Mar. 11, 1980 Tahlequah Cherokee County Oklahoma, USA
Veteran Cherokee County lawman and one time "gang buster" Grover Bishop died Tuesday at the age of 85. Services were held Friday in Reed-Culver Funeral Home with Rev. Max Squyres officiating. Burial followed in Sellers Cemetery with members of the American Legion as pallbeare. Bishop was best known as County Sheriff during the 1920's and 1930's, a position he held for eight years, and was faced with sweeping law and order during the rough and tumble days of Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson. It wasn't unusual to see the 16-year veteran officer toting a sub-machine gun in those days. He learned to use a machine gun while serving in France during World War I and utilized that experience while sheriff. "If I hadn't used one, I wouldn't have lasted as long as I did" Bishop was awarded the "Gangbuster" radio program "Public Hero no. 1 Award for heroism and valor in 1933. He joined the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department as a deputy upon returning from World War I military duty overseas and spent eight years in that position before becoming sheriff. Born April 1, 1894 in Benton County, Ark,; Bishop moved to Westville at an early age. He later served as a water boy for the Dawes Commission. He was also a member of the Anti-Thief Association, a 50-year member of the American Legion Post #50, a longtime farmer and rancher in the Burnt Cabin area and attended the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lille of the home; three brothers, Bill of Bristow, Marvin of Lebanon Ore.; and Robert of Vislia, Calif.; and three sisters, Vorigie Curtis of Fayetteville, Bertha Turnbull of Manteeca, Calif.; and Elsie Doyle of South Carolina. Published in The Tahlequah Daily Press March 17, 1980.