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-- I - L -- DIVORCES of Montgomery County, Indiana (Newspaper Clippings)
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IRWIN, Samuel Galbreth - Mary
Source: Crawfordsville Indiana Star March 2, 1875 p 3
The Irwin divorce case mentioned in our last as then pending in the Circuit Court was decided by Judge Thomas on Wednesday. Mrs. Irwin was the recipient of the divorce and not the Dr. The court also gave Mrs. I all she asked: Alimony, $5,000, the custody of 3 girls and one boy; and $1500 for the support of said children. The Doctor was awarded the care and custody of two boys and given the privilege of paying all attorney fees and costs of suit - typed by kbz

Source: Saturday Evening Journal April 3, 1886
The divorce case of Dr. Samuel G. Irwin against his wife, Mary I Irwin was called up in the Circuit Court last Tuesday. The Doctor alleges that his wife has failed in her duty as a wife and a mother; cruel and inhuman treatment toward the Doctor, neglect to properly care for her children and that she has driven from home her oldest child. The lady, through her attorneys answers with a general denial and files a cross-bill asking a divorce with alimony and the custody of her 5 youngest children. The couple were married in 1856. - kbz

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 14 Feb 1896 p 6
The divorce case of Dr. Samuel G. Irwin against Mary I. Irwin came up in the circuit court last Friday. The preliminaries were all arranged out of court and Mrs. Irwin made no appearance. Accordingly the divorce was granted to the doctor. The Doctor had previously deeded to Mrs. Irwin the farm at Guion and two small farms west of town. He retained his office and one or two other pieces of property.

IRWIN, John - Sarah
Crawfordsville Review,Crawfordsville, 18 April 1891--
Sarah J. Irwin has been granted a divorce form her husband John S. Irwin.

: Weekly Argus News, Sept 17, 189 p 3
Lena Isenberger took a throw at the matrimonial lottery and in getting Edgar drew a large, elegant blank. Ed carried on like a Hottentor rather than a white man and had she been compelled to depend on his efforts Lena would have gone out of existence from starvation long ago. Besides a decree of divorce the plaintiff asks for the care and custody of their two children. - kbz

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JACKSON, Sylvia - Charles
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal,11 January 1901

Jumping on Jackson -- Sylvia Jackson has entered suit for divorce from her husband, Charles Jackson. Charles was sent to the pen from Evansville for petit larceny, and it is the laudable endeavor of Sylvia to get a divorce before he gets a release. - thanks Kim H

Source: Crawfordsville Daily News-Review 4 Jan 1901 p 1

Mrs. Sylvester Jackson has filed a petition in the court for a divorce from her husband, Charles Jackson.  The defendant is not contributing to her support just now but it is no fault of his for it is know that Charles is enjoying a life of luxury at Michigan City with board and clothes furnished by the state. They wer emarried at Evansville and lived together until February 1899 when Mr. Jackson was ruthlessly dragged form his castle by the limbs of the law and cast into prison on charge of petit larceny.  He was subsequently convicted and by virtue of the judgment is now doing time at the Northern penitentiary. The plaintiff begs that her maiden name, Sylvester (sic) Falkner, be restored.

JEFFERY, Nellie – Howard
Source: Crawfordsville Review 12 Oct 1911 p 1

Nellie Jeffery began suit for divorce in the circuit court Thursday from Howard Jeffery who is serving a term of from 2-41 years in the Jeffersonville prison for manslaughter. Jeffrey was convicted in the circuit court last spring of killing James Caldwell. Mrs. Jeffery sets forth in her complain that she and the defendant were married Aug 2, 1902 and lived together until Howard was arrested April 10, 1911. She alleges Jeffery was a habitual drunkard and that he did not properly support her for two years previous to their separation. The plaintiff asks for the restoration of her maiden name, Nellie Delaney. WM Reeves is her attorney.
Source: Crawfordsville Review June 3, 1919 p 6
Two more divorce suits were filed in the county clerk's office yesterday and in both cases the wives are the complaining parties."

