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Divorce News and Records, Allen Co., Indiana

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1890

Fort Wayne Sentinel


  • 14 Jan 1890 Jules P. Manuel sues for divorce from Adelaine Manuel. The complaint avers that the defendant has a bad temper which makes matrimonial life one continual round of displeasure.
  • 23 Jan 1890 Today proceedings were instituted in circuit court in which Rose Liebenguth applies for divorce from Charles Liebenguth. The charge is abandonment, failure to provide and cruel treatment. It is charged up against the defendant that he cursed and maltreated the plaintiff, at times being indecent and disgraceful. They were married 22 years ago, since which time she claims to have demeaned herself as a true and faithful wife. There are six children ranging in age from 9 to 18 years, of whom the plaintiff pleads for custody; and she asks $5000 alimony. Liebenguth until recently conducted a hotel near the depot. He is said to be wealthy.
  • 24 Jan 1890 Today in circuit court a divorce was granted in the case of Joyce McGushin vs. John McGushin.
  • 24 Jan 1890 The divorce proceedings of Jules P. Manuel vs. Adalaine Manuel were dismissed today.
  • 24 Jan 1890 In the circuit court Frank Falker enters suit against his wife for divorce. The complaint details the recent sensation of which Mrs. Falker and Robb Mackie were the principals.
  • 24 Jan 1890 Minna Roemer enters suit in the circuit court for divorce from Edward Roemer, charging failure to provide, cruelty, etc.

  • 4 Feb 1890 This morning the stillness of the circuit court room was disturbed by the calling up of the famous divorce case in which Joe Griffiths, alias Joe White, alias Joe, The Lion Tamer, alias Joe, the Bootblack, was plaintiff. A large and fashionable audience was present. The defendant was not present and the attorney opened his client's case at once. He was shown in the complaint that Joe was inveigled into matrimony by a heartless female, the consideration being that he got some valuables of hers out of pawn. Poor Joe mortgaged a lot in Abbott's addition in order to accomplish such ends. So he won his bride. It is alleged in the complaint that the plaintiff was dogged around by his spouse and that they did not live happily. Cruelty and abandonment are the principal charges sifted down. Judge O'Rourke, with hesitancy granted the plaintiff the legal separation. There was a rush on the part of the spectators to shake hands and congratulate the lucky lion tamer. Joe is celebrating and it may be some time before he can ply his usual avocation as he has another prospective bride on the string.
  • 5 Feb 1890 Now that Frank Falker has secured a divorce from the woman who was lured away, the divorced wife is of course free to pursue her own course. It is probable in the minds of some people that she and Robert Mackie will wed yet others are firm in the belief that the pair were only awaiting divorce proceedings.
  • 7 Feb 1890 In superior court a complaint filed for divorce of Emily Gongwer from her husband, James Gongwer. It recites that the couple was married in Rising Sun, Ohio, on August 24, 1879, and lived together until June, 1887, at which time the defendant abandoned her, and they have since resided apart. She alleges also that he is a monster who treated her in a cruel and inhuman manner and she positively will have nothing more to do with him. One child was born to them and as the mother declares that the father is wholly unfit to have the care thereof, she wishes that in addition to a divorce, she be granted its custody.
  • 14 Feb 1890 Herman Plock enters suit in circuit court for a divorce from Ella Plock. Charges are cruel treatment, etc.
  • 21 Feb 1890 Henrietta Miller has filed an application for divorce from Herman Miller. The parties live north of the city.

  • 1 Mar 1890 Frederick Knodler was granted a divorce from Amelia Knodler today.
  • 4 Mar 1890 Dora C. Beach has filed her complaint in Huntington circuit court asking for a divorce from her husband Frederick Beach. The couple married at Fort Wayne, November 5, 1876, and have two daughters, the custody of whom is asked by the mother. The petition alleges that the defendant, for the past two years, has been in the habit of getting intoxicated and abusing his wife.
  • 8 Mar 1890 Eda Chriss sues George Chriss for divorce. The parties are colored. The complaint is not on file.
  • 11 Mar 1890 Emily Gangwer was today granted a divorce from James Gangwer on the ground of abandonment. The plaintiff was also granted custody of her 9 year old daughter, Stella. The defendant is at Rising Sun, Ohio and did not appear.

