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Divorce News and Records, Allen Co., Indiana

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1909

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette


  • 03 Jan 1909 Mrs. Ella E. Everett began action for divorce against William A. Everett, the husband making life unbearable for the wife.
  • 03 Jan 1909 Mrs. Minnie Brown asks for a decree of divorce from Eugene Brown and the custody of their child. The husband is charged with abandonment and failure to make provision for the support of his family.
  • 06 Jan 1909 John H. Jahn asks in a complaint filed in the superior court a divorce from his wife and the custody of their three children. He was married July 13, 1901, and lived with his family until December 1907. He charges she refused to live with him and went to Chicago and that she keeps the children away and robs him of their society.
  • 07 Jan 1909 Emma E. Finney begins action for a decree of divorce from Francis Finney, and the wife charges in the complaint that he has been cruel, brutal and vile; that he called her unmentionable names and applied vile epithets to the woman he promised to love and cherish in the presence of their children; that finally he struck her and knocked her down, and the man is hindered from molesting her or drawing his wages by Judge O'Rourke until the case is heard.
  • 08 Jan 1909 Charles J. Knock brings suit for a decree of divorce from Elnora Knock because the wife couldn't agree with her mother-in-law. Mr. Knock charges that his wife cursed him and was in the habit of picking up a stick of wood and striking him with it. Mr. Knock says Mrs. Knock would mistreat his mother, calling her "an old devil." Knock asks for the custody of their little son. The couple were married April 10, 1900. They separated in January, 1908.
  • 10 Jan 1909 John Engle sues for a divorce from Lulu Engle, whom he accuses of habitual drunkenness. He says she made his life a torturous one, and when he would come home tired out from the railroad and wanted to sleep she would try to keep him awake by sticking pins into him and swearing at him.
  • 12 Jan 1909 Charles J. Knock, who filed a suit in the circuit court a few days ago for a divorce from Mrs. Elnora Knock, has changed his mind and has dismissed the action.
  • 13 Jan 1909 Clara Royse begins action for a divorce from Charles J. Royse.
  • 13 Jan 1909 Lena McCarthy was granted a divorce in the superior court from Andrew J. McCarthy, whom she charged with failure to provide for her. They have been living apart for five years and she says that she met him on the street two years ago and asked him to contribute to her support and he declined.
  • 13 Jan 1909 Mrs. Minnie Cloe Myers has filed an action in the circuit court for a divorce from John Myers, alleging that he beat her, deserted her at times, failed to provide for her and treated her so badly she was forced to leave him. They were married December 6, 1902. The wife wants the custody of their only child.
  • 14 Jan 1909 According to a story which Mrs. Clara Royce tells in a complaint for divorce filed in the superior court, Charles J. Royce, her husband, must have been a pretty gay old bird. The complaint states that the couple were married at Paulding, O., and that Royce failed to provide for her. Mrs. Royce alleges that her husband has an affinity named Mayme Rowbottom, and that he joined her at Bently, Mich., on September 26 last. After the separation of the Royces, the complaint alleges, Royce went to Oscoda, Mich., to live with the Rowbottom woman.
  • 15 Jan 1909 Judge Heaton granted to Mary M. Parker a decree of divorce from Grant A. Parker.
  • 17 Jan 1909 In the superior court Genevieve Needham filed suit for a divorce from Arthur F. Needham and the complaint was withdrawn from the files. He is charged with cruelty in deserting her and leaving her entirely without means of support. The marriage took place about a year ago and she asks for the restoration of her maiden name of Rowe. Needham is the son of E. F. Needham, former master mechanic of the Wabash railroad, whose headquarters is now at Springfield, Ill. Young Needham is gifted with a baritone voice of rare quality and sang in a quartet through the campaign and incidentally answered for other calls, finally drifting from home until he took to the stage some time ago without making any provision for the support of his young wife. He has sent her no means nor has he interested himself in her cause. Mrs. Needham asks for a decree of divorce and other relief.
  • 17 Jan 1909 Mattie Bricker sues Homes A. Bricker, an engineer on the Grand Rapids and Indiana railroad, asking a divorce, and obtained a restraining order to prevent him for drawing his wages. They were married June 14, 1903, and she charges that he deserted her September 1, 1906, without making any provision for her support.
  • 17 Jan 1909 The divorce case of Emma E. Finney vs. Francis Finney was dismissed in the circuit court and the restraining order dissolved.
  • 19 Jan 1909 Mabelle C. Rathert and John Rathert were in the circuit court yesterday and with them a number of witnesses, for the young wife was suing for divorce. The case had developed some evidence tending to show too much mother-in-law, too much interference from the outside, and turning to the attorneys the court asked if Mrs. Rather's mother was present. Mr. Underwood said she was not. Twas then Judge O'Rourke, addressing himself to Mr. and Mrs. Rathert, who sat on opposite sides of the long table, announced that he would not grant a divorce; that he did not believe there was any ground for divorce. Judge O'Rourke asked Mr. and Mrs. Rathert to meet and talk their affairs over among themselves, to reconcile their differences as they were wont to do when they were sweethearts; urged them to not listen to outsiders but live up to and with the vows they made to love and cherish each other. Hand-clapping approvingly greeted the court. Mrs. Rathert left the court first and Mr. Rathert followed, saying he wanted to make up.
  • 19 Jan 1909 Mrs. Maude Louraine begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from John E. Louraine on the charge of cruelty. Judge O'Rourke restrained the husband from persecuting or annoying his wife until the case is heard.
  • 20 Jan 1909 The Dolan divorce case, which occupied the attention of the superior court for more than a week is ended and Judge Heaton awarded the wife a decree on her cross-complaint. She is given the custody of the child and all the personal property, including household furniture and horse, buggy and a sleigh.
  • 22 Jan 1909 In the superior court Genevieve Needham was granted a decree of divorce from Arthur F. Needham and her maiden name of Rowe was restored to her. Her husband left her in less than a year of married life and went upon the vaudeville stage as a member of a quartet and failed to support her.
  • 23 Jan 1909 The divorce case of Maud Lorrain vs. John Lorrain was dismissed in the circuit court yesterday.
  • 23 Jan 1909 In a divorce action brought in the superior court, Mrs. Sadie Rice says that her husband, John Henry Rice, used her brutally and that his treatment of her became so rough that she had to place him under peace bonds, and finally leave him. They were married October 31, 1900, and separated May 30, 1906. Three years after their marriage Mrs. Rice alleges her husband commenced a course of ill-treatment of her, forcing her to work and abusing her. She says with money obtained from her, he purchased property in his own name. She alleges that he is a habitual drunkard.
  • 26 Jan 1909 Mame Treuchet sues for a divorce from Louis J. Treuchet alleging that she has been force to work to maintain the household and buy her clothing. She also says they are of incompatible temperaments and quarrel frequently.
  • 27 Jan 1909 Mabel Ehrlich sues her husband for support, claiming $2,000. She says he owns a half interest in the Bunch saloon on West Main street and owns another in the rolling mill district, but refuses to support her. She says he hired a negro to watch her for the purpose of trying to find her with evil associates.
  • 27 Jan 1909 Della Hoffman filed suit for a divorce from Henry Hoffman, to whom she was married last August against the advice of her relatives and friends. She says he abused her and would not work and when she borrowed money from her parents he took it from her and spent it for liquor.
  • 27 Jan 1909 In the case of Nannie V. Stevens vs. William H. Stevens the defendant filed a motion to dismiss on account of lack of prosecution.
  • 28 Jan 1909 When Judge Heaton denied the application for divorce in the case of Lillian Wilson vs. Talbot Wilson, the husband was directed to pay a certain sum of money -$8- every two weeks or when directed, to his wife. Wilson showed twice that he could not do it and then began to ignore the order of the court. Finally the case was committed to Special Judge Erwin and he could not get the attention of Wilson so he ordered Sheriff Reichelderfer to arrest Wilson and yesterday afternoon he was committed to jail for contempt. This will give Talbot an opportunity to think the matter over and he can have a hearing when he thinks well of it.
  • 29 Jan 1909 In the divorce suit of Helen May Campbell against Ira S. Campbell, the husband was brought into court today to testify as to why he had not obeyed the order of court directing him to pay for the support of his wife and child. Judge Heaton took the case under advisement.

  • 02 Feb 1909 Judge Heaton has granted to Frances M. Wightman a decree of divorce from Lewis J. Wightman and also granted the wife $3,600 alimony to be paid in monthly installments of $30. Wightman is floor walker for S. H. Knox & Co., at the 5 and 10-cent store. He first applied for a decree of divorce and lost. The wife wins on her cross-complaint for vindication.
  • 03 Feb 1909 A dusky affinity, whisky and indolence form the triumvirate of marital infelicities that destroyed the happiness of Mrs. Lena M. Waite. In her application for a divorce from Perry G. Waite, filed in the superior court Tuesday, Mrs. Waite says they were married in November, 1902, and her husband soon began to get drunk and neglect her. He has called her names. forced her to earn her own living because he was too lazy to work, and associated with women of lewd character. She says he spent much of his time in the society of a negroess, and when she protested told her if she didn't like it to leave the house. Her attorney secured an injunction to prevent Waite from selling the household furniture.
  • 04 Feb 1909 Mary Weaver sues for a divorce from Burton Weaver, charging cruelty. She demands $500 alimony.
  • 05 Feb 1909 Mrs. May Olive Shuster was granted a divorce from Charles Shuster by Judge Heaton, of the superior court on the ground of non-support. Her maiden name of Platter was restored to her.
  • 05 Feb 1909 Edwin C. Holder has brought a suit in the superior court for divorce from Anna Holder. He charges cruelty. They were married in October, 1907.
  • 06 Feb 1909 Anna Y. Holder filed a cross-complaint to the divorce suit instituted Thursday by her husband, Edwin. She says he has been cruel to her, is addicted to drunkenness and associates with lewd women. She had an operation performed on herself a few months ago and while she was undergoing it he was attending a matinee at a theater. He has refused to pay her doctor's bills. She secured an injunction restraining the Fishack Plaster company from paying his wages.
  • 07 Feb 1909 Judge O'Rourke refused to grant Mrs. Edith L. Cooper a divorce from Edward Cooper. The wife charged drunkenness and non-support, but the court did not regard the evidence sufficient to grant decree.
  • 09 Feb 1909 The divorce suit of Mrs. Minnie Bittsberger against William H. Bittsberger has been set for trial in the superior court for this morning.
  • 09 Feb 1909 Mrs. Eva Vigus has brought action for divorce from William H. Vigus and asks alimony in the sum of $1,000. The complaint was withdrawn from the files.
  • 10 Feb 1909 Judge Heaton granted Minnie A. Bittsberger a divorce from William A. Bittsberger. She was also granted the custody of her child and the father is allowed to see the little one on Sunday afternoons. The evidence was racy.
  • 10 Feb 1909 Florence Bischoff testified in her divorce suit against William Bischoff that for seven years he has not given her a cent of money to buy clothing with and that he stopped at paying the rent and grocery bills and spent the remainder of his money on drink. The case was heard in the circuit court and Judge O'Rourke, after ascertaining that there was little prospect for the couple to live together gave a decree. They had been married eleven years.
  • 10 Feb 1909 In the superior court Judge Heaton granted Charlotte Sunderland a divorce from John Sunderland, who has been gone for five years. The wife testified that they had been divorced once before and she married him again on his promise to reform, but he failed to keep his promise and finally deserted her.
  • 12 Feb 1909 Mrs. Mame Treuchet was granted a divorce from Louis Treuchet by Attorney Carl Yaple as special judge in the superior court Thursday morning. Mrs. Treuchet was given her maiden name of Dreisbach.
  • 13 Feb 1909 Mrs. Maude McClure brought an action for divorce from Arthur K. McClure on the ground of abandonment.
  • 14 Feb 1909 Minnie Barth filed suit Saturday for a divorce from William Barth, charging abandonment and other things more sensational.
  • 16 Feb 1909 The name of William Barth was erroneously given instead of George Barth in a divorce case filed in the circuit court. The defendant is George Barth, now living in Philadelphia, and he is no relative of Mr. William Barth, of this city.
  • 16 Feb 1909 Mrs. Maggie McClain, in a suit for divorce filed in the circuit court against Thomas McClain, a Lake Shore fireman, alleges that her husband had an affinity of the name of Wilcox. She also says McClain made threats against her. The couple were married December 5, 1894, and have four children, the youngest of which, the wife says, is now ill. She secured an injunction tying up his wages.
  • 16 Feb 1909 Burton Weaver and his wife, Mrs. Mary Weaver, walked into the superior court arm in arm Monday morning and told Judge Heaton they didn't want to be divorced. The case was dismissed.
  • 17 Feb 1909 Amelia Roembke was granted a divorce from William Roembke by Judge Heaton.
  • 18 Feb 1909 In the circuit court Eva Vigus secured a divorce from William H. Vigus.
  • 18 Feb 1909 Judge Heaton, in the superior court, gave Clara Royce a divorce from Charles J. Royce. She charged him with abandonment and failure to keep his marriage vows.
  • 18 Feb 1909 After her failure to secure a divorce Mabelle Rathert dismissed her action against John Rathert in the circuit court yesterday, as she had no more evidence to offer than was offered at the hearing and upon which Judge O'Rourke held that she was not entitled to a decree. He told them their differences were too trivial and that they ought to live together. She charged that he was cruel because he told her he ought to have married a German girl. This was caused by the fact that she had been a stenographer prior to her marriage and wanted to attend dances and be gay after she became Mrs. Rathert. He insisted that he still loved his wife and didn't want her divorce from him.
  • 19 Feb 1909 In mentioning the Roembke divorce, the Journal-Gazette gave the wife's first name as Amelia. It should have been Augusta. She is permitted to reassume her maiden name, Foellinger. The divorce was granted on the grounds of cruel treatment.