The first suit is by Minnie G. Watts seeking divorce from Foster Watts. She alleges they were married Nov 4, 1908 and had one child and were separated in November of 1917. Temporary allowance, custody of the child, a divorce and all other proper relief is sought. Cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide are the grounds set forth. Thomas, Foley & Lindley represent her.
Zella May Jenkins avers her husband was cruel and inhuman, that he abused her by striking her, calling her profane names and falsely accusing her of improper relations with other men. That he also failed to provide a suitable living for her is also alleged in the complain drawn up by Caldwell & SImms. Temporary allowance, a divorce an dother proper relief is asked.
Deputy Clerk Homer Schwindler stated yesterday the divorce business in this term of court is unusually heavy with more than 40 cases now on the docket pending action in addition to the number which have been acted on during the current term. - kbz

JENNINGS, Alonzo - Julia
: Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News Aug 7, 1897 p 4

Alonzo Jennings has petitioned the court for a divorce from his wife, Julia Jennings. He alleges that she abandoned him back in 1892. - kbz

JOHNSON, Susie - John
: Crawfordsville Review Friday, Jan 21, 1916

Susie JOHNSON, colored, was given a decree of divorce in the circuit court yesterday from John T. Johnson. The grounds were abandonment. The wife said they were married in 1910 and lived together two years. Her maiden name of Susie Hall was restored to her. Harry N. Fine represented the plaintiff. -- kbz

JONES, Amanda - Dick
Source: Weekly Argus News, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana May 18, 1895 p 2

Amanda Jones got a divorce from Dick Jones today. They used to live down by the Monon Station but the climate so affected Dick's health that he beat Amandy up with a brick and threatned to finish this artistic decoration so often, with a razor that she got tired and quit him. She and her babies will now go it alone - kbz

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 17 May 1895
Judge Harney Wednesday officiated at two very pleasant divorce cases and severed the nuptial knots in his usual happy manner. Nancy J. Thomas proved pretty conclusively that Wm. H. Thomas is the sort of a chap who is fonder of good red liquor than he is of a good domestic wife. Judge Harney concluded that as this was the case Nancy Jane should have her liberty. She accordingly received it. Mandy Jones, a colored belle, came smiling to the front and gave the character of Dick Jones a very sinister coat of black. She proved by some pretty enthusiastic witnesses that he was a brute Mandy received her divorce. - thanks to Kim H

JONES, Oliver - Mary J.
Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News Feb 18, 1893 p 6
In the case of Dr. Oliver H. Jones vs. Mary J. Jones, nee Mary J. Johnson, in the circuit court yesterday a decision was rendered declaring the marriage and marriagr contract null and void on the ground of physical and mental inability on the part of Mrs. Jones to enter into a valid marriage - kbz

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KEESEE, Lulu - Frank
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 19 March 1892
Mrs. Lulu Keesee has brought suit for divorce against Frank Keesee, through Hanna & Hanna her attorneys. She alleges that Frank has been base wretch and has failed to provide, compelling her to take in washing while he spent his money in supporting Julia Ashley. Mrs. Keesee asks for a divorce and the care and custody of her four infant children. - transcribed by Kim H  

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 13 May 1892 p 3

This was divorce day in the circuit court but for some reason or other it didn’t pan out as well as expected from a numerical standpoint. A good many didn’t show up having concluded to try connublial bliss another whirl before sundering the ties forever.  The first case before the court was that of Mrs. Willis Canary against Willis. Jere West was master of ceremonies and Judge Sellar and Editor Coffman looked most beneficient as they swore that they knew the lady to be a resident of the town. Mrs. Canary said she wished to retain her bird like name but wanted a divorce from Willis just the same. Willis was awfully rough and rude while he lived with her and took especial delight in gadding about town with such frivolous and giddy creatures as Nancy Lightcap. He also was almost tickeled to death with circumstances were such that he could kick the wife of his bosom about the floor in imitation of the college boys whom he had seen playing foot ball on the campus. He  also liked to swear at her and choker her for the purpose of changing his luck when the pop corn trade was dull.  
“You have a child, have you not, Mrs. Canary? Asked Mr. West – yes, sir.  “What is its name?”  Jimmie Blaine Canary was the fond mamma’s response.  “Is it a boy or a girl?” asked West. But the laugh drowned the response and the divorce was decreed.
Mrs. Rosalie Kenney is quite pretty and she wanted a divorce from harry Kenny who skipped and left her after one month of bliss. She has not heard from him since and the court granted the decree to the joy of Mrs. Kenny (sic) who took her maiden name of Coombs.