  • 5 Apr 1890 Mary Schmuck enters suit against her husband, Peter Schmuck, for a divorce. The complaint recites some severe charges which summed up are habitual drunkenness and extreme cruelty.
  • 7 Apr 1890 Nancy E. Kegg has filed a petition for a divorce from Emanuel S. Kegg. Cruelty is charged and alimony in the sum of $3000 is asked for. A restraining order has been granted preventing the defendant and William A. Kegg from disposing of property.
  • 9 Apr 1890 Sophia McMahon applies for a divorce from John McMahon.
  • 11 Apr 1890 The divorce case of John W. Malin vs. Lulu Malin was called up in the circuit court today.
  • 23 Apr 1890 John Schwab enters suit in superior court against Otie Schwab for divorce on a charge of desertion.
  • 25 Apr 1890 He secures a divorce and then goes after his wife's paramour.Yesterday afternoon in the circuit court William T. Townsend was granted a divorce from Lucy A. Townsend. Today, Townsend filed a complaint against Louis Gerardin for $5000 damages. It is alleged in the complaint that Gerardin alienated the affection of Townsend's wife thus breaking up a home and bringing shame and dishonor within the sanctity of the household. It was cited that on April 8 last, said defendant debauched the woman in question. Townsend and Gerardin had been partners in business.

  • 5 May 1890 Elizabeth Gaylord has entered suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Sylvester Gaylord. Charges are abandonment and cruel treatment.
  • 12 May 1890 The divorce proceedings of John Schwab vs. Otie Schwab in the superior court were called Saturday. The defendant defaulted. Further action was postponed.
  • 19 May 1890 Hugh W. Hislop enters suit for divorce from Jessie Hislop.
  • 20 May 1890 John Schwab was granted a divorce yesterday.
  • 20 May 1890 Rachel Mohn seeks a legal separation from David Mohn. She charges cruelty and abandonment of three years duration. She asks custody of their daughter, Emma.
  • 20 May 1890 Charles W. Parker enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Clara Parker on a charge of abandonment. He asks for custody of their two children.
  • 20 May 1890 Evidence was taken in the divorce proceeding of Catherine Stradley vs. William Stradley in the superior court today and the case was continued.

  • 2 Jun 1890 Sophia McMahon has been granted a divorce from John McMahon.
  • 9 Jun 1890 Today Ada McNulta was granted a divorce from Frank McNulta for abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 9 Jun 1890 Rachel Mohn was granted a divorce from David Mohn.
  • 11 Jun 1890 Carrie E. Sweet files suit for divorce from Edward R. Sweet, charging that for five years the defendant has failed to properly provide for the family; that he has struck her and used abusive language in the presence of the children. The defendant is a resident of the 5th ward and was deputy assessor. Mrs. Sweet asks for custody of her four children, three daughters and one son, and $1000 alimony.
  • 11 Jun 1890 Frank E. Black sues for a divorce from his wife, Maggie Black, charging unfaithfulness. Black is a workman on the Fort Wayne road.
  • 11 Jun 1890 John E. Sites sues for a divorce from his wife on grounds of incompatibility of temper. They have three children.
  • 13 Jun 1890 Matilda Mannett enters suit in the superior court against Alonzo Mannett for divorce. The parties were married October 6, 1885 and lived together until June 21, when the defendant abandoned plaintiff. As the issue of the marriage, there is a son, Charles, aged one year, for whose custody the plaintiff prays.
  • 16 Jun 1890 The gossip mongers are still reveling in the sensation of the recent elopement of Mr. H. F. Nick, the well known young traveling salesman for the Chicago drug house of Robert Stevenson, and Miss Maggie Walker, the dashing young woman who had for two years passed as the wife of Mr. Will Pease, of the West Columbia street house of call; but their wagging tongues will find fresher gossip in the second chapter to that escapade. The woman left with Mr. Nick and they were married according to the marriage rites of this commonwealth. The recreant woman repented and today in this city Maggie Walker, this same woman, was united in marriage to Mr. Will Pease, the ceremony being performed over Mr. Pease's place on West Columbia street. Where is Mr. Nick and where is Mr. Pease and his wife? Neither parties could be found by a Sentinel reporter today. Justice Tancey admitted he performed the ceremony. It is thought the newly made bride and groom have gone north and will return in the course of a few days. Mr. Nick is probably in Chicago seeking to get a divorce as quick as he can, as he ought to do. It is a sensational case of two husbands and one bride and the matter is interesting. Mr. Nick is a very respectable young man and wants to wash his hands of the whole affair. His father is a bookkeeper for Meyer Bros., in this city and is highly esteemed.
  • 18 Jun 1890 Today Sadie Shaffer was granted a divorce on grounds of failure to provide.
  • 18 Jun 1890 James Jacobs was granted a divorce from Effie Jacobs on grounds of abandonment.
  • 20 Jun 1890 Annie Kress was granted a divorce from George Kress in the circuit court.
  • 23 Jun 1890 Louisia Racine has instituted proceedings in the superior court for a divorce from Aime Racine, the collar manufacturer and ex-councilman. The couple was married in 1866 and have two daughters, one of whom is married. The complaint alleges that her husband persists in boarding at their home one of his employees named Guerne, who is abusive to the plaintiff. The woman had Guerne put under bonds for surety of the peace last Saturday and her husband went on his bond. The petitioner wants the custody of the children and $6,000 alimony. Judge Chapin granted a temporary injunction restraining the defendant from disposing of any of his property until the case is heard, July 5.
  • 23 Jun 1890 Carrie Sweet was granted a divorce from Edward R. Sweet on grounds of cruel treatment and failure to provide. The four children were given into custody of the plaintiff.
  • 23 Jun 1890 Fred H. Grasham was divorced from Lydia Grasham today.
  • 26 Jun 1890 The divorce case of Laura Racine vs. Aime Racine has been dismissed from superior court at the cost of the defendant. The matter has been compromised and the parties are living harmoniously together again.

