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Right:  Memory of the Nineties - A trip to the past, via a buggy similar to the one he used when he first began his practice 62 years ago, is taken by Dr. A. J. Bird of New Albany, Pa, while Dr. E. Roger Samuel of Mount Carmel, national "Doctor of the Year" looks on during last night's testimonial dinner in honor of Dr. Bird at the New Albany High School. (Star-Gazette Photos by Don Leavenworth)
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Pennsylvania Honors New Albany’s Dr. Bird

250 Pay Tribute to Doctor

New Albany – About 250 people attended last night’s testimonial banquet at New Albany High School honoring Dr. A. J. Bird of New Albany for his 62 years of Public service.  Dr. Bird is 85.
Among those who praised work done by Dr. Bird were Bradford County Judge William M. Rosenfield of Towanda; Joseph Gavenenis of Mildred, Pennsylvania American Legion Commander.
Dr. Stanley Conklin, head of Robert Packer Hospital medical department; Dr. Herman Fischer Jr., of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Medical society District Councilor.
Dr. Elmer Shelley, Pennsylvania Medical Society president and Dr. E. Roger Samuel of Mount Carmel, national “Doctor of the Year.”
Program for the evening included: Invocation, the Rev. Paul J. H. Zelinka, pastor of the New Albany Methodist Church.
Introductory, Alfred Cool, New Albany Chamber of commerce president; welcome to guests, Richard Norton, special testimonial committee chairman.
Toastmaster, Howard Miller, New Albany Chamber of Commerce past president; Judge Rosenfield; quartet, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Wilcox Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Beardsley.
Introduction of area doctors, who have practiced over 50 years, including Dr. G. E. Boyer of Troy, Dr. C. M. Bradford [Canton],Dr. H. C. Brown of Wysox and Dr. A. B. Dann of Canton.
Dr. C. M. Coon of Milan and Dr. E. M. Dailey of Dushore were unable to attend.
Duet by Cool and Beardsley; Dr. Conklin and Dr. Fischer.  Walter Robinson, humorist, presented “Tales from Birdlife.”
Dr. Shelley, Dr. Samuel Joseph Frawley, special awards chairman, presented representatives of various local organizations who presented Dr. Bird with gifts.
Representatives and organizations which they represented were; R. F. Downing, charge lay leader, New Albany Methodist Church; Ralph Driscoll, commander, Towanda American Legion Post 42.
Thomas Simpson, past chef de gare, Voiture 549, 40 & 8; Bruce Haverly, past commander, New Albany Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ralph Mosier, past master Evergreen Lodge 163, F. & A. M.; Nelson Rieley, president of the Towanda Rod and Gun Club; G. B. Johnston, New Albany Volunteer Fire Co. president; and Cool.
John Mincavage, New Albany Chamber of Commerce vice president, introduced some of the “babies” whom Dr. Bird had delivered in the past and have become members of the community.
Dr. Bird expressed his thanks for the honor bestowed on him by the testimonial.
The event was sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Bird was fairly overcome with all that had been done and said.  Modestly he arose to express his deep appreciation which very apparently came from the heart.  “I don’t feel old,” he said.  “I work the same as I did but still time goes on.”
“Sometimes in the rush and change of modern times, he said, “I have felt I was just fading away, like MacArthur said, but this affair tonight makes me feel more that ever that what I have tried to do has been very much worth while.”

Left: Bradford County Elders - A total of 280 years of medical services is represented by the five doctors shown above.  From left: Dr. A. B. Dann of Canton, 52 years;  Dr. C. M. Bradford of Canton, 53 years; Dr. Bird, 62 years; Dr. H. C. Down of Wysox, 63 years; and Dr. G. E. Boyer of Troy, 50 years.  Another 100 years of service would have been added to this total had it been possible for Dr. C. M. Coon of Milan and Dr. E. M. Dailey of Dushore been able to attend.  Both have at least 50 years of service each.

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