The case of AJ Henderson against Phronia Henderson was continued until next term.
The case of Rose Thomas against Frank Thomas was about to be dismissed as the plaintiff had failed of service, but on learning that eight days still remained to get it she went her way rejoicing and unting for the wicked defended.

The case of Alice Shotts against Wesley Shotts was dropped from the docket as the parties had patched up their difficulties.
The case of James Endicott vs. Cora Endicott was called and it was proved conclusively that the worthy Jim was a much abused young man. Cora is beyond question wholly unworthy of his loving kindness and husbandly affection, She before she so cruelly deserted him a year ago used to pass her time swearing at him until he shed great bring tears as big as spring peas.  She is now living in Lafayette and as she is in rather shady business the court granted the divorce.

The star case of the day was the suit of Lulu Keesee again Frank Keesee, who until July 9 last, drove the wagon for Hadley & King for $9 a week and very generously lavished $2 of that sum on the sup0port of his wife and four children. He skipped last July and it is supposed left these parts with Mrs. Julia Ashley of Homer, Ill. This Mrs. Ashley was very much infatuated with the altogether adonis like Keesee and several of her amorous letters were read by JR Hanna to the delight and edification of all present. The court actually blushed and finally called a halt in the reading which was rather lively to say the least. The following is one of the choice passages upon which the court found a verdict for the plaintiff: “Oh you sweet-faced Frank!  How glad I am when you come so that I can meet you at the door and you can take me in your arms and hug me and kiss me and I can say bless your sweet mouth.” This is one of the tame passages and the letters all pictured Frank as being ravishingly beautiful and captivating. Perhaps he was but as such he was never appreciated in these parts for some strange reason.  

KELLY, Mary J - Maura

Source: Crawfordsville Star 26 Sept 1889 p 6
Two new divorce suits were filed in court on Tuesday both by wives. Jacob Hill has deserted Minerva Hill and she asks a divorce on that worthy plea.
The divorce suit of Mary J. Kelly vs. Maury Kelly is set for trial on next Saturday. The counter plea filed by Maura Kelly has been withdrawn.  

KELSEY, Isaac - Mary

Source: Crawfordsville (Montgomery County) Indiana Review 6 May 1919 p 1
Isaac Kelsey was granted a divorce yesterday in circuit court from his wife, Mary Kelsey. The plaintiff alleged that his wife had deserted him and that she was found guilty of immoral relations with a  man in Kentucky.  Mr. Kelsey was represented by Harry N. Fine and Prosecutor Robert W. Caldwell represented the defendant who is a non-resident of the state.  

KENNEY, Rosalie - Harry
Source: Crawfordsville Review 19 March 1892 p1
Rosalie Kenney has applied for a divorce from Harry Kenney. In her complain Rose alleges that she married two years ago after he secured possession of all her wealth the scoundrel skipped out and has since refused to live with her.

KEYS, Lucilla - Ward
: Crawfordsville Journal 27 July 1920
In a complaint filed in the county clerk's office by the state on relation of Lucille M. Keys, Ward Keys is made defendant in a fraudulent marriage suit which also asks for $2,000. He is charged in the complaint with cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide. The charges set forth that Keys has failed to make proper provision for the plaintiff since Sept. 8, 1919 on which date he is alleged to have abandoned his wife. The complaint cites that the marriage was performed to prevent the defendant from being taken on a statutory charge. - kbz

KILGORE, Dayton - Mollie
: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 21 Sept 1894 p 10
Dayton KILGORE Has begun suit in the circuit court for a divorce from his charming wife, Mollie, Dayton seems much exasperated because of Mollie’s actions and made the affidavit as though he were drinking her unrighteous blood – kbz


KINCAID, Frank - Eva
Crawfordsville Weekly, June 3, 1893
Sent Her Home. Frank Kincaid has separated from his wife. Her recent bad break in starting away from home and then returning was too much for him. During her absence the neighbors unburdened their bosoms to him and related all the suspicious actions of Mrs. Kincaid and Largent. Mrs. Kincaid upon her return failed to return satisfactory answers to his questions so he took her home to her father, John Eshelman, of Coal Creek township Divorce proceedings will doubtless be instituted. - kim h

KINCAID, Frank - Julia
Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 24 November 1899
Frank Kincaid has entered suit for divorce from his wife, Julia Kincaid. The complaint alleges abandonment.- - Kim H

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LANE, Henry - Dewey
Source: Crawfordsville Review 27 May 1919 p 6
Two divorces were granted Saturday in circuit court by Judge West with the husband in each case receiving the decree. The suits were Charlie Fields vs. Edith Fields and Henry Lane vs. Dewey Lane.  Yesterday another suit for divorce was filed. Gena Hankins asks a divorce from Claude C. Hankins on a charge of cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide a home. The suit was filed by TE O’Conner and Caldwell & Simms.