  • 1 Jul 1890 Mary Sturgeon makes application for divorce from James R. Sturgeon. The judge granted a temporary restraining order preventing the defendant from disposing of property until July 10, when application for an allowance of expenses to prosecute the case will be heard. Mary enters suit in superior court for a divorce from James Sturgeon charging breach of marital ties in various ways. The defendant is charged with adultery, cruel treatment, etc. The plaintiff asks for custody of her daughter, Alta, aged five years, and $5,000 alimony. Parties to the suit are residents of this county and well-known. They were married May 26, 1883 and separated June 23, 1890.
  • 2 Jul 1890 Florence Groner petitions for a divorce from Absolam Groner on grounds of abandonment.
  • 10 Jul 1890 May Sturgeon vs. James Sturgeon, motion for temporary injunction granted and plaintiff allowed $35 to prosecute divorce suit in superior court.
  • 10 Jul 1890 Lena Degitz was divorced from Louis Degitz.
  • 10 Jul 1890 Frank Beaucha enters suit against Elizabeth Beaucha for divorce on a charge of adultery in the superior court.
  • 15 Jul 1890 Anna M. Tons enters suit against Perry J. Tons for divorce on charges of abandonment , failure to provide, and abusive treatment. The parties have not been living together since March 1888.
  • 15 Jul 1890 Eliza Dedolph enters suit against William Dedolph for divorce and $1,000 alimony. The defendant is charges with being a habitual drunkard, failure to provide and being inhuman to his family. The plaintiff asks for custody of six children who range in age from 3 to 17 years of age.
  • 15 Jul 1890 Augusta Wehret enters suit against Frederick Wehret for divorce. The charge is failure to provide.
  • 17 Jul 1890 Carrie Reed enters suit for divorce from William Reed.
  • 22 Jul 1890 Today Amelia Pressler entered suit in the circuit court for divorce from John Pressler. The defendant to this suit is the well-known tinner, plumber and gas fitter, whose place of business is at the corner of Columbia and Barr Streets. It was the general opinion of many of the friends of the family that only harmony and happiness prevailed in their pretty home on the east side. The complaint, a voluminous one, contains some pretty severe charges, the principal one of which adultery with a woman named Griffith at rooms over the southeast corner of Main and Harrison Streets. The charges continue, including cruel treatment, failure to provide at times during the last few months, and it is stated that at times the defendant has used profane language in the presence of the plaintiff and their children. By issue of their union there are six children, as follows: Rosa A. aged 20 years; Charles F., aged 19 years; John A., aged 17 years; Edith A., aged 14 years; Carrie S., aged 12 years; and George H., aged 10 years, of which children she prays custody. The complaint further avers that the estate of the defendant is worth perhaps $16,000 and she appeals for a restraining order to prevent him from disposing of any portion thereof until the case is settled. Besides the divorce and custody of the children, the plaintiff demands $10,000 alimony. Upon application today, the Judge granted the plaintiff the restraining order and issued an order to the defendant to furnish money to continue the suit.
  • 25 Jul 1890 The Pressler divorce case has been settled. The suit was commenced Tuesday in the circuit court by Mrs. Amelia Pressler, who filed a petition for divorce from her husband, John Pressler, the well-known plumber and gas fitter. Since then the plaintiff and the defendant have met and compromised their differences and will live together in the same happy married relation as they did before their recent difficulty commenced. The attorneys, after witnessing the pathetic meeting between the parties to the suit yesterday, counseled a settlement of the case by re-unition and this was done. This is a happy termination of a divorce sensation and it is a pleasure for the Sentinel reporter to make it public. Judge O'Rourke of the circuit court is out of the city but as soon as he returns the case of Pressler vs. Pressler will be marked "settled" on the docket.
  • 30 Jul 1890 A few evenings ago James Lanigan, the well-known engineer for the Pennsylvania Co. did not make his usual trip as he expected. Upon his return in the evening he witnessed a scene which caused him displeasure. He had a few words with his wife and then left home. Today he entered suit in the superior court for a divorce, the action being brought on grounds of inconstancy, etc.
  • 31 Jul 1890 Henry Wehrs of 391 W. Main Street is anxious to have the public know that harmony rests in his household and that he is not the Henry Wehrs who is party to a divorce suit entered in the courts a few days ago.
  • 31 Jul 1890 Minnie Baumann has entered suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Paul Baumann of the E. Main Street dye house. Paul's motto has always been "We live to dye and dye to live", and the appellant claims that he has been living so fast that he could not dye if he wanted to. Alimony is asked.
  • 31 Jul 1890 Cora Alice Bickford sues in court for a divorce from William Bickford. She demands $300 alimony and the custody of an infant child. The parties have been married three years.

