Mrs. Bird Dies at 90;
Taught in E. Rochester

Mrs. Laura M. Bird, 90, of 31 James St., Fairport, a
retired East Rochester school teacher, whose five daughters
are or were connected with the teaching profession, died
yesterday (Feb. 5, 1963) after a year's illness.
Mrs. Bird, who retired in
1933 as an East Rochester
elementary school teacher,
was the widow of Louis E.
Bird, who was superinten-
dent of the East Rochester
School System when he re-
tired in 1933.  He died in
1942.
Mrs. Bird, a native of Oris-
kany, Oneida County, was a
graduate of Albany State
Teachers College and taught
in Clinton and Herkimer be-
fore moving to East Roches-
ter in 1913.  She started
teaching in the village six
years later.
Mrs. Bird's daughters are:
Mrs. Ruth Polhill, high school
librarian in Beacon; Miss
Lois Bird, primary supervisor
of teaching in East Rochester;
Mrs. Stanley Helmer, a
teacher in North Tonawanda;
Mrs. Harry Kichline, a retired
Houston, Tex., teacher, and
Mrs. F. I. Anderson, a for-
mer secretary in the Fairport
school system's administra-
tion office.
Mrs. Bird, who moved to
Fairport three years ago, was
a 50-year member of First
Baptist Church in East Roch-
ester, a former Sunday school
teacher, a member of the
church's Women's Society,
New York State Retired
Teachers Association, Welch
Cambrian Society of Roches-
ter, and the East Rochester
College Club.
Her other survivors are:
three grandsons; two sisters,
Mrs. Morris Robert of Po-
mona, Calif., and Mrs. Al-
bert Aldridge of Whitesboro,
and a brother, Gomer Morris,
also of Whitesboro.
 
 

Laura Bird Dies; Former Teacher

Mrs. Laura M. Bird, 90, of 31
James St., Fairport, died Tues-
day (Feb. 5, 1963), after a year's
illness.  She was one of East
Rochester's best-known school-
teachers, having taught in the
elementry school from 1919 un-
til her retirement in 1933, and
the widow of Louis E. Bird, for-
mer superintendent of the East
Rochester School System, Mr.
Bird, who also retired in 1933,
died in 1942.
Mrs. Bird, a native of Oris-
kany, Oneida County, was a
graduate of Albany State Teach-
ers College and taught in Clin-
ton and Herkimer before moving
to East Rochester in 1913. She
started teaching in the village six
years later.
Surviving are five daughters,
all of whom are or were associ-
ated with the teaching profession.
Yhey are: Mrs. Milton (Ruth)
Polhill, high school librarian in
Beacon; Miss Lois Bird, primary
supervisor of teaching in East
Rochester; Mrs. Stanley (Kath-
ryn) Helmer, a teacher in North
Tonawanda; Mrs. Harry (Elean-
or) Kirchline[sic], a retired Houston,
Tex., school teacher; and Mrs.
F. I. (Carol) Anderson, a former
secreatary in the Fairport school
system's administration offices.
Mrs. Bird, who moved to Fair-
port three years ago, was a 50
year member of the First Baptist
Church in East Rochester,
former Sunday school teacher,
member of the church's Women's
Society, New York State Retired
Teachers Association, Welch
Cambrian Society of Rochester,
and East Rochester College
Club.
Also surviving are two sisters,
Mrs. Morris Robert, of Pomona,
Calif., and Mrs. Albert Aldridge
of Whitesboro; one brother, Gom-
er Morris, also of Whitesboro;
and three grandsons.
Services were held this after-
noon at the Harloff funeral
home. Internment will be in White
Haven Memorial Park.
Friends who wish to do so may
make contributions to the Mem-
orial Fund of the First Baptist
Church of East Rochester of to
the Retired Teacher's Home.
 
BIRD--Laura M. Bird of 31 James St.
Fairport, beloved widow of Louis E.
Bird, entered into rest, Feb. 5, 1963.
Survived by five daughters, Mrs. Milton
(Ruth) Polhill of Beacon, N. Y., Lois
of East Rochester, Mrs. Stanley (kath-
ryn) Helmedr of North Tonawanda, N. Y.
Mrs. F. I. (Carol) Anderson of Fairport,
Mrs. Harry (eleanor) Kichline of Hous-
ton, Texas; three grandsons, Robert
Polhill, Charles and Evan Kichline;
two sisters, Mrs. Morris Robert of
Pomona, Calif., and Mrs. Albert
Aldridge of Whitesboro, N. Y.; one
brother Gomer Morris also of Whites-
boro.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday and from 2-9 p.m. Thursday
at the Harloff Funeral Home, 803 South
Washington St., East rochester. Serv-
ices to be held Friday afternoon at 3
p. m. at the funeral home.  Pastor Martin
L. Whitmer, oficiating.  Internment in
White Haven Memorial Park.  Friends
who desire may make contributions to
the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist
Chuch of East Rochester or to the
Retired Teachers Home.
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