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1903

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


  • 04 Jan 1903 Judge Heaton granted an order restraining the Wabash railroad company from paying wages to William H. Baker, pending action on the application of Phena Baker for divorce.
  • 04 Jan 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Victoria Shirley a decree of divorce from Geo. W. Shirley, the custody of three children and $500 alimony.
  • 04 Jan 1903 E. J. Thomas obtained a decree of divorce from Emma Thomas.
  • 06 Jan 1903 Anna S. Keller began sensational divorce proceedings against Josiah O. Keller, asking $5,000 alimony. Mrs. Keller charges her husband who was formerly in the dental supply business here, with being unfaithful to his marriage vows and cruel besides.
  • 06 Jan 1903 Mary Smith obtained a decree of divorce from Frank M. Smith and Judge O'Rourke added alimony in the sum of $500.
  • 07 Jan 1903 Mrs. Rose E. Danner began proceedings against Robert M. Danner for divorce and $5,000 alimony. The complaint asks that Mr. Danner be restrained from disposing of his property until the case is heard.
  • 10 Jan 1903 Leonora Tagtmeyer sues for a decree of divorce from Theodore Tagtmeyer. The complaint asks for the custody of their children, alimony and a decree restraining the husband from visiting or annoying the complainant until the case is heard.
  • 12 Jan 1903 Maria Rose obtained a decree against Mathias Rose, of Adams township, awarding her $15 a month for support.
  • 14 Jan 1903 In the petition of William J. Kempf vs. Mary E. Kempf for divorce, the court granted plaintiff leave to dismiss the action upon payment of fees to defendant's lawyer.
  • 14 Jan 1903 The case of Rose E. Danner vs. Robert M. Danner for divorce was dismissed.
  • 14 Jan 1903 Judge O'Rourke has granted Eliza J. Stephenson a divorce from John M. Stephenson and custody of the children, Lloyd M. and Homer S. Stephenson. The personal property is divided in accordance with an agreement made by the parties to the action.
  • 15 Jan 1903 Wilheimina M. Gallmeyer instituted proceeding yesterday for a divorce from Conrad Gallmeyer, asking also for alimony, the custody of the children, and a restraining order to prevent the defendant from visiting their home and annoying the plaintiff. The complaint cites a long course of cruel conduct, beginning two weeks after their marriage in 1888. Judge O'Rourke issued the restraining order.
  • 15 Jan 1903 Henry Hauschild is in jail meditating upon the mysterious ways in which the law moves. In September Judge Aiken ordered Henry to pay his divorced wife $8 per month alimony and in November complaint was lodged that he had not complies and Judge Aiken issued another order. This was likewise ignored and yesterday Judge Heaton issued an attachment. Deputy Sheriff Huguenard arrested Hauschild in Milan township and brought him into court. The prisoner was asked why he had not obeyed the court and he responded that it was none of the court's business. Judge Heaton there upon ordered him taken to jail for contempt.
  • 16 Jan 1903 The divorce case of Baker vs. Baker was dismissed, the parties to the suit having adjusted their differences.
  • 16 Jan 1903 The divorce case of George W. Ziegler vs. Jennie Ziegler is on trial. The parties recently moved here from DeKalb county and sometime ago the wife caused her husband's arrest on the charge of taking some notes which, she claimed, belonged to her.
  • 16 Jan 1903 Frances E. Crow was given a divorce from Julian J. Crow. She was also awarded the custody of a daughter.
  • 17 Jan 1903 Edward L. Kiester sues for a divorce from Ada Kiester, charging cruel treatment.
  • 18 Jan 1903 Emma C. Colerick applied for a divorce from Charles E. Colerick. Judge O'Rourke heard the plea that alleged non-support, and granted the decree, permitting the plaintiff to resume her maiden name, Emma C. Hattersley.
  • 18 Jan 1903 The Gallmeyer divorce case was dismissed, the parties having taken the advice of friends to kiss and make up.
  • 21 Jun 1903 Leora Tagtmeyer was given a divorce from Theodore Tagtmeyer. The court also awarded her the custody of her two children and ordered the defendant to pay her $15 per month for their support.
  • 22 Jan 1903 On the application of Hannah W. Hendrix, Thadeus F. Hendrix was restrained from visiting her or selling his property until their pending divorce case is disposed of.
  • 22 Jan 1903 On the application fo Clara Hevel, Ira B. Hevel was restrained from drawing his wages from the Pennsylvania company until their case is heard.
  • 23 Jan 1903 In her application for divorce from Thadeus F. Hendrix, Hannah Hendrix asks the custody of the children.
  • 23 Jan 1903 Angelo Frank Casso was granted a decree of divorce from Anna Casso, but the court put in a provision that the plaintiff was not to marry for two years.
  • 27 Jan 1903 Minnie A. Miller sues for a divorce from Jacob Miller. She also asks for alimony in the sum of $500 and the custody of the children. Non-support and cruelty are charged in the complaint. Minnie Miller was granted a restraining order enjoining her husband, Jacob Miller from annoying her by visiting her pending divorce proceedings.
  • 27 Jan 1903 Hiram Dunkel was given a decree of divorce from Etta Dunkel, and the court also awarded him the custody of their two children.
  • 28 Jan 1903 The Hon. J. M. Barrett, sitting as special judge in the superior court, granted a decree of divorce to Sarah Alta Quince from Thomas E. Quince and gave the wife custody of their child.
  • 31 Jan 1903 Mathias Rose sues for a divorce from Maria Rose.
  • 31 Jan 1903 Henry Hauschild, who was sent to jail two weeks ago for contempt of court, having refused to pay alimony to his divorce wife in accordance with the court's order, thought better of the matter and filed an apology, together with the explanation that the reason he hadn't paid the money was that he didn't have it. Judge Heaton accordingly gave him his liberty.

  • 03 Feb 1903 Louise V. Vandewater sues for a divorce from Charles Vandewater, alleging non-support and drunkenness as causes.
  • 03 Feb 1903 Hanna W. Hendrix was granted a divorce from Thadeus F. Hendrix. She was also given the custody of the three children and allowance for their support until the all reach the age of sixteen years.
  • 10 Feb 1903 Margaret Otto sues for a decree of divorce from Mathias Otto.
  • 10 Feb 1903 Ida Ormiston begins proceedings against James Ormiston for a divorce. The wife charges cruel treatment.
  • 10 Feb 1903 Taicy A. Bates sues for a decree of divorce from Louis C. Bates because of cruel and inhuman treatment.
  • 10 Feb 1903 Mathias Otto is restrained from visiting or disturbing his wife, in Perry township pending the divorce case filed yesterday.
  • 11 Feb 1903 Fred Jones was yesterday granted a decree of divorce from Stella Jones, and colored society was out in force to hear Judge Heaton hand down the bill.
  • 13 Feb 1903 Anna D. Futter files proceedings in the superior court for a decree of divorce from William M. Futter, charging him with treating her cruelly, calling her vile names and squandering $ 1,400 of her personal means. Judge Heaton restrained the husband from in anyway interfering with or annoying the plaintiff or disposing of any of his property until the case is determined in court.
  • 17 Feb 1903 In the divorce case of Anna W. Hendrix vs. Thadeus M. Hendrix, the court decreed that the husband should pay into the court $10 a month, but he has not done it and must show why this morning, as a warrant is out for his arrest for contempt.
  • 18 Feb 1903 Oscar Whitman sues for a decree of divorce from Jennie Whitman.
  • 20 Feb 1903 Sarah Baker sues for a divorce from Benjamin Baker and $300 alimony.
  • 20 Feb 1903 Judge O'Rourke awarded Margaret Otto a decree of divorce from Mathias Otto and the plaintiff is allowed to resume her maiden name, Margaret Bowser.
  • 22 Feb 1903 John F. Burk sues for divorce from Mary B. Burk. They were married in Edgerton last June and the complaint recites that shortly afterward the defendant abandoned the plaintiff.
  • 24 Feb 1903 Chas W. Bashler files proceedings for a decree of divorce from Clara D. Bashler.
  • 24 Feb 1903 Judge Heaton granted to Taicy A. Bates a decree of divorce from Louis C. Bates.
  • 26 Feb 1903 Ellen Roche sues for a divorce from James Roche, and asks for $1,500 alimony. They were married in 1865. The complaint alleges brutal treatment, abusive language and drunkenness.
  • 28 Feb 1903 Dicie M. Barton sues for a divorce from Joseph Barton.

