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A Sensational Story

Fort Wayne, Ind., Sept 24.—A divorce case which was heard in Judge O’Rourk’s court developed a rather sensational story. It seems that the defendant, Mrs. Elizabeth Becker, deliberately sold herself for a money consideration to Michael Becker, who to-day was granted a divorce. As part of the evidence there was introduced the following remarkable agreement:

This agreement, made this 20th day of March, 1888, by and between Michael Becker and Elizabeth Nick, witnesseth that Michael Becker agrees to marry Elizabeth Nick on the following conditions: That Michael Becker agrees to pay the sum of $1,300 now due on property owned by Elizabeth Nick, and secured by mortgage on said property, and said Elizabeth Nick agrees to convey the above property to said Michael Becker and Elizabeth Nick jointly, and said Michael Becker agrees by agreement, in case he shall outlive Elizabeth Nick, to only have a life-interest in said estate, and after his death said lot shall be divided among the children of Elizabeth Nick. Elizabeth Nick agrees to ask for a divorse from Joseph Nick, and after the same is granted she agrees to marry Michael Becker on the above conditions. MICHAEL BECKER, ELIZABETH NICK.

It will be seen by the above document and the subsequent proceedings that Elizabeth is somewhat of a hustler. She signed the foregoing paper on the 20th of March. Ten days later she applied for a divorce from Joseph Nick, which was granted on the 18th of May. On the 22d of May she was married to Michael Becker, and to-day she was again divorced. The decree divorcing her from Nick forbade her marrying within a period of two years, but a little thing like that made no difference to Her, and she married four days later. Michael is 63 years and Elizabeth about 50 years of age.

[Waco Evening News, Waco, Texas, September 25, 1888 — Transcribed by SallyH]

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NOTICE

State of Indiana, Allen County,:

Allen Circuit Court, September Term, 1877

Laura M. Thompson vs John E. Thompson

Divorce

It appearing to the satisfaction of the clerk of said court, by affidavit, that said defendent; John E. Thompson, is not a resident of the state of Indiana, and that a cause of action exists against said defendant in favor of said plaintiff.
Notice is therefore hereby given said non-resident defendant of the filing and pendancy of said complaint, and that unless he appear before the judge of said court on the second day of the next term thereof, and answer or demur thereto, the same will be heard and determined in his absence.
Attest: F.H. WOLKE, Clerk
Coombs, Morris & Bell; attorney for petitioner June 27, 1877

[Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, Wednesday, August 8, 1877 pg3 — transcribed by bmt]

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NOTICE

State of Indiana, Allen County,:

Allen Circuit Court, September Term, 1877

Anna E Lawrence vs John W. Lawrence

Divorce

It appearing to the satisfaction of the clerk of said court, by affidavit of a disinterested person, that said defendent; John W. Lawrence, is not a resident of the state of Indiana, and that a cause of action exists against said defendant in favor of said plaintiff.
Notice is therefore hereby given said non-resident defendant of the filing and pendancy of said complaint, and that unless he appear before the judge of said court on the second day of the next term thereof, and answer or demur thereto, the same will be heard and determined in his absence.
Attest: F.H. WOLKE, Clerk
John Dolin; attorney for petitioner July 4, 1877

[Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, Wednesday, August 8, 1877 pg3 — transcribed by bmt]

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A Ft. Wayne Judge Granted the Wife a Divorce.

Ft. Wayne, lnd. Jan. 16.—Iona G. Crist, nee Evers was married to Thos. R. Crist on August 3, 1901. On Oct. 18. 1901, three months later, she discovered that her husband had one-eighth or more negro blood in his veins, and as soon as she found it out she left him and has not lived with him since. Tuesday morning her attorney. K. L Smith, asked the circuit court to set aside the marriage, and presented a signed affidavit from Thomas B. Crist, in which he stated that he had one-eighth or more negro blood in his veins but did not know it at the time of his marriage, and he interposed no objections to having the divorce granted. Judge O'Rourke in consequence set aside the marriage contract.

