Repository (Canton, Ohio)
12 October 1896, pg. 2
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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.