  • 03 Mar 1903 Bertha Stoll sues for a divorce from Henry Stoll, Jr., alleging excessive use of intoxicants, and that the defendant has lost affection for the plaintiff and their 14 year-old son, Elmer. She asks $2,000 alimony and that the defendant be restrained from disposing of his property or withdrawing any money from bank pending the hearing of the case. Judge O'Rourke issued a restraining order.
  • 03 Mar 1903 Allis Hipshire asks to have her marital bonds with Charles Hipshire dissolved by the court.
  • 07 Mar 1903 Jennie Wiles sues for a divorce from Jacob Wiles.
  • 07 Mar 1903 Oscar Whitman was granted a divorce from Jennie Whitman.
  • 07 Mar 1903 John F. Burk was granted a divorce from Mary Burk.
  • 07 Mar 1903 In the case of Laura Coble vs. Cicero Coble, the court issued an order restraining the defendant from drawing his wages until April 1, pending hearing of divorce proceedings.
  • 10 Mar 1903 The divorce case of Harry Yates vs. Addie Yates was re-docketed and entered upon record. The divorce was granted in 1901 but the costs was never paid and consequently the divorce was inoperative.
  • 12 Mar 1903 Adam Thullen sues for a divorce from Barbara Thullen. The complaint says plaintiff married defendant last September and that she has refused to prepare his meals and to care for his children by his former wife.
  • 12 Mar 1903 The court issued an order restraining William Stahlhut from drawing money from the White National Bank or his wages from Frederick Bull, pending the hearing of divorce proceeding instituted by his wife, Emelie Stahlhut. The White National Bank and Frederick Bull are likewise restrained from paying any money to the defendant.
  • 15 Mar 1903 Anna S. Keller was granted a divorce from Josiah H. Keller. The court also awarded her the custody of their child, Albion S. Keller. The defendant was for years engaged in the manufacture of dental instruments and supplies in Fort Wayne, but recently has lived in Chicago.
  • 15 Mar 1903 The case of Matthias Rose vs. Maria Rose was dismissed at plaintiff's cost.
  • 17 Mar 1903 Lillie Rogers sues for divorce from Herbert Rogers, and $500 alimony.
  • 19 Mar 1903 William H. Baker sues for a divorce from Mary Baker. He charges drunkenness and other wicked things.
  • 19 Mar 1903 An order was issued restraining the Pennsylvania company from paying to Albert Leaman any wages due him pending the hearing of a divorce suit instituted by his wife.
  • 21 Mar 1903 Elenore Prange sues William Prange for a decree of divorce and alimony. The complaint alleges cruel treatment.
  • 24 Mar 1903 Elizabeth R. Cramer sued for a divorce from Edward Cramer, and asked for $2,000 alimony. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the defendant from disposing of his property and enjoining the payment of any wages to him by the Bass Foundry and Machine Company, pending hearing of the case.
  • 24 Mar 1903 Mary H. Binkley sues for a divorce from Jacob Binkley, alleging abandonment and failure to provide.
  • 25 Mar 1903 Mary M. McDowell sues for a divorce from George McDowell, alleging drunkenness and failure to provide. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the defendant from disposing of his property pending the hearing of the case. The parties live in Sheldon.
  • 25 Mar 1903 Anna E. Cornell sues for a divorce from John J. Cornell.
  • 25 Mar 1903 Carl H. Hinz was enjoined from selling or otherwise disposing of his property pending a divorce case filed by his wife, Henrietta Hinz.
  • 25 Mar 1903 Martha Weaver was granted a divorce from Harvey Weaver. The court also awarded her the custody of their children and $20 per month for their support for a period of years.
  • 26 Mar 1903 Sophia Smith sues for a divorce from George Smith.
  • 26 Mar 1903 Helen S. Glenn asks to have her marriage bond with Walter D. Glenn sundered.
  • 26 Mar 1903 Myrtle Bryant asks to have her marriage to Ellsworth O. Bryant declared null and void, on the ground that it was contracted fraudulently.
  • 27 Mar 1903 Frederick Marquardt filed suit against his former wife, Minnie Marquardt Kreager, for possession of his five children. The complaint recites the plaintiff and defendant was divorced last November, and the court awarded the woman the custody of the children. Since then, it continues, defendant has not conducted herself as becomes a good woman, and finally on March 17 married Trevers M. Kreager, a widower with five children, besides which the doubling up of the progeny into one household will, it is alleged, prevent the little ones from receiving proper care.

  • 04 Apr 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Julia E. Fursie a divorce from John H. Fursie.
  • 05 Apr 1903 Margaret F. Baus sues Frederick Baus to obtain a divorce.
  • 07 Apr 1903 Joseph Van Tochine sues for a decree of divorce from Cora Van Tochine.
  • 07 Apr 1903 Dixie M. Burton was granted a decree of divorce from Joseph Burton.
  • 07 Apr 1903 Jennie Wiles was granted a decree of divorce from Jacob Wiles.
  • 08 Apr 1903 Grace Glenn was granted a divorce from Walter Glenn. The defendant is now serving a term in the Illinois penitentiary for forgery committed while he was acting as secretary of a building and loan association in Chicago. Both parties to the suit are well known in Fort Wayne, where they were born and reared. Mrs. Glenn was Miss Stringer before her marriage.
  • 08 Apr 1903 Marie Spieiman was granted a decree of divorce from Victor Spieiman.
  • 09 Apr 1903 Adam Thullen applied for a decree of divorce from Barbara Thullen, but after hearing the cross complaint of the wife, the judge granted her a bill of separation.
  • 09 Apr 1903 Sophia Smith was granted a decree of divorce from George J. Smith. The custody of the child was decreed to the wife.
  • 14 Apr 1903 Elizabeth R. Cramer was granted a decree of divorce from Edward R. Cramer and $500 alimony.
  • 14 Apr 1903 The divorce case of Harry Lyons vs. Mary Ellen Lyons was called and default entered.
  • 15 Apr 1903 Abraham Beaber was granted a decree of divorce from Ethel Beaber and $400 alimony.
  • 15 Apr 1903 Josephine Leslie was granted a decree of divorce from Frank G. Leslie.
  • 16 Apr 1903 In the Van Tochine divorce case the husband was enjoined from disposing of his personal property until the wife's complaint is heard.
  • 16 Apr 1903 Frank Perry sues for a decree of divorce from Elia Perry.
  • 18 Apr 1903 Judge Heaton granted to Emeline Stahlhut a decree of divorce from William Stahlhut. The cost of the trial and attorney's fees were taxed against the husband.
  • 18 Apr 1903 Andrew Hamm, Jr. filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from Laura B. Hamm, who grew indifferent to his needs, would not cook for him, abused his children and invited him to get out if he did not like it.
  • 18 Apr 1903 Almeda M. Hodson asks for a divorce from William D. Hodson, who is pronounced a habitual drunkard.
  • 21 Apr 1903 Minnie J. Merriman sues for a decree of divorce from Roy S. Merriman. The husband is accused of cruelty, of refusing to support his wife and child and accusing his wife of infidelity, a charge she repudiates.
  • 21 Apr 1903 Catherine Burns sues for a decree of divorce from James A. Burns.
  • 21 Apr 1903 In the divorce proceedings instituted by Andrew Hamm, his wife Laura B. Hamm filed a cross complaint, and on her petition the Pennsylvania railroad is restrained from paying wages to her husband pending the final decision.
  • 21 Apr 1903 After hearing arguments in the case of Joseph Van Tochine vs. Cora Van Tochine, the court decreed that the plaintiff should pay attorney's fees.
  • 22 Apr 1903 Zuiah Stewart sues for a decree of divorce from Jerry Steward.
  • 24 Apr 1903 Rachael Vauris begins proceedings for divorce from Louis L. Vauris, alleging his threats to kill her and his drunken habits. Judge Heaton granted an order restraining the Lake Shore rail road from paying his wages until the case is settled.
  • 25 Apr 1903 L. Frances Lomont sues for a decree of divorce from Virgil P. Lomont.
  • 26 Apr 1903 Lillian Pearl Lauer begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from William Lauer, who is charged with cruelty.
  • 26 Apr 1903 Harry L. Lyons was granted a decree of divorce from Mary Ellen Lyons.

