Church Razed - 5 Mar 1937 - Freep

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Att-wood a as injunction, for of the demands . ; W nut the eighteen-year-old that the the us w Link to Tragedy Patses MEMPHIS The Old Memphis Methodist Church, in Columbus Township, which w.-as w.-as w.-as the scene of a gruesome tragedy in 1907 and which has since been deserted by its congregation, will be razed this spring to make way for a new edifice. It was a bleak January morning in 1907 when a member of the church, searching for the missing pastor, the Rev. John H. Carmich- Carmich- I ael. swung open the heavy iion door of the box stove and discov-! discov-! discov-! ered a hacked and mutilated body, j j partially burned. News that the j missing pastor s booy bail been discovered spread like wildfire, but I a puzzled townsman discovered i from burned and bloody scraps of clothing that the body was that of Gideon Browning, a missing Mem-pins Mem-pins Mem-pins fanner. A hunt started immediately for the missing minister, who committed committed suicide in Klgin. III., on January January 11. He was buried in Romulus, Romulus, Mich. The theory was generally accepted accepted that the tmnist ?r had plotted to collect his own Ufe insurance by di-sti di-sti ovir.g Hi owning, who was lit- lit- J J-tH tie Known in the community, audi g burning and mutilating the body I beyond reci'.gniti'in m order that it would he taUen for that of the minister. i pr .greys of the church v.asj blighted by the tragedy. Repeat-j Repeat-j Repeat-j ed effoits to remoe the. church or rnoe n to another site met I with opposition from a Port Huron attorney, v hn owned the church site and had a sentimental regard for; for the building Shortly after fire an j swept a portion of the building Miss; last November, the attorney, Rob-Eprouse Rob-Eprouse be-: be-: be-: ert Hall. died. The Detroit Church Conference the build- build-

Clipped from Detroit Free Press05 Mar 1937, FriPage 12

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)05 Mar 1937, FriPage 12
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