Richland Co., Ohio

Divorce Records

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Divorce Notes, 1887 (partial year)

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Alden vs. Alden 09 June 1887 Judge May yesterday granted a divorce to Jeanetta Alden against Frank Alden on ground of adultery.  The couple were married at Sandusky, Dec. 24, 1882.  The wife alleged failure to support and adultery with Mrs. Net. Dorman in Mansfield and at Galion.  Mrs. Dorman was in this city nearly all of the winter before last.  The custody of the two sons, Harry S. and George was awarded the plaintiff.  
Beam vs. Beam 13 Oct 1887 Samuel Beam has filed a petition for divorce from Sarah J. Beam.  The parties were married March 1, 1872, at Bucyrus.  The plaintiff complains that his wife has been willfully absent for three years without any excuse therefor.
Callin vs. Callin 01 Sept 1887 Della Callin has asked a divorce from her husband, George Callin, and the custody of her child, Stella, aged six years.  The parties were married in April, 1880.  In June, 1882 the plaintiff alleges that the defendant deserted her and since then she has been dependent on her own resources.  The parties are now living near Olivesburg.
McCready vs. McCready 22 Sept 1887 A petition was filed Monday in common pleas court by Christia [sic.] Ann McCready asking for divorce from her husband, Robert E. McCready, on ground of willful absence.  The parties were married in Crawford County, Dec. 24, 1874 and have one child, Ottillia Ford McCready, born Feb. 22, 1876.  Plaintiff also asks custody of the child and other proper relief.
Ryland vs. Ryland 11 Aug 1887 Katie Ryland, through her attorney, J.S. Wertman, has filed a petition for divorce from George Ryland.  The plaintiff states in her petition that she was married to the defendant, Dec. 15, 1885.  Only fifteen days afterward Ralph Ryland was born.  The petitioner complains that the husband has been guilty of gross neglect of duty ever since the marriage.  He has neglected to furnish her or her child with a home, food or clothing.  She therefore asks for divorce and reasonable alimony.
  27 Oct 1887 Kate Ryland wanted to be freed from George Ryland because he had grossly neglected her.  She resides at Olivesburg.  The parties were married in Michigan.  The evidence was complete with the exception of the marriage certificate and the case was continued until a certified copy of that can be secured.
Schnore vs. Schnore 15 Sept 1887 Mrs. Mary Schnore, of this city, has filled a petition for divorce from her husband, Philip Schnore, on grounds of willful absence and failing to provide for her and her child.  The parties were married Dec. 13, 1886, and have a two-months' old child.
Snurr vs. Snurr 22 Dec 1887 Mary Bitterly's divorce case was heard by Judge May Saturday.  The woman's right name is Mary Snurr.  She was married to Philip Snurr Dec. 13, 1886.  Philip didn't take kindly to the alliance and married her when she had sworn before Justice Patterson that he was the father of her unborn child.  He lived with her two days and then abandoned her.  He has contributed nothing to her for her support or the support of the child, a girl born June 5, 1887.  On the ground of neglect Mary asked divorce.  Philip put in a cross petition for divorce alleging adultery, associating with lewd women, and keeping an assignation house as the ground.  A number of witnesses were subpoenaed and the testimony was quite sensational, but unfit for publication in a decent newspaper.  The most damaging testimony against Mary Bitterly was offered by John Dorian and his wife, formerly Anne Mackley.  A lot of testimony by way of impeaching witnesses was offered.  A woman employed at the jail was the best witness for the wife.  She testified that she knew nothing bad of her and that she had frequently lent her money.  At the conclusion of the testimony both sides submitted the case without argument.  Judge May said he felt like saying as little as possible about the case.  It seemed to him that the little German, Philip Snurr, was the squarest one of the crew, that he married Mary Bitterly without knowing much about her and abandoned her as soon as he found she was associating with prostitutes.  He said prostitutes were known to be about her and it looked as though she had been committing adultery.  He refused the plaintiff a divorce but gave the defendant release on the cross petition.  Mary had been present all during the trial with her baby.  