  • 01 May 1903 Elizabeth Isaby filed proceedings for divorce from Louis C. Isaby, and her petition Judge Heaton enjoined the husband from drawing any money out of the White National Bank until the case is settled.
  • 01 May 1903 The case of Minnie Marquardt vs. Fred Marquardt for possession of the children, is on trial in the superior court and was strenuously contested.
  • 02 May 1903 Florence B. Nicodemus filed suit for divorce from Edward E. Nicodemus. The complaint alleges cruel treatment and abandonment. The couple were married Christmas day 1901 and last December the defendant, it is alleged, left her refusing to give any intentions. Since then he has not been seen. The defendant was a former deputy county clerk and a candidate for the democratic nomination for county clerk last year. His wife was Miss Florence Barrett, daughter of the West Main street grocer.
  • 02 May 1903 Joseph E. Gage sues for a divorce from Mary Gage.
  • 04 May 1903 The case of Allis Hipshire vs. Chas. Hipshire for divorce was called, and the defendant failed to put in an appearance. Judge Heaton thereupon ordered prosecuting Attorney, E.Y. Emrick to appear for the defendant in the name of the state, as provided by the new divorce law passes by the last legislature.
  • 04 May 1903 The case of Catherine Larrimore vs. Levi Larrimore for support was dismissed.
  • 04 May 1903 Edward Kiester was cited to appear in court to show why he is not in contempt in failing to pay over $100 to his wife, as ordered by Judge Heaton in a divorce suit brought by Mrs. Kiester.
  • 04 May 1903 Alfred Lawson was granted a divorce from Nellie Lawson.
  • 05 May 1903 Eliza Sandmeyer sues for a decree of divorce from Charles Sandmeyer, asking judgment for $200 besides.
  • 05 May 1903 Zulah Steward was granted a decree of divorce from Jerry Stewart.
  • 05 May 1903 Henrietta Hinz was granted a decree of divorce from Carl Hina and $750 alimony and costs.
  • 05 May 1903 Elnore Prange was granted a decree of divorce from William Prange and their property was divided by agreement.
  • 06 May 1903 Judge Heaton granted Sophia R. Pierce a decree of divorce from Zenas K. Pierce and the custody of their child.
  • 06 May 1903 Mrs. Nellie E. Cohagan began proceedings for divorce against William E. Cohagan. The complaint charges the husband with being cruel in his conduct, morose, cross, abusive and generally disagreeable. He flourished a razor, too, it says. Mrs. Cohagan wants $1,000 alimony and the custody of their children.
  • 07 May 1903 Caroline Knipple began proceedings in the superior court for a decree of divorce from William T. Knipple.
  • 07 May 1903 Andrew Hamm, Jr. was granted a decree of divorce from Laura B. Hamm and the custody of their two children, aged six and eight years.
  • 07 May 1903 Clara Hevel was granted a decree of divorce from Ira B. Hevel, $500 alimony and $20 a month for support.
  • 08 May 1903 Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining George H. Irvin from visiting or interfering with his wife Barbara, who is suing for a divorce.
  • 09 May 1903 There were two divorce cases in the superior court in which States Attorney Emrick appeared because the defendants defaulted. One was the case of Allis Hopshire vs. Charles Hopshire, and the other was Lillian Pearl Lower vs. William Lower.
  • 09 May 1903 The divorce case of Minnie A. Miller against Jacob Miller was dismissed in superior court.
  • 09 May 1903 Elizabeth Worden began proceedings for divorce against Ezra Worden and Judge O'Rourke restrained the defendant from disposing of or encumbering his property until May 19, when the case will be heard.
  • 10 May 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Mary Gage a divorce from Joseph E. Gage on her cross complaint, and restored her maiden name, Mary Getty.
  • 12 May 1903 Judge Heaton had a pathetic divorce case in the superior court yesterday and concluded, after hearing the facts, not to grant the wife a decree of separation. Elizabeth Isaby asked for a divorce from Louis C. Isaby. She is sixty-seven years old and the husband is seventy-four. The have lived together forty-three years, and the court felt that it was too late to cut the strings that bound their hearts together.
  • 13 May 1903 Mary Artis sues for divorce from George Artis alleging cruel treatment.
  • 13 May 1903 John S. Cary sues for divorce from Lulu M. Cary. The case was heard immediately and the court granted the divorce and gave the custody of the children to the plaintiff.
  • 14 May 1903 Joseph High sues for a decree of divorce from Elmire Josephine High.
  • 15 May 1903 Dr. George C. Keel was granted a divorce from his wife by Judge Heaton. Mrs. Keel filed a sensational cross complaint, but did not attempt to sustain it so the decree was granted by mutual consent on the ground of incompatibility of temper.
  • 15 May 1903 Judge Heaton granted Louise Jackson a decree of divorce from George W. Jackson.
  • 15 May 1903 Lucy Madden began action against Fred J. Madden for support.
  • 16 May 1903 Mary G. Klinger sues for a decree of divorce from Joseph Klinger.
  • 17 May 1903 Myrtle Foltz was granted a decree of divorce from George Foltz, and her maiden name, Myrtle Jackson was restored.
  • 17 May 1903 The case of Mary A. Yerk vs. Chas. P. Yerk for divorce was continued for further hearing, after some evidence was submitted.
  • 19 May 1903 Judge Heaton issued an order that Theodore Tagtmeyer be brought in May 27, to answer the charge of contempt and show cause why he should not be punished. Mr. Tagtmeyer obtained a decree of divorce some time ago and the court ordered the husband to pay a certain sum of money towards her support. This, according to the complaint of Mrs. Tagtmeyer he has not done, and Judge Heaton wants him to show why he has not.
  • 20 May 1903 Mertie M. Bingham charges Nathan M. Bingham with abandonment in a divorce complaint filed yesterday in superior court.
  • 20 May 1903 Mrs. Elizabeth A. Worden was granted by Judge O'Rourke a decree of divorce from Ezra Worden, as well as seventy acres of land and $2700 as alimony. The parties live in Springfield township and are widely known. They were divorced fourteen years ago, and a year later re-married. This is the second experience, and the wife said it was due to her husband's bad temper. They were married fifty years ago.
  • 20 May 1903 Eliza Sandmeyer was granted a decree of divorce from Charles Sandmeyer, and her former name Rice was restored.
  • 20 May 1903 Judge Heaton granted Caroline Knipple a decree of divorce from William T. Knipple. She also secured the custody of their three children, $500 alimony and $4 a month for their support until the baby is fourteen years of age.
  • 21 May 1903 Ada C. Kirkland was granted a decree of divorce from Edgar Kirkland and the custody of their child, Ruth Marie Kirkland.
  • 22 May 1903 A restraining order was issued enjoining the Nickel Plate Railway company from paying Levi Larrimore his wages pending the hearing of a suit for support instituted by Mrs. Larrimore.
  • 22 May 1903 A decree of divorce was entered in the case of Mabel S. Krum vs. James Krum. The parties were divorced in September 1901, but as the costs were not paid the decree was never entered. The day before yesterday, Krum applied for a marriage license and found out that the non-payment of the court costs made the divorce inoperative. Yesterday, accordingly, he paid the costs. Late in the afternoon he again applied for a marriage license but it was refused because Judge Heaton had not yet signed the decree. The court will affix his signature today, and Mr. Krum will then be permitted to resume marital responsibilities.
  • 22 May 1903 Lillie M. Rogers was granted a divorce from Herbert A. Rogers and was also given permission to resume her maiden name, Lillie Johnson.
  • 23 May 1903 Levi Larrimore began action for divorce against Catherine Larrimore and charges that she has been cruel to him, tossed his clothes out of their house and called him vicious names.
  • 23 May 1903 Jesse Costeel filed application for a decree of divorce from Alice Costeel, but the complaint is missing.
  • 26 May 1903 Charles Zimmerman applied for a decree of divorce from Anna L. Zimmerman. The charge is abandonment.
  • 26 May 1903 The divorce case of Maria E. Kempf vs. John W. Kempf is on trial in the superior court.
  • 28 May 1903 Clement Coeurdevey filed application for divorce from Lillie Coeurdevey.
  • 29 May 1903 Frances M. Stevens obtained, in the superior court a decree of divorce from Arbor C. Stevens and the custody of their three children.
  • 30 May 1903 When the superior court adjourned last evening the application of Prof. Albert Joost for a modification of the former decree of divorce was pending. Prof. Joost seeks the possession of his child, which the court formerly awarded to his wife.
  • 31 May 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Charles Blackburn a decree of divorce from Susie Blackburn and gave the mother custody of their child.
  • 31 May 1903 The case of Mary C. Klinger vs. Joseph Klinger in all its un-publishable details was heard by Judge O'Rourke and he dismissed the action, concluding they were better off without a divorce.

  • 02 Jun 1903 Prof. Albert Joost applied to the superior court some time ago for a modification of the divorce decree obtained by his wife and limiting their child to one visit a week to the father. The mother and other relatives objected strenuously and as a result Judge Heaton limited the boy's visits to his father to the Saturday each month between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. instead of once a week.
  • 03 Jun 1903 Jesse Casteel was granted a decree of divorce from Alice Casteel by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 04 Jun 1903 Frank Harmeyer filed application for a decree of divorce from Lovell C. Harmeyer.
  • 06 Jun 1903 Sarah Flesher asks for a decree of divorce from John Flesher. The complaint is that the husband did not supply her with clothing, was cruel and forced her to provide for herself.
  • 06 Jun 1903 Thomas Morris wants a divorce from Elizabeth Morris. She would not wash or cook for him and would not live at Springfield, Peru or other railroad points, because they were not gay enough and he lost his employment.
  • 06 Jun 1903 Roy J. Lewis asks to be liberated from George E. Lewis.
  • 09 Jun 1903 Catherine Larrimore didn't wait for Levi B. Larrimore to obtain a decree of separation on his complaint, but filed a cross bill herself. She said she had to do washing for her support and instead of provoking trouble, she testified that her husband had camped out of night to questionable resorts and been anything but loving and true husband. Judge Heaton gave her a divorce, $125 alimony and the husband a bill for attorney's fees.
  • 09 Jun 1903 Clement Courdevey, a youthful looking fellow stood before the bench and asked to be liberated from Lillie Courdevey. Although the wife was notified she did not appear so the evidence went on in her absence. The husband told the court he did not believe his wife was true to him, in fact he said she started a house of easy ways and was still in the business for all he knew. The case was taken under advisement.
  • 09 Jun 1903 Mrs. Catherine E. Sunderland filed a bill of grievance in the superior court and after reciting that her husband, John W. Sunderland owns a farm of 160 acres worth $10,000, has $5000 in Hamilton Bank, and has farm stock implements of the value of $2000, asked the court to enjoin him from disposing of any of this wealth pending the action on her application for divorce, $6000 alimony and $20 a month for the support of their child. Judge Heaton enjoined all disposition of property pending final hearing. Mrs. Sunderland accuses her husband of beating and striking her, tearing clothes from her body, accusing her adultery and besides calling her the vilest names, says he trained a step-son to do like- wise.
  • 10 Jun 1903 Elizabeth Rabel applied for a decree of divorce from Edward Rabel and on the application, Judge Heaton enjoined the husband from visiting the rebellious wife, from speaking to her, from stopping or interfering with her on the public highways or looking pleasant at her.
  • 11 Jun 1903 Irene R. Fox applies for a decree of divorce from Edwin B. Fox. They were married last March and shortly afterward the husband, it is alleged wanted to carve her with a razor, accused her of cavorting with other men, which she says is wholly untrue, and would not support her.
  • 11 Jun 1903 Judge Heaton set the Van Tochine divorce case for trial June 23.
  • 11 Jun 1903 Olive Rich applies for a decree of divorce from John A. Rich.
  • 12 Jun 1903 A sensational divorce case was heard in the circuit court that of Charles H. Boshler against Clara D. Boshler. The lawyers took a turn at each other, Mr. Breen for the plaintiff injecting a little irony into his talk. Mr. Harper scored the plaintiff and pictured him as a Sunday school superintendent casting aside his wife because of her delicate health. Judge O'Rourke granted Mr. Boshler a decree of divorce, gave Mrs. Boshler the custody of their children, $20 month for their support until they are eighteen years old, and besides gave her $1,800 alimony.
  • 13 Jun 1903 Verna Panne filed proceedings against Henry Panne for divorce and Judge Heaton, on the wife's application, enjoined the husband from disposing of any of his real estate or personal property until June 28.
  • 14 Jun 1903 The case of Charles Blackburn vs. Susie Blackburn was dismissed at plaintiff's cost in circuit court.
  • 16 Jun 1903 Gadie Myers applied for a decree of divorce from Earl Myers and Judge Heaton restrained the Grand Rapids and Indiana railroad from paying the husband's wages until the case is decided.
  • 16 Jun 1903 Mary Holmes applies for a decree of divorce from William E. Holmes and Judge Heaton restrained the Bass foundry from paying the husband wages until the court determines his liability. Mrs. Holmes says her husband abused her, threatened to assault and did assault her on the street. The court enjoined his from molesting his wife pending trial.
  • 17 Jun 1903 Leon E. Bigelow was granted a decree of divorce from Eva A. Bigelow.
  • 18 Jun 1903 Elizabeth Pompey filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from Joseph Pompey, alleging that the husband was cruel to her, was neglectful of her, locked her out and finally abandoned her.
  • 18 Jun 1903 Sarah Flesher was granted a bill of divorce from John W. Flesher. She was also given the custody of their child and permitted to resume her maiden name, Sarah Gurtner.
  • 18 Jun 1903 Frankie Harmeyer was granted a decree of divorce from Lowell C. Harmeyer, and the wife asked that her maiden name be restored. It was, and she is now Frankie Valentine.
  • 19 Jun 1903 Margaret Steger filed application for divorce from John Steger.
  • 19 Jun 1903 Charlotte E. Schmetzer filed action for divorce from Gustave Schmetzer.
  • 20 Jun 1903 In the Van Tochine divorce case an answer and cross-complaint was filed by the defendant's wife.
  • 23 Jun 1903 Judge Heaton granted Irene B. Fox a decree of divorce from Edwin B. Fox, who threatened to caress her with a razor. Her maiden name, Eckert was restored.
  • 23 Jun 1903 John W. Kempf was granted a decree of divorce from Mary Kempf and their children divided between them, three going to the husband and two to the wife. Mr. Kempf is to pay $8 a month to the wife for their support until they are sixteen years of age.
  • 23 Jun 1903 Eva Schremser begins proceedings for divorce from John Schremser. The parties were married in Germany. The wife charges that the husband has been cruel to her, struck her, called her vile names and accused her of being false to him, which she denies.
  • 23 Jun 1903 Susan Monnier filed proceedings for divorce from Joseph Monnier. The wife says the husband grew cold, declared he did not want to see her or the children again and abandoned them.
  • 24 Jun 1903 Ida Ormiston was granted a decree of divorce from James Ormiston.
  • 24 Jun 1903 Joseph Van Tochine was granted a decree of divorce from Cora Van Tochine.
  • 24 Jun 1903 The case of Jemima Buchet against Henry Buchet, for modification of former divorce decree, is on trial in superior court. The husband wants possession of the children.
  • 25 Jun 1903 Judge Heaton modified the Buchet divorce decree to the extent of giving the husband custody of one of the three children, Holton. The wife retains the other two.
  • 25 Jun 1903 Elizabeth Pohlman began action for a decree of divorce and $3000 alimony from Christian Pohlman, who according to her complaint has been cruel, abrasive, neglectful, devoid of love and withal refused to support her. She asks division of property which was purchased with her money, inherited from a former husband.
  • 26 Jun 1903 The first case under the Fleming separation bill passed by the legislature was filed in the superior court yesterday. Mrs. Maria Schulz filed suit for separation from bed and board from Henry Schultz. The complaint recites that the plaintiff married the defendant in 1874 and that for years past he has been a drunkard and cruel in his treatment of the plaintiff. Schultz is a foreman in the Bass foundry and is well to do. The wife asks for a separation, $3,000 alimony and the use of one of the houses which they own jointly, for a habitation for herself and children. Judge Heaton sat the case for a hearing on July 6, and issued an order restraining the defendant, in the meantime from visiting the plaintiff. Under the provisions of the new Fleming law it is possible for the court to order such a separation as Mrs. Schulz asked for, in the case of persons who find marital bonds unbearable but have conscientious scruples against divorce.
  • 26 Jun 1903 Eva Shafer filed suit for divorce from Owen B. Shafer.
  • 26 Jun 1903 Eugene W. Hutchens asks for a divorce from Laura E. Hutchens.
  • 27 Jun 1903 Maude Houser files suit against her husband, John C. Houser for support. The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railway company is made a defendant in the suit, as Houser is an employee.
  • 27 Jun 1903 In the case of Elizabeth Pompey vs. Joseph Pompey, the defendant, through his attorneys, filed a general denial of the allegations made in the complaint.
  • 27 Jun 1903 Frank Perrey was granted a divorce from Ellen Perrey.
  • 28 Jun 1903 In the divorce case of May Holmes, the husband William E. Holmes has filed a cross complaint, contesting the accusations of his wife in the superior court.
  • 28 Jun 1903 Maude Houser sues for a decree of divorce from John M. Houser and $600 alimony. The Nickel Plate railroad is made a party to hold the husband's wages.
  • 28 Jun 1903 Roy J. Lewis was granted a decree of divorce from George E. Lewis.

