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1904

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


  • 03 Jan 1904 Almeda M. Hodson vs. Wm. Hodson dismissed.
  • 03 Jan 1904 George J. Smith has been summoned to appear in the circuit court and show why he has not paid $8 a month towards the support of his wife, Sophia Smith as decreed by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 05 Jan 1904 In the case of David L. Trish vs. Carrie Trish, the defendant was granted a divorce on her cross-complaint. She was given $500 alimony and the right to resume her maiden name, Caroling Schifferley.
  • 07 Jan 1904 Rhonda Faulkner wants a divorce from her husband Vern Faulkner, and in her complaint she says Vern has not supported her for two years; that he choked her and once threw hot water on her, scalding her.
  • 08 Jan 1904 Cora Woodcox has filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from Nelson C. Woodcox.
  • 13 Jan 1904 Bertha Bender sues for a divorce from William Bender.
  • 14 Jan 1904 In superior court Etta A. Miller was granted a divorce from Theodore G. Miller. The husband was given custody of their son, aged eleven years.
  • 14 Jan 1904 In the case of Josephine Leslie vs. Frank G. Leslie et al, the defendant Pennsylvania company was released by Judge Heaton from the order enjoining the payment of Leslie's wages.
  • 15 Jan 1904 Judge O'Rourke refused John A. McConnell a divorce from Alice McConnell, on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
  • 15 Jan 1904 Alice P. Baker was granted a divorce from Marion Baker.
  • 15 Jan 1904 William Miller was granted a divorce from Eva Miller.
  • 15 Jan 1904 The marriage of Agnes Baker to John Baker was annulled at the request of the wife. She was allowed to resume her maiden name, Agnes Gerber.
  • 15 Jan 1904 L. H. Jameson sues for a divorce from Maggie A. Jameson, the complaint was taken from the files.
  • 16 Jan 1904 Matthias Rose sues for a divorce from Mary Rose. The complaint was withdrawn from the reporter's desk.
  • 16 Jan 1904 Simon P. Haifley files a cross-complaint to the suit filed for divorce instituted by his wife, Mary C. Haifley. He alleges that she is responsible for their domestic troubles, in that she failed to cook his meals and used him cruelly. Her conduct, he says was due to her addiction to the use of morphine. He wants a divorce on his cross-complaint, as he says there can be no reconciliation.
  • 19 Jan 1904 Long vs. Long is the title of a divorce case filed in the circuit court yesterday. The complaint was not left with the clerk and the first names did not appear on the docket.
  • 19 Jan 1904 Elizabeth Harring was given a ten year's separation from Seness Harring.
  • 19 Jan 1904 The decree of divorce in the Boissenet divorce case was modified by agreement of the parties, and the custody of the three children was awarded to the father instead of to his sister-in-law, Thrersa Boissenet.
  • 21 Jan 1904 Hattie Seese sues for a divorce from Louis Seese alleging abandonment.
  • 23 Jan 1904 George Bell sues Emma Bell for divorce.
  • 27 Jan 1904 Dr. Charles W. Archer was cited on complaint to appear in the superior court this morning at 10 o'clock, to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt. Dr. Archer's wife sued for divorce last summer, but the case was compromised and the couple reconciled. Judge Heaton ordered the defendant to pay his wife's attorney fees, and Mr. Hanna complains that he has refused to do so.
  • 30 Jan 1904 Georgia Conrady sues for a divorce from John G. Conrady. She charges habitual drunkenness and cruel and abusive conduct, and asks that her maiden name, Georgia Welch be restored.
  • 31 Jan 1904 Thaddeus Hendrix was cited to appear at 2 p.m. on February 1 and show cause why he should not be punished for contempt for failing to obey an order of the court issued in his divorce suit.

  • 02 Feb 1904 The case of Cassie Sweet vs Warren Sweet was settled and dismissed at plaintiff's cost.
  • 04 Feb 1904 Peter Preiburger was summoned to appear tomorrow morning and how cause why he should not be punished for contempt of court. He failed to pay his wife's attorney after being ordered to do so after his recent divorce suit.
  • 05 Feb 1904 Lillie V. Jeffries filed suit for divorce from Earl Jeffries, alleging that his "brutal and lustful practices and habits have ruined her health". Jeffries is a clerk in the office of the electric works, and Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining him from drawing his salary pending the hearing of the case. The couple were married in April 1900, and separated last month. She asks for custody of their two children.
  • 05 Feb 1904 Pearl Bandau sues for a divorce from Theodore Bandau, alleging habitual drunkenness and failure to provide. She wants the custody of the two children and $300 per year alimony. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the Wabash company from paying Bandau's salary until the case is heard.
  • 06 Feb 1904 Peter Freiburger, who was cited for contempt of court for failing to pay his wife's attorney' fee filed an answer, showing that his expenses were so high that he could not pay the amount.
  • 07 Feb 1904 Anna Donnelly sues for a divorce from Andrew Donnelly, charging him with habitual drunkenness, failure to support and cruel and abusive conduct. They were married in 1889 and separated recently. They have one child, a girl of twelve, and the complaint cites that she is now ill of typhoid fever. Mrs. Donnelly said she feared her husband, who is drinking hard, would come to the house and raise a disturbance, which would aggravate her child's illness. Judge Heaton granted an order restraining Donnelly from visiting the house. The Pennsylvania company is also enjoined from paying him his wages.
  • 07 Feb 1904 Naomi L. Smith asks to have her marriage to William C. Smith annulled. In her complaint Mrs. Smith says her husband compelled her to support herself, and took it upon himself to hunt a job for her. She was compelled to work in a factory and at another time to dig potatoes in the fields.
  • 09 Feb 1904 The divorce suit of Lillian Jeffries vs. Earl Jeffries was dismissed.
  • 12 Feb 1904 Stephen Anderson was granted a divorce from Bertha Anderson. The Andersons live in Eel River township and own 170 acres of land. They agreed to divide the property equally between them. They have one adult child.
  • 12 Feb 1904 Marie Raber sues for a divorce from Elmer Raber.
  • 12 Feb 1904 Peter Freiburger appealed to Judge Heaton to modify the divorce decree granted to his wife, Blanch Freiburger. The wife was given the custody of the four children and Freiburger was ordered to pay $30 per month for their support. He alleges that she neglected the little ones and on Wednesday last placed three of them in an orphan asylum. He asks the court to give him the care and custody fo the children, as he is able and willing to support and educate them.
  • 13 Feb 1904 Ella Fessenden sues for a divorce from Charles Fessenden. Non-support is alleged.
  • 13 Feb 1904 Judge O'Rourke heard the evidence in the divorce case of Mathias Rose against Mary Rose. Cruel treatment was alleged, the judge decided the evidence was not sufficient and refused to grant a divorce. Rose is seventy years old and his wife is also well advanced in years. They were married less than four years ago and this is their second attempt to get a divorce.
  • 16 Feb 1904 John Steger sues for a divorce from Margaret Steger.
  • 16 Feb 1904 Everetta Lindenberg was granted a divorce from Frederick Lindenberg and he was ordered to pay her $200 alimony.
  • 17 Feb 1904 In the divorce case of Pearl Bandau vs. Fred Bandau the defendant failed to appear and Prosecuting Attorney Dawson was ordered to appear in his behalf in accordance with the new law governing non-appearances.
  • 17 Feb 1904 Susan Rau complained that her former husband, Joseph Wilkie had failed to obey the orders of court and filed suit against him and the B&O Railroad company to enforce judgment. The B&O railway was ordered to be represented on April 8, at the hearing.
  • 17 Feb 1904 Judge Heaton refused to grant a divorce to John Stegar, holding that he and his wife, Margaret, were equally to blame for the want of domestic harmony at home.
  • 18 Feb 1904 Naomi L. Smith was granted a divorce from William E. Smith, and was given permission to re-assume her maiden name of Naomi L. Coon.
  • 19 Feb 1904 In the superior court the case of Anna Donnelly vs Andrew Donnelly for divorce was dismissed.
  • 23 Feb 1904 The Bandau divorce case was dismissed, the young couple having affected a reconcilation.
  • 24 Feb 1904 Lottie M. Fraine sues for a divorce from Alexander J. Fraine, alleging cruel treatment, failure to support, constant abuse and drunkenness. She asks for the custody of her child and $500 alimony.
  • 25 Feb 1904 Lena E. Frame sues Harry E. Frame and the Fort Wayne Supply Company for support. Frame is employed by the Fort Wayne Supply company and she asks that the corporation be compelled to pay to her a portion of her husband's wages.
  • 26 Feb 1904 Martha E. Albers asks to be divorced from Herman J. Albers and demanded $1,000 alimony. The complaint recites that they were married in 1894 and that in 1899 the defendant abandoned her and has left her to her own resources ever since.
  • 26 Feb 1904 Rose Mohler asks to be divorced from William Mohler. In the complaint she accuses her husband of being cruel and brutal conduct toward her shortly after their marriage which took place last June.
  • 26 Feb 1904 A restraining order was issued enjoining William Mohler from annoying his wife, Rosa and prohibiting the Echark Packing company from paying the man his wages pending the hearing of the case.
  • 26 Feb 1904 Charles W. Archer was again cited to appear and show cause why he should not be punished for contempt of court for having failed to pay the fees of attorneys who represented Mrs. Archer in their divorce suit some months ago.
