Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana

P.O. Box 12003
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46862

FacebookTwitterPinterestWordpress About Us Donate Links Projects Records Volunteer
Home Certificates GenWeb Membership Publications Researchers Wiki
Members Only Contact Us Lines Programs Queries Surnames

Divorce News and Records, Allen Co., Indiana

Back to RecordsBack to DivorcesPreviousNext

1897

Fort Wayne Daily News


  • 13 Jan 1897 Melissa S. Small has applied for a divorce from Frank Small and demands $500 alimony. Cruelty is alleged.
  • 14 Jan 1897 Today in superior court, Judge S. M. Hench began divorce proceedings for his client Wm. F. Hilker vs. Emma C. Hilker. The charge is cruel treatment.
  • 18 Jan 1897 Today Mrs. Amelia Doenges is prosecuting a suit for divorce against her husband in the circuit court. The relatives are endeavoring to settle the case amicably and have it dismissed.
  • 19 Jan 1897 Amelia Doenges has been granted a divorce from William Doenges, the custody of the children and $100 alimony.
  • 21 Jan 1897 This morning Alice M. Foulks through her attorney has applied for a divorce from George Foulks on the grounds of cruel treatment.
  • 22 Jan 1897 In the matter of the divorce of Lucinda Buford the superior court has restrained the husband from disposing of his property.
  • 22 Jan 1897 The divorce suit of Cora A. Calleghen versus Morris Calleghen is on trial in the superior court.
  • 23 Jan 1897 This morning the divorce suit of Melissa Jane Small vs. Frank P. Small came up before Judge O'Rourke. The plaintiff prayed for a divorce and $500 alimony. During the hearing of the testimony the fact was developed that Amelia M. Small, the defendant's first wife, secured a divorce before Judge Dawson, December 28, 1895. F. P. Small was to pay the costs. He failed to pay the court costs and a decree of divorce was never entered so the divorce was not legally granted. This was a surprise to both parties to the divorce suit today. Melissa Jane Leary, the plaintiff in the second divorce suit, was married to Small on Decoration Day last year. According to the records in Judge Dawson's court this marriage was not legal, as the groom was a married man. Judge O'Rourke today refused to grant the divorce. This announcement caused consternation in the court room and efforts are being made to have the first divorce granted at once.
  • 25 Jan William Doenges, the contractor, of 12 Grand St., did not get a divorce from his wife as stated in the papers last week.
  • 25 Jan 1897 Ira C. White has begun divorce proceedings against his wife, Mary White.

  • 4 Feb 1897 In circuit court this morning Rachael F. Doehring was granted a divorce from John Doehring. The plaintiff was also granted the custody of two children.
  • 4 Feb 1897 John Pressler has been granted a divorce from his wife, Fannie Pressler.
  • 5 Feb 1897 This afternoon Alice M. Foulks was granted a divorce from George H. Foulks.
  • 10 Feb 1897 This afternoon in circuit court begin the proceedings for William P. Bartley for a divorce from his wife, Anna N. Bartley on the grounds of cruelty and desertion.
  • 10 Feb 1897 Melissa J. Small has been granted a divorce from her husband Frank P. Small and alimony in the sum of $75.
  • 11 Feb 1897 Louise Bradtmiller files suit in the circuit court against Charles H. Bradtmiller for divorce and alimony in the sum of $2400.
  • 13 Feb 1897 The divorce case of Ellen B. Suttonfield against Bird Suttonfield was heard in circuit court yesterday. The couple has been married twice. A divorce was granted last August and in November the second marriage occurred. The plaintiff assumes her maiden name, Ellen Hummel.
  • 19 Feb 1897 Susan Endress has filed suit against Rudolph Endress for divorce, alimony and the custody of a child. The complaint sets out that the couple was married January 15, 1889, at Chicago, and on March 15, 1889, the defendant abandoned the plaintiff and has since failed to provide for her.
  • 19 Feb 1897 Mary Klopfenstein has applied for a divorce from her husband, Charles P. Klopfenstein.
  • 23 Feb 1897 This morning in superior court Thomas A. Jackson was granted a divorce from Mary A. Jackson on the grounds of desertion.
  • 23 Feb 1897 The suit of Lucinda Buford vs. Edward Buford is being contested.
  • 23 Feb 1897 George Waltke has filed suit for divorce from Elmira H. Waltke.
  • 24 Feb 1897 The divorce case of Lucinda Buford against Edward Buford has been continued until March 11.
  • 26 Feb 1897 In the circuit court, Louisa M. Bradtmiller has been granted a divorce from Charles H. Bradtmiller and alimony in the sum of $800 and custody of a child.
  • 26 Feb 1897 In the circuit court Louisa M. Bradtmiller has been granted a divorce from Charles H. Bradtmiller, alimony in the sum of $800 and the custody of a child.

