Repository (Canton, Ohio)
12 October 1896, pg. 2
Digital image viewed online at GenealogyBank 8 April 2013.
Transcription by S. Lincecum.


A Live One and a Dead One In the House at the Same Time.

Cordele, Ga., Oct. 12. -- The death in this city of Mrs. Joseph E. Bivins,
wife of the president of the First National bank, recalls a sensation as
ghastly as it was realistic. Mrs. Bivins was formerly an old maid in
Atlanta, where she had some little property. Dr. Marvin, a specialist, from
Omaha, Neb., came to Atlanta, wooed the matured maiden and made her his
wife. He engaged in some real estate speculations, which made him worth
nearly $1,000,000. He then moved to this city and erected a magnificent
home. In a few weeks the doctor died.

Mrs. Marvin refused to be comforted. She forbade a funeral and telegraphed
to New Orleans for an expert embalmer and an expert electrician. The result
of their join [sic] efforts was that Dr. Marvin was enabled to remain in his
seat in the parlor and by electrical appliance would rise and bow to his
widow and then take his seat again. Ridiculous as this may seem, there was
no arguing the widow out of its continuance. Finally [t]he widow married
Mr. Joseph Bivins, her business manager.

After her marriage she took him to her home, and then it was that she gained
the remarkable distinction of having two husbands in the house at the same
time, one alive and the other dead.

She had Mr. Bivins look upon the body of her dead husband in the parlor, and
it was only after urgent solicitation on his part that she consented to the
remains being sent to Macon and buried in Rose Hill cemetery.

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