  • 26 Feb 1904 The Freiburger divorce was modified at the request of the former husband, and is now given the custody of three children who are, however to be left in St. Vincent's orphan asylum. The custody of the youngest child is given to Mrs. Freiburger and her allowance is cut from $30 to $15 per month.
  • 27 Feb 1904 Judge O'Rourke sat as special judge in the case of Alpha Bainbridge vs Lydia Bainbridge, and granted a divorce to the plaintiff.

  • 01 Mar 1904 Eliza A. Robinson sues for a divorce from Martha R. Robinson.
  • 01 Mar 1904 The case of Barbara Thullen vs. Adam Thullen was dismissed.
  • 01 Mar 1904 Ella Fessenden was granted a divorce from Charles Fessenden.
  • 02 Mar 1904 The case of Rose Mohler vs. William Mohler for divorce was dismissed and the restraining order dissolved.
  • 04 Mar 1904 Abraham Azaar sues for a divorce from Catharine Azaar.
  • 04 Mar 1904 Minnie F. Grumminger asked that her former husband, William F. Grumminger be cited to appear in contempt proceedings for having failed to pay alimony.
  • 06 Mar 1904 In the case of Abraham Azaar vs. Catherine Azaar, the plaintiff alleged that his wife had left him a few days after their marriage and gone to live with an old lover at Hartford City. The court ordered a writ served on the sheriff of Blackford county to have the woman brought here. The parties to the suit are Syrians.
  • 13 Mar 1904 Nora D. Tracy has filed suit for a divorce from Albert Tracy. She alleges that he is abusive, has failed to support her and their children, and has struck and called her names in the presence of their children, so often and habitually that the little ones now apply the same epithets to each other. She was frequently compelled to go to her parents for good for herself and the children, and had to apply to charity organizations for food and raiment. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining Tracy from visiting his wife or taking away any of the household effects. The wife is also given custody of the children pending the hearing of the case.
  • 16 Mar 1904 Sarah A. Vordaman sues for a divorce from Charles Vardaman, alleging abandonment and non-support.
  • 19 Mar 1904 Bessie Marks sues for a divorce from Harry W. Marks alleging abandonment.
  • 19 Mar 1904 Louisa M. Miller asks to be divorced from Oliver Miller. She says he treated her cruelly and threatened to kill her and her child.
  • 19 Mar 1904 Bertha Decker was granted a divorce from Walter Decker and permission to reassume her maiden name, Bertha Grubb.
  • 19 Mar 1904 Hattie Seese was granted a divorce from Louis Seese and is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Hattie McManus.
  • 23 Mar. 1904 Love W. Jamison was granted a divorce from Maggie A. Jamison.
  • 27 Mar 1904 Cora Woodcox was granted a divorce from Nelson C. Woodcox. She is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Cora Waltz.
  • 29 Mar 1904 Sarah A. Vardaman was granted a divorce from Charles Vardaman and the custody of her three children.
  • 30 Mar 1904 Ida R. Smith sues Frederick Smith for divorce, alleging drunkenness and abuse.
  • 30 Mar 1904 Lettie Schwartz asks for a divorce from Henry C. Schwartz. In her complaint she accuses him of bad treatment.
  • 31 Mar 1904 Lillie Couerdevey sues for a divorce from Clement Couerdevey, alleging drunkenness and cruel conduct. She accuses him of having beaten her.

  • 01 Apr 1904 Susannah Bitner filed suit for a divorce from Charles Bitner. The complaint was taken off the files. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the Nickel Plate railway company from paying wages to the defendant pending the hearing of the suit.
  • 01 Apr 1904 Lettie M. Fraine was granted a divorce from Alexander J. Fraine. She was also awarded custody of her son, subject to further order of the court.
  • 05 Apr 1904 Eva J. Fox sues for a divorce from John E. Fox. John E. Fox is restrained from visiting or molesting his wife pending the hearing of divorce proceedings.
  • 05 Apr 1904 Susannah Bitner was granted a divorce from Charles Bitner. She is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Nicodemus.
  • 07 Apr 1904 Mary A. Ahearn sues for a divorce from Edward Ahearn, alleging non-support. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the N.Y.C. & St.L. Railway company from paying the defendant's wages pending hearing of the case.
  • 08 Apr 1904 The case of Danchy vs. Danchy was dismissed for want of prosecution.
  • 09 Apr 1904 Sadie Hege sues for a divorce from Charles Hege. The complaint was not allowed to remain in the files.
  • 13 Apr 1904 Emma Barthold sues for a divorce from Frederick L. Barthold and asked for a restraining order enjoining him from molesting her pending the hearing. Judge Heaton granted the order.
  • 14 Apr 1904 Lillian Conerdevey was given a divorce from Clement Conerdevey.
  • 15 Apr 1904 In the case of Eva J. Fox vs John E. Fox, the defendant moved to dissolve the injunction and the plaintiff was ordered to appear for examination on April 19.
  • 19 Apr 1904 Mahala Mangan files suit for divorce from Thomas Mangan. She alleges neglect and abuse and she asks for the custody of their minor child.
  • 19 Apr 1904 Lottie Schwartz was granted a divorce from Henry C. Schwartz. She was given the custody of their three children and was allowed $20 monthly for support.
  • 21 Apr 1904 In a divorce complaint filed by Mrs. E.A. Catlin, her husband Eugene Alfred Catlin is charged with having threatened to kill her and bury her body on the farm on which they live, and which the woman owns. Mrs. Catlin charges that her spouse has frequently beaten her and threatened her life and when on Saturday last he made the threat more forcible than usual, she concluded it was time to seek a separation. She asks $300 alimony and an injunction restraining her husband from disposing of his personal property.
  • 21 Apr 1904 The case of Emma Barthold vs. Frederick Barthold was dismissed.
  • 21 Apr 1904 Sadie I. Hege was granted a divorce from Charles A. Hege and permission to reassume her maiden name, Sadie I. Finney.
  • 23 Apr 1904 Upon the application of Charles W. Siebold, the order granting Myra Siebold a divorce and the custody of their child was modified by Judge O'Rourke and the custody of the child given to its paternal grandmother, who is now caring for it.
  • 27 Apr 1904 Elizabeth A. Caltin was granted a divorce from Eugene Alfred Caltin. She was also decreed possession of the real estate held in her name and ordered to pay him $250.
  • 28 Apr 1904 Orlan C. Brown sues Hannah J. Brown for divorce. The charge is desertion.
  • 28 Apr 1904 David W. Long was granted a divorce from Hattie M. Long.
  • 29 Apr 1904 Lucy A. Townsend was granted a divorce from William S. Townsend and received permission to resume her maiden name, Lucy A. Rose. She charged her husband with cruel treatment and with having accused her of infidelity.
  • 30 Apr 1904 Mary A. Rapp, formerly Mary A. Yerk, asked that the decree divorcing her from Charles A. Yerk be modified so as to show that the boy of whom she was given custody, was an adopted son.

  • 01 May 1904 Martha J. Albers was granted a divorce from Herman J. Albers. The court allowed her $500 alimony and permission to resume her maiden name, Wilson.
  • 03 May 1904 Julia Riehl sues for a divorce from William Riehl. She charges drunkenness and cruelty and asks for the custody of her children. A restraining order was issued forbidding Riehl to remove any property or molest the plaintiff in any way.
  • 04 May 1904 Kathryn Rhodes sues for a divorce from George Rhodes. She says he abandoned her four years ago and his whereabouts now are unknown.
  • 05 May 1904 George F. Kressler sues for a divorce from Nora M. Kressler. He charges her with infidelity and conduct generally unbecoming a good wife.
  • 05 May 1904 Georgia A. Conrady was granted a divorce from John G. Conrady. She was given permission to reassume her maiden name, Welch.
  • 05 May 1904 Kathryn Rhodes was given a divorce from George R. Rhodes. She was also given custody of their child.
  • 06 May 1904 Eugene W. Hutchinson was given a divorce from Laura E. Hutchinson, and the court added a proviso forbidding the plaintiff from marrying again within two years.
  • 10 May 1904 Louis M. Heath sues for a divorce from Effie A. Heath. They were married in 1900 and he alleges that she deserted him four weeks ago, that she has a violent temper and has a habit of calling him bad names and reading the pedigree of his relatives in uncomplimentary terms. He asks for the custody of their four-year-old child. There is another child, a babe of four months, which on account of its age must be left with the mother.
  • 10 May 1904 Judge Heaton heard a portion of the evidence in the case of William Fisher vs. Isa M. Fished and continued the hearing until May 16. Fisher claims that he and his wife separated in September 1900, and that a child was born to her a year and two weeks after they had ceased to live together. The woman denies this and says Fisher is the father of the child.
  • 11 May 1904 Louis M. Heath and Effie A. Heath went into court yesterday to secure a divorce, but after Judge Heaton had given them a fatherly talk they made up their differences and decided to live together again. The husband brought suit for divorce Monday afternoon and Judge Heaton called the case at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday evening. After hearing the evidence, Judge Heaton decided that the whole difficulty was caused by slight differences of temperament which could be patched up and he took the young couple aside and urged them to be reconciled for the sake of their little children. His good advice prevailed. The husband and wife kissed and made up and both consented to the dismissal of the case.