LARRICK, Calista (Harper) - Isaac
Crawfordsville, Indiana Weekly Argus News, Jan 16, 1892
A suit for divorce has been filed by Mrs. Calista (Harper) Larrrick against Isaac whom she accuses of being a confectionary with other women wherefore through her attorney LJ Coppage she asks for divorce and all of $10,000 that Isaac posses that she can get. - kbz


LARSH, Augusta - Carl
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 21 February 1891
The time of the circuit court Tuesday was occupied in trying the divorce cases which came up. There were 17 on the docket, but not all of them came up.

The first was the suit of Susan Wilhite against Wm. Wilhite, the popular coal oil vendor. She proved by many witnesses that Will was a great man to destroy liquor and while under the influence of the same to apply pet names to her not in keeping with the character of a Christian gentleman. Will has frequently beaten her too, and upon one occasion drew a knife and threatened to "let his life blood out upon the new carpet" The twain were married on January 3, 1873, and on January 3, 1891 they celebrated the anniversary by parting company. As William did not appear the divorce was granted.

Emma Pine next appeared and said that David, her husband wasn't worth shucks. He appeared pretty good timber when she took him but after two days of married life the provoking old thing packed up his duds and left the ranch. He has not shown up there since and the court got even with him by setting the coy Emma free.

Rosa Platt said that Thomas Platt was a regular dead beat. The wretch had utterly failed to provide for her as he had promised when first their troth was plighted in the shadows outside the electric light. Although Tom was released from the county jail Monday where he had spent a season for his prized fight escapade, the fellow did not appear to deny Rosa's statement and she was released from the odious bonds.

Francis Thebus, of Sugar Creek township, told the court that her husband, George Washington Thebus was a hard drinking, hard swearing and hard hitting old lout and that she was the victim of all three of his acquirement's. George was not on hand and the divorce was promptly granted by the sympathetic judge.

Augusta Larsh, of Ladoga, complained to Judge Snyder that her husband Carl had run off after abiding with her a year and was now feeding in pastures new. She got her divorce.

Another Ladoga lady came up smiling in the person of Nannie Myers. She was married with due pomp and solemnity to Jim Myers, who after two months of wedded life grew careless like and wandered away never to return. Nannie got a release.

Ben Condon is evidently a mighty mean man. Sarah his wife stood up in open court and accused him of drunkenness, profanity and also of choking her. Ben said this was all true and moreover said Sarah had failed to provide for him during the last two years and he was willing she should have a divorce. It was given with a smile.

The Horn case did not come up although Mr. Anderson labored assiduously to bring it to a focus. -- thanks to Kim H

LAWTON, Mollie - William
Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 28 December 1894 p12
Mrs. Mollie Lawton secured a divorce last Monday from William.  Rumor has it that she began preparations at once to again embark in the matrimonial field, this time with horizontal Bill Morrison, of Garfield, who has also had a like experience. - kbz

LEFFEW, Lula - James
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 12 July 1890
Mrs. Lula Leffew has filed suit for a divorce from her husband, James B. Leffew. The defendant is charged with all the customary cussedness which goes to make up the average divorce case. To the plaintiff all the __ during virtues, which plaintiffs usually have, are cheerfully ascribed and sworn to.

Here's a bit more to this story --
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 20 Oct 1899 p1
James B. Leffew left Thursday for Petersburg, Pike County, where on Monday he will open a US recruiting office for soldiers for the volunteer service. During Leffew’s short service he made an excellent impression with his officers and is coming to the front.


LEPPER, Catherine - Edward

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 5 April 1901 p2
Mrs. Catherine Lepper has sued her husband, Edward Lepper for divorce. She sets forth that he has been a drunkard and an associate of lewd women for over two years and that he has not made provision for her for 10 years. She says he has frequently threatened to kill her and otherwise has maltreated her. She asks for the custody of their three minor children.

