Lee County Biography


Thorough college training and broad hospital experience well qualify Dr. Robert L. Baird for the onerous duties which now devolve upon him as a practitioner of medicine in Dixon. He is yet a young man but has already attained a position in the profession which many an older practitioner might well envy. He was born in Sterling, Illinois, in 1883, and is a son of H. D. and Margaret (Norrish) Baird, who are also natives of Illinois. However, their parents were from England and Scotland respectively and were pioneers of this state. H. D. Baird was roared to the occupation of farming and has made it his life work.

At the usual age Dr. Baird entered the public schools, passed through consecutive grades as he mastered the lessons connected there with and in due time became a high-school pupil. His education was further continued in Dixon College, of which he is a graduate, and then in preparation for the medical profession, which he had determined to make his life work, he entered the Hahnemann Medical College and was graduated therefrom in 1908. For a year he was an interne in the Hahnemann Hospital, being appointed to this position in recognition of his high standing in his college work. This brought him broad medical experience, enabling him to put his theoretical training to the test, and after a' year thus spent he returned to Dixon, where he opened an office and entered upon general practice in 1909. It was not long before his ability found recognition in a practice that has steadily grown. Although he is a young man, he has already made a creditable name and place for himself. He belongs to the Lee County Homeopathic Medical Society, the Illinois State Homeopathic Society and the National Homeopathic Medical Association.

In 1910 Dr. Baird was married to Miss Grace Over, of Sterling, Illinois. His social nature finds expression in his membership in the Masonic lodge, the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In his political views he is a democrat and his religious faith is evidenced by his membership in the Episcopal church, while his wife is a member of the Lutheran church. They are now widely known in Dixon and have a large circle of warm friends.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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