Biography of Sam H. Hird
Kings County, CA Biographies





SAM H. HIRD.
The record of Mr. Hird is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts worked his way from a modest beginning to his present position of prosperity in business affairs and influence in his community. Sam H. Hird is English by nativity, born in the city of Bradford, Yorkshire, on the 30th day of October, 1879. His parents were Edward and Mary Jane (Thompson) Hird, the former of whom conducted a butcher shop up to the time of his death. He never left his native land, except for a brief visit to the United States.

Sam H. Hird was educated in the public schools of his native city and took a course in a business college. He was then apprenticed to learn the trade of a butcher under his father, with whom he remained until twenty years of age, when he came to the United States. He first located in Selma, California, where for fifteen months he was employed on a ranch. While on a duck hunting trip, he came through Kings county, and, while stopping in Hanford, got acquainted with Lavoy Landis, a butcher, by whom he was given a position in his meat market. Some time later Mr. Hird returned to Selma and for six months worked in Charles Ward's meat market there. He then returned to Hanford and again entered the employ of Mr. Landis. Soon afterward the latter sold the business to S. E. Biddle, Jr., and in January, 1912, Mr Hird bought the business from Mr. Biddle. The business was at that time conducted on a small scale, but under the management of its present owner it has grown steadily, each year showing a substantial increase over the preceding year. Many permanent and substantial improvements have been made in the shop, including a large and up to date refrigerator and other new equipment, until today it will compare favorably with other shops in the community. Mr. Hird employs three assistants and buys and butchers all his own meat. His life has been characterized by unceasing industry and perseverance and the systematic and honorable methods which he has followed have won him the unbounded confidence of his fellow citizens of Hanford and Kings county:

Mr. Hird was married to Miss Clara M. Brown of Selma, and to them have been born three children: Edward, Dorice and Irving. Mr. Hird's political affiliation is with the republican party, while fraternally he is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Woodmen of the World.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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