  • 22 Feb 1909 Carlton Root complained that his former wife, Grace, refused to obey the order of court to allow him to visit their child, a babe twenty months old. He complained that his ex-wife and her parents, with whom she and the babe live, made it unpleasant for him when he called. Judge O'Rourke issued an order requiring the wife to allow the father's visits without molestation or annoyance, and when he calls hereafter the old folks are ordered to stay out of the room. The parties live near Huntertown.
  • 23 Feb 1909 Myrtle Trevey files suit for a divorce from James F. Trevey, to whom she was married three years ago. According to her complaint James is a pretty bad fellow, as she says he was in the habit of knocking her down and threatening to shoot her. Other allegations made are unfit to print.
  • 23 Feb 1909 Mrs. Mollie Habecker has been granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Frank Habecker. She was awarded alimony in the sum of $200.
  • 24 Feb 1909 Mrs. Lena Waite was granted a divorce from Perry Waite by Judge Heaton, and given her maiden name of Wehnert. She testified that several years ago, Waite bought her a pair of slippers for Christmas and that is about all he has bought her in the time. Her greatest objection to him, however, she stated, was that he has a colored affinity, who finally became so bold as to call at his house to seek his company.
  • 24 Feb 1909 Mrs. Della Hoffman, a bride of a few months, was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Henry Hoffman. The young wife states that she had gotten stung. She charged failure to properly provide and mistreatment.
  • 24 Feb 1909 Mrs. Elnore Byers has brought a suit for support against her husband, John, in the superior court. The wife asserts that Byers offered to pay the costs of the suit and to give her the munificent sum of $5 if she would apply for a divorce. The two were married June 19, 1882, and in July, 1908, the wife alleges Byers deserted her and her four children, failing since to contribute to their support. The family resides on Franklin avenue. Mrs. Byers wants the court to give her $500 for support and asks for an order to restrain Byers from disposing of his money.
  • 24 Feb 1909 Maude Matty, with a year-old baby in her arms, appeared in the county clerk's office Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by her mother and her attorney, and made application for a divorce from Samuel Matty, to whom she was married in March, 1905. She asks for the custody of the babe and $500 alimony. The complaint states that he abused her all through their married life and finally deserted her last November.
  • 26 Feb 1909 James Jacobs has filed a suit in the superior court for a divorce from Anna Jacobs, to whom he was married in August, 1890. Jacobs alleges that his wife abandoned him on July 19, 1897. He asks the custody of their two children.
  • 27 Feb 1909 Henry Ehrlich and his wife, Mabel, decided to make up their differences and going into the superior court Friday they asked Judge Heaton to dismiss the support suit brought by Mabel.
  • 27 Feb 1909 Mrs. Carrie O. Grill filed a petition in the superior court to modify the divorce granted in her suit against David L. Grill. The custody of their little child was given to David Fritz, but the mother alleges that he refuses to care for it longer and she asks its custody.
  • 28 Feb 1909 Mrs. Clara Watkins has filed a cross complaint to the suit for divorce brought by her husband, John W. Watkins, in Adams township, and which has been sent to the Allen superior court on a change of venue. The wife alleges failure to provide, cruelty and abandonment. The couple were married in 1883, and have five children, of whom the wife wants the custody.
  • 28 Feb 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Mrs. Maggie McClain a divorce from Thomas McClain. The wife was allowed alimony in the sum of $1,000.
  • 28 Feb 1909 Whiskey is ascribed as the cause for the marital woes of Mrs. Etta G. Harkenrider, who has brought a suit in the superior court for divorce from Charles Harkenrider. She alleges her husband was a habitual drunkard and that he abused her shamefully, forcing her once to take shelter at the home of a neighbor, and at last driving her from his home. One of his favorite stunts, she says, was to throw a coal oil lamp on a hot stove. They were married December 10, 1906, and separated November 17, 1908.

  • 02 Mar 1909 August Doudik was granted a divorce from the wife whom her married a year ago last November. At the time of the marriage he was sixty-five and a bachelor, and he says his wife has aways tormented him by accusing him of being too ardent in his friendships for other women. After hearing the evidence, Judge O'Rourke granted the decree.
  • 02 Mar 1909 Ernest H. Henschen began action for a divorce from Pearl, and Judge Heaton heard the evidence. He claims she has an uncontrollable temper and living with her longer is impossible.
  • 03 Mar 1909 Daisy Ferguson filed suit against Charles Ferguson for a divorce, charging him with failure to provide and cruel treatment. She says he spends his earnings, which are large, in unseemly ways, including gambling. Judge O'Rourke granted her petition for a restraining order preventing the defendant from molesting the plaintiff, who fears he will do her bodily harm.
  • 04 Mar 1909 Clemento Della Rocco filed suit for a divorce from Josephine Della Rocco, who, he says deserted him in July, 1906, after six years of making his five miserable. He says she beat him with billets of wood and pieces of iron and once threatened to kill him with a knife.
  • 04 Mar 1909 Samuel Hubert Sovine has brought an action in the superior court for a divorce from Lillian Sovine, who, he alleges, was cruel to him and had a bad temper. The Sovines were married December 1, 1901, and separated in December 1907. Sovine asks for the custody of their child.
  • 05 Mar 1909 Daisy Ferguson withdrew her complaint for a divorce from Charles Ferguson and the case was dismissed.
  • 06 Mar 1909 Lillian Wilson filed an action for a divorce from Talbot M. Wilson, charging drunkenness and habitual cruelty. A similar application some time since was refused by Judge Heaton. Now she files new charges and asks for the custody of her child.
  • 06 Mar 1909 Bertha Baument wants a divorce and $3,000 alimony from William Baument. She charges him with abusing her, calling her names to vile to repeat in the complaint, and habitual drunkenness. She says he is worth $6,000, and she wants half of it.
  • 06 May 1909 Mary A. Worman, who was divorced some time ago from Harry M. Worman, wants Judge Heaton to modify the decree so as to give her the custody of a child which has been awarded to the husband. She alleges that Worman has left the county.
  • 06 May 1909 The divorce suit of William S. Saurman against Mrs. Cora L. Saurman was dismissed in the superior court.
  • 10 Mar 1909 Ernest H. Henschen was granted a divorce from Pearl Henschen by Judge Heaton. Henschen testified that his wife had a terrible temper and not only abused him, but beat herself when she was angry.
  • 10 Mar 1909 Mrs. Bertha Baumert was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from William Baumert. The couple divided their property out of court.
  • 12 Mar 1909 Lilla M. Vonderau brought suit for a divorce from Peter W. Vonderau, whom she charges with habitual drunkenness. She was the widow of George M. Hench, formerly a well- known politician and labor leader, and was married to Vonderau four years ago. She asks that her former name, Hench, be restored. Judge Heaton granted her petition for a restraining order prohibiting the defendant from molesting her.
  • 13 Mar 1909 George Bankson filed suit for a divorce from Louise Bankson, who, he says deserted him in April, 1902, just a year after their marriage. He has tried to get her to return but she refuses.
  • 13 Mar 1909 Myrtle Trevey was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from James F. Trevey and a distinct understanding was reached about dividing all the possession of the two.
  • 13 Mar 1909 Mrs. Sophia D. Jahn has filed a cross complaint to the divorce action brought by John H. Jahn in the superior court. The couple was married July 18, 1901, and separated Dec 30, 1907. Mrs. Jahn says her husband drank to excess and from 1905 to 1907 gambled to such an extent that she was forced to work to provide a living for herself and her children. She filed a suit for divorce from him in August, 1907, but dismissed it, she says, when John promised to do better. They then moved to Chicago, where, she alleges, he deserted her. She demands $2,500 alimony and the custody of their three children.
  • 14 Mar 1909 Because he refused to allow her to have female company and threatened to kill her if she did not cut off some acquaintances, Viola Pinkney asked for a divorce from William Pinkney Saturday.
  • 14 Mar 1909 Maude Matty was granted a divorce from Samuel Matty. Judge O'Rourke gave her $300 alimony, the custody of her child and restored her maiden name, McLish. She did not retain the name long, however, for after leaving the court room she met Charles Netroe and together they went to the clerk's office and procured a marriage license.
  • 16 Mar 1909 Lenna B. Scott, who alleged that her husband, Ross J. Scott, had a habit of calling her vile names, was given a decree and possession of all the household goods.
  • 16 Mar 1909 Sadie Rice, who came from Canada over two years ago, said the Canadian court would not grant divorces, which are only given by legislature, and as she advanced proof to show that her husband, John Henry, had abandoned her, she was granted a decree.
  • 16 Mar 1909 Fred G. Sprague, a well-known broker, was given a divorce from Clella W. Sprague, who, he said, had refused to live with him.
  • 16 Mar 1909 Asserting that his wife abandoned him and their little child, John Reidt a cook, has brought suit in the superior court for a divorce from Sarah Reidt. The Reidt's were married on April 24, 1900, and the alleged desertion took place December 30, 1908.
  • 17 Mar 1909 Mrs. Florence Swaidner was granted a decree of divorce from Vernon L. Swaidner by Judge Heaton. The court awarded the wife $225 alimony, the custody of their child and restored her maiden name, Miller.
  • 17 Mar 1909 Samuel H. Sovine was divorced from Lillian Sovine and Judge Heaton gave the husband custody of their child, Alma Marie. The charge against Mrs. Sovine was that she preferred gay life and dances to her home.
  • 17 Mar 1909 Mrs. Mamie Grindle begins action for divorce from Charles O. Grindle charging that for two years the husband has abandoned her and contributed nothing towards her support or home.
  • 17 Mar 1909 Ellsworth D. Knepper was granted a decree of divorce from Sadie T. Knepper. Judge O'Rourke awarded the wife $100 alimony, the custody of the children and $60 a years for their support. The parties were former residents of Aboit township and their troubles have been hinted at as sensational, but Judge O'Rourke satisfied himself that peace was impossible so he granted the decree on the complaint and sent some sixteen witnesses home, as well as an expectant crowd of neighbors.
  • 18 Mar 1909 Maude E. Stauffer filed action for a divorce from Parker Stauffer. The complaint was not left on the files.
  • 20 Mar 1909 Married February 17, separated March 19 after a wedded period as stormy as it was brief, is the story told by Hannah E. Miller in a complaint for a divorce from John F. Miller filed in the superior court Friday. In their married life of a month and two days Mrs. Miller says her husband got drunk, beat her and choked her into unconsciousness and threatened her life a dozen times with a razor. He induced her to permit him to trade her cow for a horse and then sold the horse. With the proceeds, according to the complaint Miller proceeded to get "hilarously, and gloriously drunk" and went to Decatur. Then he wrote a letter telling his wife to come and bring him home. She asks for alimony and the restoration of her maiden name, Kiefer.
  • 20 Mar 1909 Cora Sauerman sues her husband, William S. Sauerman for $30 a month to support herself and her two children. She says he abandoned her seven years ago.
  • 21 Mar 1909 Lilia M. Vonderau was granted a divorce from Peter Vonderau. She was given the custody of her two children and Judge Heaton restored her former name, Hench.
  • 21 Mar 1909 A case with considerable color to it was that of Nannie Stearns vs. William Stearns. Nannie charges her husband with cruelty and he denies it. The parties are negroes and colored society was out in force to hear the evidence. The minister of the African M. E. church was present and tried to effect a reconcilation. The defendant is a deacon in the church. Judge Heaton took the case under advisement.
  • 21 Mar 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Julia Wolf a divorce from Otto Wolf.
  • 24 Mar 1909 Leila May Perry filed suit for a divorce from Klum Perry, who, she says spends all his money for drink and when drunk abuses her and threatens her life. She says he sleeps with a revolver in the bed and makes threats to shoot her.
  • 25 Mar 1909 Mrs. Mary Emrick files application for a decree of divorce from John Emrick, because he has not supported her nor their daughter, of whom she seeks custody. They have been married since 1885 and lived together until March 1, of this year, and have but the one child. Emrick is charged with habitual drunkenness, failure to provide, and his wife says he has sworn at her and abused her, and in the presence of their daughter and strangers has accused her of infidelity. The immediate cause of the separation she says, was that he struck and choked her on February 27.
  • 26 Mar 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Andrew J. Row a divorce from Elsie E. Row and awarded his the custody of the children.
  • 30 Mar 1909 The divorce suit of Viola Pinkney (colored) against William Pinkney was heard by Judge Heaton in the superior court Monday morning and was about the hottest affair in the line of matrimonial entanglements exploited in the courts for a long time. Viola is a chambermaid in a resort on the jail flats and William is a roustabout. After hearing the evidence Judge Heaton said one was about as bad as the other and refused to grant a decree.
  • 30 Mar 1909 Mrs. Margarette E. Lysher has brought an action in the superior court for a divorce from Charles E. Lysher. She says Lysher was an habitual drunkard, failed to provide for her and that on October 3, 1907, he was convicted in the circuit court here of grand larceny and sent to the Michigan City prison. The couple were married October 5, 1898, and separated June 28, 1907. The wife wants the custody of their two children.
  • 30 Mar 1909 Judge Heaton refused to grant a divorce is the suit brought by Nannie V. Stearns, colored, against William H. Stearns. Evidence in the case was heard some days ago.
  • 30 Mar 1909 Helen Nicolet, who married Charles Nicolet on the 9th of the present month, has found marriage irksome after twenty days and wants a divorce and her maiden name, Stevens, restored. She charges that her husband has refused to deport himself in a husbandly way and is sullen and remorse.

  • 01 Apr 1909 After having dismissed one suit for divorce, Mrs. Mary Kaliker has brought another action in the circuit court for a divorce from John Kaliker. The couple were married September 29, 1897, and separated the first time on March 8, 1906, when she alleges, her husband ordered her out of the house occupied by the family and Kaliker's parents. Mrs. Kaliker says she dismissed the suit when Kaliker took the pledge to quit drinking, but she asserts he forgot his promise and became a habitual drunkard and failed to provide for her. They separated on March 26, and on March 30, the wife says her father-in-law ordered her to leave the house and never return. Mrs. Kaliker wants the custody of their children, alimony of $1,000 and $200 a year for the support of the children.
