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Divorce News and Records, Allen Co., Indiana

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1908

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


  • 03 Jan 1908 Judge Edward O'Rourke granted to Mrs. Mary M. McDowell a decree of divorce from George McDowell.
  • 03 Jan 1908 Mrs. Wilda Goshorn was granted a decree of divorce from Frederick Goshorn by Judge Heaton.. The complaint was filed yesterday and charged cruelty, banishment and abandonment.
  • 05 Jan 1908 Rebecca A. Doolittle sues for a divorce from Willis Doolittle, alleging cruel conduct and failure to provide.
  • 05 Jan 1908 Judge Heaton granted Harvey Hite a divorce from Victoria Hite. The plaintiff faced the embattled foe on many battle-fields without flinching, but Victoria was too much for him. The whole army of southern rebs fired at him at once without hitting him, but Victoria made a hit every time she aimed a cup or plate. The woman had been divorced from one husband when she captured Harvey in February, 1906.
  • 07 Jan 1908 Essie Fulks begins action for a decree of divorce from Henry Fulks. She says the husband abandoned her; that he walked into her bedroom when she was sick and told her he was going to leave her, and the further charge is made that he is living with on Bessie Stephens, at Indianapolis.
  • 08 Jan 1908 John L. Herman was granted a decree of divorce from Gerturde S. Herman and the custody of John M. and Dora L. Herman, their children, as well.
  • 10 Jan 1908 The case of Della Smith vs. Charles A. Smith was re-docketed at the request of the plaintiff and Judge O'Rourke fixed February 15 as the date for hearing the motion for a modification of the decree of divorce granted to the plaintiff. The defendant is anxious to regain custody of his children, as the former wife is married again, and he alleges she is not giving proper care to the little ones.
  • 12 Jan 1908 Elizabeth Aker sued for a divorce from Carl Aker. She alleges that Carl was in the habit of knocking her down and calling her bad names.
  • 14 Jan 1908 Sarah Ehrsam applied for a divorce from Paul Ehrsam. It is charged against him that on January 31, 1904, he eloped with another woman and has not contributed anything toward the support of his wife since. The character of the woman is said to have been open to question. Judge R. B. Dreibelbiss filed the suit and a divorce was granted in the afternoon.
  • 14 Jan 1908 Charles Freimuth applied for a divorce from Charles. She wants the custody of the minor children. They were married in 1879. It is said that he has been a habitual drunkard for ten years and that for seven years he has failed to provide at all and that prior to that time he did not provide as well as his means would have permitted him. They were married July 30, 1879, and lived together until last Friday.
  • 14 Jan 1908 Jasper Metzner was put out of business as proprietor and manager of the Eagle steam laundry, 1802 Calhoun street, in the superior court Monday, when his wife applied for a decree of divorce and $12,000 alimony. The court appointed Harry Metzner receiver for the business and so tied up Jasper Metzner's affairs that he cannot do anything without the consent of the court, pending final action. Mrs. Metzner says in her complaint that her husband has been a habitual drunkard for eighteen years and that eight years ago he lost a good railroad position on account of drink. She alleges that most of the time for eight years her husband has been either drunk or so much under the influence of liquor that he was disagreeable, that she does not know nor has she ever heard of a vile name that he has not applied to her. That at times he is sober enough to give the laundry business some attention, she admits, but says that she cannot live with him any longer. She alleges that he has $3,000 in real estate and $10,000 in personal property and she asks for $12,000 alimony and the custody of their only son, who is seventeen years of age. The reason for the receivership is that Metzner, through his love for liquor, is driving customers away from the laundry by threatening to shoot anyone who enter the door and that the property is being wasted and the business ruined. Mr. Metzner was enjoined from visiting his home in any way interfering with his money on deposit in the banks or in the laundry business.
  • 14 Jan 1908 Elizabeth Aker has applied for a decree of divorce from Carl Aker.
  • 18 Jan 1908 Seven months of married life, with her husband drunk at least one a week, was an ample sufficiency for Mrs. Clara B. Pflieder, who applied for a divorce from Jacob Pflieder in the superior court Friday afternoon. The plaintiff lived with Jacob from the time of the marriage, in May, 1906, to the following December, when she was forced to leave him. She says he neglected to provide for her, was a habitual drunkard and boasted of his relations with women of ill repute.
  • 19 Jan 1908 The divorce case instituted by Mrs. Metzner against Jasper Metzner has been dismissed in the superior court and the family differences have been satisfactorily and pleasantly settled. The court order with reference to the Metzner property is also dissolved by agreement and Mr. Harry Metzner is in charge of the Eagle Steam laundry while his father is regaining his health.
  • 19 Jan 1908 In the circuit court Judge O'Rourke granted Elizabeth Lash a divorce from Edwin Lash.
  • 19 Jan 1908 Rebecca A. Doolittle was granted a divorce from Willis Doolittle in circuit court by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 21 Jan 1908 State's Attorney A. E. Thomas raised a jurisdictional question in the superior court Monday morning, when he was called upon to appear for the absent defendant in the Keller divorce case. The attorney for the plaintiff W. M. Swayne, had neglected to submit an affidavit as to the plaintiff's legal residence and Mr. Thomas held that as this was necessary to confer jurisdiction upon the court the case could not go on. Judge Heaton sustained the objection and continued the case until this morning.
  • 21 Jan 1908 The divorce decree in the case of William Henry Bashford vs. Francis Bashford was modified and the husband was granted the custody of his child.
  • 21 Jan 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Pearl Blake a divorce from Marion Blake. Mrs. Blake, a handsome young woman, who came here from Wabash to work after her husband deserted her, testified that he went to Connecticut two years ago to work, and promised to send for her in three months. He did not keep his promise and she learned that he was posing as an unmarried man and was engaged to marry another girl. When she wrote to him, and had her name on the return corner of the envelope he wrote back chiding her, telling her she was "spoiling his good time". It took her but a few minutes to tell her story, which showed Mr. Blake up in a very bad light, and Judge O'Rourke immediately granted the divorce. The defendant did not appear and the prosecuting attorney represented him.
  • 22 Jan 1908 Christ W. Havens was ordered to appear in the superior court tomorrow to show-cause why he should not be punished for contempt. He is accused of disobeying an order of court in connection with a suit entered by his wife, Lenore Havens.
  • 23 Jan 1908 Theodore Pattee began action for a divorce against Orpha Pattee because she nagged him and abandoned his home.
  • 23 Jan 1908 The restraining order in the case of Minnie Soliday vs. John Soliday was dissolved in the circuit court by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 24 Jan 1908 Catherine Anweiler filed suit for a divorce from William G. Anweiler, charging abusive treatment since their marriage in 1892. He accused her falsely of flirting with other men, called her abusive names in the presence of the children, and broke up the furniture.
  • 24 Jan 1908 Christ Havens was purged of a charge of contempt.
  • 24 Jan 1908 Judge Heaton granted Edward Roberts a divorce from Ida Roberts.
  • 25 Jan 1908 Judge O'Rourke heard a portion of the evidence in the Aken divorce case.
  • 26 Jan 1908 Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining William G. Anweiler from visiting the premises of his wife, Catherine Anweiler, pending divorce proceedings instituted by her several days ago.
  • 26 Jan 1908 Judge Heaton granted Dora Marie Graper a divorce from William Fredrerick Graper, and awarded her the custody of her child.
  • 26 Jan 1908 Pearl Everding sued for a divorce from Jacob Everding, charging his with beating her, pointing a revolver at her and threatening to take her life. Judge Heaton heard the evidence and took the case under advisement.
  • 28 Jan 1908 Judge Heaton dismissed the case of William J. Meyers vs. Laura Meyers on motion of the plaintiff.
  • 28 Jan 1908 a portion of the evidence was heard in the case of August Witte vs. Augusta Witte, and Judge Heaton continued the hearing to February 1.
  • 29 Jan 1908 Clara Pfliedner was granted a decree of divorce from Jacob C. Pfleidner in the superior court. Judge Heaton listened to a story of cruelty and neglect.
  • 30 Jan 1908 Jennie Krock brought suit in the superior court yesterday for a divorce from Louis J. Krock, alleging cruel treatment and failure to provide. A restraining order was secured forbidding Louis mortgage or sell his property or to annoy the plaintiff pending the trial.
  • 30 Jan 1908 Minnie S. Gick sued for a divorce from Henry Gick, whom she accuses of habitual drunkenness, cruelty and failure to support. She says he has enjoyed an almost continuous jag for two year past. She asks for the custody of her two children and alimony.

  • 01 Feb 1908 Marilla Hubbard filed suit against her husband, Allen L. Hubbard, for support. She says he has abandoned her, leaving her helpless.
  • 04 Feb 1908 Orpha Pattee did not appear in the superior court Monday morning to answer to the suit for divorce filed by her husband, Deputy Sheriff Theodore A. Pattee. Prosecuting Attorney Thomas appeared for the defaulting defendant and Judge Heaton granted the plaintiff a decree. In the afternoon Attorneys Colerick & Ninde appeared for Mrs. Pattee and moved to set aside the decree, as she should not have been declared in default until the return day had expired.
  • 05 Feb 1908 Minnie S. Kiel begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from William C. Kiel who is charged with drunkenness and Judge Heaton issued an order restraining him from visiting his wife pending the action for divorce.
  • 06 Feb 1908 John H. Listenberger says his mother-in-law is the cause of the wrecking of his domestic happiness. She interfered with his wife, Florence Listenberger, and the latter refused to stay at home to prepare meals for the plaintiff and told him to go away longer. These charges are made in Listenberger's complaint which was filed in the superior court.
  • 06 Feb 1908 The marriage of Essie Fulks and Henry Fulks was annulled by Judge O'Rourke on complaint of the wife, who accused her spouse of bigamy and adultery. She says she met Fulks last September, and he courted her, telling her he had been divorced from his wife in Kentucky. Essie has been through the divorce mill herself and was working as a dressmaker in this city. She married Fulks in November and he deserted her just before Christmas, and she alleged that he is now in Indianapolis with Bessie Stephen, who is living with him as his wife. She discovered later that he had never been divorced from his first wife, Mary Garrett, in Lebanon, Ky., in applying for a license to wed here last November. Fulk swore that he had been divorced from his first wife, Breen & Morris represented the plaintiff, and submitted legal documents to prove the recreant Fulk a bigamist. The plaintiff is allowed to reassume her former name, Double. Her parents live in Wells county.
  • 07 Feb 1907 Ida A. McDole has filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from Henry G. McDole, and the court has restrained the husband from annoying the complainant pending action.
  • 07 Feb 1907 William G. Hudson was ordered to pay $5 every two weeks to his wife, Emma, until her incarceration in the Home for Febble Minded Women, and to pay $10 per month for her support thereafter.
  • 09 Feb 1907 In the superior court Minnie Gick was granted a limited separation for five years from Henry. She was granted the custody of the children and $10 a month for their support.
  • 09 Feb 1907 Mae M. Wheeler sues William J. for divorce, $5,000 alimony and the custody of their eight-year-old daughter. The complaint charges cruel treatment, remaining away from home for days at a time and the statement that he cares nothing for his wife or child. Besides the alimony the plaintiff asks for $15 a month for the support of the child.
  • 09 Feb 1908 Grace Vought filed in the circuit court a complaint in which she asks a divorce from Charles E. Vought, a letter carrier. She accuses him in the first place of cursing and abusing her and alleges that he left her alone at night. She says that they lived in a remote and thinly settled portion of the city and that her husband frequently left her alone until the small hours, when he would either come home or be brought home drunk and that he took such occasions to abuse her. He also gave his money to his father or drank it up, according to the wife's story, and finally turned his home over to a building association and moved his effects, including her wearing apparel, sewing machine and silverware and she does not know where it is. She asks $500 alimony and says she has been compelled to go to the home of her parents, where she is now living. They were married in January, 1898, and lived together until last month.
  • 09 Feb 1908 Mary H. Osborne says in her divorce complaint against Charles H. Osborne that after their marriage on June 11, 1904, he became so abusive that she was compelled to leave him and that after a separation of a year and a half she went back to live with him on his promise to reform. She alleges that he did no better but called her vile names, accused her of infidelity and struck her. She was formerly Mary H. Connett and wants her name restored. A restraining order was issued to prevent him from drawing his wages from the Pennsylvania company or from interfering with her.
  • 11 Feb 1908 Bessie M. Keller was granted a divorce from John C. Keller in the superior court and given the custody of their child, with $8 a month for its support.
  • 11 Feb 1908 In the circuit court Elizabeth Aker was given a divorce from Carl Aker by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 13 Feb 1908 Last March Theodore Baker was granted a divorce from Anna Bake in the superior court, but for some reason the decree was never entered. Yesterday Judge Heaton ordered the case re-docketed, and then granted the plaintiff a divorce, but awarded the custody of the child to the defendant.
  • 13 Feb 1908 Jacob Solliday was ordered to appear in court and explain why he has not supported his family, as he was ordered to do by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 14 Feb 1908 Mrs. Grace Cullen filed suit in the superior court for a divorce from Patrick Cullen, charging him with habitual drunkenness, cruel treatment and threatening her life with a razor. She married Patrick in July, 1900, and according to her story he has been in the habit of going on sprees that last several weeks. On these occasions he would knock her down, kick her, drag her up and down the porch by the hair of her head and threaten to kill her. A restraining order was secured from Judge Heaton forbidding Patrick from molesting his wife during the pendency of the suit.
  • 15 Feb 1908 Catherine Felts asks for a decree of divorce from Carl Felts, who is accused of drunkenness, cruelty and abandoning his wife a few says before a child was born to them.
  • 15 Feb 1908 Hon. Edward O'Rourke granted to Carrie Friemuth a decree of divorce from Charles Friemuth and also gave to the mother custody of their two children.
  • 16 Feb 1908 John C. Eckert, the weightiest man for his size in Fort Wayne, has filed application for a decree of divorce from Grace F. Eckert. The husband charges her with conduct unbecoming a wife, with the use of vile language, and behavior not in consonance with womanhood.
  • 16 Feb 1908 Mary Catherine Baker seeks a divorce in the circuit court from William Baker, to whom she was married July 25, 1903. She alleges that he has not supported her for three years, although he is able to do so. They have no children.
  • 16 Feb 1908 Mary L. Foulks says in her divorce complaint in the superior court that Albert G. Foulks left her and their three children on April 7, 1907, and she has since been forced to conduct the farm on which they lived to support herself and the family. He holds equity worth $2,500 in a farm; she loaned him $1,000 after their marriage and she asks $5,000 alimony. They were married March 14, 1903.