LEWELLEN, Bettie - Harvey

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News 30 Jan 1897 p 10
Mrs. Bettie Lewellen has filed in the divorce court a petition for an everlasting separation from Harvey her husband. They were married in the early strawberry season of 1888 and for a time Harve was all wool and would give the plaintiff a fond caress every morning upon leaving the house for his field of labor. After awhile, however, his affection dropped in the matrimonial scale even to a freezing point and all the caressing Bettie got from that time, except at rare intervals came from the business end of a broomstick and was flavored with harsh words. The plaintiff asks for the custody of their child and proper relief.
LINDAMOOD – Issac – Letha
Source: Crawfordsville Review 12 Oct 1911 p 1

In the divorce case, of Isaac Lindamood against Letha Lindamood Judge West entered an order Thursday to the effect that the plaintiff shall pay the defendant $10 for attorney’s fees and $2 a week until the suit is settled.

LINN, Asbury
Crawfordsville Review Sept 28, 1915 p 1
Asbury Linn took steps in the circuit court yesterday through his attorneys Johnston & Johnston and M.W. Bruner which indicate that he will contest the divorce suit brought by his wife in which she asks $5,000 alimony. In the answer to the complaint the defendant denies all of the material allegations made by the wife. McAdams & Jones are attorneys for Mrs. Linn (Tolitha Brown?). The case will probably be tried this fall - kbz

LITTLE, Mable vs. Thomas
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Sept 8, 1 899
Mrs. Mabel Newton Little, the daughter of the late Horace Newton, has filed suit in the circuit court for a divorce from her husband, Thomas F. Little.  The complaint, which was filed by her attorney, Tom Stillwell, sets up that Mr. and Mrs. Little were married in June 1897, and have been separated nearly that period of time.  The defendant proved a matrimonial fizzle and in all his duties fell lamentably short of what he should have been.  He failed to provide and frequently swore at the plaintiff in a most violent and abusive manner causing her much mental pain and suffering.  She also charges that he sustained criminal relations with other women.  Little is not now a resident of the state and it is not likely that he will appear to make a defence. – thanks to Ki H for all of these
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal , 3 November 1899
Mable Newton Little vs. Thomas F. Little. Divorce.  Defendant makes default and after hearing evidence the court finds for plaintiff, granting her divorce.

Mable Newton Little was divorced Wednesday afternoon from Thomas F. Little and that evening was married by Squire Buck to Charles F. Foster, Mr. Foster is a brick mason and has been employed on the Crawfords hotel.  He recently came to Crawfordsville.

LOGAN, Anna - Charles
Crawfordsville Review Dec 8, 1914 p 1
Two wives and one husband obtained divorces in circuit court yesterday morning. Both wives objected to the treatment given them by their husbands, while the husband who was given his freedom complained of his wife's temper.
A divorce was granted Odessa Brown from Garland Brown. She was also restored with her maiden name, Odessa Wray. Her home is at New Market. She alleged that her husband had frequently struck and abused her.

Mrs. Anna Logan was given a decree divorcing her from Charles E. Logan. She  was also granted $2.50 a week alimony for 3 years to assist in the support of three minor children. Mrs. Logan said her husband had called her vile names and was an habitual drunkard.

Rholla H. Emmert testified that his wife had an uncontrollable temper. He was given a divorce from Mrs. Mayme R. Emmert. Emmert said his wife had threatened to kill him and had also had many quarrels with his mother. The suit was venued to the court here from BOone County.
Emmert lives one mile SE of New Ross. He formerly lived in Advance. His wife resides in Lebanon - kbz

LONG, James - Lydia
: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 14 February 1902

James A. Long has entered suit for divorce from Lydia Long in Montgomery circuit court, alleging cruel and inhumane treatment. The complaint states that they were married Oct. 3, 1897, and separated Aug. 3, 1901, both having been married before and having children by these marriages. The complaint alleges that the defendant accused him of various misdemeanors and of being unfaithful to her, that she also hit him with a stick of wood and likewise with her fists. - thanks to Kim H

Source: Sunday Star 2 March 1902 p 1
On Wednesday, all the parties concerned agreeing, Judge West heard a suit for divorce at his home where he was sick. James A. Long, of Brown Township was given a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.