  • 4 Mar 1897 This afternoon in the circuit court Geroge Waltke was granted a divorce from his wife Elmira A. Waltke and was given custody of the children.
  • 5 Mar 1897 Through her attorney, Ida Miller has commenced suit in superior court for divorce from Samuel Miller.
  • 5 Mar 1897 In superior court Minnie Mae Hochstetter has asked for a divorce from William Hochstetter.
  • 6 Mar 1897 In superior court this morning Minnie Hochstetter was granted a divorce from William Hochstetter on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. They live on a farm a short distance west of the city.
  • 9 Mar 1897 This afternoon through her attorney Mrs. Ann E. Stephens has applied for a divorce from Taylor Stephens on the charge of abandonment.
  • 11 Mar 1897 The case of Lucinda Buford vs. Edward Buford for divorce is on trial before Judge Dawson. The litigation is not over the divorce proceedings but pertains to a division of the property.
  • 11 Mar 1897 This morning through her attorney, Judge Hench, Cora A. Hively applied in superior court for a divorce from Hale M. Hively.
  • 12 Mar 1897 January 15 last, Mrs. Maude Woodruff was granted a divorce from Andrew J. Woodruff in this city. Five days later she was married to George W. Stites, proprietor of a hotel at Warren, Ind. and for a number of years host of the Stites hotel, Churubusco. Yesterday Mrs. Maude Stites applied for a divorce from her husband demanding $10,000 alimony. The complaint was withdrawn from the records.
  • 12 Mar 1897 This afternoon Lucinda Buford was granted a divorce from Edward Buford. By mutual consent, attorneys are arranging a division of the property.
  • 13 Mar 1897 Fred Schoerpf, a Leo saloonkeeper, was sued for divorce by his wife in circuit court. The divorce proceedings were withdrawn. (Long story.)
  • 19 Mar 1897 Mrs. Lizzie Ratliff yesterday instituted proceedings for divorce from Andrew Ratliff.
  • 19 Mar 1897 A sensational divorce suit was filed this afternoon in the circuit court by attorney N. C. Miller for Rufus R. Brown, an old soldier who resides at 324 Hanna Street. He charges his wife, Anna M. Brown, with adultery and elopement. Five years ago Mr. Brown married Anna M. Ferkel in this city. A few months ago he sent her to New York City to study voice culture in the New York Conservatory of Music. Mr. Brown is about 50 years old and his wife 24. Since her residence in New York City, Mr. Brown has reason to believe his wife was untrue and began an investigation. She sailed to Paris on March 4th with Sig S. Ventino, an Italian artist. (Long story.)
  • 20 Mar 1897 Sophia Spandel through her attorney has applied for a divorce from her husband, Henry Spandel.
  • 23 Mar 1897 Mamie Beyerle was today granted a divorce from Harry G. Beyerle in the superior court.
  • 23 Mar 1897 This morning Hannah S. Cummins applied for a divorce from Lucien Cummins.
  • 24 Mar 1897 This morning before Judge Dawson Magdalena Swartz was granted a divorce from Christian Swartz on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. This is not a new occurrence in the career of the couple. They have been twice married and twice divorced. The lawyers have had much amusement in preparing the case for trial and finally little or no evidence was needed to convince the court that their marital life was anything but happy.
  • 26 Mar 1897 Laura Davis has applied for a divorce from Eli Davis.
  • 27 Mar 1897 This morning two matrimonial mismates had their domestic affairs aired in the courts. In Judge Dawson's court, Cora A. Hively was granted a divorce from Hale Hively, a farmer who lives near Churubusco, on sensational grounds. The inhuman charges were not disputed and the court granted the divorce and $300 alimony.

  • 1 Apr 1897 Ella E. Cummins has applied for a divorce from Joseph D. Cummings (sic).
  • 5 Apr 1897 Mary L. Klopfenstein has been granted a divorce from Charles P. Klopfenstein. She is to receive $200 alimony.
  • 6 Apr 1897 Three months ago Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lothammer were united in marriage. Mrs. Lothammer had her husband fined $3 and costs for assault and battery. This morning Lothammer began divorce proceedings against his wife.
  • 6 Apr 1897 This morning Jacob Hiser, the roadhouse keeper, was granted a divorce from his wife Mary Hiser. The affair was arranged out of court and no defense was made.
  • 12 Apr 1897 The divorce suit of Lillian Lothamer against Joseph Lothamer has been dismissed.
  • 15 Apr 1897 Rosanna Farra has applied for a divorce from Frank Farra alleging cruel treatment in the complaint.
  • 15 Apr 1897 Adaline Smith has applied for a divorce from Christian Smith.
  • 20 Apr 1897 This morning in circuit court Mrs. Laura Davis was granted a divorce from Eli Davis on the charges of cruelty and failure to provide.
  • 21 Apr 1897 This morning Lulu E. Cummins was granted a divorce from Joseph D. Cummins.
  • 21 Apr 1897 Laura Davis was granted a divorce from Eli Davis.
  • 21 Apr 1897 William Johnson came here yesterday from Paulding to see the circus and incidently get a divorce from his wife Mary Johnson. Mrs. Johnson had previously applied for a divorce through her attorney.
  • 24 Apr 1897 This afternoon through her attorney, Charlotte Hassfield applied in circuit court for a divorce from Frederick Hassfield. The complaint alleges cruelty, desertion, failure to provide and other things.
  • 26 Apr 1897 Elpheus D. Rensberger has applied for a divorce from Carry A. Rensberger. The complaint charges adultery.
  • 30 Apr 1897 Theodore C. Flinn has applied for a divorce from Anna Flinn. Both are mutes. The charge is cruelty.