  • 18 Feb 1908 Judge S. M. Hench filed in the circuit court a motion for a new trial in the Fromuth divorce case.
  • 19 Feb 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Edna B. Smith a decree of divorce from Walter L. Smith and gives the mother custody of their child and $175 for its support.
  • 19 Feb 1908 Helen B. Caston begins action for a decree of divorce from Martin V. Caston.
  • 21 Feb 1908 Hiram Boring sues for a decree of divorce from Samantha Boring.
  • 22 Feb 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Mrs. Jennie Krock a decree of divorce from Louis J. Krock and restored her maiden name, Busz.
  • 25 Feb 1908 Mrs. Deila Jamey sues for a divorce from Joseph P. Jamey, a blacksmith, to whom she was married February 5, 1902, and from whom she separated on last Saturday. She states that he gets drunk, curses and abuses her, calls her vile names, spends his wages for drink, stays away at night and makes no provision for her and their children. There are two children and she asks the custody of both and demands alimony in the sum of $500.
  • 25 Feb 1908 In the superior court Minnie Kiel was granted a divorce from Christian Kiel, who is serving a jail sentence of thirty-five days for drunkenness. They have grown and minor children and it was charged against him the he did not support the family, that he was a habitually drunk and is abusive to his wife. The court gave the wife $500 alimony and the custody of the children.
  • 25 Feb 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Nellie Timmons a divorce from Charles Timmons and allowed to resume her maiden name of Edwards. She filed a complaint some time ago and then consented to live with her husband, and they were united for several months.
  • 26 Feb 1908 Fred M. Woolsey yesterday filed action for a decree of divorce from his wife, Ella J. Woolsey, who after munching with the plaintiff some time ago left the city with about $6,000 in cash with which Mr. Woolsey was once identified. Now Mr. Woolsey says he does not known where his wife is nor has he any idea of her future actions so he would like to save his home - plus a $1,500 mortgage, and he wants that as alimony. The residence is at No. 323 DeWald street and is worth, according to the complaint $4,000.
  • 26 Feb 1908 Joseph Jamey is restrained from disposing of his property or disturbing his wife and children until their divorce case is heard and determined by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 26 Feb 1908 Thomas L. Miller sues for a decree of divorce from Anna E. Miller, who abandoned him in 1906 and is still going some.
  • 27 Feb 1908 Julia Carpenter sues for a divorce from Charles Carpenter. Failure to support is given as the cause.
  • 27 Feb 1908 Oliver Wilson asks for a divorce from Mary Wilson, who, he alleges writes clandestinely to other men and violates her marriage vows. He says at one time she lived in adultery for three weeks in Jackson, Mich.
  • 27 Feb 1908 Alleging that her husband failed to support her and treated her cruelly, Sarah Long sues for a divorce from Harry C. Long.
  • 29 Feb 1908 Gladys Sunderland begins action against William E. Sunderland for support for herself and three children who were abandoned by their husband and father.

  • 01 Mar 1908 Judge Heaton granted John C. Eckhart a divorce from Grace Eckhart.
  • 03 Mar 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Theodore A. Pattee a divorce from his wife Orpha, and restored her maiden name and gave her $25 alimony.
  • 04 Mar 1908 Marie Louise Ward filed suit for a decree of divorce from Frederick Eugene Ward and the charge of desertion is made against the husband. The plaintiff asks that her maiden name be restored.
  • 05 Mar 1908 John P. Ertel is cited to appear in the circuit court and show why he is not paying alimony to him former wife, Lalma B. Ertel.
  • 05 Mar 1908 Leonard S. Wignot was granted a divorce in the superior court from Lillian Wignot. He did not ask for the custody of their two children, who are with their mother in the east, but offered to pay $15 a month out of an income of $20 a week for their support.
  • 06 Mar 1908 Mrs. Jennie Smith sues for a decree of divorce from John Smith, who is charged with abandonment. In Russia, his native land, John Smith it is said in the complaint is known as John Subliszy.
  • 08 Mar 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted to Delia Jamey a decree of divorce from Joseph P. Jamey, and the wife was given the custody of their two children.
  • 10 Mar 1908 In the case of John H. Listenburger vs. Florence Listenburger, the defendant filed a motion for a stay of proceedings.
  • 10 Mar 1908 Judge Heaton heard evidence in the case of Grace Cullen vs. Patrick J. Cullen. It was a sad story of matrimonial infelicity. The case was taken under advisement.
  • 11 Mar 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Mary Catherine Baker a divorce from William Baker.
  • 12 Mar 1908 Perry E. Miller sued for a divorce from Dora Miller, alleging that she abandoned him.
  • 13 Mar 1908 Judge Heaton granted Grace Cullen a divorce from Patrick J. Cullen.
  • 13 Mar 1908 Theodore Baker was ordered to appear in the superior court today to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt in having failed to pay his divorced wife money for the support of his child.
  • 13 Mar 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Anderson Rhodes a divorce from Emma Rhodes, the cause being abandonment.
  • 13 Mar 1908 In the case of Zoie Edith Gamber vs. Albert G. Gamber, a restraining order was issued against the defendant pending divorce proceedings.
  • 13 Mar 1908 Grace Root sues for a divorce from Carlton Root, to whom she was married in September, 1906. They live near Huntertown, and she says he forbade her to visit her parents or allow them to visit her, although he failed to support her and she had to depend upon them for sustenance for herself and her child. Finally when he found her mother in the house he struck the defendant and her baby, and threw the elder woman out of the door.
  • 14 Mar 1908 In the superior court Mary J. Hauenstine was granted a divorce from Jacob W. Hauenstine.
  • 15 Mar 1908 Frances Neff sues for a divorce from William Neff. She also asks for alimony and a restraining order. Cruel treatment, drunkenness and associating with lewd women are charged against the husband. He was restrained from molesting her or selling the property.
  • 17 Mar 1908 Clara Abdon filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from George Abdon, and Judge Heaton restrained the husband from molesting his wife or disposing of his property in any manner until the case is heard. Besides a predisposition to get into liquor and associate with bad women, Mrs. Abdon charges that since their marriage the husband shot at her with a rifle and that it is dangerous to live with him.
  • 18 Mar 1908 Charles Kickley began action for a decree of divorce from Mary Kickley. The complaint charges the wife with continual "nagging," with refusing to prepare meals for her husband, with falsely accusing him of conduct un-becoming , and with finally leaving his home with the children.
  • 18 Mar 1908 The divorce case of Alva Reed vs. Laura Reed was presented in the superior court without decision.
  • 19 Mar 1908 On complaint of his wife, John C. Keller is cited to appear before Judge Heaton March 21 for contempt in not obeying the instructions of the court.
  • 19 Mar 1908 Mrs. Maude Feasel in a complaint filed in the superior court against William Feasel asks for a decree of divorce and the custody of her two children by a former marriage, alleging that he is not a fit person to have the care of them. They are ten and eleven years old and she was married to their father in Jul, 1903. She charges him with chasing her from home in her night clothes, alleging that she was forced to flee from him at 4 o'clock in the morning, and that she did not have time to put on her clothes. He is also accused of having threatened to kill her.
  • 19 Mar 1908 Alva Reec was given a divorce in the superior court from Laura Reed, whom he accused of drinking to excess and smoking cigarettes. He also told that she was in the habit of coming home in an advanced state of intoxication and calling him hard names.
  • 21 Mar 1908 The old divorce case of Della Smith vs. Charles A. Smith was reopened in the circuit court, when Smith filed an application for a modification of the restraining order which gave the wife the custody of the children. After the divorce Mrs. Smith married a man who had taken her affections from her husband. She took her children with her, and by order of the court, Mr. Smith has been sending her money for their support. He now charges that this money was used to support the new husband and that the oldest child, a girl of fifteen, was forced to go to work for a living. Judge O'Rourke took the case under advisement. The case involves a sad story of the breaking up of two happy homes.
  • 21 Mar 1908 Marie Cox sues for a divorce from John A. Cox, whom she charges with beating her frequently and severely beating their infant child without provocation.
  • 21 Mar 1908 Maggie Pearl McClain sues for a divorce from Thomas McClain, who is a passenger fireman on the Lake Shore railroad. They were married in 1885, and she says that last September he took up with a woman named Anna Juliet, alias Anna Laverty, with whom he lived on West Superior street during September and October, and since then at Hillsdale and Jackson, Mich. Last September, the wife says, she was forced to sign an agreement relinquishing all claims upon him and accepting $35 a month for the support of herself and her four children. Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the husband from drawing his wages or molesting his wife pending the hearing of the complaint.
  • 22 Mar 1908 John C. Keller was arraigned in the superior court to show cause why he should not be punished for disobeying Judge Heaton's order to support his divorced wife and child. The man produced a written affidavit in which he stated that he had been out of work and just secured employment on a farm, and would pay the money as soon as he had a pay day. The excuse was accepted and Keller was discharged. His wife was in court with her baby, a pretty child eighteen months old, and as she left the room she handed the little one to her husband, saying she had supported it for eighteen months and he could do so himself henceforth. She then whisked out of the court house. Keller left with the child, and will place it with his relatives.
  • 22 Mar 1908 Daisy Darby sued for a divorce from Harry Darby who, she says, eloped with her sister, Ethel Jackson, and is now living with the latter at McHenry, N.D.
  • 24 Mar 1908 Eliza E. Ersig files application for a decree of divorce from William Ersig and she asks $2,000. The husband is accused of consorting with women of immoral character, with losing love for his wife and failing to provide for his home.
  • 24 Mar 1908 In the circuit court Grace Roat was granted a divorce from Carlton Roat. The husband was represented by attorneys, but did not make a defense.
  • 27 Mar 1908 Roy E. Smith begins proceedings against Annie Smith for a decree of divorce, charging the wife with abandonment, with refusing to keep his home in order, prepare his meals or use good language toward him
  • 27 Mar 1908 Mrs. Emma Hudson sues William Hudson for support and the rolling mill where the husband is employed is made a party in the action.
  • 28 Mar 1908 Mrs. Minnie M. Miller was granted a decree of divorce from Joseph L. Miller by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 28 Mar 1908 Mrs. Ellen Mitten began suit for a decree of divorce from John R. C. Mitten and $1,000 alimony. The husband is accused of kidnapping their daughter and taking it to Huntington, Ind., where he has placed it in the care of George and Lonnie Bailey. Mrs. Mitten has applied for the custody of the child, Irma Mitten, three years old, and she recites that they were married in 1904, and while she was at church February 23 last in this city he took their little daughter, kidnapped her and went to Huntington, abandoning her and leaving her without funds for her support.
  • 29 Mar 1908 Blanche B. Ryan brought suit for a divorce from John B. Ryan, and Judge Heaton heard the case immediately and granted the decree. Charges of cruelty were made in the complaint.
  • 31 Mar 1908 Lovina Schneider, in a complaint filed in the circuit court today, asks a limited separation from Christian Schneider, alleging that there has been strife in the household for seventeen years and that she wants an intermission, the length of which the court will be asked to determine. She states they were married October 4, 1880, and that immediately afterward she gave him $3,000 in cash and $1,000 in crops and this he invested in property taking the title in his own name and keeping all of it until a few years ago, when he deeded a small portion to her. She further says that with her help the money she gave him to start life with has grown into a fortune of $25,000 and that her labors were important in building up the fortune. There is no chance to live without strife and she wants a limited separation, giving as her reasons for it that the husband has struck at her, threatened to kill her, has neglected to provide for here and made her life miserable. They have four children, all of legal age.

  • 01 Apr 1908 David McNaughten sues Alice McNaughten for a divorce, charging that she abandoned him without cause.
  • 01 Apr 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Jennie Tanner a divorce from John W. Tanner.
  • 01 Apr 1908 Viola L. Goff has filed proceedings for a decree of divorce from William E. Goff.
  • 02 Apr 1908 In the case of Sadie A. Berner, Judge O'Rourke restrained the husband from disposing of his property or molesting the plaintiff until the divorce case is heard.
  • 02 Apr 1908 Zoie Edith Gamber today dismissed the divorce suit against Albert G. Gamber. They have settled their differences.
  • 03 Apr 1908 Perry E. Miller was granted a decree of divorce from Dora Miller by Judge Edward O'Rourke.
  • 03 Apr 1908 Frederick Lindner was restrained from disposing of his property by Judge O'Rourke until the action of his wife for divorce and alimony is heard in court.
  • 03 Apr 1908 In a divorce complaint filed in the circuit court Sadie A. Berner asks a divorce from John F. Berner and has secured a restraining order to prevent him from molesting her or visiting her at their home, 418 East Lewis street. She says that he struck, pinched, slapped, choked and kicked her. Told her that he hated and despised her and that, if she did not get out of the house he would throw her out. She also says that last month he gave her only $7 to pay expenses with although he is earning $80 a month and able to provide for her. They were married November 23, 1905, and lived together until March 28 of this year.
  • 03 Apr 1908 Banner Larimore, in a divorce complaint against Clara Larimore, alleges among other things that she engendered in the children disrespect toward their father and encouraged them to talk back to him. She is also accused of calling him bad names. The have four children ranging in age from five to seventeen years. They were married June 29, 1889, and lived together until March 29 of this year.
  • 03 Apr 1908 Ida Lindner sues for a divorce from Fred Lindner because she thinks he has been unfaithful and she names one Nellie Hamilton as co-respondent. She says in addition that he struck her, called her vile names, associated with lewd women and stayed out late at night. She secured a restraining order to prevent him from drawing his wages from the Pennsylvania company, disposing of his property or molesting her. She also asks to have her maiden name of Knock restored. They were married August 16, 1904, and lived together until the latter part of last month.
  • 04 Apr 1908 John H. Sonfield obtained a decree of divorce in the court of John O'Rourke from Alice M. Sonfield when it was proven that the wife is a habitual drunkard.
  • 05 Apr 1908 Mary Boyer sues for a divorce from Noah Samuel Boyer, charging him with failing to support her.
  • 05 Apr 1908 Constantine McKenzie got tired of dodging chairs, knives and axes and of being whipped by his wife Pearl, so he sued for a divorce from her yesterday. He says she frequently beat him, threatened to kill him with a knife and at other times used an axe to emphasize her threats and accused him falsely of adultery. He asks for the custody of the two children.