  • 02 Apr 1909 Florence Waters sues for a divorce from Albert Waters, and also demands $2,000 alimony. The complaint was withdrawn from the file.
  • 03 Apr 1909 Florence Waters secured a restraining order to prevent her husband, Albert Waters, from molesting her, alleging that she feared he would do her bodily injury. The couple were married April 10, 1897, and separated April 1, 1909. Mrs. Waters says her husband knocked her down, threatened to pull her hair out, threatened to kill her and failed to provide for the support of their four children.
  • 03 Apr 1909 Emma Hobbs sues for a divorce from Oscar Hobbs, whom she married in 1881. She says he deserted her nine years ago and is now living in Canada. Hobbs was formerly a policeman.
  • 06 Apr 1909 Leila May Perry obtained in the court of Judge Heaton a decree of divorce from Klum Perry and also her maiden name, Leila Thompson. The father was given the custody of their son.
  • 06 Apr 1909 Elnora A. Hill begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Ellsworth A. Hill for neglect and cruelty.
  • 07 Apr 1909 Mrs. Della Ransbottom has brought a suit in the circuit court against Frederick Ransbottom for support. The couple were married June 1, 1906, and the wife alleges her husband deserted her in December, 1908. She demands money for the support of their eleven-months-old child.
  • 09 Apr 1909 Mrs. Clara Aliman began proceedings for a decree of divorce from Frederick Aliman, the charge being that he went morally wrong while a resident of St. Louis and forfeited his right to a good wife's affections.
  • 10 Apr 1909 Mrs. Mary Emrick was granted a decree of divorce from John Emrick, who has neglected his family. Judge O'Rourke heard the case.
  • 11 Apr 1909 The Hon. R. B. Dreibelbiss, sitting as special judge in the superior court, granted to Mrs. Helen Nicolet a decree of divorce from Charles Nicolet and restored the wife's maiden name, Helen Stevens.
  • 14 Apr 1909 The divorce suit of Mary vs. John Kaliker has been settled and will be dismissed, the parties having made up.
  • 14 Apr 1909 Viola Pinkney sues for a divorce from William Pinkney. The complaint was taken from the files.
  • 14 Apr 1909 Tennie Ellison sues John Ellison for divorce, charging that he abandoned her.
  • 14 Apr 1909 William Kull asks to be divorced from Myrtle Kull. He says his wife stays away at night and comes home smelling of liquor.
  • 16 Apr 1909 Mrs. Myrtle Kull files a cross-complaint in the action for divorce instituted by her husband, William Kull. The wife denies all the charges made against her and accuses her husband of persecution and wrongful accusations until he has almost wrecked her nervous system. Judge Heaton enjoined Mr. Kull from selling the family furniture and the Pennsylvania Railroad company from paying him wages until the case is heard.
  • 16 Apr 1909 Louis Waldschmidt has sued Alice E. Waldschmidt for divorce and complains that she called him vile names, accused him of infidelity and that she is a habitual drunkard. She is also accused of neglect of her household duties. The Waldschmidts were married June 29, 1901, and separated January 4 last. Waldschmidt charges that his wife is a habitual drunkard and that in every way she failed in her duties as a wife, neglecting her home and their child. He asks the custody of the child, which is now cared for by a family at Bluffton.
  • 16 Apr 1909 Minnie Barth was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from George Barth, and her maiden name, Christlieb was restored.
  • 17 Apr 1909 Mrs. Mattie Wilks begins action against her husband, Joseph Wilks, for support and $500 alimony. The parties were married March 5, 1908, and lived together for about a year, when the defendant deserted his wife and failed to provide for her. The husband has property near Cedarville.
  • 18 Apr 1909 Dale Hadsell has filed suit in the superior court against James Hadsell, asking for a divorce and $700 alimony. They were married July 6, 1903, and lived together until January of this year. She charges that he fails to provide and a restraining order was issued to prevent him from drawing his wages from R. H. Barnett, by whom he is employed.
  • 18 Apr 1909 Minnie Whitehurst charges among other things in her divorce complaint filed in the superior court yesterday that her husband, Albert W. Whitehurst, threw lye in her face and expressed the wish that it might put her eyes out. They were married the second time in September, 1907, and lived together until last January and she added the charges that he has failed to provide for her and their family and that she has been compelled to take in washing to support herself and their daughters. She also says that he has struck and abused her, called her vile names and made life generally miserable for her.
  • 20 Apr 1909 Mrs. Mary Spreen's husband, William, had a habit, she alleges of beating her, ordering her out of the house and then forcibly ejecting her, after making false accusations against her. In a divorce action brought in the circuit court she demands alimony in the sum of $500. The couple were married November 2, 1899, and separated on March 20, last.
  • 20 Apr 1909 Matie P. Tower sues for a divorce from Isaac A. Tower.
  • 20 Apr 1909 Mina Doenges recites a long story of cruel treatment in her application for a divorce from Frederick Doenges, to whom she was married thirty-five years ago.
  • 20 Apr 1909 Margaret Lysher was granted a divorce from Charles Lysher, but Judge Erwin, who handed down the decree refused to restore her maiden name because of her children.
  • 21 Apr 1909 Joseph Wilks begins suit for divorce from Mattie Wilks, complaining that since their marriage the wife found fault with him, she didn't think Cedarville metropolitan enough for her; she didn't think Joseph gave her enough of life; didn't buy enough fresh meat for her and generally speaking she grumbled all the time. Mr. Wilks wants a divorce.
  • 21 Apr 1909 John Hines asks Charles Mansdoerfer to pay him $500 damages and then he can have and hold Mrs. Hines. In a complaint filed yesterday Mr. Hines accuses Mansdoerfer with enticing Mrs. Hines away from his bed and board and harboring her. The husband charges that his wife has been induced to leave her home and has been harbored by Mansdoerfer and for this he demands damages in the sum of $500. He says in the complaint that she went out riding on April 2, 9 and 16 and did not return until late at night and that he has been deprived of the comfort of her society and has been humiliated.
  • 22 Apr 1909 Daniel D. Miller, a Pennsylvania fireman, has brought an action in the circuit court against Mrs. Rosa M. Miller for divorce, alleging that his wife refuses to live with him. The Millers were married in 1903.
  • 22 Apr 1909 Mrs. Theika Reiling begins suit for divorce from George Reiling, and the wife asks that her maiden name, Burkhardt, be restored. The parties were married in October, 1907, and lived together until October, 1908. From the start the husband was cruel and inconsiderate, according to the complaint. He denied his wife money enough to live on and clothe herself, compelling her to work for neighbors. Finally he came home intoxicated, struck his wife and drove her from the house, leaving her no support.
  • 23 Apr 1909 Esther Hines began action for a divorce from John Hines. A few days ago the husband entered suit against Charles Monsdorfer alleging that he had enticed her away from home and asking $500 as damages. In the divorce suit Mrs. Hines says they were married on February 29, 1905, and lived together until last Sunday. She charges that he had failed for more than two years to make reasonable provisions for her and that his child has been life to charity to be cared for. She wants the custody of the child because, she says, he associates with and allows the little one to associate with and be handled by immoral and lewd people. She also says he has threatened her with bodily harm in the event of her refusal to return to him and she secured a restraining order.
  • 27 Apr 1909 The Hon. Luke H. Wrigley, of Albion, sitting as special judge in the superior court, granted John Engle a divorce from Lulu Engle. The wife did not appear.
  • 29 Apr 1909 Amanda Weaver has sued William Weaver for divorce and secured a restraining order to prevent him from drawing his wages from the Heit-Miller Candy company. They were married in June, 1902, and she alleges he has failed to provide for her since 1904. The wife asks the custody of their three children and $200 a year for their support.
  • 29 Apr 1909 John Hines was cited to appear before Judge Heaton and purge himself of the charge of contempt. It is alleged he has been visiting his wife, who sued him for divorce and secured an order to prevent him from molesting her.
  • 30 Apr 1909 Jacob H. Everding has filed suit for divorce against Pearl Everding alleging that they were married in 1897, and that a day or two ago she hit him with a stove lifter. She is charged with calling him bad names, and he asks the custody of their two children.

  • 01 May 1909 The divorce case of William Kull vs. Myrtle Kull occupied the attention of the superior court for some time yesterday and when all was said Judge Heaton refused a decree of separation, intimating that the husband and wife ought to get together and adjust their troubles.
  • 01 May 1909 Thekia Reiling was granted a decree of divorce from George Reiling by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 01 May 1909 James Jacobs was granted a divorce from Anna Jacobs in the superior court. He charged desertion, and Judge Heaton awarded him the children.
  • 01 May 1909 In a cross-complaint to the divorce charges of her husband, Joseph Wilks, in the superior, Mrs. Maitie Wilks says one of the troubles was that her husband failed to provide her with sufficient food and clothing. She alleges he told her it was no pleasure to be in her company and that he swore at her when she couldn't sleep because her father was lying at the point of death and needed her constant attention. After her father's death, she alleges, Wilks sold the clothes of the decedent and spent the money. The couple were married in March 1908, and separated on April 4 last.
  • 02 May 1909 John Hines, cited for contempt of court in molesting his wife, who recently filed a suit against him for divorce, despite a restraining order recently issued by the court preventing him from doing this, was brought into the superior court Saturday morning. Mr. Hines explained that all he had done was take his wife and children, whom he still loves, out for a buggy ride. Judge Heaton purged him and at the same time announced that his restraining orders are for the purpose of preventing husbands from abusing their wives while cases are pending, but they are in no wise to be construed as a bar to reconciliations and men bent on patching up differences with their families will not be fined for calling on them or talking to them.
  • 02 May 1909 In the circuit court Saturday morning Ella E. Everett was granted a divorce from William Everett by Judge O'Rourke.
  • 04 May 1909 Viola Pinkney (colored) was granted a divorce from William Pinkney (colored) by Judge Erwin.
  • 04 May 1909 Amanda Weaver was granted a divorce from William Weaver, who is an employee of the Heit-Miller-Lau company, and was given the custody of the daughter, the defendant keeping the sons.
  • 06 May 1909 Ellen C. Hoke sues for a decree of divorce from Warren Hoke.
  • 08 May 1909 Mrs. Pearl E. Haenes begins action for divorce and the custody of two children, the defendant being Clarence E. Haenes. In the complaint Mrs. Haenes charges that her husband was vile and unnatural, that he had fits of passion, that he struck his little daughter and knocked her down, that he threw coffee about the kitchen and finally abandoned his wife and little children. Mrs. Haenes asks the court to award her the custody of the children.
  • 09 May 1909 George Segelstrom begins action for divorce from Rosa Segelstrom. He charges that Rosa is gay, that she goes to red light resorts and was recently fined in the city court for associating with bad men and women.
  • 11 May 1909 In the superior court Jacob H. Everding was granted a divorce from Pearl Everding.
  • 11 May 1909 Mrs. Pearl Haens obtained a decree of divorce from Charence Haens in the superior court on proving her complaint.
  • 12 May 1909 A summons was issued for Leslie Duke ordering him to appear in the superior court and show cause why he should not be punished for contempt. Several times complaint has been made that he was failing to pay his ex-wife the alimony ordered by the court for the support of his child.
  • 14 May 1909 Mrs. Mary C. Alexander begins action for divorce from Samuel C. Alexander, who is placed in the "red light" list. In the complaint Mrs. Alexander declares that the husband has broken up their home by associating with women of unchaste character and by cursing and abusing her without cause. They were married on January 12, 1896, and lived together until last June. She also says that he never properly provided for her and that she was forced to seek employment to provide for herself.
  • 16 May 1909 Mrs. Elizabeth Glancy has filed an action for divorce from Edward M. Glancy in the circuit court and Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining the husband from annoying his wife or in any manner meddling with the property of the parties until their cause is heard and determined. Mrs. Glancy makes serious charges against her husband, declaring that he has been drunk for twenty months, that he has cursed and plaintiff, used vile and filthy language towards her and her children by a former husband. Mrs. Glancy asks $1,000 alimony and the restoration of her maiden name, Reuille. The Glancy's live in Perry township and were married in 1907. They separated May 12, 1909.
  • 19 May 1909 In the divorce case of Mary Spreen vs. William Spreen Judge O'Rourke heard the evidence and ordered a decree entered granting the application of the wife.
  • 19 May 1909 In the divorce action of Mrs. Dale Hudson against James Hudson Judge Heaton instructed the Barnett Transfer company to allow the husband enough wages to pay living expenses pending the decision of the court in the wife's application for separation and alimony.
  • 20 May 1909 Ellen C. Hoke was granted a divorce by Judge O'Rourke from Warren E. Hoke and was given alimony in the sum of $350.
  • 21 May 1909 Mrs. Oma Shartzer has filed an action in the superior court for a divorce from George W. Shartzer, alleging cruel treatment. The couple were married October 10, 1904. The wife wants the custody of their child.
  • 22 May 1909 Because he abused her, got drunk and boasted of having a nice little Dutch girl, Mrs. Ida Grundtisch was granted a divorce from George Grundtisch, a railroad man. Judge Heaton granted the decree after hearing the evidence.
  • 22 May 1909 Judge Heaton modified the decree of divorce granted to Carrie O. Grill against David L. Grill, and ordered that the child, which has been in the care of relatives, shall be given into the father's custody.
  • 23 May 1909 In the case of Lillian Wilson for divorce from Talbot Wilson Special Judge H. I. Smith refused a decree.
  • 23 May 1909 Leslie Duke, arrested on contempt proceedings from the superior court, was arraigned before Judge Heaton for failure to make payments in accordance with a divorce decree issued by the court. Duke was discharged when he was able to show that he had not had sufficient employment to enable him to make the payments.
  • 23 May 1909 Judge Heaton heard the evidence in the divorce action of George Segelstrom vs. Rosa Segelstrom and took the matter under advisement. The wife is now doing a jail sentence.
  • 25 May 1909 Mrs. Abbie C. Sechler begins suit for divorce from Milo H. Sechler. The wife complains that they were married in 1890 and lived together until four years ago when the husband abandoned her, refused to talk to her or contribute to her support.
