GoodTurn by Dr. Bibber- Bath- 1873
Taken from the local Bath newspaper- printed May 12,1949
Article found in the archives of the Georgetown Historical Society, Georgetown, Maine
ONE OF MANY GOOD TURNS PERFORMED BY LATE DR.R.D.BIBBER
No Little Credit Should Go To The Men Who Rowed 36 Miles In One Day-
When Clement McMahan( also sp. MacMahan), who passed his seventy-sixth birthday last week drops down in a certain rocking chair in Robinhood after his long walk though the woods and waits for the arrival of his little grandson on the school bus, he often falls into reminiscent moods and relates tales of life on MacMahan Island, either as he recalls them from his own boyhood or as they were handed down to him in family tradition.
Speaking the other day of what neighborliness meant in those old days, he related the following true story:
Very early in the morning of June 3,1873 George McMahan, his father, and another neighbor, Charles Pinkham, grandfather of second selectman Lloyd Pinkham, received word that Rebecca Leonard, wife of Timothy Leonard, had been taken sick at midnight in childbirth and needed a doctor very badly. There was no doctor in town at that time.
The men promptly started for Boothbay in a row-dory manned with two pairs of oars. They arrived just at sunrise, went to the doctor's house and awakened him, stating their errand while he listened through his bedroom window. The doctor cannily inquired whether they could guarantee his pay. Unprepared to do this they felt a trifle hesitant. Seeing their reluctance to give a full assurance the doctor refused to go with them and withdrew his head. With high courage they retraced their steps to their dory , and headed her for Bath 15 miles away.
There they interviewed several doctors, all of whom refused to make the trip to the suffering woman, until they found Dr.Randall D. Bibber, who old time Georgetown residents will remember well. He agreed to go to Riggsville(now Robinhood)by team and get someone to ferry him over to the island from there. The men went back to their oars and rowed the weary miles back home.What was their chagrin to be informed that the doctor hd not arrived. They clambered into the dory agin and retraced their passage up through Goose Rock tide to Riggsville. Sure enough the doctor was there but had been unsuccessful in getting anyone to ferry him over. They took him back, rowing him to the lower end of the island, where the Leonard home was located, and late in the day after the baby was delivered, brought him to Riggsville, having covered 36 miles of waterways with oars alone.
That day was a good answer to the New Testament quetion, "Who is my neighbor?" Those men were neighbors indeed. In gratitude to the one doctor who had proved faithful to his trust to help suffering humanity the baby was named for him and will be well remembered as the late Randall Leonard.
Nice relative to have in family!
Lynne A. Jones
Georgetown Historical Society
Georgetown, Maine 04548