  • 01 Jul 1903 Minnie G. Hennings applied for a decree of divorce from George Hennings on the ground of cruelty, and he was enjoined from disposing of his property until the case is heard. He must also contribute to the support of his wife and child in the meantime.
  • 01 Jul 1903 Nina A. Waltz appealed for a decree of divorce from Frank Waltz, who has not been a loving or indulgent husband.
  • 02 Jul 1903 Julia DeWitt filed application for divorce from Howard DeWitt.
  • 02 Jul 1903 Edith Williamson began action for a decree of divorce from Harry L. Williamson.
  • 02 Jul 1903 Judge Heaton granted to Gatie Myers a decree of divorce from Earl Myers.
  • 03 Jul 1903 Sophia M. Sinram sues for a decree of divorce from Christian Sinram, alleging cruelty, personal assaults and an attack with a fork.
  • 03 Jul 1903 Lizzie Thain sues for a divorce from John Thain and $800 alimony.
  • 03 Jul 1903 Anna S. Reynolds sues for a decree of divorce from Charles B. Reynolds.
  • 07 Jul 1903 Maria Shulz was granted a conditional decree of separation from Henry Shulz under the Fleming divorce law, and for a year they will not share each other's bed and board. At the end of the year they may think better of their quarrel and forget the past. If not, they will be divided for good.
  • 07 Jul 1903 Josephine Hathaway was granted a decree of divorce from John Hathaway without qualification.
  • 07 Jul 1903 Catherine Burns was not only divorced from James Burns, but her maiden name, Catherine Hassert was restored.
  • 07 Jul 1903 In the case of Elizabeth Pompey against Joseph Pompey, Judge Vesey heard their grievances and took the question of granting a divorce under advisement for the night.
  • 07 Jul 1903 Anna S. Ayers began proceedings for a decree of divorce from Hampton F. Ayers. Mrs. Ayers says that her husband took her to his mother's house and there she had to do all the work without any reward. The husband would not provide a home for her and finally she was forced to leave him.
  • 08 Jul 1903 The divorce case of Olive Rich against John A. Rich has been transferred to the superior court, so as to get action during vacation of circuit court. The complaint charges the husband with drinking to excess and finally losing his mind.
  • 08 Jul 1903 Mary Toler asks for a decree of divorce from Jefferson Toler, and acting Judge Vesey issued an order from the superior court restraining the husband from visiting the wife or in any manner interfering with her.
  • 09 Jul 1903 Seraphin Haffner sues for a decree of divorce from Melanthon Haffner and $500 alimony. The complaint charges that the husband married the defendant to escape a serious charge and later abandoned her after must abuse and cruel treatment.
  • 09 Jul 1903 The divorce case of Ollie Langohr against H. C. Langohr will be heard in the superior court tomorrow.
  • 09 Jul 1903 The divorce case of Elizabeth Pohlman against Charles Pohlman is booked for Saturday.
  • 10 Jul 1903 Emma Ensch applied for a divorce from Mathias Ensch. She alleges cruel treatment. The court issued an order restraining the defendant from visiting or annoying the plaintiff or disposing of the household goods.
  • 10 Jul 1903 Etta M. Rockhill applied for a divorce from William Rockhill, and an injunction was issued restraining the defendant from disposing of his grocery stock pending the hearing of the case.
  • 10 Jul 1903 Elizabeth Pompey was granted a divorce from Joseph Pompey.
  • 11 Jul 1903 Elizabeth Reber sues for a decree of divorce from John Reber and $300 alimony.
  • 11 Jul 1903 Alpha A. Bainbridge sues for a divorce from Lydia Bainbridge. The charge in the complaint is cruelty.
  • 11 Jul 1903 Ellen Smith was granted a decree of divorce from William Smith and she was also given the custody of their children.
  • 11 Jul 1903 The case of C.A. Zimmerman vs. Anna L. Zimmerman was dismissed.
  • 11 Jul 1903 In the divorce case of Ollie Langohr vs. Henry Langohr. Arguments were partly heard and will be concluded this morning. The mild faced little wife wept while the cruelties heaped upon her were recited.
  • 12 Jul 1903 In the case of Ollie Langohr against Henry E. Langohr, Judge Heaton declined to grant a divorce and read this wholesome lecture: Strict adherence to the language of the law may entitle the plaintiff to a divorce for the declaration of cruel and inhuman treatment is clearly supported by the evidence, but does every act of cruel and inhuman treatment as defined by the law, justify a divorce? Is the court in duty bound to annul a marriage contract even though both the parties desire it, and a legal cause has been shown, when in the opinion of the court the best interest of the parties require that a divorce be refused? I believe the purpose and spirit of the law that the court may exercise its discretion in a matter of this kind and do what may seem to right in the case presented. Let us take a brief review of the facts here presented: Plaintiff and defendant are both young; they have grown up together in Fort Wayne; they were school mates; came from good families, and are intelligent people of good standing. They have been married four years, and have a child three years old. They have lived happily together until within the last two years, when they have quarreled. The plaintiff on the witness stand says that her husband has been at all time a hardworking man of good habits, providing a good home; kind and attentive to her, except that on an average of once a month they have quarreled and at such times he has used abusive language that has killed her love for him. She says that her husband loves his child, and that the child loves its father equally as well as it does the mother. The defendant in the witness box says of the plaintiff that she is a pure woman of clean character; has at all times been to him a faithful wife, industrious and attentive to the duties of his home; he admits the charge of cruel and inhuman treatment made against him in the use of language, but says this occurred only when he was angry; that in this he did wrong and is sorry for it. Defendant says he loves his wife, loves his home and loves his child. It is apparent to the court that both father and mother intensely love this child, and the child is an important consideration of the court. If a divorce is granted either the father or mother or both as the court direct must be deprived of the custody of this child. The court appreciates that the meanest kind of cruel and inhuman treatment is sometime shown by the use of words, and it condemns the defendant for the cruel words he has said to the plaintiff when his temper had control of him, but commends him for the frankness of his admission of the wrong, and the apparent good faith in which he shows a desire to make amends for it. The court is inclined to the opinion that in this case both parties are somewhat at fault, and in consideration of all the facts, the court has determined to now dissolve all restraining orders issued in this cause, and to take the question under advisement for thirty days. I will say, however, that if I was to record a judgment today, it would be "divorce refused" for it is my opinion that these parties should live together as they have promised in their marriage vows to do, and that this little three-year-old boy should have the care and society of both father and mother.
  • 12 Jul 1903 The Pohlman divorce case was continued until Wednesday.
  • 12 Jul 1903 In the case of Elizabeth Pompey against Joseph Pompey Judge Vesey decreed a divorce, each to pay a share of the costs.
  • 12 Jul 1903 John Reber was enjoined from visiting or annoying his wife pending divorce proceedings.
  • 16 Jul 1903 Judge Heaton used his office again yesterday in an endeavor to prevent a sundering of the marriage tie in the case of Elizabeth Pohllman vs. Christian Pohlman. The case was tried before him in the superior court and the pathetic spectacle was presented of two aged people trying to get rid of each other as a result of domestic broils. Mr. and Mrs. Pohlman were married in 1872, divorced in 1884 and about a year later were remarried and lived together since until recently. After hearing the evidence Judge Heaton decided that the trouble between the aged husband and wife was the outcome of a squabble over property, and instead of granting the divorce prayed for he gave them a fatherly lecture and urged them to drop their differences and not to separate after so many years of wedded life. The judge's advice was delivered in a gentle vein, which touched the hearts of the venerable contestants and they consented to try to live down the quarrel and begin life over again.
  • 16 Jul 1903 Pauline Thompson sued for a divorce from William Thompson, asking $1,000 alimony. On motion of her attorney, Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the defendant from visiting the plaintiff or disposing of any property, and also enjoined the Lake Erie & Western Railway company from paying him his wages pending the hearing of the case.
  • 18 Jul 1903 Hermine Behrman sued for a divorce from William M. Behrman. The complaint recites that the defendant has been guilty of cruel treatment and failure to provide. Among the allegations made are that William Behrman frequently beat his wife on the head with sticks and planks, tried to kill her by chasing cattle and horses after her, and made her perform most of the labor on the farm in addition to taking care of minor children, eight in number. The defendant and plaintiff own jointly forty acres of land. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the plaintiff from visiting or molesting his wife or disposing of any of the property pending the hearing of the case.
  • 18 Jul 1903 In the superior court, Anna S. Ayres was granted a divorce from Hampton Ayres and given permission to resume her maiden name, Anna S. McTigue.
  • 21 Jul 1903 Lillian Lauer filed application for a decree of divorce from William Lauer. He is scheduled in the complaint as a habitual drunkard, and he has been abusive and brutal, knocking his wife down and with an uplifted knife in his hand threatened to take her life. Mrs. Lauer wants her maiden name, Tillbury restored and the custody of their child.
  • 21 Jul 1903 In the divorce case of Emma Ensch vs. Mathias Ensch the court reserved decision, giving the parties time to think over their differences.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Margaret Barnard began proceeding for a decree of divorce from Frances N. Bernard.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Charles Schoppman sues for a decree of divorce from Philomina Schoppman.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Eva Schremser sues for a decree of limited separation from John Schremser.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Elizabeth Rabel was granted a divorce from Edward Rabel.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Allis Hipshire was granted a decree of divorce from Charles Hipshire.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Charlotte E. Schmetzer was granted a decree of divorce from Gustave Schmetzer.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Pauline Thompson was granted a decree of divorce from William Thompson.
  • 23 Jul 1903 Eva Schremser was granted a limited decree of divorce from John Schremser.
  • 24 Jul 1903 Elizabeth A. C. Dornte is suing for a decree of divorce and $400 alimony from her husband, William H. Dornte. She says he failed to provide for her support, that he swears and curses and abuses her in the presence of their children, of whom there are six.
  • 24 Jul 1903 Jackson A. Clem sues for a decree of divorce from his wife and better- half, Stella Clem. He makes a unique complaint. He swears that she has a violent temper, that she cursed him, that she took his photograph and the photographs of his parents and threw them on the floor and danced a jig on them; that she tossed a cup of hot coffee into his face and peeled the skin off; that she assaulted him in Sullivanian style, smashed him over the head with a stick of wood and when he protested that her capers were not pleasant to rehearse in the presence of the boarders, she told him to get out, but he wouldn't then, because he thought she was too familiar with her guests. Mr. Clem wants to get away from her now, but he wants the two children born to them.
  • 24 Jul 1903 Etta M. Rockhill was granted a decree of divorce from Wm.F. Rockhill.
  • 24 Jul 1903 Nettie Hughes sues for a decree of divorce from Michael J. Hughes and her attorney, Judge Dreibelbiss, applied to Judge Heaton and was granted an order restraining the husband from visiting, annoying, stopping, speaking to, molesting or interfering with the plaintiff.
  • 25 Jul 1903 Mrs. Georgia Conrady began proceedings last evening for a decree of divorce from John G. Conrady, a well-known Pennsylvania employee, he is charged with extreme cruelty. He called his wife filthy and obscene names, it is said, used an ax to assault her and did other things to indicate that the plaintiff's life was not safe.
  • 26 Jul 1903 William S. Clark sues for a decree of divorce from Elizabeth Clark.
  • 28 Jul 1903 Augusta Buhr filed proceeding for a decree of divorce from Charles H. Buhr, and besides a separation she wants $3,000 alimony.
  • 29 Jul 1903 Mary Palmer sues for a decree of divorce from John Palmer, and besides she wants the custody of their child and $1,000 alimony. The husband is charged with desertion.
  • 30 Jul 1903 Eva Archer began proceedings for divorce from Charles W. Archer and makes sensational complaint against him. They were married Nov 14, 1898, in Cincinnati, and lived together until last Tuesday. The complaint recites that the husband is guilty of drunkenness, that he was cruel, abusive and sustained his language by striking his wife. Mrs. Archer says her husband, who is a dentist, is worth $5,000 and she wants alimony in a reasonable sum.
  • 31 Jul 1903 Judge Vesey granted William N. Clark a decree of divorce from Elizabeth Clark.
  • 31 Jul 1903 The divorce case of Verna B. Panna vs. Henry Panna was dismissed.
  • 31 Jul 1903 The divorce case of Nettie Hughes vs. Henry Hughes was dismissed.
  • 31 Jul 1903 William Kaylor sues for a decree of divorce from Martha Kaylor.