LOWERY, Mattie - Michael
Source: Crawfordsville Star, Nov 21, 1895 p 1

Mrs. Mattie Lowery on Monday through her attorneys, Johnston & Johnston filed suit for divorce from Michael Lowery. Mrs. Lowery states she was married to Michael Lowery on Jan 7, 1894 and ceased to live as man and wife on June 8, 1895. Mrs. Lowery also avers in her complaint that she has been a loving and kind wife, performing all the duties of a dutiful wife. Michael did not reward her efforts with praise or pat her on the cheek in approbation, but struck and abused her, calling her vile names. Mrs. Lowery also states that Michael evidently wanted her to be a living picture for he failed to provide sufficient clothing. In view of all this cruelty and heinous offences she asks the court to grant her a divorce. - typed by kbz


LUCAS, Francis - Emma
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Review 12 Feb 1898
Married in Danville Oct 27, 1897 – divorce application filed Feb 2, 1898 at Crawfordsville. That is the brief matrimonial start and finish to Emma Lucas of Waynetown Indiana.  In the Crawfordsville court she will probably supply the happenings between these dates that will entitle her to release papers.  Francis M. Lucas and Emma Cramer were married in Danville by Judge Thompson on October 27 last in the presence of high heaven, WH Trimble and JW Blackstock – Danville Commercial.

LUCAS, Jessie - Hamilton
Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 3 December 1892
Jessie Lucas has asked for a divorce from Hamilton B. Lucas, who it is charged made her life a misery until he finally abandoned her and went to Wayne county. The divorce market is getting brisk again.-- kbz

LYDICK, Harriet (Todd)- Robert L. (much involved)  -- see also:
Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Montgomery County, Indiana 28 December 1894 p 5

A family reunion of the Todd family was held at the home of J. L. Williams, in Brown's Valley, and out of the events that took place there, it is very probable that a husband and wife will again live together with their little girl babe. The. Todd family reunion, however, was not for the purpose of reuniting husband and wife—far from it—but the outcome of it will bring it about through the process of law. This is one case where neither party desires a divorce, and the circumstances surrounding the mutter are very peculiar. Wednesday Andrew W. Lydick, of near Brown's Valley, come to this city and habeas corpus proceedings have been made out against James Todd and wife and their son Al, alleging that they had forcibly kidnapped their daughter and sister, Mrs. Robert L. Lydick, and her little babe.

On Oct. 31, 1893, Robert L. Lydick married the daughter of Mr. Todd (Harriet - kz) and they lived together until about the first of last June. Then a separation took place and the woman returned to her father's house, about three miles northeast of Waveland. An application for a divorce was made in the wife's name but the matter seems to have been deferred from time to time. At last rumors were afloat that Mrs. Lydick did not want a divorce, but was prevented from returning to her husband by her relatives, and that her parents closely guarded her all the time to keep her from running away from her father's home, but now that she had about given up all hopes of escaping and had resolved to kill herself.

On last Saturday she met her father-in-law, Andrew W. Lydick, in Crawfordsville and told him that it was a fact that she was by force kept from returning to her husband, and she hoped to never see the day that husband and wife would be no more. As the matter of divorce was being urged upon her by her relatives she had concluded to commit suicide before the court could separate them. She in the presence of a witness told Mr. Lydick that she gave him her baby girl and for him to tell her husband that she loved him yet, and would live with him again if she was not in absolute bondage. She wanted to see him once more, and would see him, and have from his own lips the statement as to whether he loved her or not. and then she would commit suicide. Her friends with her then interfered and prevented any further conversation. She also requested.Mr. Lydick to attend to several other matters for her after she was dead.

On Tuesday. Christmas day, the Todd family had a family reunion at Brown's Valley, and Mrs. Robert Lydick and her babe were brought along. Andrew Lydick had been studying about what had been said about committing suicide and he thought it might be possible that her parents did not know that such an act was in contemplation: that if they should be informed of this that they would rather permit her to return to her husband rather than to have her commit suicide. So he had a friend to go to the reunion and see James Todd, the father of the woman, and tell him that he would like to have a friendly talk with him. But Mr. Todd returned word that he did not want to see him, but Mrs. Todd returned word that she would do the talking, and it was so arranged. At the appointed hour Andrew Lydick and Mrs. Todd, and a number of her male relatives met at the office of Dr. J. L. Williams and talked over the matter.

