A vital part of the Former Texas Rangers Association (FTRA) is to preserve the true history of the Texas Rangers and to provide landmarks relating to the Texas Rangers. The marking of the Rangers’ graves with the Texas Rangers’ Memorial Cross is just one activity that fulfills this mission. In commemoration of the service rendered and the sacrifices made by Phillip Cuney (P.C.) Baird of “D” Company, and John A Moran of “” Company, the FTRA has given two special grave markers. These markers will be placed at Ranger Baird’s and Ranger Moran’s graves by the Mason County Historical Commission on Saturday, June 2nd. The ceremony for Ranger Baird will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Gooch Cemetery and the ceremony for Ranger Moran will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Crosby Cemetery. The public is invited to both of these ceremonies.
With the help of local historical groups and Ranger descendants, the Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Program researches, identifies, and documents the burial sites of Texas Rangers statewide and places the Memorial Cross at the resting place of the honored Rangers. The cross, with the mounted Ranger circle star badge, is a fitting landmark relating to the preservation of our Texas heritage. The FTRA would like to invite any Ranger, Ranger family member, or descendant of a Texas Ranger to join the association. The Memorial Cross Program is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation, the Henderson Family, Dale Williamson and numerous anonymous donations. For information on membership, memorial crosses, or donations, contact the FTRA by mail at P.O. Box 3195, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; by phone at 830-990-1192; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P. C. BAIRD
Texas Ranger & Mason County Sheriff
Phillip Cuney (P.C.) Baird was born in Texas on March 4, 1862, the son of Milton Coleman Baird and Nancy Ann (Lee) Baird. According to the 1870 and 1880 census, he lived in Travis County. On September 4, 1882, he was mustered into Company “D” of the Frontier Battalion, serving under Captain L. P. Sieker until 1884.
On March 4, 1885, he married Kathryn Margaret Holden in Llano, TX. They had four sons and four daughters, the first child being born in 1877 and the last in 1900.
He served as Sheriff of Mason County from 1888 until 1896, when he was appointed as a Special Ranger attached to Company “E” of the Frontier Battalion. He was also President of the Mason National Bank in 1896. The 1900 Federal Census lists him in Menard County as a stock farmer and the 1910 Federal Census lists him in Carrizo, Lincoln County, NM as a Deputy Sheriff. Returning to Mason, he once again was elected Sheriff and served from 1912 to 1916. In the 1920 Census, he is again listed as a stock farmer in Menard County. He and his wife returned to Mason in the early 1920’s and on March 9, 1928 he died in the Baylor Hospital in San Antonio of pneumonia. He was 66 years old. He is buried in the Gooch Cemetery in Mason as is his wife Kathryn who died on May 15, 1956. They were married for forty-three years.
J. Marvin Hunter, editor of the Frontier Times and a good friend of P.C.’s, wrote in the magazine shortly after Baird’s death: “It grieves us to learn that P.C. Baird, of Mason, died in San Antonio March 9, after a brief illness. Frontier Times contained a story about this fearless frontier officer in its last issue, and used his portrait on the cover page. He served as a Texas Ranger in the early days, and for sixteen years was sheriff of Mason County, retiring from that office in 1898. A few days before his death he wrote the editor of this magazine that his friends at Mason had prevailed upon him to enter the race for sheriff again, and that he had done so. He was a splendid gentleman, a loyal friend, a worthy citizen, and his passing will be mourned by hundreds of friends throughout Texas and elsewhere.”
Next week’s newspaper will have a biography of Ranger John A. Moran.