  • 25 May 1909 Mrs. Rickie Rodenbeck begins action for a decree of divorce from Diederick Rodenbeck.
  • 25 May 1909 Judge Heaton granted to George Segelstrom a decree of divorce from Rosa Segelstrom. The wife is serving a jail sentence for "red lighting".
  • 26 May 1909 A bench warrant was issued by Judge O'Rourke for the arrest of Charles Gebauer, for wife desertion.
  • 28 May 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Abbie C. Sechler a divorce from Milo H. Sechler.
  • 29 May 1909 Mrs. Jennie Shoemaker begins action for a decree of divorce from James Shoemaker. The husband abandoned his wife and their child two years ago. Mrs. Shoemaker asks the custody of her daughter, Goldie, and the restoration of her maiden name, Jennie Sturm.
  • 30 May 1909 Theresa Brown files suit for a decree of divorce from Richard B. Brown. The husband a year or so ago shot at a boarder in their home on Lafayette street and served a jail sentence. The wife charges failure to support her and neglect.

  • 02 Jun 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Daniel D. Miller a divorce from Rosa N. Miller. The plaintiff proved that his wife had abandoned him.
  • 03 Jun 1909 Mary C. Anderson was granted a divorce in the superior court from Samuel C. Anderson by Judge Heaton. Mrs. Anderson testified that for five years he spent all his earning in drink and had not given her more than a dollar at a time during that period and this occurred only occasionally.
  • 04 Jun 1909 Mrs. Eleanora Hill was granted a divorce by Judge O'Rourke from Ellsworth A. Hill on the ground of abandonment. The wife was given the custody of their child.
  • 05 Jun 1909 Mrs. Anna Holder has filed a suit in the circuit court against her husband, Edwin C. Holder, a chauffeur, demanding $25 a month support. The couple were married October 28, 1907, and separated October 13, 1908, when the wife alleges, Holder deserted her, leaving her without support and with numerous bills, including some for doctor's services, unpaid. Judge O'Rourke issued an order restraining Holder from drawing his wages.
  • 06 Jun 1909 Ada Kensill filed suit for a divorce from Walter Kensil, alleging abandonment. She also asks for the custody of her two children.
  • 06 Jun 1909 Elizabeth A. Keefer applied for a divorce from Samuel Keefer, charging cruel treatment by word and deed. She asks for the restoration of her maiden name, Warner, by a former marriage, and the custody of her children.
  • 06 Jun 1909 Mamie Ago Deeter says that Walter W. Deeter allowed her to be supported by her parents during their married life and varied the program by telling her now and then that he had another girl at Grand Rapids whom he like better than his wife, and upon whom he spent his money. He is a railroad employee on the G. R. & I., and his wages were tied up under a restraining order. The wife charges that since their marriage in December, 1907, he has provided no home for her nor has he made any effort to and that he was so abusive and used such foul language toward her that she was forced to leave him last July after he had threatened her.
  • 06 Jun 1909 Minnie Whitehurst was granted a divorce from Albert Whitehurst in the superior court. She charged that he threw lye in her face and was too intimate with another woman.
  • 06 Jun 1909 In the suit of Joseph Wilks against Mattie Wilks the wife was granted a divorce and given $200 alimony.
  • 06 Jun 1909 John Reidt was granted a divorce from Sarah Reidt in the superior court. The case was heard some time ago and taken under advisement.
  • 06 Jun 1909 In the superior court Emma Hobbs secured a divorce from Oscar Hobbs, who was at one time a member of the local police force. She charged failure to provide.
  • 06 Jun 1909 Mamie Grindle secured a decree from Charles O. Grindle in the superior court.
  • 08 Jun 1909 Grace Morton has filed suit for a divorce from Harry Morton, who, she alleges deserted her two years ago after a married life of seven years.
  • 08 Jun 1909 Judge Heaton granted Clara Allman a divorce from Fred Allman.
  • 09 Jun 1909 Margaret Bugert alleges that George M. Bugert, her husband, objected to having her call upon her relatives and that one time when she went to see her sister he accused her of having been out to meet another man. She also charges that he choked and beat her and accused her of infidelity. He has been restrained from visiting her or annoying her or from disposing of property at their home, 501 Buchanan street. She asks $1,000 alimony.
  • 15 Jun 1909 Mrs. Ida A. Meilor sues for a decree of divorce from Robert Meilor. The complaint recites that the husband was cruel, that he called the wife vile and low names, and that he struck her and otherwise misbehaved.
  • 15 Jun 1909 Mrs. Ethel D. Murphy sues for a decree of divorce from Maurice Murphy. The charge is utter abandonment.
  • 16 Jun 1909 Mrs. Mabel Aker has brought an action in the superior court for a divorce from Ed Aker. They were married May 22, 1906, and separated February 13, 1909. The wife alleges non-support. She wants her maiden name of Koch restored.
  • 17 Jun 1909 Etta Ann E. Pattee sues Clarence W. Pattee for support, alleging that he abandoned her and their fifteen-month-old babe.
  • 18 Jun 1909 Judge Heaton granted Dale Hadsell a divorce from James Hadsell. The suit was not contested.
  • 19 Jun 1909 Mrs. Elizabeth J. Francis begins action against Nathaniel Francis for a limited separation and alimony sufficient for her support. Mrs. Francis declares that the husband has been cruel to her; that he has called her vile name and made living impossible with him. Francis draws a pension of $50 a month, owns property in DeKalb county, bank stock and other wealth, and he hasn't supported the plaintiff as he should, although she is suffering from paralysis. The wife asks limited separation and alimony sufficient for her support.
  • 20 Jun 1909 Grace E. Stewart filed a petition for divorce Saturday, alleging cruel and inhuman treatment and no provision for her support. The couple have four children, ranging in age from six to seventeen. They were married in 1891. The husband is a conductor.
  • 22 Jun 1909 Mrs. Mamie Ago Deeter was granted by Judge Heaton a decree of divorce from Walter W. Deeter on the wife's plea of abuse and failure to provide.
  • 22 Jun 1909 Mrs. Adah Kensill was granted a decree of divorce from Walter Kensill, and Judge Heaton entered an order requiring the husband to pay $10 a month for the support of their children.
  • 22 Jun 1909 Allie B. Dillon alleges in a divorce complaint filed against Henry M. Dillon in the superior court that they were married November 28, 1878, and lived together until July 26, 1907, and that daily during that time he cursed and abused her. She also says that during their married life he never supported her in the manner demanded by their condition in life and that he was of a quarrelsome and bickering disposition, which forced her to separate from him.
  • 24 Jun 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Mrs. Nettie P. Lower a divorce from Isaac Arlington Lower, and awarded her the custody of their child.
  • 25 Jun 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted May Belle Towart a divorce from James L. Towart.
  • 26 Jun 1909 Mrs. Carolyn Narwood Ladd was yesterday granted a decree of divorce from George T. Ladd. Judge O'Rourke wrote the decree which gives to the wife the custody of their only child and provides for maintanance.
  • 27 Jun 1909 Judge Heaton granted Louis Waldschmidt a divorce from Mrs. Alice Waldschmidt. The evidence was heard some time ago.
  • 29 Jun 1909 Margaret Bugert was granted a divorce from George M. Bugert by Judge Heaton.
  • 30 Jun 1909 Mrs. Lena Hendrix has filed a suit in the circuit court to reopen the case and modify the decree of divorce granted to her former husband, Moritz Kohlhepp, on Oct. 9, 1902, so that she may have the custody of their two children. She alleges that Kohlhepp married a woman who abuses the children. That Kohlhepp has developed into a habitual drunkard, and that one of the children has been placed in an orphanage. The woman says she is again married, has a comfortable home and is able to care for her children. She alleges that she was not in court when the divorce was granted and was given no opportunity of testifying. The divorce decree was granted by the late R. S. Robertson, who sat as special judge in the case.
  • 30 Jun 1909 Mrs. Margaret Kline has filed an action in the superior court for a divorce from Edward Kline, a well- known local theatrical employee. She charges cruel treatment.

  • 01 Jul 1909 Judge O'Rourke refused to modify the divorce decree in the case of Grace Root vs. Carlton Root. The decree gave the custody of the couple's child to the wife, with the provision that the father was to be allowed to see it at stated times. Root charged that he always had trouble on his visits to the child and wanted the court to give him its custody. The court decided in favor of the wife.
  • 04 Jul 1909 Mary Tomson began action for a divorce from Thomas Tomson, charging that he did not contribute to the support of her and her daughter.
  • 04 Jul 1909 Octavia Wambaugh Johnson has filed an action is the superior court alleging that Michael Wambaugh, her former husband, has been neglecting payments to her which the court ordered him to make and Michael has been served with a notice to appear next Friday to explain his alleged carelessness.
  • 07 Jul 1909 Floyd J. Giseking sues for a divorce from Eva Giseking. He says shortly after their marriage she told him she loved another man and was sorry she had not married her affinity.
  • 08 Jul 1909 Earl F. Read begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Laura E. Read, stating in his complaint that the wife confessed she hated him and lost no opportunity to get into the company of other men, her conduct with them being challenged.
  • 08 Jul 1909 Faye Geer wants a divorce from John H. Geer and the restoration of her maiden name, Cortrille. In the complaint Mrs. Geer says she did a vaudeville act with her husband, and that it was perilous and verve wrecking and doctors told her that to live she must quit the stage. This the husband objected to and made life miserable for his wife because she would not appear with him. She prefers to return to her vocation of stenographer and wants to be freed from her actor husband.
  • 08 Jul 1909 Rebecca Potterfield asks for a divorce from Thomas E. Potterfield and alimony sufficient to maintain her and protect their two grown children. The charge is that the husband abandoned his family and failed to provide for them.
  • 10 Jul 1909 Judge Heaton granted Allie B. Dillon a divorce from Henry M. Dillon. They were married thirty-one years ago and have four grown-up children. Mrs. Dillion claims that Henry never supported her and that she reared her children with her own earnings.
  • 10 Jul 1909 Judge Heaton heard the petition of Octavia Wambaugh Johnson to require Mike Wambaugh to aid in the support of their child, and only the fact that he concluded that when his divorced wife married a second time his obligation ceased saved him from punishment. He gave him thirty days in which to provide some money for the little girl and continued the matter.
  • 13 Jul 1909 Cora A. Clark sues her husband, Edwin B. Clark for support. She alleges that he abandoned her.
  • 14 Jul 1909 Mrs. Mary Seymour, the wife of James Seymour, an East Lewis street grocer, who disappeared July 8, 1907, has filed a suit for divorce in the superior court. She alleges abandonment. The couple were married January 26, 1905. Mrs. Seymour is also the widow of the late Otto Herbst.
  • 14 Jul 1909 John Hines has filed a cross-complaint in the divorce suit brought by his wife, Esther, in the superior court. Hines denies he mistreated his wife or failed to provide for her, but says he is physically unable to do hard work. He says his wife before their marriage acted as bar-maid in her father's saloon here. He says his wife frequently left their little child with his mother for two weeks at a time and that the wife was in the habit of going to the home of her uncle, Charles Mansdoerfer, whose wife is in an insane asylum, and remaning there. Some time ago Hines sued Mansdoerfer for alienating the affections of Mrs. Hines and the huge sum of $500 was demanded.
  • 17 Jul 1909 Ida A. Sonfield filed suit for a divorce from John H. Sonfield, and asked for the restoration of her maiden name, Kitselman. They were married in April, 1908, and separated the following October on account of the defendant's drunken and abusive habits. She then filed suit for a divorce but withdrew it upon receiving his promise to reform. She returned to live with him but he did not reform.
  • 17 Jul 1909 Anna Basharaf has entered suit in the superior court against Abraham Basharaf charging that he deserted her two years ago and has made no reasonable provision for her support since. They were married in 1905 and lived together two years.
  • 18 Jul 1909 Olie Riley instituted proceedings for a divorce from Andrew Riley, an employe of the Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction company. She secured from Judge Heaton an order restraining him from drawing his wages or molesting her. She says he abused her with cruel words and unfounded charges, threatened to kill her and failed to provide for her and their two children, whose custody she demands.
  • 20 Jul 1909 Stella Eddington filed suit for a divorce from William Eddington, asserting that he has failed to provide for her.
  • 22 Jul 1909 Etta E. Pattee filed suit for a divorce from Clara Pattee, alleging that he failed to support her, tried to drive her away from home, associated with other women and treated her so cruelly that she was unable to live with him longer and was forced to leave him.
  • 23 Jul 1909 Edwin B. Clark filed a red hot answer to a suit for support filed a week ago by his wife, Cora. Edwin says that he married Cora four years ago. He was a widower with four young children and she agreed to give them a mother's care. Instead, he says, she abused the girls, called them vile names and instituted a series of persecutions against himself. She assailed him with dishes and clubs and made life a burden so that he applied for a divorce. Then she threatened to send his son to prison for writing an obscene letter, and under this threat and upon receiving her promise to mend her ways he withdrew the complaint. Her penitence was short lived he charges, and the fusillade of dishes and epithets began very soon.
  • 27 Jul 1909 Mary Tobey applied for a divorce from Benjamin Tobey, to whom she was married in 1904. She says he abused her and falsely accused her of infidelity. She asks for the custody of the children and financial support for them and herself.
  • 27 Jul 1909 Mrs. Grace Drowne has filed an action in the superior court for a divorce from Earl Drowne, alleging cruelty.
  • 28 Jul 1909 William S. Hudson, charged by his wife of three weeks with fraudulent marriage, was bound over by Justice Tancey yesterday to the Allen circuit court in the sum of $300. Hudson, who is an engineer at the rolling mills, was arrested last Friday by Constable Hughes on complaint of the wife that he married her July 3 to escape prosecution and after the wedding ceremony abandoned her on the way home, since which time she has not seen him. He went to jail.