Lydick told Mrs. Todd concerning what Mrs. Robert Lydick had said about wanting to return to her husband, and that if prevented she would commit suicide. He pleaded with her, as a mother, to not interfere with the reuniting of husband and wife, especially when both were perfectly willing, and also by so doing to prevent her daughter from committing murder by the taking of her own life. But the conversation yielded no good results in itself, and Mrs. Todd said that she would rather bury her daughter four times than to permit her to return to her husband. They seemed to know that suicide was being thought of by Mrs. Robert Lydick and no one appeared to be willing to do a single act to prevent her taking her own life. Mrs. Robert Lydick, during the talk in the doctor's office, also brought about an interview with her husband, which has led to the habeas corpus proceedings. She eluded the watch of her relatives and went to a neighbor's where she obtained a nubia for her head.

Then she went on the hunt ofher husband, and after a short search she found him. She told him her story and of how she longed to live with him, but as her folks were so opposed to it she had almost concluded that it would never be brought about, and that before she would commit suicide she wanted to know from his own lips if he still loved her, and desired her to live with him. He said he did love her and wanted her to come to him at once. She seemed overjoyed and said that she would return and get her baby and come-back. A friend went with her to carry back the child, and the husband waited anxiously for the home-coming of his wife and sweet babe. When Mrs. Lvdick re-appeared at the "happy family reunion" there was a great commotion. She boldly announced her intentions and made an effort to get her babe. But the baby was snatched up by Mrs. Todd who then disappeared, and Mrs. Lvdick was seized by her father and brother, and a fierce struggle ensued. The horses were hitched up at once and she was put in the buggy by main force and as one of brutality. 'The woman struggled so fiercely to get away that it was all that the men could do to get her into the carriage. Her brother is charged with cursing her in requesting her to cease screaming, and also that he had hit her in the mouth with his hand, bringing blood. Thus this family reunion was brought to a close. The friends of Robert Lydick concluded that a great injustice was being done in the case, and hence they have issued proceedings to have the court take a hand and decide whether a man and wife can be divorced against their wishes.


Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 27 December 1894

This afternoon Mrs. Harriet Lydick filed suit for divorce from Robert Lydick. alleging ermd and inhumane treatment. This suit is a sequel to the sensational habeas corpus proceedings mentioned in another column. The Lydick vs. Todd habeas corpus case came up before Judge Harney this morning and took a rather unexpected turn. The Lydicks’ side of the story pictures by the elder Mr. Lydick’s statement which The Journal published yesterday, represented the Todds in a pretty bad light but today they rather turned the tables. Ab Jones served the writ on them yesterday at Waveland and today they were in court, with Mrs. Lydick and the infant. Lydick and his father were also present.

Before the case was taken up Lydick walked over to his wife and they stepped to one side and engage din a conversation. The wife said but little, most of the talking being done by Lydick, who spoke in a short, incisive manner for some five minutes. Then they separated, he going over to his father and she to her mother’s side, where she put her head upon the back of the chair and wept as though her heart would break. The Todds were represented by Judge Thomas, who, when the case came up made their answer to the suit. He stated that Mrs. Lydick had separated from her husband voluntarily, sending for her father to come and take her home. He had shamefully treated her during their married life by cursing and abusing her in other ways. On one occasion he assaulted her. He was drunken and worthless. She remained at home of her own free will and was content. On Christmas day she met her husband at Brown's Valley and became to some degree reconciled. When her parents started home she stood irresolute and as she would not enter the vehicle of her own accord she was picked up and placed in it by force. On reaching home she talked the matter over and agreed that it was best for her to remain.

Judge Harney ruled that the wife go where she wished and take the babe. The costs were divided between the parties to the suit. At the conclusion Mrs. Lydick crying bitterly, was assisted down stairs by her father and brother and taken to the home of John L. Goben. Later they returned to Mr. Todd's where she will remain. She has chosen her father as her proper protector and those conversant with the facts think she is dead right.

The Todds were doubtless over zealous on Christmas day and used force when they had no legal right, but they knew they were acting for the best and that the girl would agree with them after sober thought. The feeling in the Todd neighborhood is very bitter against young Lydick and he is condemned in very strong terms. He is good looking but he never treated his wife well, it is said, but made her life miserable. The affair was a most unfortunate one and it is to be hoped will end right where it is. - kbz

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