ANKENY: Bertha B. ANKENY was granted a divorce Tuesday [12/04/1923] from Charles F. Ankeny in city court by Judge I. L Wagner. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 4, 1923, page 6, column 3)
BARTHOLOMEOW: Vera BARTHOLOMEOW of Sterling was granted a divorce from Lloyd Bartholomeow of Nelson, Friday morning in Whiteside County Circuit Court, Morrison. She was given permission to use the name gained by a former marriage, Velma Meyers. Her maiden name was Velma Gebhardt. The couple was married December 27, 1947 and parted January 25, 1948.
BURGE: The details of a short marriage episode were contained in a divorce suit filed today by Ruth L. Berge vs. Alfred J. Berge of Prophetstown. She state in her complaint that they were married on Sept. 21, 1933, and that two weeks later he began abusing her. She states that he owns a home and half-interest in a garage at Prophetstown, and asks that the court award her alimony. She also asks that she be granted her maiden name. (contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 3, 1934, page 9, column 7)
BUSHMAN: Harold Leroy BUSHMAN / Lula Rogers: 02 November 1945
BUSHMAN: A lawsuit for divorce has been filed in circuit court by Sarah Bushman (nee SIDDENS) of Coleta against her husband Joseph Bushman. She charges cruelty. The plaintiff asks for the custody of their only daughter, and support. In the complaint it is set forth that they were married March 4, 1933, and lived together until July 14, 1938.
Mrs. Sarah Bushman of Malvern was granted a decree of divorce by Judge Francis J. Coyle in circuit court Wednesday [10/26/1938] from Joseph Bushman. Cruelty was charged. She was awarded custody of their daughter and $10 a month for her support. The couple were married March 4, 1933.
BUSHMAN: William C BUSHMAN / Von Ceil RODERICK: 11 Dec 1936
CAPP: A divorce was granted in circuit court Monday morning by Judge Francis L. Coyle to George L. CAPP of Jordan from Martha Capp. He charged desertion. They were married in 1910 and she is alleged to have deserted him in 1932.
COCHRAN: Mrs. A. D. (Galena) COCHRAN alleges That Husband Treated Her With Extreme Cruelty Mrs. Galena Cochran has flied a petition for divorce from A. D. Cochran of this city to whom she was married in Clinton Sept.. 17, 1903, and who is the father of their two children, Edward and Inez. She alleges extreme cruelty in beating, striking and kicking and choking her and in addition accuses him of using obscene and profane language. According to the dates set forth their troubles began in the spring of 1909, since which time he has on several occasions struck her and her mother and threatened to kill her. She alleges that he is the owners of 100 acres of land situated near Morrison, valued at $100 per acre, owns property in Morrison to the value of $3,000, is owner of the Lime Kiln property valued at $6,000, an automobile worth $950, and a stock of goods and furniture worth $500. She sets forth that he is a tailor by trade and she has received an injection restraining him from disposing of the property pending the hearing of the case. She alleges that by reason of abuse to herself and children she was compelled to withdraw with them from the home on Oct. 18. (Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Sterling Gazette 21 Oct 1910. Margaret also found this additional information. In 1910 Albert & Galena were living in Morrison with children Edward A, Inez M and her mother Rhoda McElrath in the household. The divorce was granted 15 January 1914. Albert married next to Eleanor WIlson Aug. 7, 1926. Galena Cochran died Dec. 11, 1963)
DOANE: Hardin vs. Aurilla Doane. Divorce. Whiteside County. (Upper Mississippian and Rock Island Republican, Thursday, 17 July 1845)
DONMOYER: Charles DONMOYER of Erie has filed a suit for divorce in circuit court from Millie Donmoyer. He states in his petition that they were wed June 26, 1937, and that she was cruel and ordered him to leave on Dec. 7, 1937. They have no children.
HARRISON: Mildred HARRISON was granted a divorce from Clarence Harrison on Friday [06/15/1923] by Judge I. L. Weaver in city [Sterling] court. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, June 16, 1923, page 5, column 1)
HENDRICKS: Martha HENDRICKS was granted a divorce from S. Hendricks on Saturday [12/09/1922] in city [Sterling] court by Judge I. L. Weaver. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 9, 1922, page 5, column 2.
McLAUGHLIN: Ruth McLAUGHLIN, age 16 years old, has applied for a divorce from her husband, Willie McLaughlin, aged 17 years, on the ground of incompatibility of temper. [January 26, 1911; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) Contributed by Kim Torp]
ODELL: Giles S. versus Philena Odell. Divorce. Whiteside County. (Rock Island City Advertizer, Tuesday, 23 April 1850)
OPPENDIKE: Esther OPPENDIKE of Prophetstown has filed a suit for divorce from Donald Oppendike, charging drunkenness and abusiveness. They were married March 12, 1932. There are no children and no property. The couple lived together until May 13, 1934. Mrs. Oppendike asks permission to resume her maiden name of Esther Johnson. [Another notice - Divorce granted, maiden name resumed. Erma Hart was called as a witness.]
REYNOLDS: Clare Bushman REYNOLDS divorced from LaRetta M. Dollinger
SCHMITT: Bernice SCHMITT of Prophetstown was granted a divorce from Frank Schmitt on grounds of cruelty. She was also granted 420 monthly alimony for the support of their one child. She charged that her husband slapped and struck her on numerous occassions with such force, that she was ill afterwards. He was present in court, but did not contest the suit. They were married in 1930.
SCOTT: Fell In Love, Then Fell Out -- Illinois Strong Man Weakens on Slang
Marion,Ohio - Aug. 14 - Edward L. Scott of Freeport, Ill., who was married to Miss Cora Cramer in this city last March, wants a divorce because his wife "used slang to him in the mails." and refused to live with him. Probate Judge Foster today received a letter from Scott in Cleveland. He informs the Judge that if he will grant him a divorce he will pay him well for it. "She is so stubborn and mean I can't do a thing with her," says Scott. Scott and his bride fell in love at first sight. She witnessed his feats of strength as "Sandow the Mute," and became enamored. They were married by Justice H. C. Conley the following day, the ceremony being performed partly in pantomime. In his letter to Judge Foster Scott confesses that he is not a mute. (Contributed by Karen Fyock - August 15, 1907 handwritten date)
YOUNT: Lyle YOUNT was granted a divorce from Agnes Yount on grounds of desertion by circuit judge Leon A. Zick. The Younts were married Nov. 22, 1941 at Coleta. The plantiff was granted custody of their minor child. Attorney A.G. Harris represented the plaintiff.
MCCORMICK, ROSENFELDT, REYNOLDS, CUMMINGS
FOUR DIVORCES ARE GRANTED IN CIRCUIT COURT 9/9/1938: - Judge L. E. Telleen, held a one day session mainly to clear the docket of old cases prior to the installation of a new loose leaf bar docket system. The following divorces were granted: Estella McCORMICK vs. Stanley McCormick; Loretta ROSENFELDT vs. Cecil Rosenfeldt; C. B. REYNOLDS vs. Laretta Reynolds; Johanna CUMMINGS vs. Clifford Cummings. (Sterling Gazette 10 Sept. 1938)
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