  • 28 Jul 1909 Alleging that his wife is now living with another man, whose true name he says he does not know, Thomas J. Hedges, of Allen county, has filed a suit in the circuit court for a divorce from Blanche M. Hedges. He also says his wife beat and struck him. The two were married in 1902.
  • 30 Jul 1909 Mrs. Rickie Rodenbeck was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Christian D. Rodenbeck. The wife alleged desertion.
  • 31 Jul 1909 Mrs. Elizabeth Keefer and Samuel Keefer effected a settlement of their property matters and Judge Heaton granted a decree to the wife. The hearing of the case occupied several days last week. The principals are both elderly people.
  • 31 Jul 1909 Married May 31 last, Mrs. Luella Derbyshire McElfatrick separated from her husband on July 29, alleging that he was cruel to her, cursed her and called her a fool and a liar. She says she is of a nervous temperament and subject to heart trouble and that a continuation of her trouble would have ruined her health. She has filed an action for divorce in the superior court and asked that her maiden name of Derbyshire be restored.
  • 31 Jul 1909 Mrs. Rebecca Potterfield has brought an action in the superior court for a divorce from Thomas E. Potterfield. The couple were married November 14, 1880, and in July, 1905, the wife says, Potterfield abandoned her, failing since to provide for her. She asks alimony.

  • 01 Aug 1909 Judge O. N. Heaton rendered his decision in the hotly contested divorce case of Mrs. Esther Hines against John Hines, granting the eighteen-year-old wife a decree, the custody of their child and an allowance of $8 a month for the child.
  • 01 Aug 1909 Christine Dickmeyer wants a decree from Harry Dickmeyer, an employee of the Adams Express company. They were married July 2, 1906, and separated in January, 1908. The wife alleges failure to provide and asks the custody of their child.
  • 01 Aug 1909 Wilhelmina Black asks for a separation of five years from Herbert Black, who, she alleges failed to support her and spent his money in gambling and in saloons. The couple were married August 7, 1894, and Black, it is alleged, deserted his wife on June 29, while residing on the Ellison farm, west of the city. He is now working in a saloon in the city. Black was arrested by the police Friday on a charge of wife desertion, and his case is pending in the police court. Mrs. Black wants the custody of their three children during the separation. An order was obtained restraining Black from molesting his family.
  • 01 Aug 1909 Myrtle Bloemker asks for a divorce from Henry Bloemker, on the ground of desertion, cruelty and threats to kill. The Bloemker's were married October 2, 1904, and the alleged desertion took place last May. Mrs. Bloemker asks that her maiden name, Whitney, be restored.
  • 04 Aug 1909 Judge Heaton granted Earl F. Read a decree freeing him from Laura E. Read. Read charged among other things that his wife ceased to love him and abandoned him.
  • 04 Aug 1909 A divorce was granted Theresa C. Brown from Richard M. Brown by Judge Heaton. The wife alleged false accusations and threats to kill.
  • 05 Aug 1909 Mrs. Pearl Cowell sues for a decree of divorce from Oliver Cowell and makes an awful case against the husband. The most serious charge against Cowell is that he left his wife during her last confinement without anybody to attend her and that their baby was born with nobody in the house except their two small children. She says they were married in February, 1904, and that three years ago he began calling her abusive names and that on July 20 of the present year he called her vile names, knocked her down and kicked her with his heavy boots while she was nursing and caring for their baby. She was driven, she says, to the home of the neighbors to seek protection from him and she further charges that he pointed a revolver at her and threatened to shoot her and on another occasion threatened to kill her whole family. They have three small children and she secured a restraining order to prevent him from selling his property. All of his cruelty is charged to strong drink, as she charges that he remains away from home all night drinking and gambling. She seeks the custody of their three children.
  • 05 Aug 1909 Mrs. Jane Stout began proceedings for a decree of divorce and other relief from her husband, Albert Stout. The home is at Creighton and Fairfield avenue. The Stouts were married Christmas time, 1880, but their married life has been anything but indicative of the Christmas spirit, according to the wife. She says she was forced to leave him on March 6 last, when he broke open the doors of their home while drunk and came in brandishing a bottle of carbolic acid which, she say, she feared he would throw at her. She says that for fifteen years he has been spending his money for drink and getting drunk and that he has associated with other women. In the past three years, she alleges, he has been getting worse with his drinking and has been in the habit of getting drunk weekly. She says she has been in ill-health for three years and that her spouse refused to pay for a surgical operation performed upon her, bidding her to go to work. She obtained an order restraining him from disposing of his property, preventing him from drawing his wages at the Bowser works and restraining him from visiting her.
  • 05 Aug 1909 Mrs. Eva J. Gieseking has filed a cross-complaint in the divorce action brought by Floyd J. Gieseking in the superior court, and she makes some rather sensational allegations of a delicate nature. She also charges that Gieseking abandoned her and refused to live with her. She wants a divorce, her maiden name, Eva Hoos, restored to her, and alimony to the amount of $1,500.
  • 06 Aug 1909 Barbara Harrod sues for a divorce from John Harrod on the grounds of cruel treatment and habitual drunkenness. They were married a year ago last April and she says he has been drunk almost continually ever since.
  • 07 Aug 1909 In the superior court Mary Tomson was granted a divorce from Thomas Tomson.
  • 10 Aug 1909 Judge Heaton granted Grace Morton a divorce from Harry Morton.
  • 10 Aug 1909 Laura E. Stewart sues for a divorce from Edward E. Stewart, alleging cruel treatment and abandonment.
  • 10 Aug 1909 Anna Cole sues for a divorce from Joseph Cole, charging habitual drunkenness and failure to provide. She demands the custody of the three children. An order restraining the defendant from visiting the home during the pendancy of the suit was issued.
  • 11 Aug 1909 Judge Heaton granted Ethel D. Murphy a divorce from Maurice Murphy. Her maiden name, Ainsworth was restored.
  • 12 Aug 1909 Mrs. Maud Stauffer sues for a decree of divorce from Arthur Stauffer and the husband is restrained from disposing of his property or money until the cause is heard.
  • 12 Aug 1909 Mrs. Mary Van Rueren sues for a decree of divorce from Frederick Van Rueren on the ground of cruelty and calling vile names.
  • 12 Aug 1909 Because, he alleges, his wife Goldie had an affinity the married life of William A. Stevens was brief and he has brought suit in the superior court for a divorce. The couple were married March 20, 1909, and separated August 3 last, when Stevens discovered his wife's alleged relations with the supposed affinity.
  • 13 Aug 1909 Mary Van Kueren filed suit for a divorce from Frederick Van Kueren. She was married to him on the 3d of June and left him two months later on account of his habitual drunkenness, she alleges.
  • 13 Aug 1909 Maude Stauffer, in a complaint for a divorce from Arthur Stauffer, says he made false charges against her character. She secured an order restraining him from disposing of his property or molesting her.
  • 14 Aug 1909 William Bayless sues for a divorce from Ellen Bayless, alleging that she threatened to kill him and struck at him with a knife.
  • 17 Aug 1909 Judge Heaton granted Mrs. Eva Gieseking a divorce from Floyd J. Gieseking.
  • 17 Aug 1909 The case of Mrs. Angeline Forks against Conrad Forks was taken up. Mrs. Forks had her husband arrested on a charge of assault and battery, but the case was dismissed in the police court Monday to make way for the divorce suit. The Forks, whose real name is given in the divorce complaint as Fark, were married August 22, 1900, and separated on July 29, when the alleged assault took place. The case was taken under advisement.
  • 17 Aug 1909 Mrs. Lilian P. Mennewisch filed a suit in Judge Heaton's court for a divorce from Henry W. Mennewisch, a machinist, alleging that her husband frequently struck and beat her and knocked her down. She alleges that recently her husband's sister, Clara Kestner, helped him beat her and that she was locked out of the house by her husband. She alleges the two connived to convey property in which her husband had an interest in an endeavor to avoid paying alimony. She secured orders restraining Mennewisch from disposing of his property or from molesting her.
  • 18 Aug 1909 Lula E. Reed brought suit for a divorce from Franklin M. Reed, charging abandonment.
  • 18 Aug 1909 Because of an error in a former complaint in the name of her husband Mrs. Maude Stauffer was compelled to file a new complaint in the divorce action which she brought against Parker Stauffer in the superior court. The allegations, however, are the same as before.
  • 18 Aug 1909 In a divorce suit brought in the superior court by Mrs. Alice C. Watson against William D. Watson, a machinist, the wife charges cruelty. She alleges he failed to properly provide for her, called her names in the presence of their child, and that he would go away and remain for several days and get angry when she questioned him about it. Finally, she alleges, he abandoned her and associated with other women. The Watson's were married October 22, 1900, and separated in November, 1908. The wife asks the custody of their child.
  • 19 Aug 1909 Judge Heaton granted Alice C. Watson a divorce from William D. Watson, and granted her the custody of their children.
  • 19 Aug 1909 Angeline Fark was granted a divorce from Conrad Fark, but in the case the husband was granted the custody of the children.
  • 20 Aug 1909 Octavia Johnson's complaint against Jeremiah is that he associates with immoral women and that while she was away from home seeking restoration to her health he moved part of the furniture and inserted an advertisement in the papers to the effect that he would not be responsible for her debts. They were married in September, 1902.
  • 20 Aug 1909 Mary Baughman had no particular objection to supporting John Baughman by washing and other work for twenty years, but she got tired of being beaten and she has asked for a divorce and the custody of their two children. He is in jail serving seventy-five days for beating her. She charges him with habitual drunkenness, failure to provide and with having frequently beaten and abused her. They have a daughter twenty years old and a son fourteen of whom the mother asks the custody.
  • 20 Aug 1909 Rose Dillon has entered suit in the superior court demanding $25 a month from Pleny Dillon for her support. She says they were married in November, 1905, and that he deserted her the January following.
  • 20 Aug 1909 Special Judge S. L. Morris, in the superior court, granted Mabel Aker a divorce from Edward Aker.
  • 20 Aug 1909 Mary Thiebolt asks for a divorce from Frederick Thiebolt, who according to her story has lost all love for her. They have one child and she asks for its custody.
  • 21 Aug 1909 Acting Judge Morris granted Oma Shartzer a divorce from George Shartzer.
  • 21 Aug 1909 Blanche E. Anderson filed suit to compel her husband, William H. Anderson to support her and her two children. She says in her complaint that he deserted her before the birth of her youngest child, now three months old. He is the owner of considerable property and she asks that a receiver be appointed and that she be allowed alimony.
  • 22 Aug 1909 Acting Judge Samuel Morris, of the superior court, granted Mrs. Mary Thiebolt a divorce from Frederick W. Thiebolt. She was given the custody of their child and an allowance of $10 a month for support.
  • 24 Aug 1909 In a divorce complaint filed in the superior court by Anna Voltz she charges that Charles G. Voltz, her husband, spends all his money for drink and then comes home and beats her. They were separated last Saturday after a married life that began May 18, 1906. She secured a restraining order to prevent him from drawing his wages at Bowsers or from molesting her either at 10 West Creighton avenue, where they formerly lived at 86 Taber street, where she is now residing. She charges that last Saturday he came home and struck her, threw her down and dragged her about the house and threatened to kill her and their two children, three and two years old. She says he has done this frequently during their married life.
  • 24 Aug 1909 In the superior court Grace E. Stewart was granted a divorce from James L. Stewart.
  • 24 Aug 1909 Additional allegations were made Monday morning by Lillian P. Mennewisch, who is suing for divorce from Henry W. Mennewisch. In her amended complaint Mrs. Mennewisch alleges that Mr. Mennewish failed for two years to provide for her and that he knocked her down and struck her.
  • 25 Aug 1909 Mrs. Ada Dinius, who was divorced from Louis Boissenet in December, 1903, and who has remarried, filed suit in the superior court asking to have the divorce decree amended so as to allow her to have possession of her three children. The original decree gave her control of the little ones, but it was later amended and they went to their father. She says that for six or seven months the children were given a good home by a sister and brother of Boissenet, but after that he took them himself and has treated them cruelly. She alleges that he has no permanent home but takes them about the country in a covered wagon. She charges that he beats them cruelly, and one of them is about to go blind as a result of neglect. Her new husband, William Dinius, is willing to give them a good home.
  • 25 Aug 1909 In the superior court Barbara R. Harrod was given a divorce from John Harrod. She charged that he drank to excess and gambled.
  • 26 Aug 1909 Anna Waite sues for a divorce from Gary O. Waite, alleging abandonment.
  • 26 Aug 1909 Michael Wambaugh was cited to appear in contempt proceedings in the superior court because he was charged with failing to pay alimony to his divorced wife, Octavia.
  • 28 Aug 1909 Christina Dickmeyer was granted a divorce from Harry Dickmeyer in the superior court and was given the custody of their child. He was charged with cruelty.
  • 29 Aug 1909 Cora M. Dubdondaufer sues Frank Tim for support. She says he is her husband.
  • 29 Aug 1909 Edna Pettit sues for a divorce from Charles Pettie, alleging that his treatment of her has ruined her health and she is now a victim of nervous prostration.
  • 31 Aug 1909 Edward Cunningham has been ordered to appear in the superior court Tuesday morning to show why he should not be compelled to pay attorney's fees in the divorce case in which he was recently involved, according to the order of the court.

  • 01 Sep 1909 Wilda Viola Anderson sues for a divorce from Jesse G. Anderson, charging him with cruelty and failure to provide. She also asks for an order restraining him from selling his farm in Eel River township or other property.
  • 01 Sep 1909 In the superior court Brisbin C. Henricks has brought suit for divorce against his wife, Daisy M. Henricks, alleging cruel and inhuman treatment as the cause of his desire to leave her. He charges that she has repeatedly cured him, threatened to kill him, and that on one occasion she drew a revolver upon him. The couple have been married for seventeen years. Mr. Henricks asks for the custody of the children.
  • 01 Sep 1909 In the superior court Tuesday morning, Mabel M. Ehrlich was granted a divorce from Henry C. Ehrlich, on the grounds of cruelty. She asked only for the restoration of her maiden name, Millard. The divorce was granted by Special Judge S.L. Morris.