Date: Thursday, January 16, 1902 Paper: Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 5

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Circuit Court, August term, 1824.

Anna Canada vs. Nathaniel Canada, on a petition for a Divorce.
Now at this time came the Complainant by William G. Ewing, her Attorney, and filed her petition praying a divorce from her said husband, for reasons in the said petition set forth and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that Nathaniel Canada, the defendant aforesaid, is not a resident of this state; It is therefore ruled and ordered, that notice of pendency of the said petition be published for four weeks successively in the Public Leger, a newspaper printed in Richmond, in this state, requiring the said defendant to be and appear before the Judges of the Allen Circuit Court, at their term on the second Monday in February next, then and there to answer to the petition aforesaid, on the same will be heard in his absence.
—ANTHONY L. DAVIS,

Monday, January 2, 1928 - Evansville Courier and Press (IN) - Page 20 [Submitted by Kathyrn Todd]

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ALLEGES HE STRUCK HER

Flora Lapidot Wants Bonds of Matrimony Severed.
Flora Lapidot wants the bonds of matrimony between her and Nick Lapidot severed. She has sued for divorce in the superior court. In her complaint she states that the defendant struck her many times and that the last time he struck her was on March 3, 1917, since which time they have not lived together as man and wife. She further states that the defendant has been cruel and Inhuman. She asks that the court issue a restraining order on the Old National bank where he has $700 deposited, to prevent him from drawing the same out, and on the Rolling Mill where he is employed, from drawing his wages until the case is settled. Ryan, Ryan & Aldrich are the plaintiff's attorneys.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel March 6, 1917

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DIVORCE GRANTED

Viola Steinke was granted a divorce from Ora Steinke, Monday afternoon, by Judge Yaple, of the superior court.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel March 6, 1917


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WIFE DESERTS HIM

Charles J. Grimm Sues Catherine A. Grimm for Divorce.
Charging that on February 22, 1917, when the country at large was celebrating Washington's birthday, his wife celebrated by deserting him, Charles J. Grimm has begun action for divorce against Catherine A. Grimm. In the complaint the plaintiff also alleges that the defendant was cruel and inhuman and accused him of indiscreet conduct with other women and often times threatened to leave him. They were married January 4, 1908 Macbeth & Hogg are attorneys for the plaintiff.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel March 6, 1917


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Charges Non-Support

Francis Swartout has sued Fred E. Swartout for divorce.
She states in her complaint that the defendant failed to provide properly and that he insisted on getting drunk. They were married March 16, 1908 and have not lived together as man and wife since March 29, 1912. O'Rourke & Luecko are the plaintiff's attorneys.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel March 6, 1917


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More People Get Married

Fort Wayne — More Allen county people are getting married ever year, according to statistics. During 1925 there were twenty-seven more marriages than in 1924, the total being 1,336. There were 41 divorces granted—eighteen more than for the previous year.

The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 2, 1926 page 4


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NOTICE TO NON-RESIDENT DEFENDENT

State of Indiana, Allen County, as;

Maida Johnson Linder

vs.

Thomas C. Linder

In the Superior Court,

Allen County, Indiana.

Cause No. 54960

Complaint For Divorce.

IT APPEARING to the satisfaction of the Clerk of said Court, by the affidavit of a disinterested person, that the following named defendent:

Thomas C. Linder

is a non-resident of the State of Indiana, and that a cause of action exists against said Defendent in favor of said Plaintiff,

Maida Johnson Linder

Notice is therefore hereby given said non-resident Defendant of the filing and pendency of said complaint, and that unless he appear before the Judge of said Court on

the 4th day of June 1940

and he answer or demur thereto, the same will be heard and determined in his absence.

Attest: DOROTHY GARDNER, (SEAL)

Clerk

Willis & Adair

Attorney for Plaintiff.

Monroeville Breeze (Monroeville, Indiana) 23 May 1940 Thurs, Pg 4

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