the highlights of her anniversary was the congratulatory card she received from Pres. Lydon B. Johnson. The engraved card wished her many happy returns and congratulated her on reaching the century mark.
Mrs. Baird also received letters from U. S. Cong. O.C. Fisher and Lt. Gov. Preston Smith.
Lt. Governor Smith said in his letter, " As Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and presently as Acting Governor, it is an honor and a privilege for me to have this opportunity to write and personally extend my official and personal gratitude for the wonderful services you have rendered to the people of Texas during these 100 years. Those of us, and generations yet unborn, shall forever be grateful to those of you who lived and labored before us to make Texas and the United States such a wonderful place in which to live.
"I know that you will have many pleasant memories on your birthday as you look back over the years that you have enjoyed living and as you analyze some of these most unforgettable experiences that you have been privileged to have.
"As this letter is brought to a close, I want you to know that all of Texas is proud of you and of the services that you have rendered our people and also that we want you to know that we realize just how beneficial your life has been to so many people."
She also received many beautiful flower arrangements. Among them was one from Mayor John Rudder. She received birthday cards from all over the state.
Though Mrs. Baird was confined to her bed, a great number of visitors called on her during the day. Her children, grandchildren, and other relatives gathered for a lunch in her honor at Richards Park.
Her children presented her with $100 in honor of her 100th birthday,
Mrs. O. T. Baird, 100 years and two months old, died about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brady Hospital where she had been a patient for 32 days.
The oldest citizen in Brady, Mrs. Baird was born Aug. 7, 1866 in San Gabriel, Milam County. She was married to O. T. Baird in November, 1885. He died May 2, 1939. Mrs. Baird's twin sister, Mrs. Henry Moore, died March 30, 1965.
Mrs. Baird, with her husband and family, moved to McCulloch County, Fairview Community in 1899, where Mr. Baird farmed for 50 hears before moving to Brady in 1938.
The Baird farm served as the training school for many youths who wanted to become farmers. The boys lived on the farm during the summer, working and at the same time gaining a knowledge of the operation of farms.
After Mr. Baird died in 1939, Mrs. Baird continued to keep her own house and to be a "Good Samaritan" toward all who came to her door. She once took in a 78-year-old woman for 8 months when the woman said she needed a place to live.
Mrs. Baird continued to keep her house, can peaches from the trees in her back yard and cook whenever her many children and grandchildren came to visit.
Mrs. Baird, who celebrated her 100th birthday two months ago, had suffered an almost fatal attack of typhoid when she was 17, an appendectomy at 65, and mumps at 75.
She was a long-time member of the Christian Church.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Wilkerson Chapel, the Rev, Bill Boswell, pastor of the First Christian Church, conducting. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Laura Sayles, of Brady, Mrs. R. J. Turner of Pear Valley, Mrs. T. A. Dial of Hamilton, Mrs. Clege Hemphill of Alvin, and Mrs. T. W. Blackburn of Brownwood; three sons, W. A. Baird and Sam Baird of Brady, and Arch Baird of San Angelo; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were J. A. Ranne, Jr., Daymon Diehl, Jack Kyzar, Bud Ellison, Gerald Huffman and Rube Huffman.