Inventor

AP

About 300 items belonging to a famed northern Idaho inventor collected during his long life are going up for auction on Saturday in Sagle.

Forrest Bird, who died in August 2015 at age 94, invented medical respirators that breathed life back into millions of patients around the world. He was also a keen aviator.

His wife, Pamela Bird, died about three months later in a plane crash.

Items in the auction range from hand tools to art to pristine vehicles, including a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Short Limo valued at $60,000. The auction has no minimum bid requirements.

On May 30th, 1912, Wilbur Wright died peacefully in his own bed in the family home in Dayton, Ohio. He was 45 years old. The cause of death was typhoid, which he may have contracted from eating tainted clam broth in a Boston restaurant. But Orville Wright and members of the Wright family believed Wilbur’s death was attributable to the stress he experienced fighting their archenemy and main competitor, Glenn Curtiss. In Orville Wright’s mind, Curtiss had killed his older brother.

Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94.

His wife, Pamela Bird, said he died Sunday of natural causes at their Idaho home in Sagle.

Forrest Bird is credited with creating the first low-cost, reliable medical respirators in the 1950s. In 1970, he created the "Babybird" respirator that significantly reduced infant mortality.