Williams County, Ohio
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Richard A. Haskins, who recently was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill his wife, Malissa Haskins, filed a petition in common pleas court asking for divorce. The alleged assault occurred Sunday, July 2, and according to the petition filed by Mr. Haskins, his wife struck him with her fists and an iron stove lift. He asks for divorce because of alleged curelty and neglect. Mr. and Mrs. Haskins were married at Toledo Jan. 1, 1906 - Pioneer Alliance. [The Edgerton Earth Edgerton, Williams County, Ohio, Friday, July 21, 1916 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Wife Opposes Husband's Suit For Property Settlement and Divorce
-- A contested divorce case, Clarence W. Hutchison of West Unity against Nellie Pratt Hutchison of Fayette, has been assigned for hearing in Williams county common pleas court next Tuesday.
Hutchinson's petition, filed by his attorney, C. L. Newcomer, alleges they were married in 1938 and that she misrepresented her age as 50 when she was really over 65. He also charges gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty. Her cross petition filed by her attorney, J. M. Ham of Wauseon, states he was acquainted with her exact age, and that he and his father were cruel to her.

-- Delbert and Elizabeth Lashbrook have filed suit in common pleas court against Lyman B. Stone and others to quiet title to 24 acres of land in Northwest township.

-- The local bar has been notified that a portrait of the late Fred H. Wolf, Fulton county judge who often held court here, will be unveiled Sunday afternoon in the courthouse at Wauseon. It is expected the Williams county bar will be represented at the service. [The Bryan Press Thursday, January 20, 1944 - Sub by Kate Watson]

County Coroner returns a verdict of manslaughter in car crash
A verdict charging Charles Zuver, Jr.,16, of West Unity with involuntary manslaughter was returned by Coroner C. Paul Waid, of Williams county after he conducted an inquest last week Thursday afternoon in the death of Forest Ruff, 55, who was fatally injured in a traffic mishap near Bryan May 29. Included in the coroner's decision was a charge that the county was negligent in leaving a washout in the road unrepaired for a period of 26 months.
Mr. Ruff, a farmer, was driving his farm wagon and team along the country road and it was struck in the rear by the auto driven by young Zuver. After the collision the team ran away throwing Mr. Ruff forward off the wagon and dragging him, crushing his skull. He died in Cameron hospital the following day. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 14, 1945 - Sub by Kate Watson]



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