  • 05 Apr 1908 John H. Sonfield was divorced from his wife in the circuit court Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon he appeared in the county clerk's office with Ida A. Kitselman, who was divorced from her husband several years ago, and the secured a license to marry.
  • 07 Apr 1908 In the divorce case of Alfred Errick vs. Indiana Errick, the wife filed a cross complaint contesting the action in the superior court.
  • 07 Apr 1908 Mrs. Pearl G. Hays says in a suit filed yesterday that Frank G. Hays married her October 16, 1903, and abandoned her April 12, 1905. She has had no support from him since that time and wants to be divorced and her maiden name, Noll restored.
  • 07 Apr 1908 Oscar M. Rhoades sues for a divorce from Emma J. Rhodes. He says they were married December 19, 1889, and that she left him March 9, 1901, taking all the portable property, including her love and affection.
  • 07 Apr 1908 Mary Boyer married Noah Samuel Boyer August 17, 1902, and charges that he deserted her July 31, 1907. He is charged with failure to provide.
  • 10 Apr 1908 In the superior court Judge Heaton decreed to Mrs. Indiana Arick a decree of divorce from Alfred E. Arick on the wife's cross complaint and also granted her the custody of their child and proceeds of real estate ordered sold.
  • 11 Apr 1908 Christina Benward sues John F. Benward for divorce, alleging failure to provide and cruel conduct. They were married in November, 1891, and have three children, for whose custody she asks.
  • 11 Apr 1908 John H. Listenberger was cited to appear in the superior court to show cause why her should not be attached for contempt. He is charged with failing to pay his wife an allowance ordered by the court pending divorce proceedings, which he instituted against her.
  • 11 Apr 1908 William Essig filed a cross-complaint in the case instituted against him for a divorce. He alleges all the blame is on his wife's side and makes revolting charges against her, and asks for the custody of their child, alleging that she is unfit to care for it.
  • 12 Apr 1908 Jacob Soliday was ordered to pay $35 per month for the support of his wife, Minnie.
  • 14 Apr 1908 Mabel L. Kirbach sues Max W. Kirbach for a decree of divorce and $2,000 alimony. Mrs. Kirbach says they were married in 1906 and he made her work in his cigar factory without salary and did not give her money with which to purchase respectable clothes. She also say he has been cruel and has tried to get her to associate with men of immoral persuasion. She secured an order to restrain him from disposing of his property, money for her support pending the proceedings for divorce, and seeks to recover $2,000 alimony.
  • 15 Apr 1908 Edward Lynch files proceedings for a decree of divorce from Susie Lynch because his wife threatened to shoot him and with a razor in her hand threatened to carve him. He thinks it is dangerous to live with her.
  • 16 Apr 1908 Nellie Hensinger sues for a decree of divorce from George Hensinger. They were married in Auburn in 1896 and they separated in March in this city. She has sued him for divorce because he persistently accuses her falsely of infidelity and immorality. She could not stand these false accusations. She wants $100 alimony and all costs paid by the defendant.
  • 17 Apr 1908 Mrs. Lucy Woodmansee sues for a decree of divorce from Winfield S. Woodmansee on the ground of cruelty. Mrs. Woodmansee declares that her husband did not support her; that while she was ill she did not see him for three weeks; that she was so seriously sick that she was in danger of death. She also alleges that while she was ill he not only neglected to visit her, but made no provision for her support and that before she recovered he went to North Dakota and is there now so far as she known. It is also charged that he cursed her, called her bad names and finally abandoned her. They were married in August, 1906, and lived together until last February, when she charges, he abandoned her.
  • 18 Apr 1908 Mabel L. Kirbach yesterday in the superior court was granted a decree of divorce from Max Kirbach.
  • 19 Apr 1908 Maude Lugar wants a decree of divorce from Jonah Lugar. She married on February 20, 1899, and says that she has lived apart from him since April, 1906. She charges that he cursed her, frequently assaulted and knocked her down just before their separation. She says she was compelled to work for a living while she lived with him and asks the custody of their child.
  • 19 Apr 1908 Mrs. Katherine Enz applied to the superior court for a decree of divorce from Frederick Enz. They were married in Germany and have four children, all of whom have attained their majority. Mrs. Enz states in her complaint that she has lived in Fort Wayne for twenty-seven years and her husband left her sixteen years ago and has made no provision since that time for her support.
  • 21 Apr 1908 Constantine C. McKinzie has filed a cross complaint in the divorce suit instituted by her husband and she accuses him of failure to provide for her and their child, and says he has on divers occasions fractured his marriage vows.
  • 22 Apr 1908 Idora Driver has sued Samuel Driver for divorce and secured a restraining order to prevent him from molesting her or disposing of his property, while the action in pending. They were married twenty years ago last August, and the wife charges that the husband has always been a drinking man but that his appetite for drink has so increased that she cannot live with him any longer. They separated four years ago after he had slapped her, spent his own money for drink and, according to the complaint, forced her and their children to support themselves. They live at No. 9 Maria street, and he has been ordered not to visit the house.
  • 22 Apr 1908 Frederick M. Woolsey sues for a decree of divorce from Ella J. Woolsey and make statement that his wife is a non-resident and that he does not know her address.
  • 22 Apr 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Oscar Rhodes a decree of divorce from Emma Rhodes. The evidence was heard two days ago.
  • 22 Apr 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted to Helen B. Caston a decree of divorce from Martin V. Caston and decreed to the mother custody of their child, Harold, aged three years.
  • 22 Apr 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted to Susan Gillette a decree of divorce from Wm. R. Gillette and restored to the wife her maiden name, Jerraid.
  • 24 Apr 1908 Maggie Snyder sued for divorce from Otto Snyder and asked for a restraining order to prevent Otto from selling his property or molesting her, as she feared he would kill her upon learning of the suit. She says her husband frequently assaulted her, cursed her and failed to provide means for her support, although he makes $80 a month. Her oldest daughter, ages fourteen, is compelled to work to maintain the house. Judge O'Rourke issued the restraining order.
  • 25 Apr 1908 Mary M. Spreer sues for a divorce from William Spreer, whom she charges with conduct unbecoming a spouse. She says he has an ungovernable temper, constantly abuses her, has often beaten her and forces her to tend bar in his saloon and to clean out the place, when he has money enough to hire a bartender and porter.
  • 26 Apr 1908 In the case of Constantine McKenzie vs. Pearl McKenzie, Judge Heaton found for the defendant on her cross-complaint and granted her a divorce and the custody of the children. McKenzie was ordered to pay $15 a month for the support of the little ones.
  • 28 Apr 1908 The case of Mary M. Spreen vs. William H. Spreen was dismissed and costs paid.
  • 28 Apr 1908 Lydia Horton sues for a decree of divorce from George E. Horton and he is enjoined from visiting or otherwise annoying his wife until the complaint is heard in court.
  • 29 Apr 1908 In the case of Gladys Sunderland vs. William E. Sunderland, Judge Heaton issued a decree authorizing the wife to sell the family home at Monroeville. The husband deserted her.
  • 30 Apr 1908 Mrs. Rose Funk sues for a decree of divorce from Harvey Funk, who is charged with drunkenness and murderous violence.

  • 02 May 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted to Frances Neff a divorce from William Neff.
  • 04 May 1908 Idora Driver was granted a divorce from Samuel Driver, and Judge O'Rourke gave her the custody of the children.
  • 07 May 1908 Anna Haley sued for a decree of divorce from Fred Haley.
  • 07 May 1908 Emma M. Pelkey begins action for a decree of divorce from Earl Pelkey; asks $500 alimony. The complaint charges the husband with throwing his wife out of their house, with striking and beating her and threatening to kill her. The Pennsylvania company is enjoined from paying Pelkey wages until the suit is settle. Judge O'Rourke issued orders restraining Earl Pelkey from visiting his wife or selling his household goods until pending divorce application is heard.
  • 07 May 1908 According to orders issued by Judge O'Rourke, Harvey Funk is enjoined from disposing of his household goods.
  • 08 May 1908 Attorneys for Maude and Jonah Lugar agreed that Maude should have a divorce and custody of her daughter, but that Jonah should not be required to pay anything toward their support. The proposition did not appeal to Judge Heaton, who felt the plucky little woman who is supporting herself and her daughter was entitled to more consideration. He granted the divorce and ordered Jonah to pay $8 per month into court to be given to the wife and child.
  • 10 May 1908 Emma Kissinger filed suit against Henry Elam Kissinger for a modification of a divorce decree. They were divorced last year, and the wife was granted the custody of her daughter and the fourteen-year-old son was given into the care of the husband. Mrs. Kissinger charges that the boy is not properly cared for, being neglected as to education and clothing, and she asks to be given custody of him.
  • 12 May 1908 Millie Mitchell filed suit for a divorce from George Mitchell. She says he is a habitual drunkard and does not support her.
  • 12 May 1908 Charles Spiliner, Jr. began action for a divorce from Minnie Spiliner, whom he accuses of being a termagant and an adept in the use of sulphuric language, in addition to which she has a habit of staying out all night when Charles is out on his run on the railroad.
  • 13 May 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Rose Funk a divorce from Harvey Funk.
  • 13 May 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Sarah Long a decree of divorce from Harry C. Long.
  • 14 May 1908 In the circuit court, Judge O'Rourke presiding, Catherine Felts obtained a decree of divorce from Carl Felts and the custody of their two children.
  • 14 May 1908 Harry Reasor sues for a decree of divorce from Bertha Reasor. The husband says his closing engagement with the wife resulted in her knocking him down with a chair. He also says that she cursed him, called him vile names, struck him, assaulted him with broomsticks and clubs, kept him locked out of the house, refused to prepare his meals and sent him to work without his breakfast, refused to prepare his super and abused and misused him in other ways. They were married June 26, 1906, and have one child.
  • 15 May 1908 Mrs. Emma M. Pelkey was granted a decree of divorce from Earl Pelkey and the custody of their child by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 15 May 1908 The Pennsylvania Railroad company is restrained by Judge O'Rourke from paying wages to Charles M. Kickley until the application of Mary Kickley for divorce is heard.
  • 15 May 1908 Frances M. Wightman begins action against L. J. Wightman for support.
  • 16 May 1908 Matilda Hoffman sues for a decree of divorce from Henry Hoffman for abandonment.
  • 19 May 1908 Flossie Spurgeon alleges in her divorce suit against Stewart Spurgeon that she was assaulted and driven away from home by him on Saturday night, and she asks in addition to a divorce that a restraining order be issued to prevent him from drawing his wages from the Pennsylvania company or disposing of his interest in a farm of 160 acres in DeKalb county until her claim for $2,500 is decided. She charges also that he struck and beat her and told her she could make her own living and did not make proper provision for her support. He is a blacksmith.
  • 19 May 1908 Lillie Boston sues Roy A. Boston for support and the Pennsylvania railroad is enjoined from paying him money until the case is settled.
  • 19 May 1908 Nina L. Alderman sues for a decree of divorce from Harry D. Alderman.
  • 20 May 1908 The divorce decree of Mattie Tyler vs. William Tyler granted by Judge Dawson in 1897 was entered up yesterday. It escaped the docket at the time.
  • 21 May 1908 Sarah Vardaman asks that Charles Vardaman be punished for contempt in not complying with the order of Judge O'Rourke to pay a certain sum of money to sustain his family.
  • 23 May 1908 Leonora Wagner filed action for a decree of divorce from Frank Wagner asking $1,000 alimony. The complaint charges the husband with extreme cruelty and neglect; in fact serious grievances are cited by the injured wife. The court has restrained Wagner from disposing of his property or in any manner intimidating, pursuing or molesting his wife until the divorce case is heard in court.
  • 24 May 1908 Judge O'Rourke heard the evidence in the divorce suit of Charles Kickley vs. Mary Kickley, and refused to grant the decree, believing that the allegations in the complaint were not sufficient.
  • 26 May 1908 The case of Flossie Spurgeon vs. Steward Spurgeon was dismissed at the defendant's cost.
  • 26 May 1908 Millie Mitchell was granted a divorce from George Mitchell.
  • 27 May 1908 Judge Heaton granted Marie Cox a divorce from John A. Cox. The evidence showed the defendant up in an exceedingly bad light. Mrs. Cox testifying that she had stood his abuse of herself, but drew the line when he brutally beat their nineteen-month old baby.
  • 27 May 1908 Charles A. Drake brought suit for a divorce from Marie Drake, to whom he was married in June, 1904, and who he alleges deserted him in August, 1905.
  • 28 May 1908 Elisworth D. Knepper has sued Sadie T. Knepper for divorce and the custody of their children. They were married in 1902 in Whitley county and moved to Allen county, where they have lived for a few years. He says that in 1905 she abandoned him after spiriting her children to Wayne county, O. One day she tried to pack her household good and get them carted away to Whitley county while her husband was at work on a remote part of the farm. He alleges that she has become a trained nurse since leaving him and is now working at her profession in Fort Wayne.
  • 29 May 1908 In the case of Frances Wightman vs. Lewis J. Wightman the defendant asked for a change of venue from the superior court.
  • 29 May 1908 Judge Heaton dismissed the case of Emma Kissinger vs. Henry Elam Kissinger.
  • 29 May 1908 The case of Nellie Hensinger vs. George Hensinger was postponed.
  • 29 May 1908 Judge Heaton granted Roy E. Smith a divorce from Annie Smith.
  • 30 May 1908 Judge Heaton granted Marie M. Fitzgerald a divorce from William L. Fitzgerald.

  • 02 Jun 1908 Robert B. Davidson says his wife Grace has a bad temper and an evil tongue at all times, but he stood living with her until she reinforced her verbal castigations with a razor and threatened to kill him at 3 o'clock in the morning. He says he is afraid she will carry out her threat if he lives with her any longer and he asks for a divorce.
  • 02 Jun 1908 Clarence Miller says his wife Rosa told him she didn't love him any more than a common yellow dog, but only loved the money he brought home with him. She accused his wrongfully of infidelity in the presence of other people, and finally left him last December, wherefore he asks for a divorce.
  • 02 Jun 1908 Minne D. Fahlsing asks for a divorce from John W. Fahlsing, whom she accuses of having been drunk for a year past. She says he whipped her while she was still weak from the effects of an operation which she had undergone.
  • 02 Jun 1908 The divorce case of Frances J. Wightman vs. Louis Wightman was venued to DeKalb county.
  • 03 Jun 1908 Bertha Elnora Garrison filed suit yesterday for a divorce from Carl A. Garrison, alleging that he is a habitual drunkard and has beaten her a number of times.