  • 11 May 1904 The case of Smith vs. Smith was settle and dismissed.
  • 17 May 1904 Mahala Mangan was granted a decree of divorce from Thomas Mangan and the custody of their boy, Edward Mangan.
  • 18 May 1904 Emma J. Fox was granted a divorce from John E. Fox and custody of their child was also awarded to her. Fox made a fight for possession of the child and the court ruled that he should have permission to visit the little one every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock and should pay $4 per month for its support.
  • 18 May 1904 William F. Fisher was given a divorce from Isa D. Fisher. The testimony was somewhat racy.
  • 18 May 1904 Bessie Marks was granted a divorce from Harry Marks and she is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Miller.
  • 18 May 1904 Isaac F. Walters brought suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Anna M. Walters, accusing her of infidelity and naming a specific act. The couple married in February 1901 and separated on Monday.
  • 18 May 1904 Mary A. Ahearn was granted a divorce from Edward Ahearn. The custody of two of the children was given to Hanna & Ella Connors, relatives of the husband, and the third child was ordered left in the St. Joseph's orphan asylum at Lafayette. Ahrean was ordered to pay $3.33 per month for the support of each child.
  • 22 May 1904 Louis M. Heath filed suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Effie A. Heath. About ten days ago Heath brought divorce proceedings in the superior court, but Judge Heaton dismissed the case and apparently succeeded in reconciling the couple. The peace was not of long duration, however.
  • 22 May 1904 John Steger was granted a divorce from Margaret Steger.
  • 24 May 1904 Joseph Van Tochine filed a petition for a modification of a decree of divorce granted some time ago, by the terms of which the custody of a child, Elsie Marie was given to Mrs. Van Tochine. The petition was accompanied by an affidavit as to Mrs. Van Tochine's death, and asked that the custody of the child be given to her father. The court granted the petition.
  • 25 May 1904 Joseph D. Byanski files suit for a divorce from Mary Catherine Byanski, charging infidelity. The woman was arrested early Tuesday morning with a male companion and is now in jail. The plaintiff asks for the custody of their four children, ranging in age from six to sixteen years. Judge Heaton issued an injunction restraining the defendant from visiting the children pending the hearing of the case.
  • 27 May 1904 Edward Carter sues for a divorce from Nellie Carter, charging that she deserted him without cause.
  • 28 May 1904 Alice A. Cleaves sues for a divorce from Grant Cleaves. She accuses him of cruel treatment, calling her bad names and accusing her wrongfully of infidelity.
  • 29 May 1904 Florence W. Waters sues in the superior court for a separation from Albert L. Waters and Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the defendant from withdrawing from deposit his money in the bank, amounting to $1.200. Mrs. Waters recite a long story of abuse and cruel treatment, which she says culminated on May 18, when her spouse beat her with an iron poker and drove her out of the house. She has since been in refuge at the home of a friend. She asks for alimony and custody of her three children.
  • 29 May 1904 Judge O'Rourke granted Isaac F. Walters a divorce from Anna M. Waters.
  • 29 May 1904 In superior court Mary F. Allen was granted a divorce from James F. Allen. She is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Rose.
  • 31 May 1904 Judge O'Rourke granted Julia Reihl a divorce from William Reihl. She was given the custody of their five children.

  • 01 Jun 1904 Pearl McKenzie files suit for a divorce from Cornelius McKenzie. The couple lives in Leo. She alleges that her husband treats her cruelly.
  • 01 Jun 1904 Judge O'Rourke granted Louis M. Heath a divorce from Effie A. Heath. The custody of the oldest child, Clyde was awarded to the father, and Mrs. Heath was given charge of the youngest, Arabella, aged three months, until further order of the court. Heath is ordered to pay $5 per month for the baby's support.
  • 01 Jun 1904 In superior court Joseph D. Byanski was divorced from Mary Catherine Byanski. He was also awarded custody of their four children, Joseph, aged fifteen; Bertha, aged fourteen; Leo, aged ten, and Bernard, aged six. The wife filed an answer of general denial but the court sustained the husband's charges.
  • 01 Jun 1904 In the divorce case of Florence W. Waters vs. Albert L. Waters, Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the defendant from disposing of his personal property or withdrawing from the bank $1200 which he has there on deposit, pending the hearing of the case.
  • 02 Jun 1904 According to a complaint filed in superior court yesterday, Mrs. Lillian Lower, of this city, placed her two-year-old child in an orphan asylum unknown to her husband, and then entered upon a life of shame. Mrs. Lower some months ago filed suit for a divorce from William Lower, and afterwards left the city. Yesterday, Lower appeared in court with an attorney and filed application for the custody of his babe. He said that last October Mrs. Lower fled from the city, taking the child with her, and that he has been hunting for her ever since. Last week he located her in a house of ill shame at Peru, and learned that she had placed the child in the Dunkards orphans home at Lafayette. The court granted him the custody of the child.
  • 02 Jun 1904 William Mohler sues for a divorce from Rose E. Mohler, charging cruel treatment.
  • 02 Jun 1904 Clara Honick asks to be divorced from William Honick. She charges him with having choked her shortly before she was to be delivered of a child, and that when he failed to support the family and the neighbors contributed a charity fund to them, the husband and father appropriated the money to his own use. A restraining order was issued enjoining the husband from visiting or annoying the plaintiff or her children pending the hearing of the divorce proceedings.
  • 07 Jun 1904 Ida Rank filed suit for a divorce from Charles Rank. They were married on January 15 of the present year and the defendant abandoned his wife on May 19. He is accused of treating her cruelly. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining Rank from visiting, speaking to, or in any way annoying his wife.
  • 07 Jun 1904 Eunice R. Smith accuses her husband, Carl Smith of having failed to support her and their child for a year past, and asks for a divorce. The Fort Wayne Traction company was restrained from paying the defendant any wages pending the trial.
  • 08 Jun 1904 Sarah Jane Patterson sues for a divorce from Daniel Patterson.
  • 14 Jun 1904 William W. Deavans sues for a divorce from Alwilda Deavans.
  • 14 Jun 1904 Augusta Miller instituted proceedings for a divorce from Frederick Miller. In her complaint she says they were married in 1875 and lived together until 1896. Since that time she says her husband has failed to support her.
  • 14 Jun 1904 In the divorce case of Henry Brunkhart vs. Mary Brunkhart, the wife filed a bill of denial and a cross-complaint. She asks to have the real estate held jointly by them partitioned and that she be given one-third of it.
  • 14 Jun 1904 The case of William Mohler vs. Rose E. Mohler was called, and as the defendant did not appear, Prosecuting Attorney Dawson was ordered to act as counsel on behalf of the state for her.
  • 17 Jun 1904 Ida R. Smith was given a divorce from Frederick Smith. She is also permitted to reassume her maiden name, Rice.
  • 17 Jun 1904 Thaddeus Hendrix was ordered to appear in court this morning and explain why he failed to obey an order of court that he pay his divorced wife $10 per month. Contempt proceedings were begun by the ex-wife yesterday.
  • 18 Jun 1904 Elizabeth Brehm sues for a divorce from Charles Brehm. She accuses her husband of cruel and abusive treatment, and of having accused her of un-chastity. She asks for $500 alimony and the custody of their three children.
  • 18 Jun 1904 Thaddeus Hendrix was found guilty of contempt of court and fined $5 and sent to jail for five days. Hendrix was divorced last fall and was ordered to pay $10 a month for the support of his children. Shortly afterward, he married a woman who had several children of her own in the Allen county orphans home. His first wife complained several times that Hendrix had failed to pay the alimony decreed by the court and each time Hendrix was cited for contempt, but let go on promising to pay the money. When arraigned Friday, he put up the plea that it took all his earnings to support his present wife but evidence was introduced to show that he was earning about $50 per month and the court promptly sentenced him.
  • 19 Jun 1904 Emma Bobay instituted proceedings Saturday for a limited separation from August Bobay, custody of the children and $1,000 alimony. She accuses him of cruel treatment and failure to provide.
  • 19 Jun 1904 Mary E. Young wants a divorce from Julius C. Young. Habitual drunkenness and failure to provide for the family constitute the charges.
  • 19 Jun 1904 Marie Raber was divorced from Elmer Raber, and given permission to reassume her maiden name, Yontz.
  • 19 Jun 1904 Florence Rouch was given a divorce from William Rouch.
  • 19 Jun 1904 An injunction was issued against Charles Brehm restraining him from disposing of his property or molesting or speaking to his wife, pend the hearing of divorce proceedings instituted by her.
  • 19 Jun 1904 An order was issued against Julius C. Young restraining him from disposing of his property or molesting his wife pending the hearing of divorce proceedings.
  • 19 Jun 1904 In the divorce suit of Clara Honeick vs. William Honeick, the restraining order granted last week was modified to the extent that the defendant is allowed to draw his wages from the Olds Wagon Works.
  • 21 Jun 1904 Leota Rider sues for a divorce from Walter Rider and claims $500 alimony. The charge is desertion.
  • 21 Jun 1904 August Bobay was made the subject for a restraining order enjoining him from selling his property pending the divorce suit begun by his wife.
  • 22 Jun 1904 Emma F. Dawson sues for a divorce from John F. Dawson. In her complaint she says she was forced to leave him on account of his intemperate habits.