  • 4 Aug 1890 Ed. Wood procures a divorce from Julia E. Wood. The plaintiff is Edgar B. Wood, a popular young salesman now located in Chicago, but who was formerly connected with the store of Adams & Armstrong in this city. The complaint charges Julia E. Wood, his wife, with conduct unbecoming and disgraceful and names of several of society's social lights are brought into unpleasant connection with the case. The case was presented to the Judge, in superior court, who after hearing the evidence granted the divorce.
  • 4 Aug 1890 The divorce suit of Malinda Kramer vs. Clarence Kramer is up this afternoon in superior court.
  • 7 Aug 1890 Fredericka Ahlers enters suit for divorce from John Ahlers. The complaint alleges cruel treatment, abusive language, and failure to provide. Custody is asked of her four children who range in age from two to eight years of age.
  • 7 Aug 1890 Mary L. Wilhelm enters suit for divorce from Henry Wilhelm. The defendant in the case is the man who attempted suicide when he was locked up in the police station for drunkenness. He is now serving a jail sentence. The complaint alleges failure to provide. There are no children.
  • 12 Aug 1890 Jacob Beck enters suit against Eliza Beck in the circuit court for divorce. Abandonment is alleged.
  • 16 Aug 1890 George Laible of Butler Street is procuring a divorce. He claims his wife has deserted him because he chastised her for unbecoming conduct. He said she left home last night taking her own goods and some furniture from the house.
  • 19 Aug 1890 Laura F. Crabill enters suit in the circuit court against George W. Crabill for divorce. It is alleged that the defendant spends his time and money in saloons and does not provide for the plaintiff and children; that he is inhuman as a husband and father on account of drunkenness and conduct. She asks for $150 to prosecute the case and asks alimony besides custody of the children.
  • 20 Aug 1890 George E. Trenam enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Susan Trenam. The complaint avers that the plaintiff married the defendant May 21, 1888, that they lived together until August 7, 1888, when the defendant without cause, refused to live and cohabit with him since. The complaint further states that she went to the home of her parents in Noble County declaring that she would never live with him again and refusing the comforts of the home that the plaintiff offered. There is no issue by their marriage. The plaintiff is a well-known young clerk in the Pennsylvania office.
  • 20 Aug 1890 The divorce proceedings of Laura T. Crabill vs. George W. Crabill have been dismissed, the parties having kissed and made up.
  • 25 Aug 1890 A list of divorces: Henry Whitmore vs. Mary A. Whitmore; Mary Schmuck vs. Peter Schmuck; Nancy E. Kegg vs. Edward S. Kegg; Clara Cullars vs. John E. Cullars; Eliza Gaylord vs. Sylvester Gaylord; John E. Sties vs. Mary Sties; Florence Grover vs. Absolam Grover; Augusta Wehnert vs. Frederick W. Wehnert; Anna M. Towns vs. Perry J. Towns; Carrie Reed vs. Wimmiam Reed; Sarah Wehrs vs. Henry Wehrs; Cora Alice Bickford vs. Irvin W. Bickford; Mary L. Wilhelm vs. Henry Wilhelm; Samuel Edsall vs. Minnie Edsall.
  • 27 Aug 1890 Amelia Cameron enters suit in the superior court against Chas. D. Cameron for divorce. The parties were married October 19, 1882 and it is alleged that the defendant abandoned her two years ago. Custody was asked of their daughter, Ollivette, aged seven years.
  • 27 Aug 1890 The divorce proceedings in the case of Wilhelm vs. Wilhelm have been dismissed, the parties having settled their differences.

