updated 07/27/2017


Allamakee Co. Divorce Records

Unless otherwise noted, these are Original Notices announcing that a divorce petition was filed. They were published in various newspapers. The original notices or notices that the papers had been filed asking for a divorce are not proof that a decree of divorce was ever granted and they are not official records! If a divorce was granted, the record should be at the Allamakee county Court House (or wherever the divorce was granted). Undated records are at the end of this list.


1864

Small - Notice. Robert Small, whose place of residence is unknown, is notified that his wife, Harriet Small, did, on the 2d day of August, A.D. 1864, file her petition in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, within and for the county of Delaware, in the State of Ohio, charging the said Robert Small with, 1st. extreme cruelty towards petitioner; 2d with habitual drunkenness for more than three years; 3d with gross neglect of duty to petitioner; and praying that she may be divorced from said Robert Small; that she may be restored to her maiden name of Harriet McAdow, and that she may have the control and custody of her children; which petition will be for hearing at the next term of said Court, and may be heard at any term of Court after the expiration of six weeks from the 12th day of August, 1864.

Said Robert Small is also notified that the said Harriet Small will take the depositions of witnesses in said proceeding, to be read on the hearing thereof, at the house of Jackson Mitchell, in the town of Rossville, in the county of Allamakee, in the State of Iowa, on the 18th day of October, A.D. 1864, between the hours of 9 o'lock a.m., and 9 o'clock p.m., of said day; and depositions of other witnesses in said proceeding will be taken at the office of the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton, in the State of Ohio, on the 26th day of October, A.D. 1864, between the hours of 9 o'clock a.m., and 9 o'clock p.m., of said day; the taking of said depositions respectively will be adjourned from day to day, if necessary, until concludd. Dated this 5th day of August, 1864.
Harriet Small, by Carper & Van Deman, her Att'ys, August 5, 1864
~Delaware Gazette, Delaware, Ohio; September 9, 1864 (this notice was also published in August issues of the same paper)

Notes from the contributor, S. Ferrall: I came across the above notice while doing some Ohio research on my own ancestors. Not related to either Robert or Harriet (McAdow) Small, I never-the-less was curious to know more. In the hope that it will be of use to someone else, I've condensed the info. that I found about the couple .......

*1853 - Robert Small & Harriet McAdow, married 7/24/1853 by Leo F. Muzzy, Mayor of Lexington ("Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958," database, FamilySearch)
*1856 - Robert Small (age 28), his wife Harriet Small (age 21) & son Charles L. Small (age 2) were enumerated on the 1856 Iowa State census, living in Jefferson twp. All were born in Ohio. Mr. Small's occupation: Physician.
*1856 - A gravestone in the Rossville cemetery records the burial of Charles L. Small, s/o Robert & Harriett. Dates 1854-1856
*1860 -The Small family; Robert (age 37), Harriett (age 23) & Dora (age 3) were enumerated on the 1860 U.S. census, living in Jefferson twp. All were born in Ohio. Mr. Small's occupation: Physician. Living in the household was Hennrietta Roe (age 18), servant.
*1866 - Robert Small & Henrietta Roe, married Lansing, Allamakee co. Iowa, 4/10/1866 (Iowa Marriages, Ancestry .com database)
*1870 - Robert Small (age 42, b. OH), his wife Henriette Small (age 27, b. NY) & children Lary (age 3, b. OH) & Fred (age 2, b. IA) were enumerated on the 1870 U.S. census, living in Military twp. Winneshiek co. IA. Mr. Small's occupation: Physician.
*1875 - Dr. R. Small, of Ossian, arrested for performing abortions on Mrs. Krom & Miss Mary Gjetle, both of Decorah. Mrs. Krom died. The Grand Jury failed to indict the doctor, but Judge Noble called for another Grand Jury, of which nothing could be found by the compiler. (Dubuque Daily Times, 5/11/1875 & 6/12/1875)
*1880 - Robert Small family living in West Decorah, Winneshiek co. Larry's birthplace is shown as IA on this census.
*1894 - Gravestone in Phelps cemetery, Decorah, IA: Dr. Robert Small 2/20/1828-3/10/1894; Capt. 10th OH Heavy Art. G.A.R.
*1895 - Household of Henrietta Small (age 53), b. NY, widow; Cora Russell (age 26) b. Allamakee co., single, dressmaker; and Robert Small. Robert's entry is crossed out and the word "Dead" written in. The entry also indicates service during the Civil War in the 141st OH, medical dept. Iowa State census, 1895, Decorah, Winneshiek co.
*No further record of Harriet (McAdow) Small was found by the compiler.