  • 22 Jun 1904 Last fall Clement Couerdevey applied for a divorce from Lillie Couerdevey. The case was delayed and in the meantime the wife filed a cross-complaint and secured a divorce. Yesterday Judge Heaton dismissed the husband's case.
  • 22 Jun 1904 In the case of Maud A. Lugar vs Jonah Lugar for a divorce, the case was dismissed the parties having made up.
  • 26 Jun 1904 Lillie R. Jefferies sues for a divorce from Earl Jefferies. She instituted proceedings about six months ago, but the suit was afterward withdrawn. The complaint contained some racy details.
  • 26 Jun 1904 The case of Elizabeth Brehm vs. Charles Brehm for divorce, the restraining order was modified to permit the defendant to draw his wages.
  • 28 Jun 1904 John A. Herzog filed suit for a divorce from Samantha J. Herzog and his complaint tells a long story of years of unhappiness. They were married at Huntington in 1881 and Herzog says his wife's conduct has always been cruel and abusive, so that he was forced to leave her several times, but always returned to live with her upon receiving her promise to reform. Finally, he says she wrongfully accused him of intimate relations with a woman, who he says is past ninety years of age.
  • 28 Jun 1904 Carl H. Smith filed an answer and a cross-complaint to the suit for divorce instituted by his wife, Eunice R. Smith. He denies the allegations of her complaint and accuses her of being the cause of their unhappiness. She was always discontented, he alleges, compelled him to quit his employment frequently and change and move from town to town and to cap it all, scolded and abused him.
  • 29 Jun 1904 The case of Mary E. Young vs. George Young was dismissed.
  • 29 Jun 1904 The case of Laisure vs. Laisure was dismissed.

  • 01 Jul 1904 This morning in the superior court Pearl Everding applied for a divorce from Jacob Everding. They were married in 1898 and have one daughter, five years old. The complaint alleges cruel and inhuman treatment and infidelity. A restraining order was secured to prevent the defendant from visiting or annoying the plaintiff and restraining him from disposing of personal property. (Fort Wayne News)
  • 02 Jul 1904 The superior court has issued a writ for the arrest of Theodore Tegtmeyer to show why he should not be held in contempt in refusing to obey the court's order to pay his divorced wife $15 a month alimony. (Fort Wayne News)
  • 07 Jul 1904 Laura E. Johnson sues for a divorce from George W. Johnson, charging abandonment. She says she and her child have been maintained by the charity of relatives since April, 1901.
  • 08 Jul 1904 Celia M. Grill filed suit for a divorce from Alfred L. Grill, and asked that she be allowed $5,000 alimony. Her complaint charges cruelty and failure to provide. Mrs. Grill says her husband threatened to kill her and accused her wrongfully of infidelity. She also asks the custody of her son. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining the defendant from selling or encumbering his property, which consists of realty worth $1,500 and personal property worth $1,500 The injunction also forbids Grill to visit his wife or to speak to or otherwise annoy her. Grill is a well- known farmer in Springfield township.
  • 02 Jul 1904 The superior court has issued a writ for the arrest of Theodore Tegtmeyer to show why he should not be held in contempt in refusing to obey the court's order to pay his divorced wife $15 a month alimony.
  • 08 Jul 1904 William W. Deavens was granted a divorce from Alwilda Deavens. The custody of their child was awarded to the defendant's sister, Sadia Bair.
  • 09 Jul 1904 Goldie Beechelee sues for a divorce from Harry Beechelee, an actor. The complaint states that the plaintiff, whose maiden name was Goldie Suttenfield, was married to Beechelee in April 1901, and that he abandoned her almost immediately and has failed to support her. She alleges that he has treated her cruelly, used foul language, and that he is addicted to the use of opium and morphine,
  • 12 Jul 1904 Emily A. Kopp sues for a limited separation from Louis Kopp, whom she accuses of habitual drunkenness. She says he sold her household furniture to secure money for liquor, and that he frequently threatened to beat and kill her and more than once drove her from home. She asked for the custody of their three children and for a restraining order to prohibit her husband from molesting her.
  • 12 Jul 1904 The court dissolved the injunction against Thomas Underwood, issued on complaint of his wife, who has a divorce suit pending.
  • 12 Jul 1904 In the case of John A. Herzog vs Samantha J. Herzog an alias writ was ordered for the defendant, returnable July 23.
  • 13 Jul 1904 Mary D. Biegel wants a divorce from Julius Biegel, who she claims bun-coed her into marrying him. She was a widow with five children, owned a home, and made a living for herself and family by doing washing and housework. On April 15 of this year, she says, she married Biegel, who represented to her that he had a farm in Ohio. Further he claimed to have a recipe for making a liquid soap, and only need a little capital to make a fortune. Under his representations she mortgaged her home and gave him $350 to start in business, but she says he got drunk on the money and spent it all. She wants her former name, Roesner restored.
  • 13 Jul 1904 Georgia Hauenstine asks to be divorced from Harry E. Hauenstine. She accuses him of drunkenness and abuse.
  • 14 Jul 1904 May Crance yesterday filed application for a decree of divorce from George W. Crance. The wife wants $500 alimony and the custody of their children.
  • 14 Jul 1904 Judge Heaton granted Leola Rider a decree of divorce from Walter Rider and restored her maiden name of Leola Beamer. The wife charged that after one day of married bliss the husband abandoned her.
  • 15 Jul 1904 Alice Timmerman begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Grant Emory Timmerman. The complaint is out of the reach of the newspapers.
  • 17 Jul 1904 Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining Julius Biegel from selling a soap pan worth $50 and a quantity of soap worth $20 from the premises of his wife. Mrs. Biegel is suing for a divorce.
  • 19 Jul 1904 Susie Ray brought suit in the superior court Monday for a divorce from Clement A. Ray. In her complaint she accuses him of being a habitual drunkard, and of having abused and cursed her, shattering her health by his cruel treatment. She says he also accused her of infidelity, his charges being altogether untrue. She asks for the custody of their child.
  • 19 Jul 1904 Mary A. Scott says her husband, John J. Scott, was cruel, abusive, a drunkard, and forbade her or their children to attend church and she asks for a divorce. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order enjoining Scott from drawing his savings from the Hamilton National bank. Mrs. Scott asks for the custody of their two children, aged six and four years respectively.
  • 20 Jul 1904 Esther Callahan brought suit in the superior court Tuesday for a divorce from William Callahan, charging him with habitual drunkenness and with having abandoned her two years ago, since which time he made no provision for her support or that of her son, who is sixteen years old. The plaintiff is a daughter of the late John Godfrey, the Indian chief who was killed by his son.
  • 23 Jul 1904 E. Theodore Gary asks to be divorced from Mary Bell Gary. He says they were married in December, 1896, and separated in November 1897. He says she made life unbearable by calling him vile names and wrongfully accusing him of infidelity.
  • 24 Jul 1904 Nettie B. Seibert sued for an absolute divorce from Charles C. Seibert, and asked for $500 alimony. She accuses him of cruelty, failure to provide and with having finally assaulted her with a dinner bucket. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining Seibert from annoying the plaintiff or drawing his salary pending the hearing.
  • 24 Jul 1904 Augusta Miller was granted a divorce from Frederick Miller. She said on the witness stand that recently, when a Bluffton couple visited them, her husband proposed an exchange of wives, to which all agreed but herself. Her husband and the Bluffton woman spent the night together anyway.
  • 24 Jul 1904 Emily Kopp was granted a limited separation for one year from Louis C. Kopp. She was given the custody of the children and Kopp was ordered to pay her $25 per month for their support.
  • 24 Jul 1904 The case of Eunice R. Smith vs. Carl M. Smith was on trial and a portion of the evidence was heard. The young couple appear to have had no serious difficulties but make some ugly charges against each other.
  • 26 Jul 1904 Celia M. Grill in the superior court obtained a decree of divorce from Albert L. Grill, whom the wife charged with brutality and drunkenness. Judge Heaton awarded Mrs. Grill $1,000 alimony and added to that sum $90 costs of trial. The parties mutually agreed to a division of their personal property, and the wife is awarded the custody of their minor child, Arlington D. Grill.
  • 26 Jul 1904 Geneva Parnin has begun proceedings for a decree of divorce from Sylvester Parnin. The complaint charges the husband with being a habitual drunkard, that he has stolen some money his wife earned by washing, and then struck and abused her, finally threatening her life. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the husband from interfering with or visiting his wife pending a hearing of the case.
  • 29 Jul 1904 Frank Woolf sues for a decree of divorce from Laura Woolf because she abandoned him without notice and for three years he has failed to locate her.
  • 29 Jul 1904 Ethel Schott sues for a decree of divorce from Edward Schott.
  • 30 Jul 1904 In the Schott divorce case the husband, Edward Schott was restrained from speaking to, molesting or in any way interfering with his wife until the case is heard.
  • 30 Jul 1904 In the divorce case of Eunice Smith against Carl Smith the subpoena issued for A.L. Knight could not be served because the witness evaded the officers, and Judge Heaton adjourned the case until Mr. Knight, who is an insurance agent, can be found. Knight, it is alleged, said he had seen Mrs. Smith enter places of bad repute. The husband wants him to tell the court.