  • 1 May 1897 In circuit court Adeline Smith was granted a divorce from Christian Smith on the grounds of failure to provide.
  • 1 May 1897 Emma Crane has applied for a divorce from Charles Crane on the grounds of failure to provide.
  • 5 May 1897 This morning Mattie Tyler applied in the superior court for a divorce from William Tyler.
  • 5 May 1897 In superior court, William Kees has applied for a divorce from Rosa Kees. He accuses her of drunkenness and desertion.
  • 10 May 1897 The superior court is busy this afternoon listening to the evidence in the divorce suit of Joseph D. Cumins vs. Lulu Cumins. Mrs. Cumins is fighting the case.
  • 11 May 1897 Hannah Cumins has been granted a divorce from Lurius Cumins. Each were granted the custody of one child.
  • 13 May 1897 Leonora, wife of contractor William Horstman, last evening filed a petition for a divorce asking $3000 alimony. (Long story.)
  • 17 May 1897 The divorce suit of Julia Coudret vs. John Coudret was dismissed to in the circuit court. She also demanded $2500 alimony.
  • 18 May 1897 This morning in Justice France's court John Oehler was fined $4 and costs for assault and battery on his wife. This afternoon a divorce case is on record in the circuit court.
  • 20 May 1897 This morning in the circuit court was busily hearing the evidence in the damage suit of Mary L. Ross vs. Richard C. Ross. Mrs. Ross wants $1000 damages. She has been married and divorced five times. She has had three different husbands. She married Mr. Cospar once, Mr. Wilhelm twice and Mr. Ross twice.
  • 21 May 1897 This morning in circuit court a jury gave Mrs. Mary C. Ross a judgment of $50 against her former husband. She sued Richard L. Ross for $1000 damages on grounds that after their divorce was granted he called upon her and kicked her in a brutal manner. The damages were small and practically a victory for the defendant.
  • 21 May 1897 In circuit court Judge O'Rourke granted a decree of divorce to Rufus R. Brown vs. Anna Brown. Brown accused his wife of skipping to Italy with another man. She filed an amended complaint. On this complaint Mr. Brown was granted a divorce.
  • 21 May 1897 In circuit court this morning Alpheus D. Rensberger was granted a divorce from Carrie Rensberger.
  • 22 May 1897 In superior court this morning William P. Bartley was granted a divorce from Anna Bartley. He was given the custody of two children.
  • 27 May 1897 This morning Judge O'Rourke returned from Indianapolis and after opening court granted William Kress a divorce from Viola Kress. The grounds were cruelty.
  • 29 May 1897 Through her attorneys Ida B. Cunningham has begun action in the circuit court against her husband, John Cunningham, for divorce. She accuses her husband of cruel treatment and failure to provide. She says that he compelled her to go about last winter without shoes. Her eight children also suffered. She asks the custody of her children.
  • 29 May 1897 Christian Smith today got a certificate of divorce from his wife, Adaline Smith.