  • 2 Sep 1890 Lavina T. Crabill vs. George W. Crabill, dismissed.
  • 2 Sep 1890 Lavina Hubler vs. Henry Hubler, alimony, dismissed.
  • 2 Sep 1890 Mary Schmuck vs. Peter Schmuck, dismissed.
  • 2 Sep 1890 Florence R. Grover vs. Absolem Grover, divorce granted to plaintiff.
  • 6 Sep 1890 Samuel Edsall was divorced from his wife, Minnie Edsall, in the circuit court today.
  • 6 Sep 1890 Louise E. Wilson enters suit in the superior court for divorce from Judson C. Wilson. It is alleged that the defendant abandoned and failed to provide for the plaintiff since 1883. Custody is asked of the children as follows, Bessie 11 years, Maud 9 years, and Lillie 7 years.
  • 6 Sep 1890 The wife of John Pickle enters suit in the circuit court against her husband for support. The complaint avers that they were married August 8, 1861 and they have two sons, George and Fred, aged 18 and 12 years respectively who are able to work and support themselves. It is charged that two years ago when Frederick was very sick the defendant became enraged because the plaintiff refused to comply with his wish to send the sick child to the county asylum, since which time he has wholly deserted his home. It is believed that the defendant is now in Bavaria, Germany where he inherited money. The sum of $1000 alimony is asked and their property in Green's Addition sold if necessary.
  • 6 Sep 1890 Cornelia Moody enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from William Moody on grounds of desertion. The recreant husband is in Missouri and writes tantalizing and insulting letters to the plaintiff.
  • 8 Sep 1890 Sarah Stephens was granted a divorce from Henry Stephens today.
  • 11 Sep 1890 Ida A. Funk has entered suit against Mila H. Funk for divorce. Abandonment and cruel treatment is alleged.
  • 12 Sep 1890 In the sensational divorce case of Mary Sturgeon vs. James R. Sturgeon, a change of venue has been asked for by the plaintiff.
  • 12 Sep 1890 Eliza Urbine vs. Frank Urbine, decree of divorce for plaintiff and custody of all the children except the oldest. The plaintiff is restrained from marrying for two years because of the unknown whereabouts of the defendant.
  • 12 Sep 1890 In the circuit court, Mary L. Wilhelm vs. Henry Wilhelm for divorce was dismissed.
  • 15 Sep 1890 Mrs. Bulger has applied for a divorce from Martin L. Bulger. The grounds for the action cannot be given as the petition in the case is kept from reporters.
  • 15 Sep 1890 Geo. E. Trenam was granted a divorce from Susan Trenam for desertion. The defendant did not appear.
  • 16 Sep 1890 The case of Mary Sturgeon vs. James R. Sturgeon, suit for divorce, was sent from superior court to Dekalb County on a change of venue.
  • 16 Sep 1890 A divorce was granted yesterday in the superior court to Fredericka Ahlers from John Ahlers and the custody of the children awarded to the plaintiff.
  • 25 Sep 1890 George Waltke enters suit for a divorce in the circuit court from Almira Waltke. Abandonment and failure to provide are alleged.