  • 01 Sep 1909 Charles Pettit, whose wife, Edna Pettit recently instituted divorce proceedings against him, has filed a cross complaint in the superior court, alleging that he has been a kind and indulgent husband. He was granted an order restraining her from disposing by sale of his interest in the property.
  • 02 Sep 1909 Mrs. Louise Bracht has brought suit in the superior court for separation from William Bracht. She alleges that they were married in 1892, but that they have not lived together since 1906. She charges that Bracht has treated her cruelly, that he is habitually ugly and that he has repeatedly broken household furniture belong to her. She prays for the custody of the children and for their support. She was granted a restraining order preventing Bracht from collecting his wages at the Fort Wayne Electric works, where he is employed as an engineer.
  • 02 Sep 1909 William A. Stevens was granted a divorce in superior court from Goldie Stevens.
  • 02 Sep 1909 George Bankson and granted a divorce in superior court from Louise Bankson.
  • 02 Sep 1909 Bertha Singleton has aksed a divorce from John Pl Singleton to whom she was married Feb. 26, 1895. She charges that he abandoned her in 1890.
  • 03 Sep 1909 Clarence Pattee has been cited to appear in the superior court Saturday to explain why he has failed to pay his wife temporary alimony pending her suit for divorce. He was ordered to give her a weekly allowance and it is alleged he has failed to do so.
  • 03 Sep 1909 Jeremiah J. Johnson, against whom his wife, Octavia Johnson, has filed suit for divorce, has brought a cross-complaint in the superior court, charging her with cruel and inhuman treatment of him, and alleging that she has been unfaithful to him.
  • 03 Sep 1909 A marriage of only a few months will be dissolved shortly if the application for divorce filed in the superior court Thursday by Mrs. Amelia Schultz, wife of Henry Schultz, is granted. She is 65 years old and was married to Schultz last January.
  • 03 Sep 1909 Charging cruelty and threats to kill her against her husband, Matthew J. Lawhead, Mrs. Nettie Wendel Lawhead had brought suit for divorce in the superior court.
  • 04 Sep 1909 Mrs. Laura Brown, who was the victim of a brutal assault by her husband, Harvey H. Brown, filed suit in the superior court for a divorce. She alleges that he is in the habit of becoming intoxicated and beating her and her children by a former husband. She charges that a few nights ago while partially intoxicated he attacked her and in addition to beating her up badly broke her nose with a blow of his fist. She demands $1,500 alimony. Brown is the owner of considerable real estate and is proprietor of the Commercial hotel.
  • 04 Sep 1909 Ella Hollopeter was granted a divorce from Homer Hollopeter on the grounds of abandonment, and her maiden name, Finan, was restored.
  • 04 Sep 1909 In the superior court Mrs. Mary C. Baughman was granted a divorce from John Baughman, on the charges of abuse and failure to support her. Baughman is serving out a jail sentence at the present time. Mrs. Baughman was granted the custody of their children.
  • 04 Sep 1909 Mrs. Mary L. Foulks was granted a divorce from Albert G. Foulks, on the ground of abandonment. The couple were married in 1903.
  • 05 Sep 1909 Special Judge S. L. Morris granted George W. Stites a divorce from Rebecca Stites. He claimed she made life a burden by nagging him. Stites is seventy-five years old and the woman is seventy-two. They were married last October.
  • 05 Sep 1909 Charging that he has been guilty of cruel and inhuman conduct toward her, that he has knocked her down and choked her until she was unconscious, that he has called her vile names and that he boasted to her of his unfaithfulness, Mrs. Alta J. Pelkey has filed suit in the superior court for divorce from Earl Pelkey. The couple were married in January, 1909. Mrs. Pelkey charges further that she had $1,485 when she married him and that he has squandered all of this. She was granted a restraining order keeping him from collecting his wages from the Pennsylvania company.
  • 05 Sep 1909 Asa M. Tyler has brought suit in the superior court for divorce from his wife, Mrs. Laura E. Tyler, to whom he was married in 1902. They parted, alleges, in 1903. Cruelty and inhumanity are the charges.
  • 07 Sep 1909 Because she refuses to cook his meals for him, will not take good care of the house, swears at him, and falsely accuses him of unfaithfulness to her, Andrew J. Bennett has filed suit for divorce from his wife, Mrs. Minnie Bennett, in the superior court. The couple was married in February, 1906 and have a three-year-old boy as the result of their marriage.
  • 07 Sep 1909 Mrs. Thresesa Lobdell has filled suit for divorce from her husband, Willis L. Lobdell, on charges of abandonment and failure to provide. The charges sets forth that they were married in January, 1906, and that they separated in July, 1908. A girl three years old has been born to them. Mrs. Lobdell accuses her husband of failing to provide for her and of being lazy and indolent. She asks for the custody of the child.
  • 08 Sep 1909 In the superior court Edna Pettit was granted a divorce from Charles Pettit and her maiden name of Bennett was restored.
  • 08 Sep 1909 Saide Schiagel has instituted a divorce suit against Henry Schlagel, to whom she was married January 1, 1884, and from whom she was separated last Christmas. She charges that he is a habitual drunkard and that he has failed to support her for two years although he can earn from $4 to $5 a day and has $2,000 in real estate. She asks $1,000 alimony and the custody of their minor children.
  • 10 Sep 1909 The case of Elizabeth Francis, seventy-nine and paralyzed, against Nathaniel Francis, eighty-seven and blind, for a limited divorce and alimony on the ground of desertion has been set for hearing in the circuit court next Tuesday. Owing to the physical condition of the parties it will be impossible for either of them to appear in court, and their depositions will be taken. The plaintiff resides in this city and the defendant near Garrett. The latter originally filed suit for divorce, but the suit was dismissed.
  • 10 Sep 1909 The contested divorce suit of Lillian Mennewisch vs. Henry Mennewisch is on trial in the superior court.
  • 12 Sep 1909 Mrs. Adelia E. Johnson begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Harry R. Johnson, who is called a drunkard, is accused of calling his wife foul names and then striking her.
  • 14 Sep 1909 James M. Bowman sues for a divorce from Nancy J. Bowman, accusing her of habitual drunkenness and associating with immoral men. He says she was drunk five nights and days last week and when he found her in a public place on Sunday drunk in company with two men he decided to call a halt.
  • 14 Sep 1909 Jessie Chapman sues for a divorce from Miles Chapman, alleging abandonment.
  • 14 Sep 1909 Bertha B. Austin sues for a divorce from Charles B. Austin, accusing him of failure to support her and wrongfully accusing her of un-chastity.
  • 14 Sep 1909 Mrs. Adelia E. Johnson has brought a suit for divorce against Henry R. Johnson, who, she says, is a drunkard and called her foul names.
  • 15 Sep 1909 A divorce was granted in the superior court to Bertha Singleton from John Singleton.
  • 15 Sep 1909 William Bayless secured a divorce from Ella Bayless. He says that his wife's children by a former marriage treat him with disrespect.
  • 16 Sep 1909 Acting Judge S. L. Morris, of the superior court, granted Mrs. Faye Geer a divorce from John H. Geer and restored her maiden name, Cotrille. Mrs. Geer alleged that her husband forced her to work in vaudeville to the ruination of her health. The couple were married last October.
  • 16 Sep 1909 After making several ineffectual attempts to obtain a divorce, Mrs. Lillian Wilson has brought another suit in the superior court from Talbot Wilson. The couple were married on Christmas night, 1892, and separated September 28, 1908. Mrs. Wilson charges cruelty, drunkenness and failure to provide.
  • 16 Sep 1909 Mrs. Clara Taylor was granted a divorce by Judge O'Rourke from Newton Taylor. The evidence was heard several days ago.
  • 18 Sep 1909 Halcy Diamond sues for a divorce from Arthur A. Diamond, and asks that her maiden name, Martin, be restored and that she be given a thousand dollars alimony. The charge is failure to support.
  • 18 Sep 1909 Catherine A. Schindeldecker wants a divorce from Murney Z. Schindeldecker, who, she says, deserted her five days after their marriage a year ago.
  • 18 Sep 1909 Judge Heaton heard evidence in the divorce case of Andrew Bennett against Minnie Bennett. They live at Woodburn.
  • 23 Sep 1909 Daisy M. Hendricks, against whom Brisbin C. Hendricks filed a divorce suit in the superior court a short time ago, is showing fight and is back with an answer in which she sets up that he has been a resident of Indiana less than two years and is not entitled to a decree. She charges that he deserted his family at Van Wert in January of 1908 and that he was indicted for the offence by the grand jury there. She also charges him with neglect of his wife and children, says he is immoral and associates with lewd women and that he has struck and abused her in the presence of his family. She adds that he bought a home for them and after a part of the money has been paid he neglected his obligations and she had to labor hard to pay for the property. He conducts a wall paper business at 2219 Broadway.
  • 23 Sep 1909 Judge Heaton granted Mrs. Anna Bosharag a divorce from Abraham Bosharaf and restored the plaintiff's maiden name, Bonahoon.
  • 23 Sep 1909 Mrs. Marie Louise Ward was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Frederick Eugene Ward, on the ground of abandonment.
  • 24 Sep 1909 Nina Alderman sues for a divorce from Harry B. Alderman. The complaint was taken from the files by the plaintiff's attorneys.
  • 25 Sep 1909 Charging that William E. Van Buskirk spends all his earnings in saloons and keeps company with other women, Mary Van Buskirk has filed suit in the superior court asking a divorce. She says that he boasted to her of his association with a certain woman whose name is left blank in the complaint.
  • 25 Sep 1909 Mrs. Mabel McCrea has commenced an action in the circuit court for a divorce from Thomas McCrea. She charges cruel treatment. The McCreas were married in February, 1907, and separated Aug 20 last. The wife secured an order restraining the Pennsylvania company from paying McCrea's wages pending the suit.
  • 26 Sep 1909 Nina Alderman was granted a divorce from Harry Alderman by Judge Heaton.
  • 26 Sep 1909 Bernice B. Lane filed a cross-complaint in the divorce suit brought by Isaac Lane and obtained a divorce with $100 alimony and the restoration of her maiden name of Bowen.
  • 26 Sep 1909 Rose Dillon filed a cross-complaint against Pliny Dillon, who sued her for divorce, and the case, which was set for hearing Saturday, was postponed.
  • 26 Sep 1909 Grace Brown secured a decree of divorce from Earl Brown and was given back her maiden name of Benoy. She charged him with failure to provide and cruelty.
  • 26 Sep 1909 In the suit of Octavia Johnson against Jerry Johnson a continuance was granted as it is believed a reconciliation can be effected.
  • 28 Sep 1909 Eliza S. Reiter applied for a divorce from Michael Reiter, to whom she was married a year ago last June. She charges habitual drunkenness, vile and abusive language and failure to provide. She also asks for a restraining order to prevent him from molesting her, and she wants her maiden name, Brickner, restored.
  • 28 Sep 1909 Mrs. Laura E. Stewart was granted a divorce by Judge O'Rourke from Edward B. Stewart on the ground of abandonment.
  • 28 Sep 1909 Mrs. Olive Thrasher has brought a suit in the superior court for a divorce from Earl Thrasher. The couple were married August 25, 1907, and separated in August this year. The wife alleges habitual drunkenness and cruelty.
  • 28 Sep 1909 Mrs. Adelia E. Johnson was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Harry K. Johnson. The wife, who charged drunkenness and failure to provide, was given the custody of their child and alimony in the sum of $300.
  • 29 Sep 1909 Earl Pelkey, whose wife sued for a divorce two weeks ago, filed an answer in general denial Tuesday. He makes sensational allegation against his wife.
  • 29 Sep 1909 Emma J. Smith, in a divorce complaint filed in the superior court against Ithiel A. Smith, charges that he abandoned her and their two children in July, 1903 and has not provided for their support since. They were married February 17, 1887.
  • 30 Sep 1909 Thomas Hedges was granted a divorce by Judge O'Rourke from Mrs. Blanche Hedges.

  • 01 Oct 1909 Nettie Wendel Lawhead was given a divorce against Mathew J. Lawhead, and her maiden name, Wendel was restored.
  • 01 Oct 1909 Judge Heaton granted James M. Bowman a divorce from Nancy J. Bowman. He charged that he met her drunk in the company with Earl Thrasher, whose wife entered suit for divorce a few days ago.
  • 01 Oct 1909 The case of Stella Eddington vs. William Eddington was partly heard by Judge Heaton.
  • 02 Oct 1909 Viva Witham charges that Frank Witham abandoned her and she asks for a divorce.
  • 03 Oct 1909 Leo Smith sues for a divorce from Florence Smith, charging that she abandoned him.
  • 03 Oct 1909 Mrs. Edith A. Ritchards has filed a suit in the superior court against Albert Ritchards for divorce, alleging cruelty and false accusations. The couple were married February 14, 1900, and separated September 17, 1909. The wife asks the custody of their four children.
  • 07 Oct 1909 Henry Mennewisch filed an application for a restraining order to prevent his wife, Lillian, from taking their only child to Philadelphia. The couple recently had a divorce case in court, but it was compromised and dismissed without a decree.
  • 08 Oct 1909 Martin Boyle begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Mary Boyle, who did not come up to her husband's expectations.
  • 08 Oct 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted to Clement Delia Rocco a decree of divorce from Mrs. Josephine Delia Rocco. The husband is a foreman at the rolling mills.
  • 09 Oct 1909 In the superior court today Laura Brown was granted a divorce from Harvey Brown, given possession of the personal property of the Commerical hotel, on South Calhoun street, and small amount of cash and a city lot and allowed to resume her former name if Winans.
  • 10 Oct 1909 After three unsuccessful attempts to obtain a divorce Lillian Wilson was on the fourth essay granted a separation from her husband in the superior court Saturday on the grounds of cruelty. The couple have three children and the husband is given the care of the two boys, while the daughter is given into the care of the mother.
