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Baird Hardware, founded by Eberle Baird, was one of the most important businesses in Gainesville for more than 90 years. Formed in 1890 and liquidated in 1981, it was the largest hardware house in Florida in 1900. Mr. Baird died in 1930 and six weeks later Mr. C. Addison Pound, who began working for the company as a teenager, became president. Mr. Pound was a very active man with great interest in the outdoors and sports. He loved boat racing and Baird's had the Tower Parking Lot across the street (University Avenue) for shoppers, but also for boats that were for sale. Baird's gave boat and motor demonstrations on Newnan's Lake and around the State. (click image to view larger size)