Various Newspaper Articles

STOPPED MOTHER’S SUICIDE – Daughter Clings to Woman Who Fights Men to End Life – December 1, 1913 – Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania

Federalsburg, Md, Nov. 30 – Running Toward William’s Pond last night with her 18-year-old daughter, Ester, clinging to her and screaming, Mrs. Thomas Gordy, a Seaford woman, was stopped by Charles and Robert Marvel, brothers, and prevented from committing suicide by throwing herself into the icy waters
Mrs. Gordy has been despondent ever since her husband separeated from her two months ago, leaving her with six children.  Yesterday she told the oldest daughter her intentions and cautioned her to get good homes fro the smaller children, tow of whom are twins about 6 years old.
When her mother left home last night Esther followed. Seeing she was making for the pond at a rapid pace the young girl ran screaming after her.  Her cries attracted the Marvel brothers’ attention.  Seizing the woman they had to literally drag her home.  The woman fainted from exhaustion after having fought the brothers in her efforts to carry out her desire.  A close watch is now being kept over her.

SUES FOR BIG SUM – Erstwhile Promoter Seeks to Recover Three Millions.  William D. Marvel Had a Scheme to Exploit Spanish Mines Which Failed. – March 25, 1903 – The Evening Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan page 6.

Morristown, N.J., March 25. –  Mrs.George F. Stone, a resident of this place has, for a third time, been made defendant in a suit for damages by William D. Marvel, who seeks to recover $3,000,000 from the estate of George E. Stone, who died in January, 1895.  The suit involves mines near the Mediterrranean and Royal concessions from Spain.  According to the complaint, Marvel went to Spain in 1868 and secured four iron mines about two miles from Almeria.  He also secured a charter from the Spanish government for building a narrow gauge railroad from the mines to the seashore.  His plan was to build the railway, work the mines and sell and ship the ore, from which he expected to produce the finest steel.  On his return to this country the Marvel Company, limited, was organized with a capital of $1,000,000.  Mr. Stone was a special partner.  The venture was not successful and later the whole business was placed in the hands of Stone, who placed bonds of the company in London.  Even that proved unproductive, and finally everything came to a standstill.  Marvel declares Stone responsible for the collapse.

(No Headline) – St. Albans Daily Messenger, St. Albans, Vermont. page 2

One of the recent inmates of the county jail at Centreville, Queen Anne’s county, Maryland, was George W. Marvel, of that county.  Mr. Marvel’s crime was setting out tomato plants in his own garden patch on Sunday.  He had observed the previous day as the Sabbath in obedience to the command of God as given through Moses to the children of Isreal, and which has never been changed in line or letter by any divine sanction, and which, moreover, is not changeable by finite edict.  Mr. Marvel has a wife and eleven children, most of the latter being dependent upon him for their daily bread.  He was arrested at the instance of his own son, who holds the office of constable and who went to his father’s house on purpose to catch him breaking an statute of the state of Maryland enacted more than a century ago.  And this was done in the name of the Christian religion and in a state in whose Bill of Rights it is expressly provided.  – All persons are equally entiled to protection in their religious liberty: where fore, no person ought by any law, to be molested in his person or estate on account of his relious persuasion or profession, or for his religous practice.

GIVEN DOUBLE SENTENCE – Marvel Was Convicted of Larceny for Second Time – May 27, 1904 Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, page 4.

W. Frank Marvel was yesterday made to feel the effects of the provision of the act of Assembly to the effect that in the case of old offenders the maximum penalty is to be doubled.  Marvel was convicted of larceny, the extreme punishment for which is fixed at three years, but he was sentenced to six years in the Eastern Penitentiary.  He was futher made to realize his wrongdoing by having an additional eight mons added to his term of imprisonment.  Two years ago, it was said, Marvel was sentenced to two years and nine months by Judge Sulzberger for larceny.  Under the communtation law, eight months were taken off for good behaviour.  This was added to his term.