  • 10 Oct 1909 Brisban Henricks was granted a divorce from Daisy M. Hendricks in the superior court Saturday morning on the grounds of abandonment. The mother is to have the custody of the two daughters.
  • 10 Oct 1909 Bernard C. Rensman instituted divorce proceedings against Mary E. Rensman. The couple were married October 21 of last year, but lived together only until May. Incompatibility is the complaint.
  • 12 Oct 1909 Irena Grummon sues for a divorce from Isaac Grummon, to whom she was married in 1871. She says he did not properly support her and was quarrelsome, so she was forced to leave him seven year ago.
  • 12 Oct 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Lulu Reed a divorce from Franklin M. Reed, on the ground of abandonment.
  • 13 Oct 1909 Special Judge R. K. Erwin, appointed to hear the divorce case of Alta J. Pelkey against Earl Pelkey, acted as a board of arbitration Wednesday morning, effecting a compromise by which the complainant receives a divorce and alimony of $200, also a diamond ring which she gave Pelkey after their marriage. Her maiden name, Alta J. Small was restored by the court.
  • 13 Oct 1909 Edward Deprey was granted a divorce in the superior court from Alma Deprey. He charged desertion.
  • 14 Oct 1909 Alice Boyce files action for a divorce from William Boyce, who abandoned her.
  • 16 Oct 1909 Ada Dinius, who was divorced some time ago from Louis Boesenet, secured in the superior court the modification of an order which gives her the custody of her children. She testified that the husband has been carrying them about the counrty in a wagon.
  • 16 Oct 1909 In the superior court Eliza Reiter was granted a divorce from Michael Reiter.
  • 18 Oct 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Sadie Schlagel a divorce from Heinrich Schlagel. He lives in Decatur and his wife says he has been drunk continuously for twenty-five years.
  • 19 Oct 1909 In the circuit court Viva Witham was granted a divorce from Frank Witham and permitted to resume her maiden name of Miller. She also got the custody of their child.
  • 19 Oct 1909 Stella Eddington has been granted a divorce from William Eddington. He was charged with abandonment and the case was tried in the superior court.
  • 20 Oct 1909 Rose Fowler sues for a divorce from Harry Fowler, alleging that he is a habitual drunkard and forces her to support the family. She says he got a judgment for $3,000 against a railroad company and spent the whole amount for liquor.
  • 21 Oct 1909 Mrs. Clara B. Shoaff was granted a decree of divorce from Joseph Y. Shoaff and the husband is required to pay $15 a month for the support of their children. The parties were married at Huntertown Oct. 23, 1889. The charge is that the husband deserted his family, which includes two children, and the mother has labored to support them.
  • 21 Oct 1909 Frederick Van Keuren, an artist engaged in decorating the Scottish Rite cathedral, has filed in the Wells county circuit court a suit for $5,000 damages against George W. Blauser, a farmer, whom he charges with having alienated the affections of Mrs. Van Keuren. The complaint was prepare here by Judge R. B. Dreibelbiss and sent to Bluffton to be filed. Van Keuren alleges that he was married to Mary Duffey on June 3 of this year, and lived with her until August 3, when she packed up his household goods and went to Wells county, where she is living with Blauser on his farm. He says that immediately after the marriage Blauser began to make false statements to his wife with a view of poisoning her mind against him and that when he discovered she was in love with her suitor he attempted to reason with her, but nothing he could do would induce her to give up her lover. Further he charges that Blauser visited his home during his absence and arranged with Mrs. Van Keuren to leave him, and finally she said she cared nothing for her husband and pulled up stakes and went to Wells county. The wife filed suit for divorce some time ago but it was shown she had not been a resident of the state for the time required by law, and this issue is to be injected into the case.
  • 21 Oct 1909 Mrs. Florence Smith has entered divorce proceedings in the circuit court against Leo Smith and has secured a restraining order to prevent him for drawing his wages from the Fort Wayne Rolling Mills company. She says they were married February 1, 1895, and have not lived together for a number of years, and adds that he make from $300 to $600 a month as laborer contractor for the company. A few weeks ago, she states, he filed suit for divorce and induced her to sign a paper of which she did not know the import, but found on investigation that it was an agreement to allow a man named Dickman to appear for her. She says she then employed attorneys and demanded an allowance and the husband dismissed his suit and is trying to dispose of his money so she cannot reach it. The restraining order was to prevent this.
  • 22 Oct 1909 William T. Knipple, whose wife secured a divorce from him six years ago, has been ordered to appear in the superior court to show cause why he has not made payments for the support of his children, as ordered. He is now working at the soldiers' home at Lafayette. Knipple was ordered to pay $12 a month and it is alleged he has paid only $25 in all that time.
  • 26 Oct 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Anna Waite a divorce from Gary O. Waite. The wife was also given custody of her child.
  • 27 Oct 1909 Ellis E. James brought suit for a divorce from Ursia O. Jones. James says his wife continually nagged him and accused him of intimacy with other women. She induced a male friend to shadow him and this man told her he had seen James in the company of other females, all of which James says was untrue. His wife, he said, spread the stories about among the neighbors and finally left him.
  • 29 Oct 1909 Mrs. Katie Certia begins action in the superior court for divorce from her husband, Peter Certia, and also applies for a restraining order against Louis Certia, preventing the latter from paying her husband any of the money he owes him. The restraining order was issued. The complaint alleges that the couple were married on Jul 16, 1906, and that there are no children. Mrs. Certia is now employed as a domestic, and by the order of the court both of the men named are prevented from visiting her at the house. The complaint further alleges that Peter Certia has not supported her for the past two years, that he has a violent temper, that she fears he will do her harm and she wants to have her maiden name restored. The parties formerly resided in New Haven.
  • 30 Oct 1909 Emma J. Smith sues Ithiel A. Smith for a divorce, alleging that he abandoned her.
  • 30 Oct 1909 John P. Ertle was cited to appear in the circuit court and explain why he has not been paying his divorced wife her alimony.

  • 01 Nov 1909 Clara F. Littlefield sues for a divorce from Benjamin Littlefield. She charges abandonment and asks for alimony and the custody of her children.
  • 01 Nov 1909 William T. Knipple was cited to appear in the superior court in contempt proceedings because he failed to support his children by a divorce wife. He has married again.
  • 02 Nov 1909 In the circuit court Sadie Schlagle was granted a divorce from Henry Schlagle. The evidence was heard some time ago.
  • 01 Nov 1909 Anthony Stemen, who was arrested Saturday at Hammond on a warrant charging him with failure to provide for his child, gave bond in the circuit court for $3,000 with his father as security.
  • 01 Nov 1909 Clara F. Hackman has instituted an action supplemented to an execution to secure the payment from Benjamin L. Littlefield for $100 alimony. Since being divorced from Littlefield at Decatur, in December, 1908, the plaintiff has married again. Littlefield is now employed by the Pennsylvania company.
  • 06 Nov 1909 Mrs. Mary Ervin institutes action in the circuit court for a divorce from John H. Ervin. They were married on Christmas day, 1904, and separated on November 4, this year. The wife alleges that her husband quarreled with her, called her bad names and struck her. She asks the custody of their child. On the application of the wife the husband is restrained from molesting her or disposing of her property pending the final hearing of the case.
  • 08 Nov 1909 Mrs. Marie Hahn has filed a suit in the superior court for a divorce from Fred W. Hahn. The couple were married December 26, 1902, and according to the wife, Hahn abandoned her April 27, 1906, and she has not since seen nor heard from him.
  • 08 Nov 1909 Mrs. Irena Grummons, an aged woman was granted a divorce by Judge Heaton from Isaac Grummons, eighty-two years old. Both are decrepit and the suit attracted wide attention when it was filed. The wife only was in court, and she charged cruelty and failure to provide. The aged couple were married January 17, 1871, and separated in 1902.
  • 09 Nov 1909 John H. Byrer sues for a divorce from Martha Byrer, and the complaint with withdrawn from the files.
  • 09 Nov 1909 Charging that he came home drunk and beat her cruelly two weeks after their marriage, and that he has always been cruel and shiftless, Mrs. Ruby Reichert sued for a divorce from William Reichert.
  • 09 Nov 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Florence A. Smith a divorce from Leo Smith.
  • 10 Nov 1909 Mrs. Jane Stout has brought a support suit in the superior court against Albert Stout, demanding $30 a month. The couple were married December 25, 1880, and separated in March, 1909, when the wife alleges Stout abandoned her. She says she was forced to undergo an operation at a hospital some time ago and is now practically an invalid. She is fifty-six years old. Mrs. Stout says her husband earns a salary of $14 a week
  • 11 Nov 1909 Mrs. Angeline Farks files action for divorce from her husband, Conrad Farks, who struck her after threating her cruelly and cursing her at various times. The wife has supported her three children and the thanks was brutal treatment. If the charges are proven Judge O'Rourke ought to punish the brute.
  • 11 Nov 1909 Mabel D. Bradley was granted a decree of divorce in the circuit court from Robert A. Bradley and also obtained the custody of their two children with $1,000 alimony and an allowance of $25 a month for the support of the children. The complaint states that the marriage took place June 6, 1901, that they were separated December 24, 1908. He is charged with failure to provide for his wife and children for more than two years.
  • 13 Nov 1909 Mrs. Ida Harkenrider has filed a suit in the superior court in which she asks a divorce from George Harkenrider. The wife declares that Harkenrider told her he did not love her longer and would stay away nights for weeks at a time, seeking, she alleges, the company of other women. She says he frequently struck and beat her, failed to provide sufficiently for her and that during last winter and part of the present fall she was forced to go out along the railroad tracks and pick up coal to provide fuel with which to keep warm. She also alleges that Harkenrider threatened to kill her and that on November 11 last she left him after he had slapped her. The Harkenriders were married December 22, 1906. The wife asks that her maiden name, Sowers be restored and the husband is restrained by Judge O'Rourke from molesting his wife or drawing his wages pending action in court.
  • 13 Nov 1909 As the sequel to several desertion and support suits against her husband, Edwin C. Holider, Mrs. Anna Holider has filed an action in the circuit court against Julia Small for alleged alienation of the affections of Holider. Mrs. Holider alleges that the defendant by "offers of money and employment," enticed Holider from home and that he accompanied the Small woman on auto trips to Huntington, Peru, Toledo, Iowa and Coloado. Mrs. Holider alleges that the Small woman finally induced Holider to abandon his wife and that the defendant "harbored and detained" Holider at her home. The Holiders were married October 28, 1907, and separated October 13, 1908.
  • 15 Nov 1909 Her husband is an habitual drunkard. When under the influence of liquor he is brutal in the extreme. Some time after their marriage he took her hands in his, kissed them and then without warning struck her and broke her nose. Another time he broke her arm. On October 21, last her broke four of her ribs, kicked her in the side and abdomen and rendered her unconscious. He treatened to kill her. The above are amony the allegations made by Mrs. Bethena Hortsman is a suit filed in the superior court for a divorce from William G. Hortsman, a local liveryman, who has appealed to the circuit court from a sentence imposed by Judge Skelton for the beating administered the wife on October 21. Mrs. Hortsman says she was married to Hortsman on January 13, 1905, and she summarizes her alleged sufferings at the hands of her husband in the charges enumerated above. She obtained an order restraining Hortsman from disposing of any of his property and asks alimony to the amount of $5,000.
  • 16 Nov 1909 Mrs. Tennie Ellison was granted a decree of divorce from John Ellison in the superior court and Judge Heaton restored the woman's maiden name - Sodtman. The charge was abandonment.
  • 18 Nov 1909 If the complaint filed by Mrs. Charlotte Deardorff against Charles A. Deardorff in the circuit court in which she asks for a divorce, recites the correct facts the husband has been the victim of bad women and they caused him to desert his wife and child, a boy of eight years. She say they were married February 27, 1901, and lived together until May 4, 1909, when he abandoned her and that since last July he has contributed nothing to her support. He is accused of infidelity and associating with lewd women. The wife asks $4,000 alimony.
  • 19 Nov 1909 In the circuit court yesterday Mary L. Diek was granted a divorce from John B. Diek, and the defendant was ordered to pay the costs. The charge was abandonment.
  • 23 Nov 1909 A support suit which began in the superior court Monday morning before Judge S. E. Cook, of Huntington, as special judge, ended in a divorce. The case was that of Mrs. Nettie Bricker against Homer Bricker, but before any evidence was heard the couple came to an agreement regarding their differences and the woman filed a suit for divorce, alleging that Bricker abandoned her three years ago. Bricker agreed to pay alimony in the sum of $1,125. Mr. and Mrs. Bricker were married in 1903 and lived together about three years. The husband filed a counter showing in which he said that when he married he gave his wife to understand that he would have to provide for his parents and that he came home off his run as an engineer on the G. R. & I. one time and found a note in their bedroom saying she had left him for good and that she would send around for her furniture, which she did.. Bricker contended in his counter showing in the divorce suit that his wife had never quarreled and that he could not understand why she had left him.
  • 24 Nov 1909 Homer Becker says that in the divorce proceedings between himself and his wife he was granted the divorce on the ground of abandonment and that he paid her $1,000 in settlement out of court.
  • 25 Nov 1909 The divorce case of Ellis E. James against Ursla O. James was heard in the superior court and Judge Heaton took the matter under advisement. The husband expressed some hesitatncy about supporting the children of they were left in care of their mother.
  • 25 Nov 1909 Emma C. Gaskins has filed a divorce suit against Charles E. Gaskins, in which she charges that a short time after their marriage in 1905 he abandoned her and has not made any provision for her support.
  • 25 Nov 1909 Mrs. Addie Waters has entered a suit in the superior court in which she demands $40 a month of her husband, Wesley Waters, for support, alleging that she was compelled on account of cruel treatment to leave him and that he owns property worth $15,000 and has an income of $2,000 a year. They were married March 28, 1908, and she states that she lived with him until the following October and since that time has been dependent upon relatives for her living. The records show that their marriage was the third venture for both and that prior to the time they became man and wife he had been once divorced and she had her marriage bonds severed twice by the courts. She alleges that after the wedding he moved from the city to his farm, where he made her work in the fields, and about the house performing labor that she had never been used to. She also accuses him of having abused and sworn at her and states that he refused to have her son by a former marriage visit her. It is charged that his abuse drove her from home and that he published a notice through the newspapers warning merchants against extending her credit.