  • 30 Jul 1904 George Crance filed a statement in the divorce suit brought against him by Mary Crance in which he denies that he ordered her to leave their house, but on the contrary wants her to return and care for their children. The court ordered him to pay $25 toward the support of his family.

  • 02 Aug 1904 Emma J. Stewart has filed application for a decree of divorce from Wm. D. Stewart.
  • 02 Aug 1904 Charlotte Jane Stenner sues for a decree of divorce from Franklin G. Stenner. The husband is charged with cruel and un-human treatment, with striking and finally abandoning his wife.
  • 03 Aug 1904 Judge Heaton heard some of the testimony in the divorce case of John A. Herzog vs. Samantha Herzog and continued the case for further evidence.
  • 03 Aug 1904 Susie Roy was divorced from Clement A. Roy. She got judgment of $100 alimony and $10 per month for the support of her son.
  • 03 Aug 1904 Mary A. Scott was given a decree of divorce from John J. Scott. The custody of their two daughters was awarded to the father.
  • 06 Aug 1904 William Mohler was granted a divorce from Rosa Mohler.
  • 06 Aug 1904 Lilie R. Jeffries was granted a divorce from Earl L. Jefferies. Judge Heaton awarded the custody of the daughter, Mildred to the mother and of the son, Kenneth to the father.
  • 07 Aug 1904 Emma Bobay was granted a divorce from August Bobay. She was given the custody of the children, but Bobay is allowed to visit them twice a month.
  • 07 Aug 1904 Judge Heaton gave Eumice R. Smith a divorce from Carl M. Smith, awarded her the custody of their child and ordered Smith to pay $8 per month for its support.
  • 10 Aug 1904 The divorce case of Emma J. Stewart against Wm. L. Steward is set for trail Aug. 13, and State's Attorney Dawson and Deputy Underwood will appear for the defendant.
  • 11Aug 1904 Alice Cleaves was granted a divorce from Grant Cleaves. His whereabouts are unknown. The couple formerly resided in Woodburn, where the wife was deserted.
  • 13 Aug 1904 In the case of Mary Fromuth against Herman Fromuth in the superior court, the defendant was called and defaulted.
  • 14 Aug 1904 Emma J. Stewart was granted a decree of divorce from William D. Stewart and the custody of their three children.
  • 16 Aug 1904 Frank Petterson files proceedings for a decree of divorce from Anna Patterson.
  • 16 Aug 1904 Eugenia Hesting, who complains that her husband forced her to leave him at Jackson, Mich., and return to her home in this city, applies for a decree of divorce from Joseph Hesting and the custody of their daughter.
  • 18 Aug 1904 Susie Rilley sues for a divorce from Earl Rilley. They were married in 1900 and she alleges in her complaint that he was a drunkard, failed to support her, struck and beat her, consorted with lewd women and sometimes brought women of the character to their home. Other details of the case are unprintable.
  • 18 Aug 1904 Acting Judge Dawson refused to grant Emma F. Dawson a divorce from John F. Dawson on the ground that her attorney, Cheshester Holder, had neglected to draw his complaint properly. The complaint failed to state that the defendant's residence was unknown.
  • 20 Aug 1904 Emma Bell was granted a decree divorcing her from John F. Bell. The divorce was granted month ago, but the decree was never entered because the costs had not been paid.
  • 20 Aug 1904 In the case of Charles Hoeppner vs Elizabeth Hoeppner for divorce, Assistant State's Attorney H. C. Underwood filed a demurrer on the ground that the causes assigned for divorce were not sufficient to warrant the issuance of a decree. Later, when the attorneys in the case went into court to try the case, they found that the warring husband and wife had made up their differences and were living together again. The case will probably be dismissed.
  • 24 Aug 1904 Elmira Cook sues for a divorce from John W. Cook.
  • 24 Aug 1904 Melissa C. Latta asks for a divorce from Charles S. Latta, alleging adultery and abandonment as the cause. Her complaint states that on May 1, 1903, her husband left her and eloped with Mrs. Alice Castile to Elida, O., where they were arrested by Sheriff Stout. They returned home and Mrs. Latta forgave her husband. Meantime Mrs. Castile's husband procured a divorce and on May 28, following, Latta and Mrs. Castile eloped again, since which time their whereabouts have been unknown.
  • 24 Aug 1904 The state's attorney was ordered to appear for Jessie M. Rear in a cause for divorce began by Catherine M. Rear. The defendant is a non-resident
  • 24 Aug 1904 Judge Heaton dismissed the divorce case of Mary Crance vs. George W. Crance.
  • 26 Aug 1904 The divorce case of Frank Patterson vs Anna Patterson was taken under advisement after the evidence was heard. This is the case where the wife has lost love for her husband.
  • 26 Aug 1904 The divorce case of John A. Herzog vs. Samantha J. Herzog is continued until Sept. 1 for further evidence.
  • 26 Aug 1904 Catherine M. Rear was granted a divorce from Jessa M. Rear, and the custody of their two children. The husband is required to pay $16 a month for their support until the eldest reaches the age of fourteen years, and then $8 a month until the youngest reaches the age of fourteen years.
  • 26 Aug 1904 Diele Blanch Collier wants a divorce from Andrew Purley Collier, and the court issued an order restraining the husband from approaching the premises, No. 2447 Oliver street, where the wife resides, until the case is heard. The Pennsylvania company is retrained from paying him his wages and the banks are restrained from paying him money he has deposited therein.
  • 27 Aug 1904 Diele Blanche Collier, who on Thursday applied for a divorce from Andrew Parley Collier, was restrained from disposing of any personal property pending the hearing of the case.
  • 31 Aug 1904 Emma Reffelt sues for a divorce from Henry Reffelt alleging cruel treatment and that he drove her from home. She says she is now working in a restaurant for a livelihood.

  • 02 Sep 1904 The court has refused to grant John Herzog a divorce from Samantha Herzog, on the ground that the woman was of unsound mind and not responsible for her treatment of her husband. Herzog alleged that she locked him in his room, whipped and kicked him and accused him of having illicit relations with all the women in the neighborhood. The woman has no attorney, and Judge Heaton ordered the state's attorney to appear for her. Mr. Underwood, believing that Mrs. Herzog was not responsible, made a thorough investigation, and upon his representations in court, Judge Heaton who had already continued the case believing the woman's mental condition was no sound, declined to grant a divorce,
  • 04 Sep 1904 Hermina Behrman filed suit for a divorce from William Behrman and a restraining order to prevent him from disposing of his personal property. Mrs. Behrman asked for a divorce a few months ago, but afterward withdrew her complaint. She charges her husband with cruel treatment, swearing at her, beating her with a club, attempting to drive a herd of cattle over her and finally with making her do the manual labor on the farm and throwing buckets of water upon her while she was so engaged. They were married in 1877 and have ten children, the youngest a babe of twenty-two months.
  • 07 Sep 1904 Mary E. Reed on behalf of herself and five children, began action for support against James W. Reed, et al. and the sum of $200. The husband is charged with abandonment.
  • 08 Sep 1904 Alda O. Hamm sues George W. Hamm for a decree of divorce.
  • 08 Sep 1904 Al Cook files application for a decree of divorce from Kittie L. Cook.
  • 08 Sep 1904 Gertrude Vosburg sues for a decree of divorce from Beceher Vosburg.
  • 08 Sep 1904 In the action of divorce brought by Minnie Gowen against William Gowen the court issued an order restraining the defendant from disposing of his property or interfering with the plaintiff until the case is heard.
  • 09 Sep 1904 Carl Schlatter sues for a decree of divorce from Barbara Schlatter.
  • 10 Sep 1904 Elmira Cook was granted a decree of divorce from John W. Cook, and the court granted her the custody of their three children.
  • 13 Sep 1904 Although compelled to support herself for thirteen years, Mrs. Anna Dobler did not decide to get rid of her husband until now. She applied for a divorce Monday afternoon, and in her complaint she says her husband, Louis Dobler deserted her in 1891.
  • 13 Sep 1904 Mrs. Jennie Teeters accuses her husband, Wilson Teeters of being a habitual drunkard and failure to provide for her and their children. She also says he boasted of having associated with lewd women and seemed to be proud of his popularity among them. She says they were married in 1881 and lived together until the first of this month. She asks for the custody of their two children, aged eighteen and sixteen, respectively, and $500 alimony. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining Teeters from disposing of any personal property pending the hearing of the case.
  • 15 Sep 1904 The case of Hermina Behrman vs. William M. Behrman was dismissed. This is the second time Mrs. Behrman has dismissed divorce proceedings against her husband.
  • 16 Sep 1904 Mary Crance filed suit for a separation from George W. Crance, charging him with habitual drunkenness and abusing her through long years of wedded life. They were married in 1877 and lived together until last Monday, when in a drunken rage he drove her out of the house and smashed-up the furniture, threatening to kill her. The Crances live at Aboit where the defendant owns a prosperous grocery and saloon business. They have seven children. An order restraining George W. Crance from visiting or annoying his wife or disposing of or encumbering his property was issued.
  • 16 Sep 1904 The motion for a new trial was withdrawn in the case of Eunice R. Smith vs. Carl M. Smith.
