States: Michigan: Berrien
The Herald Press carried an article about Dr. Corey’s retirement on 20 Oct 1961 and it reads: “They Sang To Doc Corey: “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow” New Troy, Oct 20-Gatherine around a huge bonfire, 300 people who love him sang ‘For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow’ and gave Dr. Alton W. Corey, a happy-sad farewell party. Dr. Corey, one of southwestern Michigan’s most prominent country doctors for nearly 40 years, is retiring today and moving to sunny St. Petersburg, Fla. with his wife Verneita. And so he’d have a tangible reminder of his native state, Dr. Corey was presented an illuminated picture of a Michigan deer. The presentation was made by Herb Tollas of the Sawyer Lions club. Surprise! Last night’s bonfire and community songfest were organized in a matter of hours before the 9:30 p.m. event in the parking lot of Industrial Rubber Co.’s plant on Glendora rd. Dr. Corey was not told about the party ahead of time. His wife kept the secret. He had previously rejected all efforts to give him going-away gifts or fancy tributes. The night before, a hastily organized, informal committee, headed by Weesaw township supervisor Allen Boyd, the Rev. Douglas Mitchell, Mrs. David Sweet of Sawyer and educator Robert Decker, began telephoning the word about the party. People came from Bridgman on the north, New Buffalo on the southwest, Galien on the southeast, and all the area between. Generations Dr. Corey had delivered quite a number of those who paid tribute. The kindly physician quit counting after he delivered his 3,500th baby-a number greater than the entire population of several south-county townships. Several generations of families that Dr. Corey brought into the world were there. There were no long speeches. Hearts were too full. Nearly everyone knew that Dr. Corey had kept office hours seven days a week, wrecked two cars making home calls, walked through the snow to reach people who needed him, and had literally accepted potatoes in pay for treatments. Accepting his gift, Dr. Corey gave a two-sentence speech: ‘I think this is a great celebration. I’m sorry I have to leave you.’ Led Singing Fire trucks with lights a flashing guided the throng to the sight of the bonfire. Robert Decker, superintendent of the Chickaming school and formerly of the Three Oaks and New troy schools, led the community singing. ‘Let’s do “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” first because he is,’ said Decker. ‘Then, “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad”, because that’s a good working song, And then “God Bless America.” ‘ Born in Owosso 65 years ago, Dr. Corey graduated from the University of Michigan medical school in 1921, interned a year at Blodgett hospital in Grand Rapids, and opened his office on the east edge of New troy in 1922. In 1920 he married the former Verenita Glade of Benton harbor. The Coreys have two children, Mrs. Donald (Jacqueline) Loving of Clarendon Hills, Ill., and Dean Corey of Farmington.”
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