  • 03 Jun 1908 Ettie Laughrey sues for a divorce from William H. Laughrey and asks for $500 alimony. She says Laughrey is a habitual drunkard, accused her of adultery and abuses her in other ways. She inherited $300 and he persuaded her to let him have it to make a payment on a piece of property. Afterwards he refused to pay the additional installments and the property was lost.
  • 04 Jun 1908 Zole E. Gamber sues for a decree of divorce from Albert Gamber, and pending a hearing of the case Judge Heaton restrained the husband from molesting or visiting his wife at 1101 Edgewater avenue. Both parties are charging each other with adultery.
  • 05 Jun 1908 Mrs. Fannie Brunner sues for a decree of divorce from Louis Brunner and the plaintiff asks the custody of their two children. Mr. and Mrs. Brunner were married December 7, 1900, and separated June 1, 1908. The wife alleges in her complaint that her husband called her vile and indecent names, that he struck and beat her and that he is addicted to the excessive use of intoxicants.
  • 05 Jun 1908 Hon. John Morris, as special judge, granted Thomas L. Miller a decree of divorce from Anna E. Miller.
  • 05 Jun 1908 Mr. Shambaugh, as special judge, heard further evidence in the Lynch divorce case.
  • 05 Jun 1908 Charles H. Osborne has filed in the superior court a cross complaint to the recent action for divorce instituted by Mary H. Osborne, in which he charges the wife with a large assortment of shortcomings and asks that the divorce be granted him.
  • 07 Jun 1908 A sudden and sad ending of the honeymoon was the lot of Elmer M. Cook, who bright suit for a divorce from Elsie E. Cook, whom he married on December 18 last. Elsie, he says, accused him of being of negro descent and unfit to live with; she refused to cook his meals; to eat at the same table with him, called him a hog and asked him to leave her, and when he didn't she left him. On the third of this month, while he was absent, she called in her relatives to help her pack up the household belongings and she then and there left the house and has refused to return.
  • 07 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Nora Roberts a divorce from Alphonse Roberts.
  • 09 Jun 1908 Charging that he left her and her babe hungry and penniless, Mrs. Oma Shartzer, brought suit to compel her husband, George Shartzer, to support her. They were married in October 1904, and she alleges that George deserted her on the 18th of last month. She says that for several years he has spent his money in saloons and she has often had to put her baby to bed with it was crying with hunger because she had no food in the house.
  • 09 Jun 1908 Mary E. Rose filed suit for a divorce from Firmer Rose, a motorman on the Fort Wayne & Southwestern Traction line. They were married at Huntington in November, 1905, and she charges that he deserted her a few days ago. She asks for $1,000 alimony and the custody of her child.
  • 10 Jun 1908 Mrs. Lottie S. Manier brings suit for a decree of divorce from Joseph P. Manier.
  • 11 Jun 1908 Fannie Bailey seeks a decree of divorce from Floyd Bailey.
  • 11 Jun 1908 Gracie A. Waitke sues for a decree of divorce from Henry Waitke.
  • 12 Jun 1908 Ellen M. Essig sues for a decree of divorce from Charles O. Essig, alleging abandonment and failure to provide for his wife and daughter. The complaint says that she repeatedly wrote her husband for means of support but in vain. She also says that their daughter wrote the father for means to sustain and educate her but he never answered he appeal. Mr. Essig is now located at Coffeyville, Kan.
  • 13 Jun 1908 James Artes sues for a decree of divorce from Lucy Artes.
  • 16 Jun 1908 Roxie Roy sues for a decree of divorce from Joseph Roy charging cruelty, neglect and abandonment.
  • 17 Jun 1908 Maggie Snyder was given a divorce from Otto A. Snyder and Judge O'Rourke also decreed that she should have the custody of her two children.
  • 17 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke issued a restraining order against David Sowers on complaint of his fife, Minnie Sowers. The defendant is ordered not to dispose of his property nor molest his wife.
  • 17 Jun 1908 Mary A. Kickley sues Charles N. Kickley for support, demanding $500.
  • 18 Jun 1908 Martha Curlis charges that Edward S. Curlis, whom she married in 1902, abandoned her in 1906, after threating her badly the greater portion of the time they lived together.
  • 18 Jun 1908 Maria Walter has filed suit against Karl Walter, a brick mason, and the story told is that of a woman who married a drinking man on receiving his promise to reform. Mrs. Walter says Karl was a widower with several children and when he courted her and she taxed him with his bad habits he said his children ill-treated him so he had to drown his sorrow. All he needed was a new wife to fondle and keep house and the household would go on the dry list. Under these representations she married him, but instead of boarding the water wagon he bagan celebrating the wedding and kept it up. The marriage took place October 16 last. On January 11 she thought it time to call a halt on the prolonged skate and reminded her husband of his promise, whereupon he told her he was tired of having her around the house and commanded her to leave. She did leave and has not lived with him since. Mrs. Walter says Karl is a brick-mason and commands high wages, but she saw none of the money and was compelled to support herself with her own money.
  • 18 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Sarah E. Bowman a divorce from Chalmers Bowman. Abandonment was charged against the defendant.
  • 18 Jun 1908 Bertha Elnore Garrettson was given a decree of divorce from Carl A. Garrettson and Judge Heaton restored her maiden name, Nicodemus. She said her husband was jealous and sometime knocked her senseless.
  • 18 Jun 1908 Winfield S. Woodmansee is a more aristocratic name than plain Smith, but Winfield's wife was glad to get rid of Winfield and the name yesterday, when Judge Heaton granted her a divorce and her maiden name, Lucy Smith. When Winfield courted her he represented himself as the possessor of a fortune commensurate with the importance of the name, but after the marriage it developed he had nothing and was always trying to get possession of his wife's money and property. Finally he abandoned her while she was ill and she has not seen him since.
  • 19 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke refused to grant Clarence Miller a divorce from Rosa Miller. The evidence was of a petty character and the court held it did not warrant a decree.
  • 19 Jun 1908 Gladys G. Sunderland sues for a divorce from William E. Sunderland and demands alimony. They were married in Van Wert, O., in 1897 and moved to Monroeville in 1906. The defendant was a physician and the complaint says his income was $3,000 a year. He is accused of adultery and abandonment. The wife asks for the custody of their three children, aged one, seven and ten years.
  • 20 Jun 1908 Judge Heaton granted Gladys G. Sunderland the custody of her children pending the hearing of her divorce suit and issued a restraining order against the husband.
  • 20 Jun 1908 Harry Reaser was restrained from drawing his wages pending the hearing of the divorce suit instituted by his wife, Bertha.
  • 20 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Susie Lynch a divorce from Edward J. Lynch and awarded her $175 alimony.
  • 21 Jun 1908 Bessie I. Marvin sues for a divorce from William A. Marvin. She alleges he deserted her May 31, 1906, two months after their marriage.
  • 21 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Frederick M. Woolsey a divorce from Ella J. Woolsey. She abandoned the plaintiff last winter after selling $10,000 worth of stocks belonging to him. She is now in North Dakota.
  • 21 Jun 1908 Grace Root was arraigned in the circuit court to answer a charge of contempt because she had refused to allow her ex-husband to visit his and her child, as Judge O'Rourke ordered when granting the divorce decree. The young woman attempted to persuade the court that the ruling was wrong, and objected to obeying the order, but Judge O'Rourke said, with some force, that he thought Mrs. Root and her husband ought to try to live together and he ordered her to interfere no more with her husband's visits to her child, on the first and third Sundays of each month, between the hours of 9 and 10 in the morning.
  • 23 Jun 1908 Judge Heaton granted Christina Benward a divorce from John Benward, and awarded her the custody of her children.
  • 24 Jun 1908 Judge O'Rourke gave Frederick M. Woolsey possession of the real estate which was held in the name of Mrs. Woolsey, who ran away last winter. Woosley secured a divorce last week.
  • 24 Jun 1908 Attorney Howard Hanthorn filed a general denial for the defendant in the Manier vs. Manier divorce case in which Manier makes some spicy charges against his wife, the plaintiff.
  • 24 Jun 1908 Charles Kain begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Mary Kain because she was too much married. Mr. Kain declares that he has discovered that prior to the ceremony which linked them as one his wife has been married and divorced four times, and that he was unaware of this fact at the time of their marriage. Mr. Kain sets forth that he has always been a resident of New Haven; that they were married January 8, 1907, and separated May 5, 1908, and that three times the defendant has left him without cause, one remaining away four months.
  • 25 Jun 1908 Alice G. Smith filed in superior court a complaint in which she asks for a divorce from Harry A. Smith, the custody of their seven-year-old daughter and alimony in the sum of $1,000 as well as $15 per month for the support of the child. Mrs. Smith alleges drunkenness, cruelty and failure to provide upon the part of the husband.
  • 25 Jun 1908 Following the arrest and her appearance in police court, Adolph Schulte yesterday filed application for a decree of divorce from his wife, Maria G. Schulte, and Judge Heaton issued an order restraining the woman from visiting her children or harming them. In his complaint filed in the superior court, Mrs. Schulte says he was married to Maria Schulte on Sept. 6, 1876, at Racine, Wis., and that they separated on Aug 13, 1903, when she abandoned him and went to California. He accuses her of cruel and inhuman treatment, of being vicious and dangerous and of having made threats against him. The assault upon the daughter, Genevieve, is also mentioned. Schulte says he frequently had to retire to his bedroom and lock the doors to prevent her from doing violence to him and that she has threatened to dispose of her personal effects and household goods. He asked that she be restrained from so doing and that he be given the custody of their four minor children, August, eighteen; Franz, fourteen; Louis, thirteen; and Leo, twelve. There are four other children who are of age.
  • 27 Jun 1908 Ernstine Bork began proceedings for a decree of divorce from Julius Bork yesterday the decree was granted by Judge Heaton.
  • 28 Jun 1908 Persistent and continued cruelty during a period of fifteen years is charged against Joseph Clifford in a divorce complaint filed by his wife, Hannah Clifford. Clifford is a coal and Charcoal dealer, and the complaint states that he is worth $50,000. His estate consisting of farm lands, city property and charcoal manufactories in Ohio. Mrs. Clifford demands a divorce, the restoration of her maiden name, Crawford and $15,000 alimony. The Cliffords were married in 1882 and separated last February, the plaintiff saying she was forced to leave her husband because his cruelty was unbearable and would cause her heath of longer continued. She says she ruined her health working to assist in accumulating his fortune, and for fifteen years has been ill, for nine years past being an invalid. She says her husband, on account of her condition, lost all love and regard for her and has neglected and abused her. telling her he wished she would leave him and that she was a burden to him. She also charges that he refused to provide her with the necessaries of life or to give her money with which to do away where she could receive proper medical treatment. She also charges him with adultery.
  • 28 Jun 1908 In superior court Maggie Ellis was granted a divorce from William.
  • 30 Jun 1908 Fred Schulz sues for a divorce from Grace Schulz, charging abandonment.
  • 30 Jun 1908 William H. Laughrey was not present in the superior court when the divorce suit brought by his wife was called and Judge Heaton ordered the prosecutor to appear for the absent defendant. The case will be tried later.

  • 03 Jul 1908 Magdalena Hamilton sued for a divorce from Harry Hamilton Thursday, and her compaint tells of a dream of bliss smashed to smithereens in record time. She says she married Harry on May 10, 1903, and immediatlely found he was a habitual drunkard. On June 15 following he left her and they have not lived together since. She says she is sickly and her sister has been compelled to support her.
  • 04 Jul 1908 Attorney Guy Colerick, acting as special judge in the superior court, granted Alice Smith a divorce from Harry A. Smith. The wife was given the custody of her child and $200 alimony and the costs of the proceedings were assessed against the defendant..
  • 07 Jul 1908 Grace H. Renier sued for a divorce from Frederick J. Renier, charging that he failed to support her and their three children. The live in Jefferson township. Judge Heaton issued a restraining order to prevent the defendant from disposing of his property.
  • 07 Jul 1908 Louise Rudert sues for a divorce from Edward Rudert, accusing him of beating and cursing her.
  • 07 Jul 1908 Maud S. Chapin applied for and was granted a divorce from Ralph E. Chapin. She reassumes her maiden name, Sperry.
  • 07 Jul 1908 Anna McMills filed suit for a divorce from Chahrles McMills. The complaint charged the defendant with extreme cruelty. He was in the habit of beating his wife until she was black and blue, tearing cut her hair and treatening to kill her.
  • 08 Jul 1908 Mrs. Mary Keefer filed suit for a divorce from David Keefer, whom she charges with being a habitual drunkard and with squandering her money. She had property worth $3,000 when she married him, she says, and now has only $1,000 equity in it, the rest being covered by mortgage. She asks for $1,000 and her maiden name, Bucke.
  • 08 Jul 1908 Mabel Ehrlich sues Henry Ehrlich for support, demanding $2,000 and $30 per month. Pauiley Bunch, her husband's partner in a West Main street saloon, and the Hamilton bank are made co-defendants and a restraining order was issued preventing Ehrlich from disposing of his property or money. She charges that Ehrlich is a habitual drunkard and associates with lewd women in the rooms above the saloon.
  • 09 Jul 1908 In the case of Harry Reaser vs. Bertha Reaser, Acting Judge Yaple ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff $16 per month for her support.
  • 11 Jul 1908 Acting Judge Yaple issued a restraining order against George Shartzer, preventing him from selling his property pending divorce proceedings instituted by his wife, Anna Shartzer.
  • 11 Jul 1908 Mrs. Elsie Geyer has filed suit for divorce from Charles Geyer, charging abandonment. The couple were married in 1901 and separated in 1904.
  • 12 Jul 1908 Lizzie Mourning filed suit for a divorce from John E. Mourning, charging him with habitual drunkenness for the last six years. She says he has ill-treated her for a long time and last week beat her so severely that she was forced to leave him. He owns real estate in Ohio worth $700, and she asks for $700 alimony and an allowance of $180 per month. Five children were born to their union and she asks for the custody of them.
  • 14 Jul 1908 Isaac Lane sues for a divorce from Bernice Lane.
  • 14 Jul 1908 Minnie Walker sues Walter Vernon Walker, her husband for support and makes the Wabash railroad company a party to the suit.
  • 14 Jul 1908 Harvey Brown, who was fined yesterday morning for assaulting his stepson, apparently "got in bad" through his act, as in the afternoon his wife, Laura, filed suit for a divorce, charging him with cruelty, and she also secured a restraining order to prevent him from disposing of his property. The Browns were divorced once before and re-married a short time afterwards.
