Death Notices and
Greensboro, NC, Aug 9 - E. O. Bishop of Luverne, Ala said
to be a prominent banker of that place, was drowned in a bath tub in a
local hotel sanitarium last night. The body was discovered early
today. Bishop, who had been here about two months, was said by
officials of the sanitarium to have been despondent and it was believed by
the authorities that he committed suicide. (Source:
Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala, Aug 10, 1916 - Transcribed by
Luverne, Ala., February
19 - Mrs. Bozeman, who lives at Searight, yesterday discovered her baby in
the cradle on fire. She carried the child into the yard and
deposited it in a tub that was partially filled with water. She then
ran to the well, her clothing burning, and in her excitement either jumped
or fell into the well, and was killed by the fall or
Dr. Parker, of Searight, saw the tragedy and
called assistance. Mrs. Bozeman being a very large woman, almost two
hours was required to remove the body from the well. The mother and
charred remains of the child were buried this afternoon near
Searight. (Charleston News and Courier, Charleston, SC.,
February 20, 1906 - Transcribed y Veneta
BROOKS, POPE, and family
CREMATED - Pope Brooks, his wife and child and an unknown man were
cremated by a fire which destroyed the Brooks residence at Luverne last
week. The charred remains of the four persons were found the next
morning. It is thought no foul play was done, but the coroner will
investigate. Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion
County AL, December 3, 1903- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
BUSH, Mr. and Mrs.
MURDERED IN THEIR BED
– A Respectable Alabama Couple Assassinated While Asleep by
Birmingham, Ala, Feb. 2 – At Luverne, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Bush,
respectable people, living about five miles from the station were murdered
in their home yesterday morning.
The neighbors saw the
windows of their house open and, on examination found Mr. and Mrs. Bush in
the bed, weltering in blood, their bodies riddled with
The crime was committed but a few hours before,
as the wounds were fresh. Who the assassins were is not known.
The cause is thought to be robbery, as the Bushes were known to have
considerable money and none of it can be found.
is the worst that has occurred in the settlement in a number of
years. All means are being resorted to, to capture the murderers,
and if such does occur, Judge Lynch will hold court.
COSBY, H. H.
Father of Dr. F. L. Cosby Died at Home
of Son Last Night
After an illness of several weeks, Mr. H. H. Cosby of
Brantley, Ala. died last night at 8:45 o'clock at the home of his son, Dr.
F. L. Cosby, on East Highlands.
Mr. Cosby was born
in Warren County, Georgia, in 1830 and moved to Talbot county, in 1836,
where he resided until 1892, when he moved to Crenshaw county,
Alabama. For about thirty years he was in the employ of the Central
of Georgia Railway company, but for the past few years has been in the
sawmill business in various parts of Georgia and Alabama. He was a
devoted member of the Methodist Church and was prominently connected with
the Masonic fraternity.
The deceased is survived by
two children, his wife having died about two years ago, and they are Dr.
F. D. Cosby, of this city, and Mrs. M. P. Heath, of Brantley,
The funeral will take place this morning at
11:15 o'clock from the residence of Dr. Cosby, the services to be
conducted by Rev. Mr. Blevins, pastor of the East Highlands Methodist
church. The remains will be taken to Geneva, Ala for
interment. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus Ga., Oct.
31, 1909 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
A prominent young
lawyer of Crenshaw County Alabama named Culver fell off a train on the
Montgomery and Mobile railroad Thursday and had his head completely
severed from his belly by the car wheels. Source;
Macon Weekly Telegraph, May 3, 1870 - Transcribed by Veneta
HILL, MRS. ALICE RAINER
Real grief has
been felt at the College this week over news of the death of Cassie Hill's
mother, Mrs. Alice Rainer Hill, of Brantley, Ala. Cassie Hill was a
student at Elizabeth Mather during the last two years.
(Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 2, 1919 - Transcribed by
KNIGHT, DR. W. P.
Hit by Four Bullets -
Luverne, Ala., Oct. 4 - Dr. W. P. Knight was shot and killed by
Byron B. Hill, of Rutledge, Ala on a downtown street here today.
Knight, it was claimed by Hill, insulted Mrs. Hill. Hill fired five
times, four shots taking effect. Hill surrendered to local
authorities. (Charleston News and Courier, Charleston,
SC., Oct. 5, 1916 - Transcribed by Veneta
MAHONE, MISS IDA
Miss Ida Mahone died at 11 o’clock
yesterday morning at her residence in Ramer. She was a native of
Luverne and was 35 years old. She is survived by two brothers, S. F.
Mahone, of Luverne, and G. M. Mahone, of Rutledge, Ala., and by three
sisters, Mrs. P. P. Gray of Ramer, Mrs. B. R. Pitt, of Pensacola, and Miss
Emma Mahone of Luverne.
The body will be shipped to
Luverne where funeral services will take place this afternoon. Interment
will be in the family burying ground. (Montgomery
Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 4, 1914 – Transcribed by Veneta
Watchman Odom was killed
on a trestle, near Luverne Thursday. He had fallen asleep during the
watch and a passing train struck him, killing him almost instantly.
Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, October 21,
1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
POTTER, Son of WESLEY
A son of Mr.
Wesley Potter who is a resident of Crenshaw county was killed by lightning
a few days ago. The little fellow was about 13 years old. Source; Marion Herald, Marion County AL, July 7, 1887 - Transcribed
POWELL, MRS. M. K.
The funeral services
of Mrs. M. K. Powell, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank
Bricken, in Luverne Wednesday were conducted in St. Peters Catholic Church
by Father Dennis Savage at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning the body having
been brought from Luverne over the Coast Line. Internment was made
in Oakwood Cemetery. Source: Montgomery Advertiser,
Montgomery Ala, May 15, 1911 - Transcribed by Veneta
RICHBURG, MRS. MOLLIE
Died, Mrs. Mollie
Richburg, of Luverne, Ala., who is thot to be the oldest woman in the
United States as she was 119 years old. (Kansas Whip,
Topeka, KS., Jan. 29, 1941 - Transcribed by Veneta
THE GIBSON BOYS -
Greenville, March 22 – Ben and Sam Gibson, brothers, were convicted of the
murder of John Smith in the circuit court at Ruthledge Ala and each
sentenced to twenty years in the state penitentiary. The Gibson boys
are white men, 36 and 45 years of age. Smith was also a white man,
aged 23 and was murdered during August 1889. This makes three
convictions for murder in Crenshaw county at this term of court, and the
aggregate sentences of the three is sixty long years. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 27, 1890 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
SUMMERLIN, C. D.
C. D. Summerlin was
shot through the stomach by C. M. Barksdale at Brantley Wednesday, and
will probably die. Source: Marion County News, Marion
County AL, September 23, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
VANN, W. J.
Suicided in Tree
Luverne, Ala, Nov. 27 - W. J. Vann, a white man, fifty years old,
and married was found dead in a tree top by possum hunters last
He bought morphine and strychnine the
day before, saying he had family troubles and was going away so that no
one would ever hear from him. (New Orleans Items, New
Orleans, La., Nov. 27, 1901 - Transcribed by Veneta
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