  • 02 Aug 1903 William F. Gruninger filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from Minnie Gruninger, his wife, who would not cook for him, would not prepare anything to eat and would not take a bath. The parties live at Woodburn.
  • 02 Aug 1903 Sophia Bailey sues for a decree of divorce from Charlie Bailey.
  • 04 Aug 1903 Acting Judge Vesey granted Olive Rich a divorce from John A. Rich.
  • 04 Aug 1903 Nellie Cohagen was granted a divorce from William E. Cohagen and was given custody of two children, for the support of which the husband is required to pay $15 a month.
  • 05 Aug 1903 Judge Vesey granted Jackson E. Clem a decree of divorce from Stella Clem, and gave the husband custody of their children.
  • 06 Aug 1903 Mary A. York sues for a decree of divorce from Charles P. York.
  • 07 Aug 1903 Samuel Snyder sues Mary E. Snyder for divorce.
  • 07 Aug 1903 Bertha Decker sues Walter I. Decker for a divorce and alimony. Drunkenness and cruel treatment are the alleged causes.
  • 07 Aug 1903 Peter Frieburger sues for a divorce from Blanch Frieburger.
  • 08 Aug 1903 Acting Judge Vesey granted to Samuel Snyder a decree of divorce from May Snyder and gave the wife $450 alimony.
  • 09 Aug 1903 Barbara E. Carpenter, alias Barbara E. Daily filed proceedings for a decree of court annulling and declaring void her marriage to Wesley Dailey. The complaint is brief, charging that she and Daily are first cousins and that at the time of their marriage she was of unsound mind and incapable of contracting marriage.
  • 12 Aug 1903 John Kaufmann sues for a divorce from Lena Kaufmann, alleging abandonment without cause.
  • 13 Aug 1903 Clarence L. Bireley sues for a decree of divorce from Anna M. Bireley.
  • 14 Aug 1903 Everetta Lindenberg sues Frederick Lindenberg for a divorce. She also asks for an order enjoining the N.Y.C. & St. Louis Railway company from paying the defendant his wages pending the hearing of the case. She alleges that her husband abandoned her last Saturday without cause, after a wedded career of three years.
  • 14 Aug 1903 Elizabeth Schroeder asks that her marriage to Louis C. Schroeder be sundered, as the defendant is a habitual drunkard and fails to provide for her. She asks for $1,000 alimony and wants a restraining order to prevent the defendant from disposing of a lot which he owns.
  • 18 Aug 1903 The case of Everetta Lindenberg vs. Frederick Lindenberg and the Nickel Plate railroad for a restraining order was dismissed.
  • 20 Aug 1903 Angelins Pequignot filed proceedings for a decree of divorce and alimony in the sum of $500 against her husband, Abel Pequignot, and the Nickel Plate railroad was restrained by Acting Judge Vesey from paying the defendant his wages until the case id determined.
  • 20 Aug 1903 Mary Toler was granted a decree of divorce from Jefferson Toler and the custody of three children.
  • 20 Aug 1903 Mary Yerk was granted a decree of divorce from Charles R. Yerk, the custody of their ten-year-old boy, James and the household goods.
  • 20 Aug 1903 A motion for a new trial was filed in the case of Elizabeth Pohlman against Christian Pohlman.
  • 21 Aug 1903 Florence G. Wann sues for a decree of divorce from Henry Wann.
  • 21 Aug 1903 Maggie Millington sues for a decree of divorce and $500 alimony from Ezra M. Millington.
  • 21 Aug 1903 Georgia Conrady dismissed the divorce proceedings against John G. Conrady.
  • 22 Aug 1903 In her complaint for divorce filed Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Nora A. Youngker alleges that her husband, Charles I. Youngker locked her in a room and kept her all night while he abused her with violent language and threats. They were married in 1893 but only lived together two months.
  • 22 Aug 1903 Daisy Poulson sues for a divorce from Ezra Poulson, alleging failure to provide for her.
  • 25 Aug 1903 Acting Judge Vesey in the superior court granted Clarence Birley a decree of divorce from Anna Birley.
  • 25 Aug 1903 Barbara E. Carpenter, alias Dailey, who set forth that while of unsound mind she married her cousin, Wesley Dailey had the bans severed by Judge Vesey.
  • 26 Aug 1903 Charles Harris sues for a decree of divorce from Flora Harris. The complaint charges that his wife, Flora declined to prepare his meals for him and would not remain at home on such days as the rules of the fire department allowed him to be off duty, but would chose up their home and remain away.
  • 26 Aug 1903 Anna Harmovitch sues for a divorce from Charles Harmovitch and an order restraining the Pioneer Hat company of Wabash from paying his wages until the question of alimony is settled. The wife declares that her husband circulated crude stories about her physical condition, that he has been brutal and compelled her to leave him in April 1902, and she has since made her own living. She alleges that shortly after she left he packed up their belongings and left the city, but before going took the precaution to leave orders with the butcher, grocer and other tradesman not to sell her any provisions on his account and thus deprived her of the necessities of life.
  • 27 Aug 1903 Josephine Figel sues for a decree of divorce from Edward G. Figel. She also asks reasonable alimony and in the complaint she accuses her husband of drunkenness, of cruel and making bad charges against her.
  • 27 Aug 1903 Wm. Kennedy wants a divorce from Sadie Kennedy. He says the wife called him vile names, would not attend to household duties and made it her business to stay away from home for days and nights at a time.
  • 27 Aug 1903 In a complaint filed by Harper & Eggeman, Abel Pequignot is accused of contempt of court. Acting Judge Vesey enjoined his sometime ago from removing goods from his residence, No. 52 Chestnut street, but Mr. Pequignot did it anyway and he will find that pretty serious business.
  • 27 Aug 1903 Nora Worman sues for divorce from William Henry Worman. In the complaint Mrs. Worman says her husband refuses to support his family, had abused her and accused her of infidelity.
  • 30 Aug 1903 Josephine Figel was granted a decree of divorce from Edward G. Figel.
  • 30 Aug 1903 Dr. Archer, who did not pay his wife's attorney for procuring her a divorce, was arraigned before Acting Judge Vesey and next Wednesday will satisfy the court he is not guilty of contempt. He was let go on his word that he would appear then.