  • 15 Jul 1908 Ralph Spangler sues for a divorce from Emma Spangler, to whom he was married in 1907. The complaint says she has been guilty of cruelty and the charges are unfit to be set forth on paper.
  • 16 Jul 1908 Nettie Buchner sues for a decree of divorce from Frank Buchner, who is accused of cursing his wife, of abusing her and threating her brutally.
  • 16 Jul 1908 Sylvia Jones asks for a decree of divorce from Orin P. Jones. The husband has done nothing to support his wife and she is forced to labor for him, although he is an able bodied fellow.
  • 17 Jul 1908 Ida Noble Miller sued for a divorce from Franklin P. Miller, charging him with brutally abusing her, beating her so badly that she is now under a surgeon's care. She asks for $1,000 alimony, and Acting Judge Yaple restrained the Pennsylvania company from paying the defendant's wages pending the hearing of the suit.
  • 17 Jul 1908 Mary E. Fueligraff sued for a divorce from Robert Fueligraff, charging him with drinking to excess, spending his earning in gambling rooms, mistreating her physically and failing to support her. She has been working to support herself and her four-year-old son. She demands the custody of the child.
  • 17 Jul 1908 David L. Grill sues Carrie O. Grill for a divorce, charging her with undutiful conduct.
  • 19 Jul 1908 Mary L. Merz instituted proceedings for a limited separation from Peter Benjamin Merz, alleging that he failed to support her and for two years has been living in open adultery with another woman. She says before leaving her he squandered her savings, amounting to $550, on his own pleasures.
  • 19 Jul 1908 Bessie L. Frizzle was married to Elias Frizzle when she was fifteen years of age and he was thrity-six. Two years after the wedding he deserted her, leaving her sick and without money or food. She sues for absolute divorce.
  • 19 Jul 1908 Emma Hudson began supplementary suit against William S. Hudson and the Fort Wayne Rolling Mills company for $100. She says her husband, who is employed at the mills, has failed to pay her the alimony ordered by the court when she sued him for divorce.
  • 19 Jul 1908 In the superior court Ella M. Essig was granted a divorce from Charles O. Essig and given the custody of their daughter. The charge was abandonment.
  • 21 Jul 1908 Lizzie Broeking filed suit for a divorce from Charles Broeking, charging him with spending his money for drink instead of supporting her and their three children. She asks for the restoration of her maiden name, custody of the three children and $500 alimony.
  • 21 Jul 1908 Charging that he knocked her down and rendered her partially unconscious and threated her so cruelly all the time that she was forced to leave him, Mary H. Ohse began action for a divorce from Joseph Ohse. She asked for a restraining order to prevent him from molesting her, and for alimony.
  • 21 Jul 1908 Adolph Schulte was given a divorce from Maria G. Schulte. Acting Judge Yaple gave the plaintiff the custody of the two minor children and ordered him to pay defendant $150 alimony.
  • 22 Jul 1908 Mrs. Minnie Ellison asks for a decree of divorce from William H. Ellison and $500 alimony. The charge is that the husband is unfit and fails to provide for his family.
  • 22 Jul 1908 Clara M. Schrader sues for a decree of divorce from Reuben E. Schrader. The complaint charges that the husband has falsely accused his wife, abused her and she wants the custody of their three children.
  • 22 Jul 1908 Etta Laughrey was granted a divorce from William Laughrey in the superior court.
  • 22 Jul 1908 In the divorce case of Adoph Schulte vs. Maria G. Schulte, the defendant filed a motion to set aside the judgment. The plaintiff was granted a divorce several days ago.
  • 23 Jul 1908 Mrs. Maria G. Schulte's motion to set aside the judgment granting her husband, Adolph a divorce, was overruled by Acting Judge Yaple and the divorce decree stands.
  • 25 Jul 1908 William S. Hudson vs. Emma Hudson, containing charges that the wife's ungovernable temper made it impossible for the plaintiff to live with her. He says she attacked him at different time with a butcher knife and a pair of shears, and once tried to scald him with a kettle of boiling water. He accuses her of beating her little children until their bodies were masses of bruises, and he asks for a divorce and the custody of the children. The Husdons have been having trouble in the courts for months, the wife having sued for a divorce some months ago.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Helena May Campbell accuses Ira A. Campbell of treatment, which if true, would brand Campbell as one of the most inhuman men in town. The nature of her charge, however, is such that it cannot be printed. They were married August 28, 1907, and separated on July 20. They have a child only a month old and Mrs. Campbell wants its custody, alimony to the amount of $500 and an allowance of $10 a month. She charges that Campbell never provided her with clothes and that she was forced to borrow from friends and neighbors. An order was issued by Acting Judge Yaple tying- up Campbell's wages pending the suit.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Florence Kramer wants a divorce from Mathias Kramer. She charges that he abandoned her on January 15, 1904. They were married on October 11, 1903, and she alleges that before he abandoned her he failed to support her and that he would come home drunk, annoy her and strike her son by a former marriage just to worry her.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Howard Hanthorn filed in the superior court a complaint for divorce for Murilla A. Coby from William Coby. She charges drunkenness and cruelty. She says that he has just finished a fifteen day's jail sentence for drunkenness. They have three children and she wants their custody.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Acting Judge Yaple granted a decree to Jennie Smith, divorcing her from John Smith. She charged abandonment Mrs. Smith was given the custody of their child.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Mabel Ehrlich, who is suing for a divorce from Henry Ehrlich, secured an order citing the Hamilton National bank to appear in court and disclose the amount of money the defendant has on deposit.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Henry Rudert was ordered to pay money into court for his wife's support and also to pay her attorneys in the case pending for a divorce. The wife, Louise, is the plaintiff.
  • 25 Jul 1908 Maggie Pearl McClain asked that her husband, Thomas, be cited for contempt for failing to obey an order of court issued in the divorce proceeding instituted by her.
  • 25 Jul 1908 In the case of Ralph Spangler vs. Emma Spangler, for divorce, the husband was ordered to support his wife pending the hearing.
  • 26 Jul 1908 Zeal Shindelbecker sued for a divorce from Della Shindelbecker, who deserted him. His application was at once submitted to Judge Yaple and the divorce was granted. The defendant was given permission to reassume her maiden name, Harden, provided she wants to, and Mr. Shindelbecker is willing that she shall.
  • 26 Jul 1908 Grace Renier asked that her divorced husband, Frederick Renier, be cited for contempt of court for failing to pay her allowance as ordered.
  • 26 Jul 1908 Zoie E. Gambier complained that her husband wasn't obeying the order of the divorce court regarding her allowance and Albert was cited to appear and show why he should not be punished for contempt.
  • 28 Jul 1908 Minnie D. Houser sues for a divorce from David E. Houser, to whom she was married in 1887. She says that for the past two years he has not supported her and has abused her. She asks for the custody of their two children.
  • 29 Jul 1908 Special Judge Yaple heard the evidence in the divorce case of Charles A. Drake vs. Marie Drake in the superior court.
  • 29 Jul 1908 Mrs. Etta R. Brokaw sues for a decree of divorce from Samuel F. Brokaw and $500 alimony. Mrs. Brokaw charges her husband with neglect, that she has been forced to work for a living, to take in washing and do hard labor. The husband, who is employed on the Nickel Plate railway, is restrained from molesting his wife or disturbing their affairs until the case is heard.
  • 30 Jul 1908 In the superior court Acting Judge Yaple granted to Charles A. Drake a decree of divorce from Maire Drake.
  • 30 Jul 1908 In the superior court Acting Judge Yaple granted to Sylvanus Jones a decree of divorce from Orin P. Jones.
  • 31 Jul 1908 In the superior court action Judge Yaple granted to Lottie O. Manier a decree of divorce from Joseph P. Manier and restored the woman's maiden name, Walters. The case has been under consideration for some time and the husband will have to pay the costs.

  • 01 Aug 1908 Emma Hudson began another action in the superior court to-day against William S. Hudson demanding that he be compelled to support her. One suit she had already commenced had practically been dismissed by Judge Heaton, but the matter had not been fully disposed of until this morning when Special Judge Yaple decided he had no jurisdiction and could only carry out the order of the regular judge.
  • 04 Aug 1908 Maria Deffenbaugh filed suit for a divorce from Edward L. Diffenbaugh, an employee of the rolling mills. They were married May 30, 1907, and on Sunday she claims he drove her from home, threatening to kill her. She says soon after their marriage he began abusing her, frequently beat her and knocked her down and promised to "finish her." Her attorneys secured a restraining order enjoining the rolling mills company from paying the defendant his wages pending the hearing of the suit.
  • 04 Aug 1908 Minnie A. Bitsberger says that William, her husband, deserted her last March, after she had endured his abuse eight years. Acting Judge Morris issued a restraining order preventing the Fort Wayne Electric works from paying the defendant's wages while the suit is going on.
  • 05 Aug 1908 Catherine Smith began action for a divorce from Jacob Smith, to whom she was married in 1899. She says he took her to the train on June 14, 1906, and sent her away, telling her not to come back, that he was tired of her. He has not supported her since.
  • 05 Aug 1908 Sarah Woods Betz filed a petition in the superior court asking for a modification of the decree which divorced her from Franklin Woods two years ago. The decree gave her the custody of her two sons and $500 alimony, to be paid in monthly installments of $15 each. She says the money was never paid and that she was forced to support the two boys. Of late the elder son has been working, helping her to care for the younger boy, who is mentally afflicted and in need of constant attention. A few weeks ago, she claims, the husband and father enticed the elder boy away from her, leaving her absolutely upon her own resources. She asks for $450 and that the monthly payments be increased to $25 per month.
  • 06 Aug 1908 Etta R. Brokaw was granted a divorce from Samuel F. Brokaw.
  • 06 Aug 1908 Mary L. Mertz, who entered suit in the superior court, July 1, asking for a limited separation from Peter B. Mertz yesterday filed new paragraphs demanding an absolute divorce, citing the fact that he paraded before their home locked arms with another woman and to annoy her boasted that he was supporting this woman. The name was not given in the complaint. Merz is also charged with a number of other things. In the first place his wife says that he neglected for two years to support her, struck her, cursed her, called her bad names and struck their child when it was only two weeks old. She also says he falsely accused her of infidelity. She demands $1 a month for her support and that of the child.
  • 07 Aug 1908 Charles Gaylord in a divorce suit filed in the superior court says that his wife, Elia Gaylord, abandoned him on March 24, 1906, after a married life of two years. He also charges cruelty prior to the desertion.
  • 07 Aug 1908 Louis J. Wightman filed suit for a divorce from Frances M. Wightman, he alleges that after marriage his wife became addicted to the use of liquor; that she neglected her house and allowed it to become dirty; that she neglected her personal appearance and that in last January she went to Marion, where she was arrested and fined.
  • 08 Aug 1908 Matilda Lyons has filed suit in the superior court against Charles Lyons, demanding a divorce. The complaint was withdrawn from the files.
  • 08 Aug 1908 By agreement of the parties the case of Maria Diffenbaugh vs. Edward L. Diffenbaugh was dismissed.
  • 08 Aug 1908 The Houser divorce case, which was filed some time ago, was disposed of in the superior court to-day, when Mrs. Minnie M. Houser was granted a divorce from David E. Houser and given the custody of their two children. She charged failure to provide.
  • 09 Aug 1908 Mary M. Ohse was granted a divorce from Joseph Ohse and her maiden name, Keil was restored.
  • 09 Aug 1908 Grace H. Renier was granted a divorce from Frederick J. Ranier. She was given alimony in the sum of $1,000 and the custody of her three children, the youngest of whom are twins nine months old.
  • 09 Aug 1908 Alleging that her husband, Edward Cunningham, bought her only one dress and one pair of shoes during their married life of two years; that she was forced to work for a living; that her husband associated with immoral women and spent his money on them, and that on several occasions she had the police take his money from resorts on the flats, May Cunningham was a divorce. A restraining order was issued tying up Cunningham's wages.
  • 11 Aug 1908 Florence M. Waters filed suit in the superior court Monday afternoon for a divorce from Albert L. Waters. The defendant is one of the best-known teachers in the schools of this county, but his wife's description of her troubles puts the gentleman in an unfavorable light as a trainer of youth. She says they were married in 1897 and have five children, the youngest a babe of nine months. She was force to leave him after he had kicked and beaten her and she says this form of abuse was a habit with him. In addition, he has an ungovernable temper and used vile language in the presence of their little children. She secured a restraining order to keep him away from her home, on the St. Joe road, pending the hearing of the case.
  • 11 Aug 1908 Mona C. Koehler filed suit for a divorce from Michael A. Koehler, to whom she was married less than a month ago. She says he drinks to excess and began beating her a week after the wedding. She demands $1,000 alimony, the restoration of her maiden name, Lew, and applied for and got a restraining order to keep Michael from selling or mortgaging his real estate.
  • 13 Aug 1908 Marguerite Master sues for a divorce from John Master and $1,000 alimony. According to the complaint, the husband is enamored of one Jane Eninger; that since last May he has refused to recognize her as his wife. She says he spends all of the time he is not at work or asleep in the company of the Eninger woman, and that he has given her only .25 cents to buy food and clothing with. In addition he is charged with using bad language toward her, calling her bad names and with having threatened her with violence if she applied for a divorce. A restraining order was asked to prevent him for molesting her.
  • 13 Aug 1908 Mary Potter asks for a decree of divorce from Eugene Potter, who is accused of abusing the plaintiff. He accuses her of being unchaste and finally the husband struck the plaintiff and knocked her down.
  • 13 Aug 1908 Clarence Miller sues for a decree of divorce from Rose M. Miller. He accuses the wife of frowning on him, in fact she does not hesitate, he says, to tell him that she married beneath her station and tolerated him for his money alone.
  • 13 Aug 1908 Ida Davidson sues for a decree of divorce from William Davidson because he abused her, struck her and knocked her down and is unfit to live with.
  • 15 Aug 1908 Isabella Johnson filed suit in the superior court Friday asking for a divorce from Dr. George Johnson, a well- known dentist. She was married to Johnson in 1903, and says she was force to leave him in May of this year because of his brutal treatment. She says he called her names to vile to commit to paper, and frequently threatened her life. She asks for $2,500 alimony and secured a restraining order preventing him from drawing any money from the banks or disposing of his property.
  • 15 Aug 1908 William F. Shuey was granted a divorce from Minnie Shuey by Acting Judge Morris.