1868

Newbury - Original Notice. To James H. Newbury
You are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of April 1868, a petition will be filed by Louise Newbury, in the office of the Clerk of District Court of said Allamakee County, IA claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony. And unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the 2nd day of the next term of said court, commencing on the 15th day of June 1868, default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon.
Dated 5th day of March 1868
Camps & Watts Atty. for plaintiff
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

Whiting - Original Notice. To Abi Whiting, def.
You are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the Clerk of District Court of Allamakee County, IA, a petition of above named plaintiff Geo. W. Whiting, claiming a divorce form you and unless you appear and answer thereto before noon of the 16th day of June, 1868, that being the 2nd day of the next term of said court, your default will be entered and judgment rendered in accordance with the prayer of said petitioner.
Dated March 26, 1868
Geo. B. Edmond, Atty. for plaintiff
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

Wood - Original Notice. To H.S. Wood
You are hereby notified on or before the 15th day of April 1868, there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of District court of Allamakee County, IA, a petition of Rachael H. Wood, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and alimony and that unless you appear thereto to defend before noon of the 2nd day of June the next term of the District Court of said county to commence on the 15 day of June, 1868 default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition.
Richard Wilbur, Atty. for plaintiff
Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

Dergan - Original Notice. To John C. Dergan
You are hereby notified that on of before the 1st day of December 1868, a petition will be filed by said plaintiff, Mary E. Dergan, in the office of the Clerk of District Court of said Allamakee County, IA, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and alleging as a cause, that after her marriage to you, you became addicted to habitual drunkenness, and unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the 2nd day of next term of said court, commencing on the 21st day of December 1868, default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon.
Dated July 18, 1868
Thomas Updegraff, Atty. for plaintiff
Mary E. Dergan, plaintiff
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

1869

Houghton - Original Notice. To Benjamin F. Houghton
You are hereby notified that on or before the 15th day of Mar. 1869 there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the circuit court of Allamakee county, Iowa, a petition of Sarah E. Houghton, asking for a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and unless you appear thereto and defend, before noon of the 2nd day of the next April term of the circuit court of said Allamakee County, to commence on the 26th day of April 1869, default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition.
Sarah E. Houghton, Plff
C.T. Granger, Atty.
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

Bush - Original Notice. To Jane E. Bush, Deft.
You are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of August 1869, a petition will be filed by said plaintiff, Henry Bush, in the office of the Clerk of the district court of said Allamakee county, Iowa, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony for cause alleged in said petition, and that unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the 2nd day of the next term of said court, commencing on the 3rd Monday of Dec. 1869, default will be rendered against you and judgment rendered thereon.
Dated this 7th day of July, 1869
Henry Bush, Plff.
John T. Stoneman, Atty.
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

McGuire - Original Notice. To Bryan McGuire
You are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of Oct. 1869 there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the circuit court of Allamakee county, Iowa, a petition of Mary Ann McGuire, asking for a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, and other relief and unless you appear thereto and defend, before noon of the 2nd day of the next Dec. term of the District Court of said county, to commence on the 20th day of Dec., 1869, default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition.
Mary Ann McGuire, Plff
By C.T. Granger, Atty.
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

1870

Bege - Original Notice. You are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of Apr. 1870 there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the circuit court of Allamakee county, Iowa, a petition of Anna Bege, asking for a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and unless you appear thereto and defend, before noon of the 2nd day of the next June term of said Allamakee County, to commence on the 13th day of June 1870, default will be entered against you and judgment rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition.
Anna Bege Plff
By Granger and Stilwell, Atty's
~Waukon Standard
~contributed by Jan Miller

