Then and Now — 1919 & 2021 — 807 6th St No.
This Bungalow was owned from 1920 – 1954 by the Baird family. Frederick James Beard was born in Mercer Pennsylvania on August 8, 1872 and was an only child. When Fred was 10 his family moved to Cleveland where his father took a position as a dry goods clerk. Fred attended the Cleveland public schools and upon graduating took a job with an electrical contracting company of which he soon became a manager. It was in Cleveland that Fred met Clara and the two were married November 8, 1916. Fred and Clara had one child in 1917, a daughter Dorothea, who went by the name ‘Tommy’. Clara was a registered nurse who had trained at Mercy Hospital in Cleveland.
Fred and Clara came to St. Pete in 1919 with Fred’s mother to escape the cold winter in Cleveland and fell in love with the city. Fred and Clara decided to look for a house to purchase and found just the one at 807 6th Street No. The Bairds (along with Fred’s mother Margaret) wintered in this home until 1934 when Fred retired and Dorothea graduated High School, the family then made this their permanent residence.
Fred and Clara became very active in the community, Fred helped organize Memorial Park Cemetery and served as its director of sales. He was also an amateur film maker and made many home videos in the 1930’s of happenings in St. Pete (yacht regattas, airplane flights, etc) many of which were aired in local theaters and at the St. Pete Yacht Club. Clara, being a registered nurse, founded and operated the ‘Physicians and Surgeons Exchange and Nurses Registry’ here in St. Pete.
Dorothea married Clarence Lammers Jr. on February 18, 1939, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Fred Baird died suddenly and unexpectedly on May 18, 1943, at age 70, while on a business trip to Ohio. He is buried at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent Ohio. Clara lived in this house until she passed on October 29, 1954, at the age of 67. Clara is buried next to Fred in Kent Ohio.
Dorothea followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a nurse. She and Clarence had two sons, Fred (named for her father) and Clarence (named for her husband). Dorothea died in St. Pete on February 17, 2005 and is buried next to her parents in Kent Ohio.
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