Obituary Elieud Adolphus Bishop,
Montgomery County, Missouri, 28 Jun 1923
Fulton Daily Sun, Callaway County, Missouri, 29 June 1923 Montgomery County Men In Bitter Fight. Elliott Bishop Killed By John Miller In Fist Fight Thursday Morning. Miller Cut By Bishop Bros. Throat Cut and Fourteen Gashes Sustained - Miller Resting Well Friday Morning. Elliott Bishop, a prosperous young farmer six miles west of Montgomery City, is dead and John Miller, farmer and mule buyer and automobile man of Montgomery City, is in a serious condition from knife wounds as the result of an argument arising over hogs of Bishop's being in Miller's corn field. The report of the trouble, as told over the telephone by Sheriff Frank Haight of Montgomery County and others of that place, is that Bishop and Miller had trouble Thursday morning over the hogs. Miller severly beat up Bishop and got in his car and drove to Montgomery City. Bishop was sick early in the summer or spring and was not in the best of health and whether he was killed outright by the blows he received or whether his ill-health was responsible is not known but he died on Thursday. Thursday afternoon Miller was talking with a brother of Bishop and explained he did not wish to have any further trouble with the Bishops. At that time neither he nor the brother knew of the death of Elliott Bishop. While they were talking two other brothers came up, it is said, and attacked Miller. He was cut in fourteen places, including a slash across his throat, across the body and his back. Friday morning Miller was resting nicely and it was hoped he would recover. He is well known in Callaway county, where he often visits and where he has bought mules for the firm of Miller & Cahn. He was here to attend the funeral services of W.E. Blattner last Tuesday. Mr. Bishop was the son of Sam Bishop and the father of five or six children. Sheriff Chas. J. Bishop, of this city, said if he was related to the deceased it was very remote though he knew the family in Montgomery county.
Fulton Daily Sun, Callaway County, Missouri, 2 July 1923 Miller Will Recover. John Miller, Montgomery City garage man and farmer, who was cut in several places by the Bishop boys, last Thursday, will recover from the injuries, according to word received here today. A coroner's jury returned a verdict that Bishop had died from a clot on the brain caused by excitement, following the difficulty he had had with Miller about some hogs getting into some corn. The difficulty between the men, the death of Bishop and the attack on Miller by Bishop's brothers on the streets of Montgomery City, is said to have caused a great deal of excitement. The Bishops had Miller down and were stabbing him with their knives. Our informant said that city and county officers were nearby and saw the trouble, but did not interfere and that private citizens pulled the men off of Miller and probably saved his life. The city marshall is said to have told men who critized him for not interfering, that knowing the Bishops he knew that if he interfered he would have to kill some of them.
Montgomery Standard, Montgomery County, Missouri, 6 July 1923 Elieud Adolphus Bishop was born March 14, 1874, in Montgomery county, Mo. When quite young his parents, S.C. Bishop and wife, moved to California, but when he was about six years old they returned to live for some ten years, when they moved back into Montgomery county. Here their large family was reared and here they have since continued to live. Elieud joined the Methodist church at Old Bethel when about 19 years of age and often in after life expressed belief in "a future beond the grave" and uttered the wish that he might so shape his life that he would be permitted to enjoy the blessings of the spiritual world. This, no doubt, at the end of life, helped to take away the "sting of death" which sooner or later comes to all. He was married to Miss Willie Hudson January 25, 1899, and to this union were born six children, Angie Ruth, Samuel, David, Imogene, George and Charles. Almost his entire life was spent in and around Montgomery City, and those who knew him best were his closest friends, and no deed of kindness toward them that was in his power to bestow was ever withheld. He was energetic, industrious and ambitious to make a success of life, both morally and financially. He was a close observer and student of agricultural conditions, in which occupation he was engaged. He was kind hearted, generous to a fault, and ever ready to lend a hand to those who needed help. His main purpose in life seemed to center in providing for the future of his family and in lending a helping hand to his brothers, a number of whom lived in his immediate neighborhood. For the past four years he had been in poor health, due to a severe attack of "flu" and shock from a fall, but lately had improved in health and was apparently on the road to permanent recovery. His sudden and untimely death on Thursday, June 28, 1923, was a severe blow to his family and friends. Besides the wife and children he leaves to mourn his departure an aged father and mother and eight brothers, all of whom live in or around Montgomery City, except Roy C., who lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and James, whose headquarters now are in Philadelphia. He was buried at Old Bethel church Sunday, July 1st, after services conducted by Rev. W.N. Giddens, pastor of the church at that place. The large crowd of friends attending the services and the beautiful floral offerings completely covering the casket, attested the high esteem in which he was held. Peace to his ashes.
Montgomery Standard, Montgomery County, Missouri, 6 July 1923 Inquest on E.A. Bishop. The coroner's inquest on the body of E.A. Bishop, who died suddenly last Thursday, was completed Friday morning, and the jury brought in a verdict that death was caused by a hemmorrhage of the brain superinduced by high blood pressure caused by excitement. Mrs. John G. Miller, the only actual eye-witness to the altercation between Bishop and John G. Miller, testified that Miller struck Bishop but one blow, and that above the eye with his fist. Drs. Nowlin, Hudson and Prewitt, who performed an autopsy, testified that they found no bruises and no broken bones. They found an enlarged condition of the heart and kidneys, indicating diabetes and high blood pressure, and also found a blood clot at the base of the brain. Their conclusion was that the clot was caused by excitement, and not by a blow, and the verdict was in comformity with their conclusions.