1873

Hoppas - Original Notice - Luthena Hoppas, plaintiff vs David Hoppas, defendant. To David Hoppas: you are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of Lethena Hoppas claiming of you a divorce from the bond of matrimony and other relief, and unless you appear thereto, and defend, before noon, of the 2d day of the next June term of the Circuit court of said county, to commence on the 2d day of June 1873, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition. By S.S. Powers, attorney.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Barnes - Original Notice - S. Barnes, plaintiff vs James Barnes, defendant. To James Barnes, you are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of May 1873, there will be on file in the Clerks office, District court of Allamakee County, a petition of Sofrona Barnes claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and for other relief. S.S. Powers, attny of plaintiff.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Berry - Original Notice - L.M. Berry, plaintiff vs Wm. Berry, defendant. To Wm. Berry, you are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of June 1873, there will be on file in the Clerks office, District court of Allamakee County, a petition of L.M. Berry claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and for other relief. S.S. Powers, attny of plaintiff.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Loughman - Original Notice - To Margaret Loughman. You are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of Michael Laughman, claiming of you a divorce, and you forever be stopped from claiming title to any property of said Michael Laughman. M.B. Hendricks, attorney.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Callbrath - Original Notice - John S. Callbrath, Plaintiff vs Mary C. Callbrath, Defendant. To Mary C. Callbrath. You are hereby notified that on or before the 20th day of November, 1873, there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of John S. Callbrath, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, and other relief. And that unless you appear thereto, before noon of the 2nd day of the next December term of the District Court, to commence on the 8th day of December, 1873, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered theron said petition. John C. Callbrath, Plaintiff. S.S. Powers, Attorney
~Postville Review (see also December 1873)
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Fuller - Original Notice - To Russell Fuller. You are hereby notified that on or before the 1st day of October, 1873, there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of Hannah M. Fuller, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, the custody of her children, and that unless you appear thereto, before noon of the 2nd day of the next December term of the District Court, to commence on the 8th day of December, 1873, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered theron said petition. Hannah M. Fuller, Plaintiff. S.S. Powers, Attorney
~Postville Review (see also December 1873)
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Tripp - Original Notice - To D.M. Tripp. You are hereby notified that there will be a petition of F.A. Tripp in the office of the clerk of the District Court of Allamakee County, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, the custody of two minor children, and other relief. By Burling & Stowe, attorneys for the plaintiff.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

December 1873: Below we give the result of some of the cases disposed of at the last term of court in this county:
VanHooser vs VanHooser, Decree of divorce and $3420.00 allimony.
Fuller vs Fuller, Decree of divorce
Callbreath vs Callbreath, Decree of divorce
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1874

Ames - The announcement of the divorce of Mr. Ames from his wife, Mary Clemmer, was a shock and surprise to her friends. It is true they were not often together, for his business kept him in Harper’s Ferry, while hers brought her to Washington in the winter and North in the summer. I have known Mrs. Ames for eight years and seen her husband frequently during that time. I believe they are now, as they have always been, the best of friends. He seemed proud of her talents, and understood that she could not immure herself at so uncongenial a place as Harper’s Ferry. Mrs. Ames is a hard worker, without any help from her husband she for years have supported herself, both of her parents, and has educated a young sister. Mr. Ames was a clergyman when she, at an early age married him. Since the war Mr. Ames has had a perfect infatuation for investing money at Harper’s Ferry. He even sold a fine residence in a fashionable quarter of New York City and put the proceeds in warehouses at the Ferry. Before the houses were rented the great freshet floated them down the Shenandoah River. Still he goes on buying and building. Mrs. Ames tried for two years to live there, but her life was intolerable. Report says that Mr. Ames has found a lady at the Ferry who likes the place, and he obtained the divorce so that he could marry again.
~Dubuque Daily Times, Wednesday, December 16, 1874, pg 2
~contributed by Cheryl Moonen