  • 15 Aug 1908 In the case of Mary H. Osborne vs. Charles H. Osborne Judge Morris granted a divorce to the defendant upon his cross-complaint.
  • 15 Aug 1908 The divorce suit instituted several days ago by Florence M. Waters against Prof. Albert Waters was dismissed on motion of the plaintiff.
  • 18 Aug 1908 Florence J. Marquardt's uncontrollable appetite for "whiskey straight" is the cause of unutterable woe in the household over which she and her husband, Frederick N. Marquardt, presided jointly. Frederick filed a suit for a divorce in the superior court Monday afternoon, and accuses his wife of spending for liquor all the money he could earn as a sewer contractor, even buying liquor on credit and having it charged to the plaintiff. The complaint says that Florence "throws out more with a spoon than the plaintiff can supply with a shovel; she saves at the spigot and wastes at the bunghole," and therefore he has not been able to save any money. The Marquardts were married in 1904 and separated twice on account of the wife's bibulousness. Each time she promised to reform and Frederick Took her again to his bosom, but she broke her promise and began going on prolonged sprees.
  • 18 Aug 1908 Esther A. Smith says that her husband, Charles E. Smith, to whom she was married in 1892, has threatened to kill her and boasts of his relation with other women. She says there are now in her possession letters from other women asking about the gay Charlie. Smith is a saloonkeeper on West Main street, and the wife asks the custody of their two children and an injunction to prevent him from disposing of his property.
  • 18 Aug 1908 Mrs. Fern L. Manor filed suit in the superior court for divorce from Floyd Manor. She charges failure to support and alleges that he called her vile names and treated her cruelly. They were married on February 1, 1907, and have no children.
  • 18 Aug 1908 Thomas McClain, who is defendant in a divorce suit brought by his wife, Maggie Pearl McClain, was in the superior court on contempt proceedings brought about by his failure to pay some money into court Saturday. He paid the money and was absolved.
  • 22 Aug 1908 Acting Judge Samuel L. Morris, presiding in the superior court, granted to Rosa M. Miller a decree of divorce from Clarence Miller.
  • 22 Aug 1908 Charles E. Vought sues for a decree of divorce from Grace Vought.
  • 23 Aug 1908 John Masters filed an answer and cross-complaint to the suit instituted by his wife, Margaret, several days ago for a divorce. Masters is sixty-one years of age and is watchman for the Wabash Railway company at the Broadway crossing. He says he saved enough, out of his meager wages to buy a home on Fox avenue worth $1,000. There is a mortgage on the place still, but everything was going well until the fair Margaret set her wiles to ensnare him. He says she represented that she had many thousands of dollars and much property at Huntington, and if he married her she would raise the mortgage on his home. He married her last April and found that she had neither money nor property. She wanted him to deed his little home to her, and when he refused she threatened to kill him or if she could not do it her son would. All these things and other examples of ill treatment are set forth in the cross-complaint.
  • 25 Aug 1908 William C. Kelley filed suit for a divorce from Edna C. Kelley, who, he charges, deserted him two years ago.
  • 25 Aug 1908 Crissie Clapesattle began action for a divorce from Monroe E. Clapesattle, a farmer of Lake township. She charges him with habitual drunkenness, and says he beats her with his fists when intoxicated. They were married in June 1907, and separated Sunday. Mrs. Clapesattle wants $1,000 alimony and her maiden name, Hutson restored.
  • 25 Aug 1908 Acting Judge Morris granted Ida Neible Miller a divorce from Franklin P. Miller. He was charged with beating her and bad conduct generally.
  • 25 Aug 1908 Some spicy evidence was heard in the divorce suit of Charles L. Gaylord vs. Ella Gaylord, and the hearing was continued.
  • 25 Aug 1908 Mrs. Ellen Parker, of Perry township filed suit in the superior court for divorce from Charles H. Parker. She charges that Parker is a habitual drunkard and asks for the custody of their five children. She secured an order requiring parker to keep away from home pending the hearing of the suit.
  • 26 Aug 1908 Henry Ehrlich was cited to appear before Judge Heaton to-day to answer to contempt proceedings growing out of the divorce proceedings instituted by his wife, Mabel.
  • 26 Aug 1908 Pearl G. Hays was granted a divorce from Frank Hays.
  • 27 Aug 1908 Charles L. Gaylord was granted a decree of divorce from Ella Gaylord.
  • 28 Aug 1908 Judge Heaton granted Bessie Frizzell a divorce from Elias Frizzell.
  • 28 Aug 1908 Attorney Phil Colerick, representing the defendant, filed a motion for a new trial in the sensational divorce suit of Lottie Manier against Joseph Manier. Mrs. Manier was granted a divorce in the superior court some weeks ago. Mr. Colerick states in his motion that he had discovered new evidence in connection with a visit of Mrs. Manier to Columbia City, a little trip that figured in the former trial of the case.
  • 28 Aug 1908 Judge Heaton heard a part of the evidence in the divorce case of Fannie Bailey against Floyd Bailey.
  • 29 Aug 1908 Judge Heaton in the superior court granted to Mrs. Fannie Bailey a decree of divorce from Floyd Bailey and restored the plaintiff's maiden name, Strasser.
  • 31 Aug 1908 Rosa Burkle has instituted suit for a decree of divorce and $1,000 alimony from Paul Burkle because he questioned her chastity and conduct falsely.

  • 01 Sep 1908 William Hachmyer told a convincing story of his wife's shortcomings to Judge Heaton Monday, and he got a divorce within two hours after he had commenced suit. He married the woman last December, and he says she required him to give up his employment in the Pennsylvania ships and purchase a farm. She drove his children by a former marriage from home by her ill treatment and became a habitual scold.
  • 01 Sep 1908 Ferne L. Manor was granted a divorce from Floyd Manor, and her maiden name, Carey, was restored to her.
  • 01 Sep 1908 Arguments were heard in Joseph Manier's motion for a new trial of his divorce suit, and Judge Heaton will render a decision to-day.
  • 01 Sep 1908 Charles Valentine, in a complaint for divorce from Bessie Valentine, says he forgave her twice when she deserted him and returned to him, but recently she went away a third time, taking one of the children and leaving him in care of the other two.
  • 02 Sep 1908 Judge Heaton granted William C. Kelley a divorce from Edna Kelley on the score of abandonment.
  • 02 Sep 1908 Elsie E. Cook filed a cross-complaint in answer to the petition for a divorce filed recently by her husband, Elmer M. Cook. She claims he has called her vulgar names in the presence of others, on one occasion knocked her down and threatened to kick her off the farm.
  • 02 Sep 1908 Will S. Einsel sues for a decree of divorce from Martha J. Einsel because she has, he avers, been too gay with other men.
  • 02 Sep 1908 Mrs. Adaline Smith, the wife of Christian Smith, who on August 26 was given a thirty-day jail sentence, in the city court for wife beating, has filed suit for divorce. The couple were married eleven years ago and in addition to charging that he beat her, Mrs. Smith alleges that he failed to provide for her and that he is an habitual drunkard.
  • 05 Sep 1908 William J. Meyers sues for a decree of divorce from Laura Meyers.
  • 06 Sep 1908 Mrs. Helena May Campbell was granted a divorce from Ira S. Campbell and awarded the custody of their child.
  • 06 Sep 1908 In the case of Margaret Masters vs. John Masters, Judge Heaton granted the husband a divorce on his cross complaint but decreed that he pay his wife $60 alimony.
  • 06 Sep 1908 Mrs. Crissie Clapssattle was granted a decree of divorce from Monroe Clapsattle and her maiden name, Huston is restored.
  • 06 Sep 1908 A division of property, agreed to by the parties was approved by the court. The judge took the divorce case of Matilda Lyons vs. Charles Lyons under consideration.
  • 09 Sep 1908 Augusta Louise Stanford filed suit in the superior court for a divorce from Charles H. Stanford, who deserted her in July, 1905, a year after their marriage, leaving her with an infant to support.
  • 09 Sep 1908 Ernest H. Henschen began action for a divorce from Pearl C. Henschen, who he says, is possessed of an ungovernable temper and had a habit of emphasizing her forceful remarks with a pitchfork, a knife or a club.
  • 09 Sep 1908 Mrs. Hannah Clifford, who several weeks ago began action for a divorce from Joseph Clifford, asked Judge Heaton for an injunction restraining her husband and Ellen Aker from Molesting her or visiting her at her home, on West Main street. She alleged that the husband and the Aker woman conspired to make her life a burden and she feared that she was in danger. The order was issued immediately.
  • 09 Sep 1908 The divorce case of Dr. Frederick J. Schultz vs. Grace Schultz was heard and argued. The wife is resisting the husband's suit and put up a stiff resistance. Judge Heaton took the case under advisement.
  • 10 Sep 1908 Matilda J. Weaver asks for a decree of divorce from Benj. Weaver and $1,000 alimony.
  • 11 Sep 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted a divorce to Charles and Bessie Valentine and awarded to each, one of their children. Attorney George Kichler, of Churubusco, appeared for Mrs. Valentine and stated that he was there simply to prevent the husband from obtaining the custody of the youngest child which is about two years old. He said that he had talked with client and that all he had been able to get her to say was that she had lost all love for her husband and that she could not under any circumstance live with him again. Mr. Valentine had no complaint to off except that his wife had on three different occasions picked up and left his home going to that of her parents. When she lived with him she was a good wife. Mr. Kichler said that the wife had no fault to find with the complaintant and stated that he was a good provided and was kind to his wife but that for some reason which even she could not account for she had no more love for him and the thought of living with him under those conditions was repugnant. "Is there anybody else she wants to marry?" asked the judge. "Not as I know of," answered Valentine and the attorney vouched for her. "Is there a physical aliment that has brought this about?" again asked the judge. "Well, she was sickly for about a year," said Valentine. "I don't think her health has anything to do with it," interposed the attorney, "she was cutting corn when I saw her this morning." The court, after hearing both sides to the controversy , felt that it could not make hearts grow fonder of each other and "divorce" was written on the docket.
  • 11 Sep 1908 Frank J. Schott in his divorce complaint against Hazel Schott says that she is addicted to the excessive use of drink and adds that she has fractured her marriage vows. She is twenty-three years old and her maiden name is given in the complaint as Bernenkant. They were married July 3, 1907, and lived together until September 5, of this year.
  • 11 Sep 1908 Carlton T. Root filed in the circuit court a plea for the modification of a former divorce decree so as to allow him the custody of his child. The matter will be presented later for argument.
  • 12 Sep 1908 Inez Evans asks for a divorce and alimony from Peral C. Evans on the ground of cruelty.
  • 12 Sep 1908 Mary A. Mabus asks for a divorce from Conrad Mabus.
  • 13 Sep 1908 Dr. Fred Schultz was granted a decree of divorce from Grace Schultz, but the husband must pay his wife $700 alimony. The case was considered by Judge Heaton.
  • 13 Sep 1908 Mrs. Edna Ersig began proceedings for divorce from Charles Ersig. Mrs. Ersig says her husband struck her, knocked her down and cruelly beat her and when she complained of being ill her struck and cursed her, demanding that she go out and procure work. She say she was finally forced to work as a domestic to make a living. The Ersigs were married on June 6, 1907, and separated on September 1, 1908. The wife demands $500 alimony.
  • 13 Sep 1908 Josephine Finley, colored, wants a decree of divorce from her husband William Finley, also colored, and the husband is restrained by the court against molesting or annoying the plaintiff until the cause in action is heard. William, according to his wife has a habit of taking his razor to bed with him and inasmuch as he had threatened to carve her several time, the close proximity of the keen blade disturbed her slumbers. She wants to be separated.
  • 13 Sep 1908 In the circuit court the divorce case of Mathilda J. Weaver against Benjamin F. Weaver was dismissed by agreement.
  • 13 Sep 1908 Judge Heaton dissolved an order in the divorce case of Hanna Clifford against Joseph Clifford, forbidding the husband from visiting his home and disposing of his property.
  • 16 Sep 1908 Jennie M. Young wants a decree of divorce from William R. Young who has been brutal and abusive.
  • 17 Sep 1908 The case of Minnie Fahising against John Fahising was on trial in the superior court. He is making a fight to prevent a judgment against him for alimony.
  • 17 Sep 1908 Mrs. Martha Timmis has brought suit in the superior court for divorce from William W. Timmis. She charges that her husband treated her cruelly and was so addicted to drink that he suffered with delirium tremens. The two were married in 1884.
  • 17 Sep 1908 The divorce suit of Adeline Smith against Christian Smith was dismissed by Judge Heaton.
  • 18 Sep 1908 Pliny Dillon asks a divorce from Rose Dillon, to whom he was married November 26, 1905. He alleges that a month after their marriage she deserted him and that while he has always been willing to welcome her return, she has never come back.
  • 18 Sep 1908 Minnie D. Falising was granted a divorce from John Fahising and given $500 alimony.
  • 18 Sep 1908 Judge Heaton granted a divorce to Mary E. Fueilgraff from Robert A. Fueligraff.
  • 20 Sep 1908 The divorce case of Matilda Lyons vs. Charles Lyons was on trial in the superior court and went over until Monday.
  • 20 Sep 1908 Leona Conner begins action for a decree of divorce from Alden Morton Conner and she charges her husband and the father of her child with abusing her, striking her and knocking her down stairs, terrible things to believe of a man. And if true there ought to be something besides a divorce handed down in the case.
  • 20 Sep 1908 Catherine Smith was granted a divorce from Jacob Smith by Judge Heaton in the superior court to-day. The court also restored her maiden name of DeVille.
  • 20 Sep 1908 In a divorce complaint filed in the superior court by William P. Dolan, road foreman of the Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction company, recited that in February 1908, he was awakened from sleep one night to find his wife, Anna Dolan standing over him and pointing a loaded revolver at his head. He alleges that she threatened to kill him and that afterward she expressed her regret at not having done so. Jealousy, without cause, Dolan alleges, was at the bottom of his wife's actions, and he says she even tried to keep him from speaking to friends or acquaintances, both men and women, whom he passed on the street. Dolan alleges that his wife falsely accused him and insisted that he once tried to poison her, another time tried to shoot her, and another time tried to cut her with a knife. He says he frequently came home and found his meals unprepared and nothing nourishing to eat in the house. He states that in order to appease his wife he had at times turned property over to her and he now wants to recover such property to the amount of $2,500. He also asks the custody of their one child. The Dolans were married October 26, 1907, and separated on June 24, 1908, shortly after, he alleges, she had thrown his clothing out and locked the doors on him.
