On the West Side
See large photo HERE
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 1906 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|
See Large photo HERE
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.|
Delivery's were made the hard way, man and animal muscle.
This ad from 1916
By 1910, this building was erected at 331Washington Street and Ohio Ave., across the street from the old store
|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 lasted into the 60s. By then, almost all of Charleston's locally owned hardware stores were gone
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
All photos courtesy of Daniel E Davidson
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