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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 Veneta McKinney)

BROOKS, POPE, and family

FOUR PERSONS 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 Robbers

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 bullets.

                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.

                The crime 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.



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 McKinney


 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 



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 by Veneta McKinney


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 McKinney



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 





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 


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