Robbie Cothran Crofford

Tennessee, USA
Death 7 Feb 1920 (aged 28–29)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Covington, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 117787782 · View Source
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Daughter of Porter Cothran and Billie Webster. Wife of Herbert Crofford.

Robbie died of botulism, poisoned by olives at a luncheon along with 6 other people.
Memphis, Tennessee, Feb 8 [1920] - Fatalities attributed to poisoning due to the eating of preserved ripe olives, served as a luncheon here last Thursday, was increased to six today with the death of Uzell K Ivy, 10 year old son of Uzell Currie Ivey, who was among those who died yesterday. Mrs Ivey, the only one of the luncheon party now alive, was reported in a critical condition tonight.

Max E Vunkannon, at whose home the luncheon was served, his wife and two others of their guests in addition to Ivey died Friday and Saturday.
Memphis, Feb 10- Botulinus poisoning claimed its seventh victim here today with the death of Mrs Uzell K Ivey, the last to survive of the guests at a luncheon party Thursday at which ripe olives, said to have contained the deadly bacilli, were served.

Mrs Ivey's husband and ten year old son, her sister in law, Mrs Max T Vunkannon, hostess at the luncheon, the latter's husband, and two others of the guests, Mrs Horace H Hammond and Mrs Herbert S Crofford, are the others who have died.

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  • Added: 28 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117787782
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robbie Cothran Crofford (1891–7 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117787782, citing Munford Cemetery, Covington, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432) .