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Divorces - 1909 (Newspaper Extractions)

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February 18, 1909, The Seattle Star


Anna Smith

Because her clothes did not meet his approval, Alba Smith lost his love for his wife, deserted and refused to support her, and this morning Mrs. Smith commenced action for divorce in the superior court.

At least this is what is set forth in the complaint of Anna Smith, wife of Alba Smith. In her information she states that her husband has accused her of associating with other men, and that repeatedly he has refused to go out with her on the ground that her clothes were not as good as his.

November 27, 1909, The Seattle Star


Lulu H. Gift

Lulu H. Gift, 21 years old, told her story of a short and unhappy married life in Judge Gilliam's court this morning. She received a decree of divorce.

"I was married to Howard Lee Gift in Janury of this year. He was 21 years old yesterday. I am just 21. We were married in the First Presbyterian church in Tacoma, and came to live in Seattle. His parents did not know anything about his marriage. He never treated me civilly, and I tried hard to make our little flat a happy home. He was always dissatisfied, and every effort I made to please him he accepted with scorn and sarcasm. He was always finding fault, and I did my best. He gave me enough to eat and paid the rent, but would not buy me any clothing. I offered to go out and work, but he would not let me.

She Scorns Alimony.

"After several months of this, he announced one day that he was going to Alaska, and that I would have to go home, as he could not support me any longer. I went home, but he stayed in seattle and continued working for the Western Electric company. Since then he has not contributed to my support."

Her maiden name of Shackleford was restored to her. Judge Gilliam asked the girl wife if she wanted alimony, but she refused it scornfully.

November 27, 1909, The Seattle Star (continued)

The Mill Works Hard, and Many Other Decrees Are Ground Out in Superior Court of King County.

H. S. Cameron, a druggist of Hillman City, appeared for a divorce from Blossom Cameron. He had his 3-year-old baby girl with him. His wife had run away with O. J. Hughey, one of his clerks. He was given a degree.

Jennie Y. Maxwell of Renton was granted a decree from Isaac M. Maxwell on the grounds of drunkenness


W. M. Green received her degree from C. M. Green for drunkenness and non-support.

The Grind Continues

Millie Chambers was legally freed from Edward Chambers for desertion extending over five years.

May Lindsey was divorced from Fred Lindsey on grounds of desertion.

B. E. Rees secured a divorce from Elva Rees. She refuses to leave Sioux City to come here to live with him.

Ike Brown was granted a decree from Fanny Brown on grounds of desertion.

Ray F. Newton, a policeman, was granted a divorce because his wife spent her time with other men.

Elizabeth Painter was freed from John P. Painter. A career of dissipation in Manila made him unfil to live with.

Maggie Utterbach received a decree from Charles W. Utterbach on grounds of desertion.

Ruby Means was divorced from Arthur Means for continual drunkenness.