  • 02 Sep 1903 George D. Bergman sues for a decree of divorce from Wilhelmina Bergman on the simple ground of abandonment.
  • 03 Sep 1903 After hearing the divorce case of Susan Monnier against Joseph Monnier, Judge Heaton took the case under advisement.
  • 03 Sep 1903 John Thain was cited for contempt in not providing his wife with funds to employ an attorney in her divorce case.
  • 03 Sep 1903 Charles F. Archer assured the court he would contribute $10 a month until attorney's fees in his wife's divorce proceedings are liquidated.
  • 04 Sep 1903

    Mrs. De Etta Younge yesterday filed complaint in the superior court citing reasons why she should be granted a decree of divorce from Dr. J. W. Younge, the well-known specialist, and besides $10,000 alimony.

    Mrs. Younge cites that her husband has an income of $10,000 a year from his practice, that he is rich but his wealth is invested in diamonds and jewelry and deposited in the Hamilton Nation bank, the White National band and the Old National bank, and pending action on her complaint Mrs. Younge asked for and was granted by Judge Heaton an order restraining Dr. Younge from drawing, receiving, assigning or hypothecating any money deposited by him in the above named banks.

    The doctor was also enjoined from interfering with, molesting or visiting his wife until the divorce case is heard.

    The complaint recites that Dr. and Mrs. Younge were married in Huntington, June 24, 1879. Two children were born to them, Lawrence now ages twenty-one and Jewell, now ages seventeen. Mrs. Younge says that since she conducted herself as a good wife ordinarily should or is expected to; that the doctor has treated her in a cruel and inhuman manner, and that if she has not sooner appealed for a divorce, it is not because of the absence of provocation; that the doctor frequently became irritable and angry and cruel at his wife; that he was constantly criticizing harping and complaining, making her life a great portion of the time unbearable and unendurable.

    The specific charge is that on Sunday, August 30 last, Dr. Younge became violently angry at their son Jewell, because he contracted the habit of using tobacco, and ordered his from the house. Mrs. Younge would not consent that their son should be exiled from a home owned and occupied by her, and insisted that he should return; the doctor thereupon declared that if Jewell remained in the house he would not, whereupon he left her and has not returned, making no provision for the maintenance of herself and family. For those reasons Mrs. Younge wants a decree of divorce and alimony in the sum named.

    Dr. Younge, shut out from his home by the divorce proceedings, in his room at the Rich Hotel, last night gave to the Journal-Gazette a detailed interview regarding the proceedings brought against him by his wife. Dr. Younge said:

    "I am almost prostrated by the news which greeted me when I stepped off the train this evening. I am told I am charged with cruelty to my wife and sons. Why I have never given the little woman one unkind word. I have been indulgent, too indulgent to her and the boys. I have spent over $6,000 in the last six years, educating them at Culver Military academy. I sent the older boy to Europe one summer and another summer I sent them both to the Rocky Mountains."

    "My younger boy was my idol. I worshiped him. But he got into bad company and learned to smoke. His mother and older brother knew it, but they kept it from me and it was only lately that I learned of it. I did everything in my power to stop him. This summer I sent him to the summer naval school at Culver, and at every visit I found him smoking. As an inducement to make him quit the habit I sent him on the last day of school on a trip over the lake with a naval officer and he made me a promise that he would quit smoking. He returned Sunday evening and in less than one hour afterward, I found him smoking again."

    "This sight made me almost frantic and I told him that if he did not quit, he must earn his own living. I told him further that if he did not quit-and I called upon God to witness it-that I would never give him another dollar as long as I live, and that I would not leave him a dollar after I dead."

    "This conversation is what brought on the row with my wife. Mrs. Younge had retired but had heard my remarks and when I went up-stairs she asked me what was the matter. I told her and then she pitched into me and accused me of cruelty to her. It seems to me that the cruel treatment is on the other foot. Cruelty: I deeded her a home worth $8,000. I gave her a horse, trap and cart. Only two weeks ago I gave her a $1,000 diamond ring as a birthday present, the year before that I gave her a $750 diamond sunburst, and the year before that I gave her a $600 diamond brooch. I have given her more money in the last ten years than any man in Fort Wayne has given his wife and my check book will prove it."

    "To cap the climax, only last Friday, unknown to her, I went to Rurodo's dry goods store and ordered her a royal purple silk-velvet dress. Three months ago I got her a $350 silk dress. If that is cruelty she ought to have a divorce. I will fight the case and I will file a cross-bill, though I will not divulge now what it will contain. I never spoke an unkind word to her in my life. Our home was a marvel and everyone is surprised at the news that I have been sued for divorce. If a divorce is obtained on such grounds, then what is American society coming to? The bond is supposed to be sacred. What travesty on a marriage ceremony!"

    The principals in the case will meet this morning at Judge Vesey's office and steps may be taken toward a settlement of the affair.

  • 05 Sep 1903 Dr. J. W. Younge, accompanied by his attorneys appeared before Judge Heaton in his parlors yesterday and secured a modification of the order locking up the doctor's monies in the banks sufficient to permit him to draw our $300 for his personal use and $300 for the use of his wife pending decision on her application for divorce. Dr. Younge will contest the divorce case to the end.
  • 09 Sep 1903 Sophia Mayer began proceedings for divorce from Jacob Mayer, the Hanna street saloon keeper, and makes sensational charges against him. They were married in 1882, and since Mrs. Mayer has done her own housework, has cleaned his saloon, cared for the family horse and done menial labor about the premises. She says her husband has been cruel and inhuman and has threatened her with bodily harm. He brought strange girls to their home and when she asked him why he did Jacob said it was to make his saloon business better. When she dismissed one of the girls he threatened to do away with her if she didn't stop it, and that he now has several girls at his home. On September 4 she remonstrated with him about the girls and he assaulted her with beer bottles and threatened her life again. The wife says he is violent and dangerous and she is afraid of him. The complaint says they own about $8,000 worth of real estate, the saloon is considered worth $1,000 and he is said to have about $1,000 in money. He is restrained from disposing of his property and with wife asks that the real estate be sold and half the proceeds be given to her, and in addition she asks $500 alimony.
  • 09 Sep 1903 Jacob Meyer was restrained from drawing his money from the Tri-State Building Loan and Savings association pending action on his wife's application for divorce.
  • 09 Sep 1903 Daisy Poulson was granted a decree of divorce from Ezra Poulson, $100 alimony and the custody of their children.
  • 11 Sep 1903 Nora Worman was granted a decree of divorce from William Henry Worman and the custody of their child, Edith.
  • 13 Sep 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted to Florence Nicodemus a divorce from Edward E. Nicodemus, former superior court clerk. She was allowed to resume her maiden name, Florence B. Barrett.
  • 15 Sep 1903 Sarah Fisher begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Albert Fisher and the custody of the children. The complaint charges that the husband was abusive to his wife and on pay days came home intoxicated without a cent of wages, making no provision for the support of his family.
  • 15 Sep 1903 Mary Reed sues for a decree of divorce from James W. Reed. Mrs. Reed, who lives at Edgerton declares that her husband struck her with his clinched fist, that he was abusive and violent. She wants $1500 alimony.
  • 15 Sep 1903 Heinricka Biederman sues for a decree of divorce from Gorfried Biederman. She wants $500 alimony. Mrs. Biederman says her husband was abusive, the he called her vile names and generally addressed her as " a dn fool". That was too much.
  • 15 Sep 1903 Minnie Merriman was granted a decree of divorce from Roy S. Merriman, and the custody of their children.
  • 16 Sep 1903 Rebecca Zendner sues for a decree of divorce from Charles A. Zendner.
  • 17 Sep 1903 Margaret Barrand was granted a decree of divorce from Francis Barrand.
  • 17 Sep 1903 Alpha Bainbridge applied for and granted a change of venue in the superior court in a suit brought against his wife for divorce. It was sent to circuit court.
  • 17 Sep 1903 Mrs. Anna S. Reynolds was granted a decree of divorce from her husband, Charles B. in the superior court and her maiden name, Anna S. Ferguson was restored. She is the daughter of former County Commissioner Matthew Ferguson. The parties were married in January of last year and lived together until September when she was compelled, so she alleges to leave him because he stated he had no further love for her and made the statement openly and in such a way as to embarrass her. She is now a student in a business college, taking a course in short hand and typewriting and declares she became seriously ill several months ago, and although the fact was known to Mr. Reynolds, he did not visit her or make any provision for her care.
  • 18 Sep 1903 The divorce case of John Steger against Margaret Steger was rich in evidence and furnished amusement for a very interested audience in Judge Heaton court, it will continue today.
  • 18 Sep 1903 Barbara Thullen sues for a decree of divorce from Adam Thullen. This is the second action of this kind this year. After filing suit for divorce in July the parties made-up and lived together for a while. Now the husband is enjoined from visiting his wife and the Pennsylvania company and Father Koerdt are enjoined from paying him monies until the final hearing of the divorce case and the question of all money is settled. The complaint recited a frightful chapter of cruelties and indignities heaped upon Mrs. Thullen by her husband. Not satisfied with threatening her and abusing her, he urged the children to insult their mother and chided them for eating too much.
  • 18 Sep 1903 Abraham Simbol sues for a decree of divorce from Saada A. Simbol on the ground of infidelity.
  • 19 Sep 1903 Elizabeth Pohlman sues for limited divorce from Charles Pohlman, who published scandalous things about his wife in the German papers. He said she "had wheels in her head" and should not be trusted.
  • 20 Sep 1903 Edith Williamson was given a decree of divorce from Harry L. Williamson and the court also granted her the custody of their child, Robert.
  • 20 Sep 1903 Mary E. Disler was granted a divorce from Henry Disler and permission to resume her maiden name, Mary E. Hollopeter.
  • 20 Sep 1903 August F. Gruninger was given a limited separation from Minnie Gruninger. The decree is to remain in effect for ten years.
  • 22 Sep 1903 Susan Manier was granted a decree of divorce from Joseph Manier and the custody of their children.
  • 22 Sep 1903 Nina A. Waltz has her maiden name, Jones restored by Judge Heaton, when he granted her a divorce from Frank Waltz.
  • 23 Sep 1903 Angeline Pequinot was given a divorce from Abel Pequinot.
  • 24 Sep 1903 Judge Heaton dissolved all injunctions in the divorce case of John Stegar and Margaret Stegar and took the case under advisement.
  • 24 Sep 1903 Frank H. Griffith sues for a divorce from Abbie Griffith, charging her with infidelity.
  • 25 Sep 1903 On petition of Elizabeth Pohlman, Judge Heaton ordered Christian Pohlman to pay his wife $5 a week and her attorney, A. H. Bittinger, $25.
  • 27 Sep 1903 Judge Heaton ordered James Reed to pay his wife $25 and her attorney $25, pending final disposition of his divorce case.
  • 27 Sep 1903 Gotlieb Biederman was granted a decree of divorce from Heinricka Biederman on his cross complaint.
  • 27 Sep 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Sarah Fisher a decree of divorce from Albert Fisher, and the custody of their two children.
  • 29 Sep 1903 Cora Woodcox sues for a decree of divorce from Nelson C. Woodcox on the plain charge of neglecting to support her.