  • 1 Jun 1897 This morning William N. Michael began proceedings in superior court against his wife, Ethel Michael for divorce. The complaint alleges cruelty, desertion, and associating with persons of immoral character.
  • 1 Jun 1897 This morning in circuit court Louis Kyler was granted a divorce from Minnie M. Kyler and the custody of their only child.
  • 3 Jun 1897 This morning Michael E. Flannigan began divorce proceedings in superior court against Hattie Flannigan. The charges are desertion and abandonment.
  • 5 Jun 1897 This afternoon Josephine Grace filed a complaint for divorce against her husband, John Grace. She accuses him of cruel treatment and adultery. The affidavit sets forth that he has visited Fort Wayne houses of ill repute since the marriage ceremony five years ago and cites one particular visit a few months ago.
  • 5 Jun 1897 This morning in superior court Mrs. Margaret Herring has applied for a divorce from her husband, Isaac Herring on the charges of desertion and failure to provide. She says he compelled his wife to work for a living.
  • 5 Jun 1897 Last evening Frank Rice was granted a decree of divorce from Ellen Rice. The papers were drawn only a few moments before the case came to trial. It was a mutual agreement divorce. The proceedings in this case were kept secret. The charge was adultery and the correspondent was named. He is a young farmer who lives east of the city.
  • 8 Jun 1897 This morning Tracy A. Darby applied for a divorce from Henry Darby on grounds of abandonment and failure to provide. She also asks the circuit court to grant her alimony in the sum of $300.
  • 9 Jun 1897 Eugene Jamison has applied in the superior court for a divorce from Emily Jamison.
  • 12 Jun 1897 This morning a peculiar case was tried in superior court. The plaintiff was James P. Johnston, colored, and the action was brought on grounds that his wife Harriet, deserted him in Ohio. Johnston is now and has been for the past two years, a resident of Fort Wayne. On the stand today, the plaintiff said that they were married two years ago in Ohio and the ceremony was pronounced in the morning. Before 6 o'clock that same evening, the bride deserted her husband and has not lived with him since. The whereabouts of the wife are not known at present and the court granted her custody of a daughter born after the desertion. The plaintiff was granted a decree of divorce.
  • 12 Jun 1897 This morning Judge O'Rourke granted Nora Kreiger a divorce from Frank Kreiger of Perry Township. He beat and kicked his wife then deserted her.
  • 14 Jun 1897 This morning Mrs. Elizabeth Schoerph applied for a divorce from the notorious Frederick Schoerph. It will be remembered that Schoerph is out on bail on the charge of assault with intent to kill his wife.
  • 15 Jun 1897 This morning a rather sensational divorce case was tried before Judge Dawson in the superior court. As soon as the divorce was granted the complaint was withdrawn from the court records. The plaintiff was Mr. Fred H. Lambert, an artist and painter well known in Fort Wayne and the defendant was his attractive wife, well known in church and musical circles as an accomplished young lady. About a year ago Mr. Lambert sent his young wife to Europe to complete her education and to visit his relatives while abroad. Some time ago Mrs. Lambert returned from her foreign trip and the domestic relations have not been of a placid nature. At the trial this morning a number of letters received by Mrs. Lambert from her husband's brother were introduced in evidence against the defendant, together with other things that are never mentioned in public print. After listening to the evidence the plaintiff was granted an absolute divorce from his wife and also custody of their minor child. The records do not show the real cause of the divorce and in fact the entire proceedings were kept a court secret.
  • 21 Jun 1897 Gertie Miles sues William B. Miles for divorce and custody of their children. The complaint alleges cruelty and failure to provide.
  • 23 Jun 1897 Tracy A. Darby was yesterday granted a divorce from her husband, Henry Darby, on the grounds of desertion and infidelity. They recently moved here from the country.
  • 28 Jun 1897 This morning in superior court two divorces were granted on the grounds of desertion and the plaintiffs were granted the custody of the children. The divorced were Susan Endress vs. William Endress and Mattie Tyler vs. Rudolph Tyler.
  • 28 Jun 1897 Mrs. Minnie Weaver has applied for a divorce from William C. Weaver. The charge is abandonment.