When she learned the decree of the court she became quite wrathy.  She picked up her baby and a pillow, went to one of the benches and put the baby upon it saying if the court would give her no money to support the child, the court would have to take care of the baby.  This looked rather serious for the court and the novelty of the situation created quite a sensation.  Mary jerked her baby buggy out of the room and started of in high dudgeon.  Before she had gone far she remembered that she had left the pillow.  She returned, lifted the child off the pillow, set it in the corner of the bench, took the pillow and went away again.  There was much discussion among the attorneys and spectators as to what should be done with the squealing urchin not yet a year old.  Finally it was decided that Capt. Beam, of the police force, should take the baby to the Children's Home and he took it in his arms and walked away.  Andy Keith lent his great coat to keep the child warm on the way up.  Before the good captain had gone far however, Mary repented.  The maternal feeling, which no mother can overcome entirely, got the better of her and she left her baby carriage in the care of an acquaintance and ran after the policeman.  She got her baby, came back and tenderly tucked it away in the little carriage again with remark "I guess I keeps him bei me".  She declares that Dorian and his wife testified to falsehoods and with tears in her eyes said there was a God who would one day right her wrongs.  Judge May says if she proves to be worthy of the child he will allow her alimony for its support.  His decision on this point is reserved.
Spencer vs. Spencer 09 June 1887 Effie Spencer has filed a petition against William Spencer.  The couple were married in this city Oct. 27, 1879.  The wife alleges that the defendant assaulted her April 28, and used vile and abusive language toward her.  Once previously, namely in September 1885, he subjected her to the same treatment.  The husband is temporarily restrained from disposing of a lot in Bartley's Addition to the city and some household goods.
Stober vs. Stober 14 July 1887 Clara S. Stober has filed a petition against her husband, Jacob Stober, asking for divorce, alimony and the custody of her child, Orpha Stober, aged two and one-half years.  The parties were married Aug. 12, '84.  One June 15, '87 the plaintiff alleges that the defendant was guilty of extreme cruelty toward her in that he knocked her down and beat her.  She asks that he be restrained from disposing of his property which consists of farm stock, implements, crops, etc.  A temporary restraining order has been issued.
Swoveland vs. Swoveland 23 June 1887 In the divorce case of Martin Swoveland against Henrietta Swoveland, in which the plaintiff's petition for divorce on the grounds that the defendant has been willfully absent for three years last past, was met by the cross petition of the defendant asking divorce from the plaintiff on the same grounds.  Judge May Monday rendered a decision for the plaintiff, but allowing the defendant $1,000 alimony.  The custody of one of their two children is given to each party to the suit.
Taylor vs. Taylor 27 Oct 1887 Freddie Taylor asked for a divorce from Henry C. Taylor.  She was married in Idaho on the strength of some correspondence and a photograph.  She alleges that Henry was not what he pretended to be and produced proof of adultery on his part committed at Los Angeles, Cal.  The evidence was not complete and Freddie will have to wait until the deposition of a hotel clerk can be procured.
Welker vs. Welker 18 Aug 1887 Carrie E. Welker has applied for a divorce from her husband, Lewis H. Welker, on the ground of willful absence.  The parties were married at Flint, Mich., March 23, 1881.
  27 Oct 1887 The successful lady was Carrie E. Welker of this city, who wanted to be separated from Lewis H. Welker because he has been guilty of neglecting her and failing to provide for her.  The evidence showed that he had abused her and left her declaring he would never live with her again.  She was granted a divorce without the change of name which was prayed for in the petition.
Wirth vs. Wirth 09 June 1887 Carrie Wirth asks to be divorced from Edward Wirth.  The parties were married Oct. 5, 1881.  As ground of divorce the plaintiff alleges neglect, cruelty, and habitual drunkenness.  There is one child, Harland Wirth, aged 5 years.

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