  • 02 Oct 1903 Judge Heaton granted Lizzie Thain a decree of divorce from John Thain and $100 alimony. The judgment however will not be effective until the costs are paid.
  • 02 Oct 1903 After two days of hearing testimony in the action for divorce by Beatrice Panne against Henry Panne, Judge Heaton dismissed the case, it being apparent that the wife has no ground for asking a separation.
  • 03 Oct. 1903 Mrs. Augusta Buhr yesterday obtained a limited divorce from Charles Buhr. The court orders the husband to pay $5 a week for the support of his wife and child, and certain property is to be appraised and sold for the benefit of both.
  • 03 Oct 1903 Judge O'Rourke dismissed the case of Jacob Fink against Julian Fink for want of prosecution.
  • 04 Oct 1903 Judge Heaton cited Frank G. Leslie to appear October 8 and answer why he should not be punished for contempt for not complying with the order in divorce proceedings.
  • 06 Oct 1903 John Kaufman was granted a decree of divorce from Lena Kaufman.
  • 07 Oct 1903 John Reber is cited to appear before Judge Heaton today to show why he should not be punished for contempt in not complying with the order of the court set forth in the application of Elizabeth Reber for divorce.
  • 08 Oct 1903 Eva Schremser files application for a limited divorce - that is, bed and board - from John Schremser. The application for a full decree of divorce was dismissed.
  • 09 Oct 1903 Judge Heaton issued an order enjoining John Schremser from visiting his wife, Eva Schremser or speaking to her or molesting her until Oct 18th when their divorce case is to be heard.
  • 11 Oct 1903 Frank Griffith was granted a divorce from Abbie Griffith.
  • 11 Oct 1903 George D. Berman was granted a divorce from Wilhelmina Bergman.
  • 13 Oct 1903 Mary E. Davis, Monday applied for and was granted a decree of divorce from Dr. Leslie B. David by Judge O'Rourke. She was awarded the custody of their child, Marian F. Davis, eight years of age. The court decreed that the husband shall pay $25 a month for the support of the child until she reaches the age of twelve years, then $35 a month until she reaches the age of fourteen years and $150 a month until she reaches the age of twenty-one years or until Mrs. Davis marries. Mrs. Davis obtained the divorce by agreement, on the charge of cruel treatment it is said for the complaint was removed from the record.
  • 13 Oct 1903 Mrs. Rose Danner filed application in superior court for a decree of divorce and $1,500 alimony, the defendant being Robert M. Danner. Mrs. Danner makes complaint that her husband has been extremely cruel, striking, beating, choking and threatening to kill her. Mrs. Danner says she left her husband October 9, and that he has pursued her. On her request Judge Heaton enjoined the husband from speaking to his wife, or accosting or visiting, or annoying her, or removing or disposing of their household goods until the further hearing of the case.
  • 13 Oct 1903 Ollie Langohr was granted a decree of divorce from Henry C. Langohr by Judge Heaton, but the decree will not be effective until the costs of the trial are paid.
  • 15 Oct 1903 In superior court Anna Harmovitch was granted a divorce from Charles Harmovitch.
  • 17 Oct 1903 In superior court Judge Heaton heard the divorce case of Maggie Millington vs. Ezra Millington. He took the case under advisement until today. The parties were married a year ago, the husband being twenty years his wife's junior, and they have not lived happily together.
  • 17 Oct 1903 In the circuit court John Plehl was ordered restrained from annoying his wife Cora A. Plehl, or drawing his wages pending the hearing of divorce proceeding instituted by her.
  • 20 Oct 1903 pages missing from newspaper
  • 21 Oct 1903 Carrie May Wood sues for a divorce from Leonard Frank Wood. In her complaint she alleges that the defendant, who is a fireman on the Pennsylvania lines, treated her cruelly , beat her with his fists, choked her, threatened her life with a revolver, and attempted to throw her downstairs while she had her infant in her arms.
  • 21 Oct 1903 In superior court the case of Nettie May Van Camp vs. William C. Van Camp was withdrawn by the plaintiff and the restraining order issued against the defendant on Monday was dismissed.
  • 22 Oct 1903 Rosamond Beard filed suit for a divorce from George W. Beard, alleging abandonment. The court issued an order restraining the Eckerk Packing Company from paying the defendant his wages pending the trail of the case.
  • 22 Oct 1903 Myra Seibold applied for and was granted a divorce from Charles W. Seibold on the grounds of abandonment. She was given custody of their child.
  • 22 Oct 1903 Anna E. Cornell was granted a divorce from John J. Cornell.
  • 25 Oct 1903 Cassie Sweet sues Warner Sweet for support, alleging that he has failed to provide for her. She asks $1,000.
  • 25 Oct 1903 May A. Holmes sues William E. Holmes for divorce alleging cruel treatment.
  • 25 Oct 1903 Gertrude Wortman sues for a divorce from Stewart Wortman, making the usual charges. Stewart Wortman was ordered restrained from interfering with or visiting his wife, Gertrude pending hearing of divorce proceedings.
  • 25 Oct 1903 In the case of Barbara Thullen vs. Adam Thullen for divorce, the court decided in favor of the defendant, refusing to grant the divorce prayed for on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The Thullen's were divorced last April, re-married in July and soon afterward separated. Their differences are trivial.
  • 25 Oct 1903 William E. Holmes was restrained from drawing his wages or molesting his wife pending divorce proceedings instituted by her.
  • 27 Oct 1903 Anna C. Taylor sues for a divorce from Judson Taylor. They were married in June 1889, and separated last Saturday. The complaint alleges that the husband has failed to support his wife and their two children.
  • 27 Oct 1903 Rose E. Danner was granted a divorce from Robert M. Danner and the court ordered him to pay her $500 alimony.
  • 28 Oct 1903 Dr. Charles C. F. Nieschang, a well- known physician, filed suit in circuit court yesterday for a divorce from his wife, Anna Nieschang. The complaint was withdrawn from the file and none of the particulars were available to reporters.
  • 28 Oct 1903 John Fletter sues for a divorce from Lydia Fletter.
  • 28 Oct 1903 In the case of Eugene W. Hutchens vs. Laura Hutchens for divorce, the defendant failed to appear and the state's attorney was ordered to appear for the defense.
  • 28 Oct 1903 Mary A. Holmes was given a divorce from William E. Holmes and is allowed to resume her maiden name, Mary Nahrwald.
  • 30 Oct 1903 Ina Crabbs sues for a divorce from Harley Crabbs. She says she was married to the defendant in June 1901, and two months later he deserted her.
  • 31 Oct 1903 Mary E. Baumgartner sues for a divorce from John E. Baumgartner. The complaint was withdrawn from file.