  • 1 Oct 1890 Amy Rice enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Daniel Rice. Cruelty and abandonment are charged. The parties are residents of Springfield Township.
  • 1 Oct 1890 Jennie C. Babcock enters suit against Oliver L. Babcock for a divorce on grounds of abandonment. It is alleged that they were married September 24, 1888 and that he left the following day. Custody of the only child, aged one year, is asked and also $2,000 alimony.
  • 1 Oct 1890 Carried Reed was divorced from William Reed yesterday afternoon. The parties are colored.
  • 1 Oct 1890 Louisa Adams enters suit in the superior court for a divorce from Henry Adams.
  • 4 Oct 1890 Jacob Beck was today granted divorce from Elizabeth Beck on grounds of abandonment.
  • 6 Oct 1890 Mary Lewis enters suit for divorce from David Lewis. Abandonment is charged. Custody is asked of Jay, their two-year old son.
  • 9 Oct 1890 Sarah A. Keffer enters suit in the superior court against Isaac for divorce. Abandonment is alleged.
  • 9 Oct 1890 Mary Shaffer charges Orville Shaffer with wife desertion. The case came up today at two o'clock.
  • 13 Oct 1890 Silas Corson enters suit for divorce from Mary E. Corson.
  • 13 Oct 1890 Emeline Schiefer enters suit for divorce from George Schiefer. Abandonment and failure to provide are alleged. Among other things the complaint charges the defendant with refusing to come to the bedside of his dying son, George, in March 1886. The parties were married in April 1883. The plaintiff asks for custody of her son, Lawrence.
  • 23 Oct 1890 A divorce was granted today in the case of Silas Corson vs. Mary E. Corson for abandonment.
  • 23 Oct 1890 Today in circuit court Ambrose Donnelly entered suit for a divorce from Bridget Donnelly. Incompatibility of temper, etc. are the charges. The plaintiff to this suit committed an assault on his wife last night on account of which is given elsewhere in this issue.

  • 1 Nov 1890 Today in superior court Amelia Cameron was granted a divorce from Charles D. Cameron on account of abandonment and failure to provide. Custody of her child, Olivette, was also given. It was charged on the defendant that he deserted his wife and child at Denver, Colorado, he being an embezzler for something over $1,000.
  • 1 Nov 1890 Yesterday a divorce was decreed to Sarah A. Keffler from Isaac Keffler. Isaac toyed with other girls and the green-eyed monster crept into his household.
  • 3 Nov 1890 Mrs. Eliza J. Bulger was decreed a divorce from Martin L. Bulger in the circuit court today. The charge in the complaint was failure to provide.
  • 3 Nov 1890 Electa Horen enters suit for divorce against Michael Horen for divorce.
  • 5 Nov 1890 Leopold wolf has petitioned in the circuit court for a divoce from Barbara Wolf. Infidelity and disgraceful conduct are alleged. A few years ago Mr. Wolf and his wife had a happy home on Broadway and he was the proprietor of a meat market. Evil crept into the household and the husband procured a divorce but they remarried again soon. There are two children, of which the plaintiff will probably pray for custody in an amendment to the present complaint.
  • 6 Nov 1890 Sarah J. Teeters entered suit in the superior court this morning for a divorce from Richard W. Teeters on grounds of abandonment. The divorce was granted an hour later. The parties formerly resided in Dekalb County but later moved to Steuben. There are five children of whom the wife was given custody.
  • 8 Nov 1890 Adam Kuntz enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Della Kuntz. Infidelity and cruelty are alleged.
  • 8 Nov 1890 Mary L. Wilhelm brings suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Henry Wilhelm. The defendant is charged with cruelty, etc. Alimony in the sum of $1000 is asked.
  • 13 Nov 1890 James Anderson sues his wife, Julia Anderson, for a divorce. James alleges that while he labored in the shop his wife toyed with men and women of questionable proclivities and doubtful chastity. He also wants his children.
  • 17 Nov 1890 Sensational Suit Ended. The case of Mrs. May Sturgeon vs. J. R. Sturgeon was tried in Dekalb circuit court at Auburn last Saturday. The case was commenced in superior court this county in July last and afterward was sent to Dekalb on petition of Mrs. Sturgeon. The parties reside in Eel River Township this county. The petition of Mrs. Sturgeon asked for a divorce and custody of their only child and $5,000 alimony. A divorce was granted to Mrs. Sturgeon and "divided up" the child between the parties. No alimony was given to the plaintiff.
  • 18 Nov 1890 Egbert J. Hartley enters suit in the circuit court against Annie Hartley for divorce. The complaint avers that the parties were married May 11 last and lived together as man and wife until July 21. It is charged that the defendant is guilty of adultery and for this reason legal release is asked by the plaintiff.
  • 19 Nov 1890 Eva C. McCausland began suit in the circuit court yesterday afternoon for divorce from Dr. John McCausland and $1500 alimony, on the charge of cruelty, etc. Later in the day the case came up before the judge. The defendant did not appear. The judge granted a divorce and allowed Mrs. McCausland $900 alimony, $400 to be paid in cash, $250 in five months and $250 in ten months. Mrs. McCausland gets the building and loan stock which is held in her name and the property at 133 Barr Street. The doctor gets his library, etc. from among the personal property. The building and loan stock is secured on three lots in Gross' addition, Chicago.
  • 19 Nov 1890 Margaret Hersche enters suit in the circuit court against Herman Hersche for divorce. Cruelty is alleged.
  • 22 Nov 1890 Aurora White was granted a divorce from Bert White in the circuit court yesterday afternoon. The plaintiff was given $50 alimony. The defendant was formerly a machinist in the Pittsburg shops.
  • 22 Nov 1890 John H. Brown enters suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Mahulda Brown.