  • 29 Nov 1909 The divorce case of Mrs. Ida Harkenrider vs. George Harkenrider was settled and the cause withdrawn from court in peace.
  • 29 Nov 1909 The matrimonial troubles of Asa M. Tyler, former proprietor of the Wayne hotel, and his wife, Mrs. Laura Tyler, after a lot of complications are to have an airing in the superior court next Thursday on the peremptory order of Judge Heaton. The wife brought a suit for a limited separation, but dismissed her attorneys and secured a new one from Indianapolis, who failed to file his answer in the proper time. Tyler then brought a suit for absolute divorce, but all the parties defaulted Saturday morning and Judge Heaton called in the prosecutor and ordered the case heard next Thursday.
  • 29 Nov 1909 Judge Heaton granted to Ellis E. James a decree of divorce from Ursia O. James, but gave the mother custody of the children subject to the further order of court. The charge against Mrs. James was abandonment. Mr. James told the court that about a year before the filing of the divorce suit she had an amateur detective shadowing him around Maysville and that the bush league Sherlock Holmes reported to her that the husband was holding clandestine meetings with other women, all of which was not true. He also said that she reported the stories she heard about him to the neighbors and injured his standing. Finally he alleges she abandoned him on Mary 13, of the year, and has since reused to live with him.
  • 30 Nov 1909 August Wolf was granted a decree of divorce from Elsie Wolf by Judge Heaton. The parties lived together for fourteen years. Then the wife proved unfaithful according to the husband.
  • 30 Nov 1909 Judge Heaton granted to Mrs. Ida Davidson a decree of divorce from William Davidson. The parties are colored.
  • 30 Nov 1909 Mrs. Laura E. Tyler protests against granting a divorce to her husband, Asa M. Tyler, former proprietor of the Wayne hotel, and she has filed an answer in which she does not ask a decree herself and her efforts will be directed toward preventing him from getting one. The case will be tried on December 2. Mrs. Tyler makes a general denial of the charges against her in the suit and alleges that he is not entitled to a divorce because he has been guilty of infractions of his marriage vows. She names Mary Ahern, formerly a servant at the hotel and later housekeeper in Tyler's house in Lakeside, as co-respondent.
  • 30 Nov 1909 Daniel J. Vermilyea has filed a suit in the superior court asking that his marriage to Ida Vermilyea be dissolved because at the time she became his wife she was married to Charles Parker, of New York, and that the marriage has not been dissolved either by death or divorce. They were married Oct. 15, 1893, and lived together until Oct. 15, 1905.
  • 30 Nov 1909 In her suit for divorce against Wesley Waters in the superior court, Mrs. Addie Waters filed a motion Monday for support pending the suit. In answer, Waters produced what purported to be an ante-nuptial agreement which provided that in the event of a separation or divorce, Waters was to pay his wife nothing. This agreement however, will depend largely upon the evidence, as Waters would have to show that he had fulfilled his part of the agreement to make it binding against the wife. Mrs. Waters alleges that her husband treated her so cruelly that she had to leave him. Waters is a wealthy farmer and his present marriage is his second.

  • 01 Dec 1909 Mrs. Clara M. Dinklage begins proceedings for divorce from Arthur J. Dinklage and the wife also asks $500 alimony. The complaint recites that the husband called the plaintiff vile names. That he finally abandoned her and failed to contribute to her support.
  • 01 Dec 1909 Mrs. Virginia E. Zimmerman begins action for divorce against Jesse Zimmerman. The wife charges that Zimmerman abandoned her in May, 1905, after about two years of married life and that he has since failed to make any provision for her support. She also charges that he was a habitual drunkard before she left him that he threatened to shoot her, and that he once struck her. She asks alimony in the sum of $1,000 and the restoration of her maiden name, Becht.
  • 01 Dec 1909 Grace P. Thomas sues for a divorce from John D. Thomas, baggage transfer agent at the interurban station. They were married September 5, 1900, and lived together until yesterday. He is charged with striking her, calling her bad names and accusing her of infidelity. A restraining order was secured to prevent him from disposing of his horses and wagons.
  • 03 Dec 1909 The divorce suit of Asa M. Tyler vs. Laura E. Tyler, which was set for trial Thursday, was dismissed on motion of the plaintiff.
  • 03 Dec 1909 Judge Heaton granted Emma J. Smith a divorce from Ethiel A. Smith.
  • 03 Dec 1909 William S. Sauerman was in the circuit court for the third time on contempt proceedings for failure to make payments to his divorced wife. He arranged to pay and was released.
  • 04 Dec 1909 Proceedings were instituted in the circuit court to have Architect Robert A. Bradley cited to show the judge why he has not paid his wife the alimony allowed her when she obtained a divorce from him several months ago. She alleges that she was decreed $25 a month for the support of the children, but that the money has not been forthcoming. He is held in contempt for his failure and will have to show cause or pay the allowance.
  • 04 Dec 1909 Harriet Watson has filed suit in the circuit court against Gaylord Watson asking for a divorce and charging that he has failed to provide for her. They were married in October, 1902, and separated last month.
  • 05 Dec 1909 Mrs. Evaline Boseker yesterday filed suit in the circuit court against Harry C. Boseker for divorce and also filed a petition for a restraining order against the Fort Wayne Electric works, where Boseker is employed, asking them to refuse to pay over to Boseker wages now due him. The complaint recites that the couple were married December 5, 1900, and that they lived together as husband and wife until October, 1909. Divorce is asked on the ground of cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide. Mrs. Boseker names Vila Wolcott as a co-respondent and charges her husband with having had adulterous relations with three other women, whose names are not set out. It is alleged that the husband of one woman secured a divorce because of her conduct with Boseker. Mrs. Boseker claims that for a year she has supported herself by working in Chicago, while she supposed her husband was at work here paying off his debts, preparatory to again taking up the burden of her support. In October she discovered that he was living with a woman in Chicago and she thereupon determined to secure a divorce. Boseker is a son of the late Christian C. Boseker, who was one of the well-known Fort Wayne contractors. Since her return from Chicago Mrs. Boseker claims to have witnesses a clandestine meeting between her husband and a New Haven woman, and after following the woman to an interurban car she proceeded to explain to the people aboard the car all about the little affair.
  • 05 Dec 1909 Mabel McCrea has filed suit in the superior court asking a divorce from Thomas McCrea an charging that he threatened her with extreme cruelty. They were married February 27, 1907, and she lives at 1307 Ohio street. She recently filed a divorce suit in the circuit court and dismissed it on his promise to treat her properly.
  • 05 Dec 1909 Dr. George E. Johnson, the dentist, begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from his wife, Isabella Johnson, who is described in the complaint as a woman of violent temper and addicted to the use of profane language. She is accused of destroying his dental library and also of hiding his professional instruments so that he could not use them. He says she struck him with a good stout iron rod and did his bodily harm.
  • 07 Dec 1909 Judge Heaton granted Mabel McCrea a divorce from Thomas McCrea. She was also given permission to reassume her maiden name, Baer.
  • 07 Dec 1909 Alda L. Disler filed suit for a divorce from her husband, Frank J. Disler, a Huntertown saloon keeper. She says in her complaint that the family residence is in a portion of the building occupied by the saloon and that her husband entertains drunken men and gamblers in the place after 11 o'clock at night and on Sundays, and sometimes allows the carousing to go on in the cellar. Furthermore she charges that her spouse joins in the revels and is a habitual drunkard.
  • 11 Dec 1909 Mrs. Stella Phillips began action against Harry Phillips for support and money to defray legal expenses. The husband is charged with abandoning his wife and family Nov. 9.
  • 12 Dec 1909 The old divorce case of Julia Carpenter vs. Charles Carpenter, which has been on the circuit court docket for a long time was dismissed.
  • 15 Dec 1909 Judge Heaton granted to May Van Buskirk a divorce from William E. Van Buskirk. The charge was failure to provide, and the evidence showed that Van Buskirk was a believer in the old saying that "it's cheaper to move than to pay rent." The wife testified that ever since she married Van Burkirk she as kept moving from one house to another nearly all the time.
  • 15 Dec 1909 Alice Gilbert has entered suit in the superior court asking for a divorce from Francis W. Gilbert. She charges that shortly after their marriage, on July 31, 1904, he began a course of cruel treatment and finally deserted her in August, 1907.
  • 15 Dec 1909 Mrs. Harry Phillips, wife of the Anthony hotel tailor, secured judgment in the circuit court Tuesday in her suit for support against her husband. She was given $25 to pay attorney fees and, $6 a week.
  • 16 Dec 1909 The case of Anthony Stemen, charged with failure to provide for his wife and child was taken up before a jury in the circuit court. Proof was offered to show that since last July he had made little provision for his family and had failed to keep an agreement to pay her $25 a month which he promised to do when he was arrested at Hammond, Ind., for the same offense. The evidence was finished and a part of the arguments were heard.
  • 17 Dec 1909 Luella McElfatrick has instituted a suit in the superior court for divorce from James T. McElfatrick, and alleges in her complaint that she is suffering from a weak heart and that living with her husband would tend to materially shorten her life. She complains that McElfatrick knowing of her condition, continues to harass her and by loud and boisterous talk to cause her great physical suffering.
  • 17 Dec 1909 Harriet Watson was granted a divorce from Gaylord Watson in the superior court on the grounds of desertion. Her maiden name of Warner was restored.
  • 17 Dec 1909 After being out all night the jury in the case of Anthony Stemen, charged with having failed to provide for his child returned a verdict at 9:15 Thursday morning acquitting the defendant. The trend of the testimony was that Stemen have sent his wife money frequently, and in comparatively large amounts, but that he was prevented from living with her by reason of objections entered by his mother-in-law.
  • 17 Dec 1909 Angeline Farks was granted a divorce from Conrad Farks. He is at present serving a jail sentence for wife beating.
  • 18 Dec 1909 James C. Grames begins proceedings for a decree of divorce from Olive G. Grames. The husband charges that his wife abandoned him in spite of his entreaties and refuses to live with him.
  • 18 Dec 1909 Alleging that she is about to be evicted for nonpayment of rent and that her earning are not sufficient to pay her living expenses and support her three children, Nora Cramer has filed a suit for support against Martin Cramer, a laborer at the Bass foundry and has tied up his wages until she can get a hearing. She alleges that she was married to Cramer May 31, 1898, and lived with him until August 30, 1908, and that she left him to avoid his drunken abuse. She also charges that he drank up his wages when they lived together and compelled her to cook in restaurants and take in washing.
  • 19 Dec 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Charlotte Deardorf a divorce from Charles A. Deardord, awarding her also the custody of her children and $950 alimony.
  • 19 Dec 1909 Rose Fowler was granted a divorce from Harry Fowler by Judge O'Rourke,
  • 19 Dec 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Beatrice Timmis a divorce from Mark Timmis and her maiden name, Irons was restored.
  • 21 Dec 1909 James C. Grames was granted a divorce from Olive Grames. He was also given the custody of their one remaining child, the other three having been legally adopted by other persons.
  • 21 Dec 1909 Wesley and Etta Waters have made up their differences and their divorce suit was dismissed.
  • 21 Dec 1909 Edna C. Howard sues for a divorce from Frederick H. Howard, alleging abandonment.
  • 21 Dec 1909 Katie Certia was granted a divorce in the superior court from Peter Certia on the grounds of cruelty and failure to support. Her maiden name of Hosford was restored. The Certias live near New Haven.
  • 24 Dec 1909 In the superior court Anna Holder was given a divorce from Edwin C. Holder on her cross complaint. He applied for a decree but the evidence against him was so damaging that the wife was given a divorce.
  • 24 Dec 1909 Judge O'Rourke granted Catherine A. Shindelbecker a divorce from Murney Z. Shindelbecker.
  • 24 Dec 1909 In the superior court Arthur Black was granted a divorce from Madeline Black. The wife was accused of having eloped three times with a former lover. Black forgave her twice but drew the line the third time.
  • 25 Dec 1909 Frances L. Meyers has commenced suit in the superior court for divorce from John H. Meyers, and in her complaint she alleges that two weeks after the couple were married her husband struck her and applied vile epithets to her. She secured a restraining order to prevent Meyers from calling at her home, as she asserts that she fears personal violence at his hands when he learns that divorce proceedings have been instituted.
  • 28 Dec 1909 Alice J. Overly sues for a divorce from Ellsworth E. Overly, who, she says abandoned her without cause.
  • 28 Dec 1909 Larkin A. Crickmore has commenced suit for divorce from Mary Ann Crickmore in the circuit court. He alleges in his complaint that he was married in September of this year and that in December his wife deserted him and has since refused to live with him.
  • 28 Dec 1909 Alice Boyce was granted a divorce in the superior court from William Boyce. Failure to provide for a period of two years was the complaint.
  • 30 Dec 1909 Ralph Embody began proceedings to secure a decree of divorce from his wife, Delia Imbody. The complaint, declares that the defendant is shrewish, that she continually nags him, calls him vile names and make life hard.
  • 31 Dec 1909 Mrs. Ida Stonebrook filed suit in the superior court for a divorce and $2,000 alimony from Thomas Stonebrook, and followed it up with a suit against Mrs. Hannah E. Kiefer Miller for $5,000 damages for alienation of the fickle Tom's affections. The two complaints allege that Stonebrook left his wife and home and is living in adultery with the Miller woman, who is a widow and a neighbor. He has taken all his belongings to the Miller home. When he goes to his work at the Pennsylvania paint shop Mrs. Miller drives him there in her buggy, and when they pass the house of the deserted wife they "lock arms lovingly," all to the distress and indignation of Mrs. Stonebrook
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