  • 01 Nov 1903 Rosamond Beard was refused a divorce from George W. Beard, the court holding the evidence did not warrant a sundering of the marriage ties.
  • 01 Nov 1903 The court refused to grant a divorce in the case of Maggie Steger vs. John Steger. The judge held that evidence did not prove the allegation that the husband was a habitual drunkard, that on the contrary there was proof that he was usually sober and industrious.
  • 01 Nov 1903 The court refused to grant a divorce in the case of Eugene Hutchens vs. Laura E. Hutchins. The case was dismissed because the plaintiff did not show ample cause, his only complaint being that his wife scolded him, but the Attorney urged that not all evidence had been heard, the judge granted him leave to examine some additional witnesses.
  • 01 Nov 1903 The court refused to grant a divorce in the case of Emma Ench vs. Mathias Ench. Judge Heaton said the evidence in the case was heard some months ago and the court stated at the time that it did not believe a divorce should be granted on the evidence presented, but would hold the matter in consideration and await developments. It has developed that the parties have since lived together in their marriage relations, therefore the case is ordered dismissed.
  • 01 Nov 1903 The Millingtons were married a year ago, the bride being fifty-four years old and her husband thirty-eight. Mrs. Millington applied for a divorce and her husband wanted it granted, but the court held that the parties must be presumed to have had mature intelligence when they married and he did not think the evidence justified a divorce.
  • 04 Nov 1903 William D. Fisher sues for a divorce from Isa D. Fisher.
  • 04 Nov 1903 John Fletter was granted a divorce from Lydia Fletter.
  • 07 Nov 1903 Anna A. Campbell sues for a divorce from Charles H. Campbell and asks $1,500 alimony and a restraining order enjoining the defendant from selling his printing office.
  • 10 Nov 1903 Albert P. Baker makes out a very bad story about his wife, Marion in a complaint for divorce. He says he married the defendant in April 1891, and she abandoned him in April 1896, since which time they have not lived together. The complaint alleges that Marion had an ungovernable temper and addicted to drunkenness, and when not intoxicated has a hair-trigger disposition. During these ebullitions she would "smash things" in the house, and threaten to kill him.
  • 10 Nov 1903 Beatrice Panne simply can't live with her husband, Henry C. Panne and for the third time since her marriage last February, she is an applicant for a divorce. She filed suit for separation on June 12, but reconciliation was effected and the complaint withdrawn. On August 28 a second suit was instituted and it was also withdrawn. In the third complaint she accuses her husband of beating and choking her and threatening to poison her.
  • 10 Nov 1903 Caroline Trish was given a divorce from David Trish, and allowed to resume her maiden name, Caroline Schifferly. The decree was given on the wife's cross-complaint to a suit instituted by the husband two-years ago.
  • 10 Nov 1903 Blanche Freiburger files a cross complaint to the suit for divorce instituted by her husband, Peter Freiburger, in which she recites a long train of domestic infelicities.
  • 10 Nov 1903 Elizabeth Pohlman was given a divorce from Charles Pohlman.
  • 11 Nov 1903 Nellie Lane sues for a divorce from Ralph Lane. The complaint alleges brutal treatment, citing that the defendant was in the habit of beating his wife with his fists.
  • 14 Nov 1903 Beatrice Panne was given a divorce from Henry C. Panne and is permitted to resume her maiden name, Beatrice Watson. This was Mrs. Panne's third attempt to secure a separation. At the two former trials she hesitated to give testimony of an embarrassing character, but when she finally did it, the decree was forth coming.
  • 15 Nov 1903 In the case of Alice M. Brooks vs. Oscar H. Brooks, the plaintiff was given a decree of divorce. Failure to support was the cause.
  • 17 Nov 1903 Anna C. Taylor was granted a divorce from Judson Taylor. She was given the custody of the two children, Paul & Lloyd.
  • 18 Nov 1903 Almeda M. Hodson instituted proceedings for a divorce from William Hodson. She charges her spouse with drunkenness, infidelity, abuse, vile language, failure to support her and their two children, and finally with abandonment. She says she was compelled to do washing and cooking to gain support for her little ones, and that on one occasion her husband took the money she had earned by her labor and gave it to a lewd woman.
  • 18 Nov 1903 The case of Cora Woodcox vs. Nelson C. Woodcox was dismissed.
  • 18 Nov 1903 Mrs. Elizabeth Pohlman complains of her divorced husband, Christian Pohlman, and wants him cited for contempt of court. She claims that he refuses to turn over to her certain belonging, chickens, pots, kettles, pan and skillets which are her property.
  • 24 Nov 1903 Charles D. Damon sues for a divorce from Matilda Damon. The complaint charges the wife with drunkenness and infidelity, naming Harry Tourges as co-respondent. Damon asks for the custody of the children.
  • 24 Nov 1903 Frances C. Noecker asks for a divorce from James L. Noecker, charging failure to provide.
  • 29 Nov 1903 Mrs. Augusta Buhr and Charles Buhr, her husband appeared to jointly petition to set aside the decree granted on October 3, by which Mrs. Buhr was given a two year limited separation. The couple have reconciled and want to live together again. Their little child was in court and both parents manifested great affection for it. The Judge granted the request and the couple will be permitted to live together again. This is the first case of the kind to be filed in the local courts since the new limited divorce law went into effect.

  • 01 Dec 1903 The court modified the decree of divorce obtained by Joseph L. Martin from Allie J. Martin two years ago. The modification enables the former wife to visit her minor children every three months, and she agrees on her part to surrender to her former husband the child he now has in her possession. She was arrested two weeks ago for kidnapping the child, a girl.
  • 01 Dec 1903 The Wortman divorce case was called and the defendant, Stewart Wortman entered a general denial and asked for a continuance, which was granted. It will be remembered that after Mrs. Wortman entered suit for a divorce, Mr. Wortman attempted to kill himself. The wife, who was formerly Gertrude Beaber, alleges that her spouse tried to choke her and failed to properly support her.
  • 01 Dec 1903 Bell Holbrook was granted a divorce from Carroll Holbrook and is permitted to resume her maiden name, Belle Noble.
  • 02 Dec 1903 Ida B. Eger was granted a divorce from William Eger. She was awarded the custody of the children and $2,000 alimony.
  • 02 Dec 1903 Gertrude Wortman was granted a divorce from Stewart Wortman and also received permission to reassume her maiden name, Gertrude Beaber. Stewart Wortman did not appear when the case was called.
  • 03 Dec 1903 Matilda Damon was given a divorce from Charles Damon and her maiden name, Gepfert was restored. The decree was given on a cross-complaint filed by the wife, the husband withdrawing his complaint.
  • 04 Dec 1903 Katherine Keagy sues for a divorce from Louis Keagy, alleging neglect, failure to provide and cruel treatment.
  • 04 Dec 1903 Frances C. Noecker was given a divorce from James Noecker and given permission to reassume her maiden name, Evers.
  • 05 Dec 1903 Jacob C. Soliday sues for a divorce from Minnie F. Soliday whom he accuses of unwifely conduct and ungovernable temper. They were married in 1894 and have four children.
  • 05 Dec 1903 Harriett A. Langhor entered a suit against her husband, Louis Langhor and the Paul Manufacturing Company for support. She alleges that her husband deserted her and their children and she asks the court to compel him to pay $25 per month for their support, and that the Paul Manufacturing Company be restrained from paying him his wages.
  • 08 Dec 1903 Elnora Wickliffe wants a divorce from Benjamin Wickliffe, and in her complaint she charges cruel treatment, failure to provide and abandonment.
  • 09 Dec 1903 Ada Boissenet filed suit for a divorce from Louis Boissenet, alleging that he has been cruel and threatened to take her life. She asks for alimony and the custody of the children. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the defendant from disposing of his property pending the hearing of the complaint.
  • 09 Dec 1903 Louis Langhor was ordered to pay to the clerk of the court $2 per week for the support of his wife, Harriett A. Langhor and the Paul Manufacturing Company was ordered to pay the wages now due the defendant.
  • 10 Dec 1903 Agnes Baker asks to have her marriage to John Baker declared null and void. She was married to Johnnie last Mary in Wells county and claims the license was obtained by fraud, as she was under sixteen year of age at the time. She says Baker threatened to kill her if she attempted to leave him.
  • 10 Dec 1903 Nellie Lane was given a divorce from Ralph Lane.
  • 10 Dec 1903 Almedia Hodson was given a divorce from William Hodson, receiving also the custody of their children and provision for their support.
  • 10 Dec 1903 Thaddeus Hendrix was cited to appear in court and show cause why he should not be adjudged in contempt, in having failed to obey the order to pay his former wife alimony.
  • 11 Dec 1903 Elizabeth Harring began suit in the circuit court for a separation for ten years from Seness Harring, and the custody of their children. The complaint alleges that Harring has totally failed to provide for the plaintiff and their children during the entire three years of their married life. The unfortunate woman has a story of hardship that is most pathetic. It will be remembered that she and her children were found half- starved and almost frozen, living in a barn on Fairfield Avenue ten days ago, and Harring is now in jail.
  • 11 Dec 1903 Abraham Simbal was granted a divorce from Saads Simbal on the ground of abandonment.
  • 12 Dec 1903 Attorney P. B. Colerick applied for a restraining order prohibiting Seness Harring from visiting, molesting or otherwise annoying his wife pending the hearing of the divorce proceedings instituted by Elizabeth Harring. The judge granted the order, although it is not likely to be necessary, as the case is to be tried on December 21 and Harring was given a sixty days jail sentence a few days ago.
  • 15 Dec 1903 Tressa Brown sues for a divorce from Joseph L. Brown, alleging drunkenness and failure to provide. She was found not long since with a new born babe having been left by her drunken husband without a physician's care or any provisions for her support.
  • 18 Dec 1903 Mary Woodworth asks for a modification of the decree divorcing her from James Woodworth. The decree permitted Woodworth to visit his children, but she alleges that his visits are annoying, as he is abusive and that the children are afraid of him. Therefore she asks that he be forbidden to visit the children and the court issued a writ ordering Wood worth to appear and show cause why the divorce decree should not be modified as prayed for.
  • 18 Dec 1903 Cora A. Plehl was given a divorce from John Phehl.
  • 19 Dec 1903 Ada Boissenet was divorced from Louis Boissenet and the custody of the three minor children was awarded to Theresa Boissenet, a sister-in-law.
  • 19 Dec 1903 Thaddeus Hendrix was cited to appear this morning and show cause why he should not be found guilty of contempt of court for falling to provide for his divorced wife as directed.
  • 20 Dec 1903 Dr. C.F. C. Nieschang was granted a divorce from Anna Nieschang.
  • 20 Dec 1903 Eurette Lindenberg was granted a divorce form Fred Lindenberg and was given $200 alimony.
  • 23 Dec 1903 In the superior court Judge Heaton rendered his decision in the Freiburger divorce suit, giving the wife a decree on her cross complaint and awarding to her the custody of the children. The husband and father was ordered to pay $30 per month alimony.
  • 24 Dec 1903 In the case of Carrie May Wood vs. Leonard Frank Wood was tried and Judge Heaton refused to grant Mrs. Wood a divorce on the ground of lack of jurisdiction. After separating from her husband Mrs. Wood went to Huntington, intending to live with her mother there, but after a week or two returned to Fort Wayne and filed suit for divorce here. The court held that her removal from the city, with the intention of becoming a resident of Huntington, made her a non-resident of Allen County for the time, so that since her return there have not elapsed the necessary six month's continuous residence here necessary to secure a divorce. At any rate Judge Heaton did not wish to rule in the case, as he hopes they will become reconciled. He attempted to effect reconciliation but Mrs. Wood was obdurate and said she did not love her husband any more. Wood said he loved his wife, and would willingly live with her again, and upon hearing her denounce him he broke down and wept bitterly. The couple's three-year-old child was toddling about the court room during the trial.
  • 25 Dec 1903 Maud A. Lugar sues for a divorce from Jonah Lugar, alleging habitual drunkenness. In the complaint the wife asks for $500 alimony. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order to prevent Lugar from annoying his wife pending the hearing of the case.
  • 29 Dec 1903 William Miller filed suit for a divorce from his wife, Eva Vondal Miller and in his complain he makes sensational charges involving a prominent farmer of Washington Township. The Millers were married at New Decatur, Ala in 1899, but have lived here for several years. The wife is accused of visiting the co-respondent while supposed to be with friends, and spending whole days at his home; with accompanying him to Rome City, Marion and other places and specific charges of infidelity are made. The husband asks for the custody of the children, one four years old and the other an eighteen-month-old babe.
  • 29 Dec 1903 John A. McConnell sues for a divorce from Alice McConnell. The complaint was withdrawn from the file.
  • 29 Dec 1903 In the case of Mary Woodworth vs. James Woodworth, the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint was overruled.
  • 30 Dec 1903 Judge O'Rourke granted Tressa Brown a divorce from Joseph Brown and awarded her the custody of the children, eight in number.
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