Senator Harry W. Laird played a significant role in Regina and Saskatchewan history. He was a well-known newspaper owner and editor before the 1900 gold rush led him to sell his papers and move west to Barkerville, British Columbia. The boom proved a fiasco and he came to Regina in 1901 where he went into business and farmed land which is now part of the city. Laird was Mayor of Regina in 1905 and on January 3, Mrs. Laird proudly turned on Regina's new waterworks. One of the Lairds' proudest moments of that year was celebrating the inauguration of the Province of Saskatchewan.
When World War I broke out, Laird was 46 but he promptly resumed the military activities he had dropped in 1900. With the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he organized and went to France in command of the 3rd Divisional Train, Canadian Expeditionary Force, remaining at the front until 1917. His eldest son, a brilliant aviator, was killed in action in 1917.
Soon after Mr. Laird returned to Regina, Sir Robert Borden appointed him to the Senate in Ottawa.
CORA-RPL-A-0910 Senator H.W. Laird in his backyard at 2330 Victoria Avenue looking toward the First Baptist Church, surveying damaged houses after the 1912 Regina Cyclone