  • 1 Jul 1897 This morning in the superior court Sarah Burger applied for a divorce from Joseph Burger.
  • 1 Jul 1897 Judge Dawson yesterday granted Gertie Miles a divorce from William B. Miles.
  • 3 Jul 1897 This morning, Mrs. Emma Covault applied in the circuit court here for a divorce from her husband William Covault, now a resident of Chicago. Mrs. Covault has resided here many years and her husband for a time was a letter carrier in Fort Wayne. In 1893, he went to Chicago and secured a position in the railway service. Since then he has not returned to this city and has in no way provided for the support of the family. The plaintiff asks for a divorce on grounds of abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 3 Jul 1897 This afternoon in superior court, Sarah Burger was granted a divorce from Joseph Burger, a barber at the New Aveline shop. The charge was abandonment.
  • 8 Jul 1897 This morning, three applications for divorce were filed in the courts. Elizabeth McLaren made application in circuit court for a divorce from Jesse McLaren on the grounds of cruelty, habitual drunkenness and failure to provide. This is not the first appearance of this couple in court. Mrs. McLaren is one of the descendants of the late Chief Godfrey and her husband is a white man.
  • 8 Jul 1897 Mrs. Jane Corneille desires a divorce from her husband, Louis A. Corneille on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide. She demands $2500 alimony.
  • 8 Jul 1897 In superior court, Mrs. Margaret Sowers has commenced proceedings against her husband Andrew Sowers for a decree of divorce and $1500 alimony. The complaint says that they were married in 1861 and lived together until last November at which time Sowers began proceedings against a certain resident of Huntington, Indiana, for alienating his wife's affections. This case was never tried and Mrs. Sowers claims that there was no truth in the complaint and that it was done simply to annoy her. He also accused her of associating with other men and made these accusations in public and on account of his actions was obliged to leave home. The case promises to be a spicy one.
  • 12 Jul 1897 This morning in the superior court, Judge Dawson granted a divorce to Emma Crane. The husband Charles Crane was found guilty of abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 12 Jul 1897 Judge Dawson dismissed the divorce suit of Rossa Farra vs. Frank Farra.
  • 13 Jul 1897 William Keys has been granted a divorce from Rosa Keys.
  • 14 Jul 1897 This morning in superior court Mrs. Mary Diffendarfer applied for a divorce from her husband Albert Diffendarfer. She also asks for $1000 alimony. They were married in 1885. The complaint alleges adultery and cruelty. Miss Ollie Binkley is named as the correspondent. Diffendarfer is out on $300 bond on the charge of living in adultery with Ollie Binkley. Since the affidavit has been filed Ollie has disappeared. The case has been set for a hearing July 24.
  • 19 Jul 1897 This morning in superior court Louise Frederickson applied for a divorce from her husband, Fred Frederickson on the grounds of desertion and failure to provide.
  • 20 Jul 1897 Yesterday Henry Prange was in court on the charge of beating his wife. Last night Prange got a comfortable package on board and went home to start another family racket. He heard that his wife was preparing to make an application for a divorce and for a time there was a lively scene at the Prange home. Prange got away and no arrests were made.
  • 21 Jul 1897 John Diffendarfer, divorce proceedings are pending against him.
  • 21 Jul 1897 Frankie Drake Holland has applied for a divorce from Willard Holland, a former Fort Wayne ball player. He is now a railroad man in the east. The charges are abandonment.
  • 23 Jul 1897 Joseph Metker has applied for a divorce from Mary Metker on the grounds of cruelty.
  • 26 Jul 1897 This morning in the superior court, Mrs. Mary J. Diffendarfer of Lake Township, was granted a divorce from Albert Diffendarfer with alimony. The divorce case was the result of the arrest of the husband in this city in the company of Miss Ollie Binkley a few days ago. The couple spent a week at one of the hotels of the city as man and wife it is said and they both paid fines for their little outing.
  • 26 Jul 1897 Herman Plock was granted a divorce from Margaret Plock in superior court.
  • 26 Jul 1897 Margaret Smith has filed application for a divorce from Joseph D. Smith.
  • 28 Jul 1897 Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Ira Case brought suit for divorce against her husband. She charged desertion. Late last night he was found and peace was restored. The couple adjusted their difficulties out of court.
  • 28 Jul 1897 Christian (sic) Prange has applied for a divorce from Henry Prange.
  • 28 Jul 1897 A. E. Kintner has made application for a divorce from Ida Kintner.
  • 31 Jul 1897 Christina Prange was yesterday granted a divorce from her husband and given the custody of two children.

  • 5 Aug 1897 Yesterday Mrs. Bailey filed an application for a divorce from P. W. Bailey, a Fort Wayne boy who has been night operator for a year at Linden, Ohio. Bailey is only 19 years old and has been married only a short time. His young wife prefers charges of gross neglect. Bailey's home is in Fort Wayne.
  • 10 Aug 1897 Susan Wilkie has applied for a divorce from Joseph Wilkie. They were married in 1887 and the plaintiff says that her husband has frequently attempted to kill her.
  • 10 Aug 1897 This afternoon Siminan E. Mentzer enters suit against Lulu Mentzer, his wife, for divorce.
  • 11 Aug 1897 Yesterday morning Mrs. Louise Frederickson was granted a divorce from John P. Frederickson. Last evening she was married to Ludwig Spanle.
  • 12 Aug 1897 This morning in superior court Judge Dawson granted Susan Wilkie a divorce from Joseph Wilkie, a carpenter in the Pennsylvania shops. The charges were cruelty. The plaintiff introduced evidence to show that the defendant had frequently chocked her and also otherwise cruelly attacked her. They have two small children. Mrs. Wilkie was granted a divorce, $300 alimony with income of $2.50 a week for each of the children till they shall have attained the age of 14 years respectfully.
  • 13 Aug 1897 Mrs. Haifley needs more than anything else is a divorce and that the trouble is purely of a domestic nature and that Mr. (Simon) Haifley is not insane.
  • 16 Aug 1897 This morning in the superior court Louisa Fredrickson was granted a divorce from John P. Fredrickson on the charge of desertion and failure to provide.
  • 18 Aug 1897 Jennie Vanauer has applied for a divorce from Henry Vanauer. They were married in 1891. Failure to provide is the allegation in the complaint.
  • 21 Aug 1897 Mrs. Covalt has applied for a divorce from her husband who is now a resident of Chicago. The charge is abandonment and failure to provide. (Long story.)
  • 21 Aug 1897 Isaac A. Byall has appealed for a divorce from Carrie A. Byall.
  • 24 Aug 1897 Late this afternoon the News learned on reliable authority that the petition for divorce introduced in circuit court last week by R. L. Romy would not come to trial as the affairs of Mr. and Mrs. Romy are once more of a happy nature. The divorce proceedings will be withdrawn at once.
  • 28 Aug 1897 This afternoon Michael E. Flannigan, a prominent railroad man, was granted a divorce from Hattie Flannigan. They were married in Portsmouth, Ohio, and when Mr. Flannigan moved to Fort Wayne, she refused to accompany him. The divorce was granted on grounds of desertion.