  • 17 Sep 1904 Ina Chapman sues for a divorce from Charles Chapman, alleging as grounds for a separation that he is an habitual drunkard, is abusive of the plaintiff and fails to provide for the family. There are three children.
  • 17 Sep 1904 Laura E. Johnstone was given a divorce from George Johnstone. The court awarded her the custody of her child and forbade him to remarry within two years.
  • 17 Sep 1904 This morning in the superior court Judge Heaton granted Goldie Beechelee a divorce from Harry Beechelee,a stage manager and electrician. They were married three years ago and since that time the defendant has contributed almost nothing to her support. He even made a suggestion that his wife make a living for both of them in a highly improper way and she came home. He has never offered to make a home for her and for two or three years has been a "dope" fiend. Prosecutor Dawson defended the case owing to the absence of the defendant and he made a vigorous defense. The court, however, held that the plaintiff was entitled to a divorce and her maiden name, Goldie Suttenfield was restores. They have no children. (Fort Wayne News)
  • 18 Sep 1904 Judge Heaton granted a divorce to Georgia Hauenstein from Harry E. Hauenstein. The plaintiff is forbidden to marry again within two years.
  • 18 Sep 1904 Alda O. Hamm was given a divorce from George W. Hamm. Judge O'Rourke granted her the custody of their children.
  • 22 Sep 1904 The case of Behrman vs Behrman for divorce, was set for trial on October 5.
  • 22 Sep 1904 Judge Heaton took under advisement the case of Carl Schlatter vs Barbara Schlatter for divorce. On the witness stand Mrs. Schlatter said she knew nothing about any divorce suit having been filed, as when the summons was read citing her to appear she did not understand it, as she has no knowledge of English. The woman wept bitterly when the charges made against her by her husband were translated and she denied all his allegations of cruelty.
  • 23 Sep 1904 John H. Geiger sues for a divorce from Jennie Geiger.
  • 27 Sep 1904 John Hoffer filed suit for a divorce from his wife Monday, and immediately afterwards instituted proceedings against Charles Thomas for $2,000 for alienation of the affections of Mrs. Hoffer. The plaintiff charges his wife with adultery, naming Thomas as the co-respondent. He asks for the custody of the four children.
  • 27 Sep 1904 Frank Woolf was granted a divorce from Laura A. Woolf.
  • 27 Sep 1904 The case of Abraham Azaar vs. Catherine Azaar for divorce was called, and the defendant not being present, State's Attorney Dawson was instructed to appear for her. He filed an answer and the case was submitted to the court and taken under advisement.
  • 28 Sep 1904 In the superior court yesterday afternoon, Abraham Azaar was granted a divorce from Catherine Azaar, on the ground of desertion. The couple are Syrian who have become Americanized enough to go to the courts for a severance of the marriage tie when it became unpleasant. In Azaar's case, however, there appeared to be plenty of grounds for a divorce. He said his wife remained with him only a few days after their marriage, when she told him she loved another man better, and that if Abraham didn't betake himself hence she would poison him. Abe hung on, however, so instead of poisoning him she left him, going to Muncie, where she is now living with another duskey lover. The woman made no appearance in court and Prosecutor Dawson appeared in her behalf. Judge Heaton granted the divorce and ordered Azaar to pay the prosecutor a fee of $5. This was one phase of American law which Abraham objected to. He didn't see why he should be compelled to pay his wife's lawyer, but his attorney told him he must do so. The Syrian drew a $5 gold piece from a well filled bag and paid it over, although gesticulating and remonstrating vigorously.
  • 28 Sep 1904 In the case of Esther Callahan vs. William Callahan, for divorce, the defendant did not appear and Prosecuting Attorney Dawson was ordered to appear and defend him. The plaintiff is a daughter of the late John Godfrey, prince of the Miami Indians who was killed by his son.
  • 28 Sep 1904 John Thain was ordered to appear on October 3 and show cause, why he should not be declared in contempt for having failed to pay his divorced wife the alimony decreed by the court. He has also failed to pay the court costs as ordered.
  • 30 Sep 1904 Louisa A. Schumaker sues for a divorce from Herman Schumaker, alleged cruel treatment and abandonment. They were married in 1897 and separated in 1902.
  • 30 Sep 1904 Mary E. Behne brought suit for a divorce from Frederick H. Behne, alleging drunkenness and failure to provide.
  • 30 Sep 1904 The case of Alice Timmerman for a divorce from Grant Emory Timmerman was called but the defendant failed to appear. The state's attorney was ordered to defend the case.

  • 01 Oct 1904 Alice Timmerman was given a divorce from Grant Emory Timmerman.
  • 04 Oct 1904 The case of Elizabeth Brehm vs. Charles Brehm was called and the defendant defaulted. The state's attorney was ordered to defend the suit.
  • 05 Oct 1904 Mary Grimm sued for a divorce from August Grimm, charging him with beating her during the twenty-five years of their married life. She says he whipped her often and once purposely slammed a door shut on her hand, crushing the member. Her health has been permanently impaired by his bad treatment. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining Grimm from disposing of his property or drawing money from the bank or trust companies pending the hearing of the suit. Mrs. Grimm asks for $3,000 alimony.
  • 05 Oct 1904 Cora Kessler sued for a divorce from George Kessler, alleging that he began abusing her shortly after their marriage, less than a year ago. She says he chased her out of the house at the point of a gun.
  • 08 Oct 1904 The evidence was heard in the case of Elizabeth Brehm vs. Charles Brehm. Mrs. Brehm who is seeking a divorce was in court with a babe in her arms and two other little ones clinging to her dress. She wants a separation because her husband treated her cruelly and upon the word of a fortune teller accused her of un-chastity.
  • 09 Oct 1904 Hazel Seibert sues Charles Seibert for support alleging that he has neglected her. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the defendant from drawing his wages from the Fort Wayne Iron and Steel company pending the hearing.
  • 09 Oct 1904 Hermanin Behrman was granted a divorce from William Behrman in the superior court. On the stand the woman recited a long story of the brutality to which she had been subjected during her married life. One of the charges was that Behrman had locked their infant child in a closet for three days and gave it nothing to eat but raw eggs. According to his wife Behrman is a brute of the lowest type.
  • 11 Oct 1904 The divorce decree given to Ida B. Eger last December was modified so as to allow the former husband, William Eger to pay a lump sum of $800 for the support of the children, instead of paying $20 per month.
  • 13 Oct 1904 Jessie V. Caston brought suit in the circuit court for a divorce from John E. Caston.
  • 13 Oct 1904 In the case of Hazel Seibert vs. Charles Seibert, the defendant appeared and consented to a judgment for $210 in favor of his wife. The court ordered him to pay that amount in installments of $10 per month.
  • 13 Oct 1904 The case of John H. Geiger vs. Jennie Geiger was dismissed.
  • 14 Oct 1904 Ethel H. Gray sues for a decree of divorce from Thomas Huff Gray.
  • 15 Oct 1904 The divorce case of Mary Grimm against August Grimm was dismissed.
  • 18 Oct 1904 Cora Keesler says in her complaint against George Keesler that they lived together less than a year, or from April 29, 1903 to January 4 of this year. She says he had a way of knocking her down, calling her vile names, locking her out of the house at night, and once drove her from the home at the point of a revolver. Furthermore she says he failed to provide for her support. She asks to have her maiden name Dewey restored.
  • 18 Oct 1904 Adaline Smith wants to be divorced from Christian B. Smith on the ground of cruel treatment and non-support. She says they were married in 1886 and on September 3, of this year, he abandoned her. She says he has been addicted to drunkenness, wrongfully accused her of un-chastity, and once threatened to kill her with a knife. She wants the custody of their four children and $24 per month allowance for their support.
  • 18 Oct 1904 Charles W. Arnold asks to be divorced from Jennie Arnold, who he alleges, abandoned him without cause after a few months of married life.
  • 18 Oct 1904 The case of Louisa A. Schumacher vs. Herman Schumacher for a divorce was called and as the defendant failed to appear the state's attorney was instructed to defend the cause.
  • 19 Oct 1904 Katie Jones sues for a divorce from Walter Jones, accusing him of having beaten her often and failed to support her during the period of three years they lived together, from 1897 to 1900. She says in Jul 1900, he finally abandoned her and their little children altogether, and she has had to support herself and family by doing washing. Walter Jones was restrained from drawing his wages at the Bass works pending divorce proceedings in which he is defendant.
  • 19 Oct 1904 Evidence was heard in the case of E. Theodore Cary vs. Mary Belle Cary for a divorce, and the case was continued to enable counsel to bring forward additional testimony.
  • 20 Oct 1904 E. Theodore Carey was granted a decree of divorce from Mary Belle Carey by Judge Heaton. She was granted the custody of their three children and the husband is required to pay $5 a month for the support of each child until they reach the age of sixteen years.
  • 20 Oct 1904 The divorce case of Mary E. Behme against Fred H. Behme was called and the husband defaulted. Judge Heaton ordered State's Attorney Dawson to appear for the defendant, who is charged with desertion and drunkenness.
  • 21 Oct 1904 Rose Beuret begins action for a decree of divorce from Sylvester Beuret and $500 alimony. The wife charges that her husband abandoned her after two months wedded life. Mr. Beuret is employed by the Western Gas Construction company and the corporation is enjoined from paying him wages until the case if heard.