  • 20 Sep 1908 Anna McMills and Charles McMills separated on the 23rd. of December, 1907. The wife, in a divorce complaint, says the separation was due to abuse and the threats of her husband to kill her. Judge Heaton heard a part of the evidence in the case and took the case under advisement. Mrs. McMills wants the custody of their two children.
  • 20 Sep 1908 John Coudret, in a divorce suit filed in the superior court against Ellen Coudret, charges her with associating with other men and swearing in front of two of their three children, the third having been adopted in a good home. The Coudret's were married Feb. 1, 1901, and separated Jun 3 last.
  • 24 Sep 1908 Judge Heaton heard evidence and arguments in the divorce case of Matilda Lyons vs. Charles Lyons. A decision will be given this morning.
  • 25 Sep 1908 In the divorce trial of Inez Evans vs. Pearl C. Evans, James B. Harper presided as special judge in the superior court. Mrs. Evans established her right to a divorce and Judge Harper restored her maiden name, Inez Donner.
  • 25 Sep 1908 Samuel Miller sues for a decree of divorce from Lottie Miller in the circuit court and the complaint was withdrawn from the files.
  • 25 Sep 1908 Nannie Stearns asks a divorce from William H. Stearns because he falsely accused her of infidelity. She complains that he had a habit of leaving the house ostensibly to go to work and returning a few minutes to demand of her the name of the man who called during his absence. He did not confine his inquiries to her but asked the children. She also says he refused to move off Chicago street at her request.
  • 26 Sep 1908 Mrs. Roxie Roy was granted a decree of divorce from Joseph Roy by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 27 Sep 1908 The case of Magdelena Hamilton against Harry Hamilton, her husband, for desertion occupied the attention of Judge Heaton yesterday, but was not finished.
  • 27 Sep 1908 John G. Mueller sues for a decree of divorce from Caroline Mueller.
  • 29 Sep 1908 Judge Heaton granted Frank Schott a divorce from Hazel Schott. The defendant was accused of drunkenness and made no defense.
  • 30 Sep 1908 Calvin Christen sues for a divorce from Mary Christen, accusing her of continually quarreling and nagging and refusing to sustain marital relations or to perform her housewifely duties.
  • 30 Sep 1908 The case of Lewis J. Weightman vs. Frances M. Weightman is on trial in the superior court. The young wife is putting up a spirited fight against the charge of drunkenness which her husband makes against her and on the witness stand she ascribed their troubles to his infatuation for another girl.

  • 01 Oct 1908 William Einsel was granted a decree of divorce from Martha Einsel by Judge Heaton. The wife withdrew her cross complaint.
  • 01 Oct 1908 On complaint of Mrs. Miller, Joseph F. Miller will have to appear in court before Judge Heaton October 8 and show cause why he does not comply with orders to support his children.
  • 01 Oct 1908 Lena McCarthy begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Andrew J. McCarthy.
  • 01 Oct 1908 The Weightman divorce case was not ready to argue and it was continued for another day by Judge Heaton.
  • 02 Oct 1908 Mrs. Nettie B. Seibert sues for a decree of divorce from Charles C. Seibert and also the custody of their child. The husband is charged with cruelty, with striking his wife and finally driving her from home.
  • 02 Oct 1908 Mary Belle Steward sues for a decree of divorce from James L. Stewart. The husband is accused of brutality, of treating his wife like a slave, of making her work like one. She says her husband moved every time the rent became due and made life a hardship for her, without cause or provocation.
  • 02 Oct 1908 Ethel Clampitt was granted a decree of divorce from William Clampitt by Judge O'Rourke. The husband was accused of abandoning his wife.
  • 02 Oct 1908 Mrs. Frances M. Wightman, after a week's trial of the cause, was granted a decree of divorce from Louis J. Wightman. A lot of sensational testimony was introduced and in the end the preponderance of evidence and sympathy was with the wife. Judge Heaton granted to her a decree of divorce.
  • 02 Oct 1908 Mrs. Myrtle Kull begins action for a decree of divorce from William Kull and the Pennsylvania railroad, for which he works, is made a party to the suit until the question of $1,000 alimony is settled.
  • 03 Oct 1908 Mrs. Wightman was not granted a decree of divorce by Judge Heaton as stated, the finding of the court was simply in her favor and the husband is required to pay costs and attorney fees.
  • 03 Oct 1908 The Dolan divorce case was heard in the superior court. The question of tying up the finances of Mr. Dolan until the divorce and alimony is decided by Judge Heaton being upper-most.
  • 04 Oct 1908 Mrs. Jennie E. T. Jarrett asks for a decree of divorce from James V. Jarrett, who is charged with neglecting his wife and children, with doing nothing towards their support or sustenance.
  • 04 Oct 1908 Mrs. Lillian Wilson wants a bill of divorce from Talbott Wilson, who does not support her or the children. Mr. Wilson, the wife complains he is a drinking man and unfit to have the custody of the children and she asks that they be given to her for the alleged reason that he has threatened her bodily harm in event she sued for divorce a restraining order was issued to prevent him from interfering with her. Mrs. Wilson charges that he struck her, used profane language toward her and frequented saloons with other women. He is accused of having failed for four years to provide for her and the children.
  • 04 Oct 1908 Mrs. Belle Thomas complains that Frank L. Thomas deserted her. They were married Dec. 3, 1899, and lived together until Oct 1, 1906. He is a brick mason and is charged with having failed for two years to support his wife. He has a horse or two and some personal property and a restraining order was issued to prevent him from disposing of his possessions.
  • 04 Oct 1908 Mrs. Clara Taylor instituted a divorce action in the circuit court against Newton Taylor to whom she was married the first day of last February, and says among other things that he forced her and a child of two years by a former marriage to sleep on the bare floor and that he beat the little one with more violence that was necessary. She also says that he locked both of them out of the house in Monroeville on a visit and in her absence he disposed of all the furniture and notified her to come and get her trunk.
  • 06 Oct 1908 Mrs. Dessie E. Krom begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Leroy Krom, who is characterized as a very profane man and who hurls the vilest sort of epithets and vulgar names at his wife when anything goes wrong at home. She says it is impossible to live with him.
  • 08 Oct 1908 In the case of Calvin Christen vs. Mary Christen for divorce, evidence was heard by Judge O'Rourke, but no action taken.
  • 08 Oct 1908 In a divorce complaint filed in the superior court yesterday Mrs. Lynne Tandy alleges that her husband, Herman Tandy, threw her out of their home at 455 Montgomery street after he had struck her several blows with his fists and then refused to give her her clothing. They were married January 29, 1903, and she charges that he has frequently called her vile name, wrongfully accused her of infidelity, assaulted, struck and injured her. She says her sister's clothes are also in the house and she asks the court to grant her an order to go to the house and get the stuff.
  • 08 Oct 1908 William S. Hudson was granted a divorce from Emma Hudson by Judge Heaton after a legal battle that has been waged for some time. She was given permission to see the children an hour each week, and he is charged with the payment to her of $120 alimony in installments. Hudson retains the custody of their children.
  • 08 Oct 1908 Bertha Timmons testified in her divorce suit against William W. Timmons that he had not been entirely sober in twenty years and that he is now in jail, having been sent over for drunkenness after he was cured of delirium tremens. She was granted a decree of divorce.
  • 10 Oct 1908 William L. Benedict began suit for a divorce from Sarah C. Benedict. The complaint was withdrawn from the files.
  • 10 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton dismissed the divorce suit of Jennie Young vs. William Young after the parties had taken his advice and made up.
  • 10 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton dismissed the divorce case of Kull vs. Kull, the couple having adjusted their troubles and agreed to live together again.
  • 11 Oct 1908 John J. Murphy filed suit for a divorce from Catherine Murphy, who deserted him in 1903, after they had lived together for thirty years.
  • 11 Oct 1908 Joseph Manier filed suit in the superior court to have the decree of divorce granted to his wife set aside. He claims that since the divorce was granted his wife, he learned that his wife had another husband living in Chicago at the time she married him, and that there is no record that the first marriage has ever been dissolved.
  • 13 Oct 1908 Elizabeth Kellermeier filed suit for a divorce from J. C. Kellermeier who, she says, is a habitual drunkard, shiftless, and forces her to support herself and baby. He is abusive in his conduct and a few days ago, she alleges, he threatened to kill her with a butcher knife, and in fear she left their home and sought refuge for herself and babe with her mother.
  • 13 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton granted Magdalena Hamilton a divorce from Harry Hamilton, but coupled the degree with a clause prohibiting the woman from marrying within two years.
  • 13 Oct 1908 Sadie F. Latham filed suit for a divorce from True Latham, whom she married in 1897, and who, she alleges deserted her and her babies in 1902, after having abused her throughout the period of their cohabitation. She asks for the custody of their two children and $5 a month for their support.
  • 14 Oct 1908 Mathias Ensch was granted a decree of divorce on his cross complaint by Judge O'Rourke and the custody of their three children as well. The suit was instituted by his wife, Mrs. Anna Ensch.
  • 15 Oct 1908 Mrs. Florence Swaidner sues for a limited separation of one year from Vernon L. Swaidner, a school teacher in Springfield township, and Trustee Zimmerman has been enjoined by Judge Heaton from paying him and of his salary, until the case come up for hearing. The Swaidners have been married less than a year, the ceremony having place November 27, 1907. The wife cites in her complaint that her husband deserted her on October 4, without marking any provision for her support, and that there is such constant strife between them that it is impossible for them to live together. She says he has personal property of the value of $1,200 and that he earns $1,000 a year, and Mrs. Swaidner pleads for support.
  • 15 Oct 1908 Mrs. Martha Richter files action for a divorce in the superior court and says that Hugo Richter, employed as a machinist at the Bass works, drinks up all his wages and fails to properly provide for her and their two children, aged twelve and eleven years. She adds that for five years he has beaten and abused her until her shoulders, face and body bore blue and black marks as evidence of his brutality. A restraining order was issued to prevent him from drawing his wages or disposing of any of their household goods until the further order of the court.
  • 15 Oct 1908 In the suit of Lottie against Joseph Manier an application was made in the superior court for a change of venue from Judge O. N. Heaton.
  • 16 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton granted Raymond E. Clark a divorce from Anna E. Clark. The woman did not appear, and it is said she is living with another man in Virginia.
  • 17 Oct 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted John C. Mueller a divorce from Caroline Mueller.
  • 17 Oct 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted Calvin Christen a divorce from Mary Christen.
  • 17 Oct 1908 Lydia E. Anderson sued for a divorce from Henry Anderson, who, she says, often beat her, once breaking her nose with a blow of his fist, and on another occasion knocking her down and rendering her unconscious. In addition she says he did not support her. Judge O'Rourke granted a restraining order forbidding the Seavey Hardware company to pay the defendant's wages pending trial of the case.
  • 20 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton dismissed the divorce case of Myrtle Kull vs. William Kull, the parties having settled their differences.
  • 21 Oct 1908 Mrs. Belle Thomas objected to supporting her husband, Frank E. Thomas, a bricklayer, according to her evidence in the superior court, and Judge Heaton granted her a decree of divorce. The couple were married in 1899 and the wife testified that about the only thing her husband ever contributed to her support was a set of cheap furs which he gave her. Mrs. Thomas was awarded alimony in the sum of $300.
  • 21 Oct 1908 William L. Benedict, a Wells street saloonkeeper, was granted a divorce from Sarah C. Benedict by Acting Judge S. M. Hench in the circuit court. Benedict said his wife made life miserable for him by falsely accusing him. The wife made no contest of the case.
  • 21 Oct 1908 Lucretia May Granger says in a complaint filed in the superior court that Kearney L. Granger has called her names that are so vile she was ashamed to put them in her divorce petition. She charges that he has failed for two years to provide for her and has struck her with his fists. He is a locomotive engineer on the Nickel Plate and she demands $500 alimony and asks that he be restrained from drawing his wages.
  • 22 Oct 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Hannah Clifford a decree of divorce from Joseph Clifford and also awarded the wife $3,300 alimony. She asked for $15,000.
  • 22 Oct 1908 In her testimony before Judge Heaton Mrs. Jennie E. T. Jarrett, who is suing for divorce from James V. Jarrett she stated that since her marriage in 1891 she had lived in thirty-nine different houses and had been put out of sixteen of them for non-payment of rent. Jarrett did scarcely anything for her. The case was not concluded.
  • 23 Oct 1908 Lottie Collins begins action against Louis J. Collins for support. The husband is accused of deserting his wife in distress and leaving her penniless. The G. R. and I. railroad is made party and Collins' wages will be attached.
  • 23 Oct 1908 In a cross-complaint filed in the superior court, Eugene Potter says that his wife has an affinity in the person of George Poyser and that she loves him even if he is a married man. The wife is May Potter and the couple has a family of small children. They were Married in 1892 and lived together until last August Potter says in his pleading that for a year or more before their separation his wife reused to go down town with him, but would be out four or five nights a week until 11 o'clock, leaving him at home with the children.
  • 25 Oct 1908 Judge O. N. Heaton granted Sadie Latham a divorce from True Latham and the wife got the custody of the children.
  • 25 Oct 1908 Leona Connor was granted a divorce from Alden Morton Connor and the custody of the children.
  • 25 Oct 1908 Blanche Morris filed suit for a divorce from James A. Morris, charging him with habitual drunkenness, beating her and failing to support her.
  • 25 Oct 1908 Elizabeth Giancy sues for a divorce from Edward Giancy.
  • 25 Oct 1908 Carrie J. Sawyer began action against her husband, Alva H. Sawyer to compel him to support her. He is manager here for the Burroughs Adding Machine company and his wife, whom he married last December, says he deserted her September 13 last.
  • 27 Oct 1908 Charles R. Stewart sues for a divorce from Pauline B. Steward, to whom he was married January 1, 1900. He charges that she deserted him on October, 1905.
  • 27 Oct 1908 In the superior court Martha Curlis was granted a divorce from Edward S. Curlis. Capt. H. W. Dickman, who represented her, fought against the payment of a fee of $5 to the prosecutor who appeared in the absence of the husband, but the judge ruled that where the defendant is not present the law relative to the payment must be observed. The evidence showed a plain case of desertion.

  • 01 Nov 1908 Celia Hall begins suit for a decree of divorce from Forest Hall.
  • 03 Nov 1908 Mrs. Emma M. Summers begins proceedings for divorce against Golvin Summers. The wife charges desertion and that the husband has made no provision for her support. He has money in Bluffton bank, and the court is asked to restrain payment of wages by the traction company until the decree is entered.