  • 3 Sep 1897 This morning in superior court a divorce was granted to a complaint filed two years ago. The case was tried in secret session of the court and no evidence was introduced.
  • 3 Sep 1897 This morning in superior court Mary Blakely was granted a divorce from William F. Blakely and $300 alimony. Besides this, Mr. Blakely is to contribute $5 a month for the support of the minor children till they have arrived at the age of 15 years. One of the children is 7 years old and the other 11 years old.
  • 3 Sep 1897 This morning in superior court Judge Dawson dismissed the divorce case of Joseph Metker vs. Mary Metker at the costs of the plaintiff.
  • 3 Sep 1897 Mrs. Caroline Lichtsinn has applied for a divorce from Henry Lichtsinn and wants $4000 alimony. Cruel treatment is alleged. The complaint names Mrs. Schultz as correspondent.
  • 7 Sep 1897 This morning through her attorney Mrs. Edith Hollenkamp began proceedings for divorce from her husband, John Hollenkamp. She claims that he deserted her three years ago and had not been seen since her baby was born soon after his departure.
  • 8 Sep 1897 This afternoon Ella Baker of Woodburn applied for a divorce from Cain Baker charging cruelty, drunkenness, desertion and failure to provide. They were married in 1889 and separated in 1896.
  • 9 Sep 1897 This morning Sarah LaBaub began proceedings for a divorce from her husband, Julius LaBaub, of 21 Pritchard Street. The complaint alleges that the defendant took his wife by the throat and shook her violently, calling her vile names and cruelly handling her. He threatened to kill his wife with a gun.
  • 11 Sep 1897 Matilda Turner has applied for a divorce from Henry Turner. The complaint alleges failure to provide.
  • 13 Sep 1897 This morning Judge O'Rourke granted Josephine Grice an absolute divorce from her husband John Grice. The action was taken on the ground that Grice deserted his wife and went west leaving nothing but debts behind him and his wife destitute.
  • 15 Sep 1897 Augusta B. Armel sues for a divorce from Walter Armel in the superior court. The complaint alleges that he applied opprobrious epithets to her and failed to give proper support. She wants the custody of her two children and $50 a year.
  • 17 Sep 1897 Sarah Miller sues for divorce from her husband, William Miller in circuit court. The complaint recites that William called his wife names, was unfaithful and finally abandoned her. He is possessed of some property and Mrs. Miller demands $500 alimony.
  • 20 Sep 1897 The case of Sarah LaBoub who wants a divorce from her husband, Julius LaBoub, came up for trial this morning. The plaintiff admitted that she lived with her husband after the action for divorce. The judge promptly dismissed the case and refused to grant the separation.
  • 22 Sep 1897 Judge Dawson in superior court granted Louis Boner a divorce from his wife, Elmira Boner.
  • 23 Sep 1897 Margaret Sours sues in the circuit court for divorce from her husband, Andrew Sours. The complaint is desertion.
  • 28 Sep 1897 Judge Dawson is hearing the divorce suit of Hilker against Hilker and the court room is crowded with witnesses and spectators. The wife holds her three months old baby in her arms during the trial.
  • 29 Sep 1897 Jennie Welch sues for a divorce from Daniel Welch.
  • 29 Sep 1897 Sarah LaBoub sues for a divorce from Julius LaBoub.
  • 30 Sep 1897 L. B. Larimore sues for a divorce from Catherine Larimore, complaint, desertion.
  • 30 Sep 1897 A few weeks ago, Mrs. Sarah LaBoub began proceedings for a divorce from her husband, Julius LaBoub. The case was set for trial in the circuit court. Before the case was given a hearing Mr. & Mrs. LaBoub were living together. Despite this fact, Mrs. LaBoub tried to get a divorce. When the facts were presented to the court the case was dismissed. This morning Mrs. LaBoub began proceedings in the superior court for a divorce. She wants a divorce badly and it is said that she will not live with her husband till the case is tried before Judge Dawson. The charge is that of cruelty.