  • 21 Oct 1904 Judge Heaton granted Mary E. Behme a decree of divorce from Fred H. Behme and the husband is required to pay her $500 alimony.
  • 23 Oct 1904 John Hofer was granted a divorce from Anna May Hoffer and was awarded the custody of their children.
  • 25 Oct 1904 Clara M. Fritch says one year of married life was more than she ought to have endured. In her complaint for a divorce, Mrs. Fritch says her husband, Ralph Fritch, treated her badly for a year after their marriage and then drove her out of the house and forbade her to return.
  • 25 Oct 1904 George W. Crane filed a general denial and cross-complaint to the complaint for divorce filed by his wife, Mary Crance. He charges her with being the cause of their unhappiness. He says she scolded and cursed him, spent her time with other men, scratched and hit him and stabbed him with a scissors. The parties live at Aboite.
  • 25 Oct 1904 Eugenia Hestings was granted a divorce from Joseph Hestings, who deserted her. The court awarded the custody of the children to the plaintiff.
  • 25 Oct 1904 Evidence was heard in the Beurett divorce case and the court will rule today.
  • 26 Oct 1904 Judge Heaton granted to May Crance a decree of divorce from George W. Crance. The husband gets the custody of on child, the wife the custody of two children and she besides, is awarded $300 alimony. The husband also pays $10 a month for the support of her two children and they divided other property by agreement.
  • 26 Oct 1904 On the application of Elnora Wickliffe vs. Benjamin H. Wickliffe, Judge O'Rourke rendered a decree requiring the defendant to support his wife.
  • 28 Oct 1904 Judge O'Rourke granted to Clara M. Tritch a decree of divorce from Ralph Tritch.
  • 29 Oct 1904 Judge O'Rourke granted to George F. Kressler a decree of divorce from Norah M. Kressler and the custody of three children.
  • 30 Oct 1904 The case of Louisa A. Schumacher for a divorce from Herman Schumacher was called and the defendant failed to appear. State's Attorney Dawson appeared for Schumacher, as required by law. The evidence made a pretty bad case against Schumacher, but the court took the matter under advisement, to allow him time to investigate more fully.
  • 30 Oct 1904 The case of Esther Callahan vs. William Callahan was called and as Callahan defaulted the prosecuting attorney was ordered to appear to defend the suit and entered an answer of general denial to the allegations of the complaint.
  • 30 Oct 1904 The divorce suit of Katie Jones vs. Walter Jones was called and the defendant defaulting, the state's attorney was ordered to defend the cause.

  • 01 Nov 1904 Winnie Muller brought suit in the circuit court against Elias Muller, to have her marriage contract annulled. She say she was urged to marry Muller at Van Wert in 1897, when she was but thirteen years old; and that he became insane two weeks later and is still in the Ohio asylum.
  • 01 Nov 1904 Sarah Cunningham wants a divorce from James Cunningham, who she alleges failed to support her and deserted her.
  • 01 Nov 1904 Wilhelmina Busche files for a divorce from Frederick J. Busche.
  • 01 Nov 1904 Judge Heaton granted Cora Keesler a divorce from George Keesler.
  • 01 Nov 1904 Judge O'Rourke dismissed the case of Ida B. Eger vs William Eger.
  • 03 Nov 1904 Judge Heaton granted Elizabeth Brehm a divorce from Charles Brehm and was awarded $5 a month for the support of their child.
  • 04 Nov 1904 Susie Rilley was granted a divorce from Earl Rilley on the ground of desertion. She was granted $500 alimony and $6 a month for the support of their child.
  • 04 Nov 1904 Rose Beurett was granted a divorce from Sylvester Beurett on the ground of desertion and the allowance for the expected child is left open for the present.
  • 04 Nov 1904 Nancy Ann Ireland was granted a divorce from Isam Ireland and the custody of their five children.
  • 05 Nov 1904 George Ketchum, a barber has habits that make it impossible for his wife to live with him. Mrs. Vivian Ketchum asks for a divorce from George Ketchum, alleging that he has been a habitual drunkard for more than two years past and that his habits are intolerable. They were married in 1900 and separated last month.
  • 05 Nov 1904 Elida M. Martin was granted a divorce from Edward J. Martin and permission to reassume her maiden name, Elida M. Carry.
  • 06 Nov 1904 The plaintiff, Violetta Mabel White, who says Henry White treated her badly from the day of their marriage, on the fourth day of September last, and she was compelled to leave him on Friday. She says almost immediately after their marriage be began to accuse her of un-chastity, called her bad names, choked and beat her, and refused to support her. Her complaint alleges that he deprived her of food for three days and when she asked him for money he bade her go and earn it by the sale of her virtue.
  • 06 Nov 1904 Louisa A. Schumacher was given a divorce from Herman Schumacher and she was allowed $200 alimony.
  • 06 Nov 1904 The case of Carl Schlatter, who asked for a divorce from Barbara Schlatter, which had been under advisement was decided against the plaintiff, the court refusing to grant the divorce on the ground that the woman has not been served with the suit until the day before the trial, and then did not understand the papers when they were served upon her. Judge Heaton held also, that Mrs. Schlatter, by reason of her age, is not capable of taking care of herself and should not be deprived of the protection of her home.
  • 06 Nov 1904 Emma F. Dawson was granted a divorce from John F. Dawson, who abandoned her. She is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Schilling.
  • 08 Nov 1904 Judge Heaton granted Esther Callahan a legal separation from William Callahan, who deserted her. Mrs. Callahan is the daughter of the late Prince John Godfrey, chief of the Miami Indians.
  • 08 Nov 1904 Anna Dobler was given a decree divorcing her from Louis Doble, and is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Anna Miller.
  • 11 Nov 1904 Emma B. Lipes sues for a divorce from John M. Lipes.
  • 11 Nov 1904 Anna Manier sues for a divorce from Joseph Manier, alleging cruel treatment.
  • 11 Nov 1904 Mabel Lawrence accuses her husband, William J. Lawrence of treating her in a way "too foul and filthy to be mentioned", and with associating with lewd women, and she wants a divorce and custody of their daughter. She says the defendant is now serving a jail sentence for larceny.
  • 15 Nov 1904 Because his wife stayed out all night, returned home in the morning under the influence of liquor, and finally abandoned him altogether to live a life of shame, William C. Reffeit wants a divorce from Nettie Reffeit. They were married on March 9, last, and he alleges she abandoned him on November 5 and is now an inmate of a house of prostitution in Toledo.
  • 15 Nov 1904 Mary A. Scott was granted a divorce from John J. Scott. The custody of the children was given to the father.
  • 16 Nov 1904 The case of Charles Hoeppner vs. Elizabeth Hoeppner was dismissed upon motion of the plaintiff.
  • 18 Nov 1904 Anna Mary Bailey makes out a bad story against Edward Bailey in her complaint asking for a divorce. She was married to Bailey in September 1902, and according to her complaint beating, choking and kicking her were his ordinary amusements, while incidentally he was given to cursing her and accusing her of un-chastity, and finally she accuses him of having failed to support her, leaving her without fuel to keep her warm in cold weather.
  • 19 Nov 1904 Mrs. Elizabeth Miller begins proceedings for a separation from Charles Miller. Mrs. Miller alleges failure to provide and asks for the custody of their child. An order restraining the Pennsylvania company from paying the defendant his wages, was obtained pending the hearing of the case.
  • 20 Nov 1904 A portion of the evidence in the case of Wilhelmina Busche vs. Fred Busche was heard and the case was then continued until Dec. 3.
  • 21 Nov 1904 John Bollinger wants a divorce from Ann T. Bolinger because she uses tobacco excessively and is also addicted to the use of stimulants from a bottle. He says that on several occasions when they have been invited out to social gatherings near their farm she has tanked up with booze so that she would be merry and has acted in such a manner that he has been humiliated. She neglects her household duties and is cruel in her treatment. John wants the two boys, Clarence and Arnold, aged ten and nine respectively. (Fort Wayne News)
  • 21 Nov 1904 Lena Hamilton and Henry Hamilton were married in April, 1903. In June of the same year the bride was deserted. She says that he heaped abuse upon her, accused her of all sorts of crimes and said she was recreant to her marriage vows. His accusations are absolutely false, she alleges in the complaint. (Fort Wayne News)
  • 23 Nov 1904 William L. Badiac brought suit for a limited separation from Lenora Badiac, charging her with cruel conduct, neglecting her child and failing to bathe it regularly. Finally he says she deserted him last week. They have lived together fourteen months.
  • 24 Nov 1904 Mrs. Ellen Miller filed suit for a divorce from August Miller. Mrs. Miller says that her sister-in-law, Miss Lizzie Miller, proprietor of a millinery store at Monroeville, exercised undue influence over her husband and induced him to move his household effects to her home and live with her. There, the plaintiff says she was compelled to perform all the drudgery of the household and was repeatedly humiliated by the conduct of her sister-in-law. Immediately after filing her complaint and securing a restraining order stopping her husband from selling or encumbering his property or drawing his money from the bank, Mrs. Miller filed suit against her sister-in-law for $10,000 damages for alienation of her husband's affections. Miller, the husband is a saloonkeeper at Monroeville.
  • 24 Nov 1904 Fred Miller filed suit for a divorce from Grace Miller. She is charged with deserting him without cause after two years of married life.