  • 06 Nov 1908 Special Judge Frank H. Kleekamp granted Martha Richter a divorce from Hugo Richter on the grounds of drunkenness, desertion and failure to provide. The wife was given the custody of their two children and was awarded alimony in the sum of $300.
  • 06 Nov 1908 Special Judge Frank H. Kleekamp hear evidence in the divorce suit of May Potter against Eugene Potter and took the matter under advisement until Friday morning.
  • 06 Nov 1908 David E. Rollins has filed suit in the circuit court for divorce from Nellie Rollins. He charges cruel treatment and neglect of her household. The couple have no children. They were married November 24, 1891, and separated August 1, 1908.
  • 07 Nov 1908 Mrs. May Potter was granted a decree of divorce from Eugene Potter by Acting Judge Frank H. Kleekamp, who also gave the wife custody of their children and $1,500 alimony.
  • 07 Nov 1908 Minnie J. Miller sues for a decree of divorce from James B. Miller.
  • 08 Nov 1908 On the application of Mrs. Cecelia Hall, Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining the News-Publishing company from paying wages to Forrest Hall until the action for divorce now pending is decided.
  • 10 Nov 1908 May Parker sues for a decree of divorce from Grant A. Parker.
  • 10 Nov 1908 Mattie E. Burscheidt has filed suit in the superior court against Herman J. Burscheidt, to whom she was married in St. Louis on May 1, 1905, asking a divorce and charging that for two years he has failed in provide for her. They separated last July and have no children. It is alleged in the complaint that he is generally known as Barrill for the reason that a sister of that name raised him. Her maiden name was Bristol.
  • 11 Nov 1908 Mary M. Parker, in the suit for divorce against Grant A. Parker, charges that he deserted her and their child and she has been compelled to work to support both of them. They were married July 4, 1889.
  • 12 Nov 1908 Augusta Louise Stanford was granted a decree of divorce from Charles H. Stanford in the superior court by Judge Heaton. The wife was given the custody of their child.
  • 12 Nov 1908 Mary Boyer was granted by Judge Heaton a decree of divorce from Noah Samuel Boyer.
  • 12 Nov 1908 Lydia E. Anderson was granted a divorce in the circuit court from Henry Anderson. He was charged with failure to provide and she alleged he had struck, kicked and choked her.
  • 13 Nov 1908 The suit of Mabel Erlich, for support, against Henry Erlich was dismissed in the superior court.
  • 13 Nov 1908 In her divorce suit in the superior court Louise Rudert testified that her husband, Edward Rudert, celebrated the Fourth of July this year by holding his hand over her mouth and beating her. She said he had beaten her so often she could not tell the court about all of them and the decree was granted. She was also given the custody of their children.
  • 15 Nov 1908 The case of Lottie Collins vs. Louis J. Collins was settled and dismissed before Judge O'Rourke.
  • 18 Nov 1908 Dora R. Bauer begins action for divorce from Theodore Bauer. The complaint charges that the husband has abandoned his wife and their children three times; that he has contributed nothing towards their support and is an unfit person to have charge of the children. She says Bauer abandoned her the last time in 1906, the couple were married July 23, 1893.
  • 19 Nov 1908 Elnora McElroy wants a divorce from Charles H. McElroy, charging that for more than two years he has failed to provide for her and her children. She asks for $500 alimony and the custody of her offspring.
  • 21 Nov 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Louis Collins a decree of divorce from Lottie Collins, and a short time later the death of the wife occurred as the result of surgical operations. Judge Heaton had awarded her $250 alimony, a sewing machine and other household articles, but the wife didn't live to receive them. The action of the court was by agreement.
  • 21 Nov 1908 The case of David E. Rollins vs. Nellie Rollins, application for divorce, was transferred from the circuit court to the superior court, where the docket will admit of its earlier hearing.
  • 22 Nov 1908 On account of the death of Mrs. Lottie Collins, Judge Heaton offered to set aside the decree of divorce which he granted to her husband Friday, but the relatives of the dead woman declared that such action would affect property interests involved and they desired the decree to stand. Judge Heaton did not know, when he granted Collins a divorce, that the wife was ill.
  • 24 Nov 1908 Blanche Morris obtained a decree of divorce from James A. Morris in the superior court, Judge Heaton hearing the wife's story. Mr. Morris is a traction line conductor.
  • 24 Nov 1908 Lucretta May Granger secured a decree of divorce from Kearney L. Granger, a Nickel Plate engineer. Judge Heaton awarded the wife the household goods.
  • 24 Nov 1908 William S. Sausman begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Cora Sausman.
  • 24 Nov 1908 Charles G. Rank sues for a divorce from Lela V. Rank. The charge is abandonment.
  • 25 Nov 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Minnie J. Miller a decree of divorce from James B. Miller. The court awarded the mother custody of their child and $300 alimony.
  • 25 Nov 1908 Judge Heaton granted David Rollins a decree of divorce from Nellie Rollins, but awarded the wife $500 alimony.
  • 28 Nov 1908 Mrs. Annie Fritz begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from William Fritz. The wife declares the husband is shiftless and a brute; that he has called her vile names, struck and beat her; that he is an unfit man to live with, and Judge Heaton has issued an order restraining him from visiting or going upon the farm in Eel River township, where the family resides; has restrained the husband from molesting or interfering with his wife and family until the case is heard and decided.

  • 02 Dec 1908 Florence Listenberger sues for a divorce from John Listenberger, whom she charges with neglecting her when she was ill, failing to provide for her support and spending his money on other women.
  • 02 Dec 1908 The Hon. Samuel L. Morris, sitting as special judge in the superior court, granted Elizabeth Kellermaier a divorce from John Kellermeier. He granted the wife custody of her child and $150 alimony, stipulating that the husband be allowed to see the little one for one hour every day.
  • 02 Dec 1908 Evidence was heard in the divorce suit of Lillian Wilson vs. Talbot Wilson.
  • 03 Dec 1908 In the superior court Talbott Wilson is contesting the complaint of Lillian Wilson, who sued him for a divorce. She charged failure to provide and he disputed her claim to a decree. T. N. Wilson, father of the defendant, is acting as attorney for his son.
  • 03 Dec 1908 In the superior court Augusta Roembke began action for a divorce from William Roembke, from whom she was separated a little over a year ago after a married life that began February 7, 1901. She charges that he beat her, called her bad names and charged her with immoral conduct without any ground for the charge.
  • 04 Dec 1908 Charging that her husband, Charles H. Plasterer, frequently beat and choked her, and on November 30 drove her out of the house in her bare feet, Lulu A. Plasterer filed suit for a divorce Thursday. She married Plasterer at Huntington on 1900 and they have two children, for whose custody she asks. She says that when he drove her out she pleaded to be allowed to return for her shoes and he consented on condition that she then leave for good. She is now living with her mother. Plasterer is a conductor on the Pennsylvania railroad and the wife secured a restraining order to prevent him from drawing his wages.
  • 04 Dec 1908 Judge Heaton, of the superior court, announced Thursday afternoon that he would render a decision in the divorce case of Mrs. Lillian Wilson against Talbot Wilson on Friday morning.
  • 05 Dec 1908 In the application of Mrs. Lillian Wilson for a decree of divorce from Talbot Wilson, Judge Heaton found for the husband.
  • 05 Dec 1908 In the divorce controversy of Joseph Manier vs. Bonnie Manier which has been pending for some time, Special Judge Carl Yaple holds that the judgment for divorce is conclusive.
  • 06 Dec 1908 Mrs. Cora L. Saurman files application in the superior court for an order compelling her husband and the father of her children to contribute to their support, to clothe them and also to furnish her means to defend a divorce suit the husband has brought.
  • 08 Dec 1908 May Hill sues John S. Hill for divorce. The husband is watchman on the Nickel Plate at the Harrison street crossing and a restraining order was secured to prevent him from drawing his wages. He is charged with having cursed his wife and their sone every day for eighteen months, with having struck his wife and with having threatened her.
  • 08 Dec 1908 The divorce suit of Annie Fritz against William Fritz was called in the superior court and Judge Heaton heard the story of the wife who is the sufferer. The case was continued because the husband is serving time for beating her and the court did not desire to disturb his sentence.
  • 09 Dec 1908 In a divorce complaint against John W. Sunderland, filed in the superior court, Mrs. Charlotte Sunderland says she married him first in 1877, was divorced from him in 1902 and married him again in 1903 on his promise to reform. She states he didn't reform and that more than two years ago he deserted her and their two children.
  • 09 Dec 1908 Mrs. Minnie E. Hildebrandt declares in her divorce complaint filed in the superior court against Felix C. Hildebrandt that he outrages her affection by proclaiming that his sole reason for marrying her was to spite her parents. The wedding took place at Butler, Ind., April 20, 1904, and they lived together until September 14 of this year. No children were born to them. Mrs. Hildebrandt says that he has cursed her and threatened to kill her and became so violent at one time that the neighbors were compelled to call in the police. She also charges that, although he is healthy and strong, he is not inclined to work and that at one time for a year and a half she was compelled to make her own living. She also objected to living with his parents.
  • 12 Dec 1908 Judge Heaton granted Raymond C. Phipps a divorce from Lizzie K. Phipps. The husband charged that she abandoned him and told him she could get along better without him. Mrs. Phipps is a daughter of Diedrick Nahrwold, a saloon-keeper who was accidentally killed a few weeks ago.
  • 13 Dec 1908 Florence Listenberger obtained a decree of divorce from John Listenberger, and Judge Heaton restored the wife's maiden name, Florence Buech.
  • 13 Dec 1908 William J. Meyers secured a decree of divorce from Laura Meyers, and Judge O'Rourke ruled that the father shall have the custody of the two children - Albert- aged eleven year, and James, aged three years.
  • 13 Dec 1908 Mrs. Mollie Habecker began action for divorce against Frank Habecker in the superior court, alleging non-support and adultery. The defendant is a printer and the Daily News was enjoined from paying his wages until the case is heard.
  • 15 Dec 1908 Mrs. Minnie E. Hildebrandt was granted a decree of divorce from Felix Hildebrandt, and Judge Heaton restored her maiden name, Miller.
  • 15 Dec 1908 Mrs. Gladys G. Sunderland was granted a decree of divorce from Dr. William E. Sunderland. Judge Heaton granted the wife custody of their three children and $2,820 alimony. The Sunderland's live at Monroeville, and Dr. Sunderland, who is now in Mexico, practiced medicine there.
  • 15 Dec 1908 Newton Taylor was cited to appear before Judge O'Rourke for contempt because he did not pay his wife, Clara Taylor, $50 as temporary alimony as ordered pending action for divorce, and after a lecture the court made Mr. Taylor pay the sheriff's cost in serving the contempt writ and let him go with a better knowledge of what an order of the court means.
  • 16 Dec 1908 Mrs. Minnie Abbott instituted proceedings for a decree of divorce from Alonzo Abbott, who is charged with brutal treatment, with knocking his wife down and otherwise maltreating her.
  • 16 Dec 1908 Mrs. Dora R. Bauer was granted a decree of divorce from Theodore Bauer by Judge O'Rourke, who awarded to the mother the custody of their four children - Hattie, aged 14; George, aged 13; Herbert, aged 6, and Virginia, aged 4 years. The father is required to pay $4 a week for support of the children.
  • 17 Dec 1908 The divorce case of William Dolan vs. Anna Dolan was called in the superior court and the trial will probably occupy several days, as over sixty witnesses haven been subpoenaed.
  • 18 Dec 1908 Julia Wolf begins action for a decree of divorce from Otto Wolf.
  • 19 Dec 1908 In the divorce case of Mrs. Julia Wolf against Otto Wolf the Pennsylvania Railroad company is restrained from paying wages to the defendant until the judgment is rendered. Wolf is accused of deserting his wife, accusing her of bad conduct and Mrs. Wolf say she fears he will do her violence. Judge O'Rourke puts a ban on him.
  • 19 Dec 1908 Mrs. Grace L. Root wants a divorce decree between herself and Carlton Root modified and after hearing the plea Judge O'Rourke took the matter under advisement in order to look into the history of the case.
  • 22 Dec 1908 John J. Murphy was granted a decree of divorce from Catherine Murphy by Judge Heaton in the superior court.
  • 22 Dec 1908 The Dolan divorce case will be called in the superior court today and a big crowd will be on hand to hear the testimony.
  • 23 Dec 1908 Judge O'Rourke heard the application of Lovina Schneider for a divorce from Christian Schneider. The wife's story is that the husband's chief occupation since their marriage has been to threaten and abuse the mother of the children born to them, while she as compelled to manage and till the farm in Lake township. For two years Schneider has tenanted the barn and slept there. The contest is over the property.
  • 24 Dec 1908 Edith L. Cooper begins action for a divorce case of Elmer Cook vs. Elsie married on the 11th of last June and separated on August 3. The wife says Edward has been a habitual drunkard since July 10, and that he abused her, refused to work and importuned her to steal from the people for whom she worked in order that he might live in idleness.
  • 24 Dec 1908 Judge O'Rourke granted a separation of two years to Lovina Schneider from Christ Schneider, of Lake township, giving the wife $1,000, an allowance of $20 during the two years they live apart. Mrs. Schneider will abandon the old homestead and build on land of her own.
  • 25 Dec 1908 Judge Heaton granted to Elsie Cook a decree of divorce from Elmer Cook on the wife's cross-complaint. He also restored her maiden name, Goheen, and awarded her $400 alimony.
  • 29 Dec 1908 James Albert Kromm filed a suit for divorce in the superior court yesterday from Cora Belle Vane Kromm and a short time later was granted a divorce from Judge Heaton. The Kromm's were married in 1903 and the husband alleged that his wife abnadoned him. Kromm was given the custody of his child, Nellie, which will be cared for by his mother, Mrs. Bertha Timmonds. Mrs. Timmonds was recently granted a divorce from her husband.
  • 30 Dec 1908 Florence Bischoff sues for a divorce from William Bischoff, alleging habitually cruel treatment. She wants $500 alimony.
  • 30 Dec 1908 The case of Emma M. Summers vs. Golvin Summers for support was dismissed.
  • 31 Dec 1908 Mrs. Olive Shuster begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Charles Shuster and in the complaint she says that the husband is a painter and can earn $15 a week but he spends it for whisky when he does. Mrs. Shuster says that since her marriage to Mrs. Shuster in 1901, she has submitted to abuse and foul language.
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