  • 5 Oct 1897 Judge Dawson declines to grant William Hilker a divorce from his wife, Emma C. Hilker. The plaintiff charged his wife with cruel and inhuman treatment, drunkenness, and unfaithfulness. The judge decided that the charges were not sustained.
  • 9 Oct 1897 Sarah E. Ellison sues for a divorce from James Ellison and alleges that he has used her cruelly and inhumanly by cursing her while she was nursing a week old infant.
  • 9 Oct 1897 Sarah E. Lee has applied for a divorce from George D. Lee on the grounds of desertion. The defendant is the former policeman.
  • 11 Oct 1897 Sarah Jane Meyer sues for divorce from Charles Louis Meyer and asks for $1000 alimony. Charges are cruelty and failure to provide.
  • 12 Oct 1897 In superior court, George R. Toppenden sues for a divorce from Nellie Toppenden on the grounds that the latter has been guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment and has proven unfaithful. He asks that he be given the custody of the child whom the complaint alleges had been taken into bad company by the mother.
  • 12 Oct 1897 This morning Judge O'Rourke granted Margaret Sauers a divorce from her husband, Andrew Sauers.
  • 13 Oct 1897 It is said that the suit against Lewis Larrimore for divorce now pending in the courts, may be withdrawn as the couple have settled their differences out of court.
  • 23 Oct 1897 The Metzner divorce still consumes the attention of Judge Dawson in superior court.
  • 23 Oct 1897 Mattie Dawson has filed for a divorce from John Dawson in the superior court.
  • 23 Oct 1897 A suit for divorce was yesterday filed in the circuit court by Mattie Lintlag against Phillip Lintlag. The complaint was withdrawn from the record at once after being filed. The charges will not be given out.
  • 25 Oct 1897 Sarah Jane Meyer has been granted a divorce from Charles L. Meyer in superior court. She charged abandonment and failure to provide. The court ordered the man to pay his former wife $6 per month with which to support his children.
  • 26 Oct 1897 A sensational divorce suit was tried at the noon hour in superior court today and as a result Mrs. Charles Romy was granted a divorce from her husband, the well-known policeman. (Very long story.)
  • 26 Oct 1897 This morning in the circuit court Judge O'Rourke heard the testimony in the divorce suit of George R. Tappenden against his wife, Nellie M. Tappenden. The divorce was granted. The charges were cruelty.
  • 26 Oct 1897 Lulu Keller sues for a divorce from William Keller. The charges are cruelty.
  • 27 Oct 1897 The Metzner divorce case will come up for a further hearing in superior court tomorrow.
  • 28 Oct 1897 This morning in superior court Judge Dawson heard the divorce case of Albert S. French against Sarah M. French. The charges were cruel and inhuman treatment. Judge Dawson granted the divorce. Property rights and alimony were settled out of court.

  • 1 Nov 1897 The interminable Metzner divorce case is again on trial this afternoon in the superior court. The witnesses who tell the wife's side of the story are being examined. It is probable that the testimony will be concluded today and arguments will commence tomorrow.
  • 1 Nov 1897 This morning in the superior court Blanche R. Lannigan was granted a divorce from her husband Thomas Lannigan. The charges were cruel and inhuman treatment and abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 2 Nov 1897 Ida B. Cunningham was granted a divorce from her husband, John M. Cunningham, on the grounds of cruelty and abandonment.
  • 3 Nov 1897 Judge O'Rourke this morning in circuit court granted six unhappy people freedom. The following cases were disposed of: Edith Hollenkamp against John Hollenkamp, divorce granted, charges abandonment and failure to provide. Charles C. Drake was granted a divorce from Sarah M. Drake, charges cruel and inhuman treatment. Maggie Davison was divorced from John Dawson, charges abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 4 Nov 1897 Judge O'Rourke today heard the case of Frank Haven against Josephine Haven for divorce. The judge granted the defendant a divorce on her cross-complaint alleging abandonment and infidelity.
  • 4 Nov 1897 Della Brock sues for divorce from her husband Victor Brock. The charges are desertion and failure to provide.
  • 11 Nov 1897 Tomorrow morning in superior court the Metzner divorce case will be argued.
  • 11 Nov 1897 Mary White has applied for a divorce from Ira White.
  • 12 Nov 1897 The Metzner divorce case was to have been argued this morning but was deferred until this afternoon. As usual the court room is crowded with people from Monroe Township.
  • 13 Nov 1897 Oliver Albrough against Cora Albrough, complaint for divorce. It was charged that the wife had abandoned her husband and no defense was made. The divorce was granted to Mr. Albrough.
  • 22 Nov 1897 Dr. Mentzer divorce case. The court said that a divorce could not be obtained by a husband simply because his wife was petulant. Judge Dawson refused to grant a divorce to either party because Mrs. Mentzer was soon to be a mother.
  • 22 Nov 1897 In the divorce case of Aleuni E. Kintner vs. Ida E. Kintner, Judge Dawson found for the plaintiff and refused to give a divorce.