  • 24 Nov 1904 Margaret Elizabeth Slanker instituted proceedings for a divorce from William F. Slanker.
  • 24 Nov 1904 Ira M. Mellor wants a divorce from Thomas Mellor.
  • 24 Nov 1904 Mary Elizabeth Reed sues James W. Reed for divorce, alleging abusive conduct and failure to provide. They were married in 1879 and separated last August. They live in Jackson township and have one child, of which she demands the custody.
  • 24 Nov 1904 August Miller was prohibited from selling or encumbering his property or drawing money from bank pending the hearing of divorce proceedings instituted by his wife, Ellen Miller.
  • 24 Nov 1904 An injunction was issued against John Bolinger, who has sued for a divorce from his wife, Ann T. Bolinger. The restraining order was asked for by the defendant.
  • 26 Nov 1904 William O. Willsey brought suit for a divorce from Nellie Whilsey, alleging cruel treatment. They were married in March 1904.
  • 27 Nov 1904 Viola Haenel says her husband, Charles Haenel, a Nickel Plate brakeman, to whom she was married two year ago, is a cruel deceiver. In her complaint she alleges that he would pretend to be out on the road and at the same time would be in the company of a woman on High street, who is mentioned by name. Mrs. Haenel wants her maiden name restored to her.
  • 27 Nov 1904 Hiram U. Wells charges Elizabeth Wells, his bride of a few months with having deserted him and taking up with a boarded at her mother's house. He says the two frequented Swinney Park often day and night.
  • 27 Nov 1904 Annie Frohnapel sues for divorce from George G. Frohnapel, charging that he deserted her. There are three children aged respectively eleven, twelve and thirteen years, and she demands their custody.
  • 27 Nov 1904 Lenora L Badiac brought suit against her mother-in-law. Mary Badiac, for $1,000 damages for alienation of her husband's affections. The man in the case, William L. Badiac began divorce proceedings a few days ago, accusing Lenora of neglecting their baby and gadding about. Now Lenora charges her mother-in-law with having won William away from his marital loyalty and induced him to apply for a divorce.
  • 29 Nov 1904 In the case of John Bolinger vs Ann T. Bolinger, the plaintiff moved for the dissolution of the restraining order.

  • 01 Dec 1904 John Bolinger was ordered to pay his wife $20 immediately and $10 per month for her support until the divorce case instituted by him is heard. In her application for the assistance, Mrs. Ann Bolinger says the allegations made by her husband in his complaint for a divorce are false, that she has not neglected her household duties nor her child, but that on the contrary, she has always been compelled to do a great share of the farm work, take care of stock, cut wood, etc., and that her husband gave her nothing for her support. At length she says he deserted her, leaving her and her child without provisions or fuel and took away with him $34 which she had received from the sale of butter and eggs.
  • 06 Dec 1904 Wilhelmina Busche was given a divorce from Frederick J. Busche. She was also given the custody of their child and Busche was ordered to pay $5 per month for its support until it attains the age of sixteen years. He is allowed to visit the child twice a week.
  • 06 Dec 1904 The Bunyea divorce case, which has been in court a long time was finally settled by agreement, the defendant being ordered to pay the plaintiff $100. He was thereupon discharged from all other liabilities.
  • 07 Dec 1904 Ida M. Long began suit for a divorce from Jacob Long, making charges of cruel treatment and also alleging that her husband spent his time and money with other women, and failed to properly support his family. They were married in 1893, the plaintiff at that time being a widow with four children, and she has one child by Long for whose custody she asks, besides demanding $500 alimony.
  • 07 Dec 1904 Emma B. Lipes was granted a divorce from John M. Lipes and was awarded the custody of their child.
  • 07 Dec 1904 Evidence was heard in the case of Nellie Vogel vs. Frederick Vogel for divorce and a continuance was taken for a further hearing.
  • 10 Dec 1904 Al Cook was granted a divorce from Kittie L. Cook.
  • 10 Dec 1904 Mabel Lawrence was given a divorce from William J. Lawrence. She was awarded the custody of their child.
  • 10 Dec 1904 Mrs. Leonora Badiac filed a petition asking the court to order her child returned to her. The woman was recently made the defendant in a suit for divorce filed by William Badiac, who accused her, among other things of neglecting her three-month-old daughter, Mildred. Mrs. Badiac says her husband's charges are false, but that on the contrary, he sent her on a visit away from home, and upon her return she found he had sold all the household furniture and told her she wasn't wanted any more. He took the child, Mildred, to his mother's in the western part of the county. Mrs. Badiac says the baby is weak and unhealthy, and that his grandmother is not giving it proper food. Consequently she demands that it be returned to her.
  • 12 Dec 1904 Louisa A. Biddlecome filed suit in the superior court Monday afternoon for a divorce from James Biddlecome.
  • 12 Dec 1904 The divorce case of Charlotte Jane Stenner vs. Franklin G. Stenner was called and the defendant defaulted.
  • 12 Dec 1904 The divorce case of Viola Haenel vsl Charles Haenel was called and the defendant defaulted.
  • 12 Dec 1904 William L. Badiac and Leonora A. Badiac, whose marital troubles have been extensively aired, appeared in court together and asked that the suit be stricken from the docket. It was a case of too much mother-in-law and the court dismissed the action.
  • 12 Dec 1904 Mrs. Seibert has sued her husband, Charles Seibert for a separation and asked to have the case dismissed. Judge Heaton granted her request.
  • 14 Dec 1904 The case of Anna Mary Bailey vs. Edward Bailey was called and the defendant defaulted. Prosecuting Attorney Dawson was ordered to defend the case in the name of the state, and a trial will be had on December 16. Anna Mary and Elizabeth Miller are sisters.
  • 14 Dec 1904 The case of Elizabeth Miller vs. Charles Miller was called and the defendant defaulted. Prosecuting Attorney Dawson was ordered to defend the case in the name of the state, and a trial will be had on December 16. Elizabeth and Anna Mary Bailey are sisters.
  • 15 Dec 1904 The court overruled a motion to dismiss the Seibert divorce suit.
  • 16 Dec 1904 Elizabeth Miller was granted a divorce from Charles Miller, the evidence showing that he married her to escape prosecution and shortly afterward deserted her. Prosecuting Attorney Dawson is looking for Miller, as he wishes to make an example of him, but the man cannot be found.
  • 17 Dec 1904 John Bolinger was granted a divorce from Ann T. Bolinger, and the court awarded to him the custody of the children.
  • 17 Dec 1904 Viola Haenel was given a divorce from Charles Haenel. The defendant made no defense to the sensational charges filed against him.
  • 17 Dec 1904 Mary White was granted a divorce from Ira White in December 1897, but the costs were never paid and the divorce was not entered on the records until Friday afternoon. The plaintiff came into court and paid all the costs.
  • 18 Dec 1904 The case of Sarah Jane Patterson vs. Daniel Patterson was called but after hearing a portion of the evidence it developed that when Mrs. Patterson filed her suit, last June, she had not been a resident of the county the period of six months, as required by law. The case will be dismissed and new proceedings instituted as she has been here the required time now.
  • 20 Dec 1904 Blanche Parmeley says her husband has treated her brutally and if the allegations of her complaint are true he is a fit candidate for the whipping post. She recites a long story of brutal beatings, kicks, choking and says she was frequently compelled to fly from the house to seek protection from her neighbors or the police. Parmeley is a trainman on the G.R. & I, and the plaintiff asks for an order restraining him from drawing his wages or disposing of the household furniture.
  • 20 Dec 1904 Mary Bart sues for a divorce from Nelson O. Bart and a restraining order to prevent him from selling or encumbering any property held in the name. She accused him of having been an habitual drunkard for two years past, with spending his days and nights in saloons and neglecting his work. She also charges him with having been abusive in his language and conduct toward her. She says she is the owner of the farm on 116 acres which is held by them jointly and that he has not contributed to her support. Bart is well known as a republican leader and was his party's nominee for sheriff in 1902. They were married thirty years ago.
  • 20 Dec 1904 Ida Long was granted a divorce from Jacob E. Long.
  • 21 Dec 1904 Ida Belle Miller sues for a divorce from William L. Miller, alleging cruel treatment and failure to support. Since their marriage, four years ago, he forced her to support herself and child, while he spent most of his time hunting, working only occasionally.
  • 22 Dec 1904 Mrs. Blanche Parmejey, of Thomas street, who wanted a divorce from her husband two days ago, changed her mind yesterday, and the divorce proceedings she instituted were dismissed by Judge Heaton at her request. She had accused her husband of beating her at regular intervals.
  • 22 Dec 1904 The divorce suit of Jennie Teeters vs. Wilson Teeters will be tried on January 6.
  • 22 Dec 1904 The divorce suit of Charlotte Jane Stenner vs. Franklin G. Stenner will be tried on December 30.
  • 28 Dec 1904 William L. Miller has brought suit against David L. Bowers and his wife Rebecca, for $2,500 damages for the alleged alienation of his wife's affections. Mrs. Miller sued for a divorce last week and Miller charges the Bowers couple with prompting her to leave him.
  • 28 Dec 1904 The divorce case of Mary Bart vs. Nelson R. Bart was dismissed by Judge O'Rourke on motion of the plaintiff.
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