  • 2 Dec 1890 Martha E. Smith filed proceedings in the superior court to get a divorce from Frederick Smith. The complaint is sensational. The plaintiff alleges that her husband is cruel, inhuman and vile. He has failed to provide for her and besides promising violence to herself and child, he threatened to poison the well from which they obtain water. Mrs. Smith says she feared he will keep his word and asks to be separated from him with the custody of the child. The parties hail from Cedar Creek Township.
  • 3 Dec 1890 The divorce case of Elizabeth Dedolph vs. William Dedolph was amicably settled in the superior court today and the parties are living together happily.
  • 12 Dec 1890 Mrs. Magdalena Schwartz has a divorce suit pending. Doctors insisted that she was insane but the justices certified that she was sane and henceforth she will be a free woman.
  • 12 Dec 1890 Martha E. Smith was today granted a divorce from Frederick Smith. The plaintiff was also given custody of an only child. The case was heard in the superior court.
  • 15 Dec 1890 A complaint has been filed in the circuit court by Nicholas Feaser asking that the judge decree him a divorce from his wife, Mary A. Feaser. The complaint recites the fact of their marriage and shows that to the couple have been born two children. The plaintiff was a soldier and by reason of his service and devotion to his country's cause, he is now disabled, etc.
  • 17 Dec 1890 In the divorce case of James Anderson against Julia Anderson the plaintiff was granted a divorce and given custody of the children.
  • 17 Dec 1890 Charles Heppler ones(?) for a divorce from Catherine Heppler.
  • 17 Dec 1890 In the superior court the following cases were disposed of: Louise Adams divorced from Henry Adams and awarded custody of their child.
  • 17 Dec 1890 The case of Elizabeth Jones against Geo. W. Jones for wife desertion was in court today.
  • 19 Dec 1890 Anna Syndrum has petitioned the circuit court for a divorce from her husband, Charles Syndrum. The couple married in Fort Wayne on January 1, 1885 and they lived together as man and wife until December 15, 1890. The lady is twenty seven years of age and the fruit of their marriage is one boy, Robert, four years old. The wife says she assisted to support the family by taking in washing. On December 15, she alleges her husband threatened to kill her with a hatchet, approaching her with the weapon while drunk and compelling her to fly from home. The wife prays for the custody of her child and wishes to assume her maiden name.
  • 29 Dec 1890 Two divorce cases were heard in the circuit court today. Anna Syndrum vs. Charles Syndrum and Jennie Babcock vs. Oliver L. Babcock.
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