  • 1 Dec 1897 Conrad Hess was before Justice Bullerman this morning charged with assault and battery on his wife. It is alleged the he hit her in the face with a clothes brush. Another case is pending against Hess charging that he left his wife and two babies last week and has refused to support them. He gave bond for his appearance in $100 and demanded a change of venue out of the township. Attorney Will Ryan in his behalf has filed suit for divorce from his wife, Mrs. Julia Hess. The principal charge is that he fails to get his meals on time.
  • 1 Dec 1897 Mollie Viola Tait has filed suit for divorce against her husband George Tait alleging cruel and inhuman treatment and asking $500 alimony, the custody of the child and $300 a year for its support.
  • 1 Dec 1897 In the superior court Jennie Welch was granted a divorce from David Welch on the grounds of cruel treatment and abandonment.
  • 2 Dec 1897 Today in superior court Charles Rau filed suit for divorce from his wife Opal Rau. The couple has been married about a year. Cruel and inhuman treatment was charged in the complaint but no overt act of cruelty is alleged. There are no children and Mrs. Rau has been at her home in Wisconsin for two months so the judge granted the divorce absolutely .
  • 2 Dec 1897 In circuit court William B. Kelly was granted a divorce from his wife, Lena Kelly, on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple have been separated for some time.
  • 2 Dec 1897 Mary White has filed a suit in replevin in superior court asking that Ira White, Evers H. White and Clara M. White deliver over a quantity of personal property and household goods which it is alleged are unlawfully detained. The suit grows out of the divorce case of the plaintiff against her husband which has been partially heard by Judge Dawson and continued.
  • 4 Dec 1897 Mrs. Ira White in court; has filed for divorce. (Long story.)
  • 6 Dec 1897 Elizabeth M. Lamaster Saturday instituted proceedings for a divorce from George W. Lamaster asking $2000 alimony. Her attorney took the complaint off the file and the charges are not to be made public just yet.
  • 6 Dec 1897 Judge Dawson annulled the marriage contract between John Boshet and Laura Boshet because the plaintiff secured her husband by fraud.
  • 6 Dec 1897 The judge also decreed a divorce to Chas. Brehn although the wife applied for the bill.
  • 11 Dec 1897 Mrs. Emma Hilker who a short time ago was called upon to defend a divorce suit brought by her husband, William Hilker, appealed to Judge Dawson yesterday asking him to compel her husband to provide for her and an infant child. Appeals to him are in vain.
  • 15 Dec 1897 Catherine Larimore was yesterday granted a divorce from Levi Larimore by Judge Dawson. The complaint was neglect and desertion.
  • 15 Dec 1897 Minnie E. Cassel sues Alexander Cassel for divorce. The couple were married in August 1895 and separated last March. The charge is cruel and inhuman treatment.
  • 17 Dec 1897 The divorce case of Sarah Ellison against James Ellison was called in the superior court this morning and was continued on the request of the defendant.
  • 18 Dec 1897 Mary C. Potter was yesterday granted a divorce from Levi N. Potter in the circuit court. The complaint was failure to provide.
  • 20 Dec 1897 Samuel Carey and Lillie Bird were in the county jail on charges of adultery. Carey agreed to provide his wife with the funds necessary to secure a divorce from him otherwise he'd be sent to the penitentiary.
  • 23 Dec 1897 Mary Wells through her attorney has filed for divorce in the circuit court asking for a separation from her husband Jay L. Wells. In the complaint it is charges that the husband is unfaithful and that on one occasion he beat his wife. Mrs. Wells asks the court to allow her $150 a year for support of their little child, now 18 months old.
  • 24 Dec 1897 Ira O. Barcus was yesterday granted a divorce from Nettie Barcus in the superior court.
  • 28 Dec 1897 The Knoder divorce case has been dismissed. The case was filed by Ida Knoder who asked for a divorce on the grounds that her husband, Charles W. Knoder, had married her under false pretenses after they had eloped to Chicago. The attorneys filed a demurrer setting out that the complaint alleged insufficient grounds for divorce which was sustained.
  • 28 Dec 1897 This morning in circuit court Harry Goldstine was granted a divorce from Ida Goldstine. The complaint alleges abandonment by the wife who is now living in the northwest. The court divided the children, two being placed in custody of the father and the other two were given to the mother.
  • 28 Dec 1897 In the superior court Louise Spanley asks for a divorce from her husband, Lewis Spanley on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. The complainant is a woman over 60 years of age and has been married to the defendant but a few years.
  • 30 Dec 1897 Judge Dawson granted Della Brock a divorce from Victor Brock on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment and abandonment.
  • 30 Dec 1897 Mary White secured a divorce from Ira White on the same grounds with the custody of her child and $3 a month for the maintenance of the little one.
  • 30 Dec 1897 Judge Dawson also granted Sarah Ellison a separation from her husband Jas. Ellison. The wife was given custody of the one child and the husband was ordered to pay $4 a month for its support.
  • 30 Dec Cora Swaidner filed divorce proceedings in the circuit court today against her husband, Joseph E. Swaidner. (Long story.)
  • 31 Dec 1897 Suits dismissed in superior court yesterday; Elizabeth McClaren vs. Jesse McClaren.
Back to RecordsBack to DivorcesPreviousNext