Kelsey - Original Notice - To C. Kelsey. You are hereby notified that there will be on file in the office of the clerk of the district Court of Allamakee Co. Iowa, a petition of S. Kelsey, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony. By S.S.Powers, attny for plaintiff.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Kightlinger - To Udelia Kightlinger. You are hereby notified that there will be on file in the office of the clerk of the district Court of Allamakee Co. Iowa, a petition of Jacob Kightlinger, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony. By Burling & Stowe, attny's for plaintiff
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Harris - Original Notice - S.L. Harris vs Thomas Harris. You are hereby notified that on or before the 15th day of October, 1874 there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of S.L. Harris, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony and alimony. And that unless you appear thereto, and defend, before noon of the second day of the next December term of the District Court of said, to commence on the 7th day of December, 1874, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition. S.L. Harris, Plaintiff. By S.S. Powers, Att'y
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1876

Clark - Original Notice - Sarah A. Clark, Plaintiff. N.G. Clark, Defendant. To N.G., Clark. You are Hereby Notified that there is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of Sarah A. Clark, Claiming a divorce from you (on the ground of cruelty) and for allimony and that unless you appear thereto and defend, before noon of the 2nd day of next January term ofvthe Circuit Court of said County, to commence on the 29th day of January 1877, default will be entered against you, and judgment rendered thereon as prayed for in said petition. Sarah A. Clark, Plaintiff. By Powers & J. [illegible]
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1877

Evans - Original Notice - To James H. Evans. You are hereby notified that there is on file in the office of the clerk of the Circuit Court of Allamakee Co. Iowa, a petition of Mary J. Evans, Claiming of you a divorce, on the grounds of desertion and cruelty, and that unless you appear thereto, and defend, before noon, of the 2d day of the next June term of the Circuit court of said county, to commence on the 4th day of June 1877, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered thereon, as prayed for in said petition. Mary J. Evans, Plaintiff. By S.S. Powers, Attorney
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1878

Brown - Original Notice - To James Brown, you are hereby notified that there will be a petition, on file at the office of Clerk of Circuit Court, Allamakee Co. Iowa, of Mary A. Brown claiming of you a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. S.S. Powers, attny.
~Postville Review, August 1878
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Leavitt - Original Notice - To John H. Leavitt, you are hereby notified that there will be a petition, on file at the office of Clerk of Circuit Court, Allamakee Co. Iowa, of Dorah Leavitt claiming of you a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment and drunkenness. S.S. Powers, attny.
~Postville Review, August 1878
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Vansickle - Original Notice - John H.H. Vansickle, Plaintiff and Mary Jane Vansickle, Defendant
To Mary Jane Vansickle, deft. You are hereby notified that, on or before the 22nd day of Jan., 1879, a petition will be filed by said Plaintiff, John H.H. Vansickle. in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said Allamakee County, Iowa, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, on the ground of willful desertion and absence for a period of over two years. And that unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the second day of next term of said Court, commencing on the 3d day of February, 1879, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered thereon. Dated this 19th day of October, 1878. John H.H. Vansickle , Plaintiff. R. & C.H. Quigley, Attorneys.
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1879

Hancock - Original Notice - To William H. Hancock. You are hereby notified that there is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Allamakee County, Iowa, a petition of Mary E. Hancock, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, on the grounds of desertion and adultery, and also for allimony; and that unless you appear thereto, before noon of the 2nd day of the next September term of the District Court, to commence on the 22nd day of September, 1879, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered theron said petition. Mary E. Hancock, Plaintiff. S.S. Powers, Attorney
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1880

Fosdick - Original Notice - Marilla S. Fosdick vs John A. Fosdick
To John A. Fosdick, Defendant: You are hereby notified that a petition is filed by said plaintiff, Marilla S. Fosdick, in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of said Allamakee County. Iowa, claiming of you a Divorce from the bonds or matrimony, on the ground of desertion, and for allimony and other relief; and that unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the second day of the next term of said Court, commencing on the 22nd day of November, 1880, default will be entered against you and judgement rendered thereon. Dated this 9th day of October, 1880. Marilla S. Fosdick, Plaintiff. By S.S. Powers, Attorney
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1881

Hancock - Original Notice - James H. Hancock. You are hereby notified there is on file in the office of Clerk of Circuit Court in Allamakee Co. Iowa, a petition of Josephine A. Hancock claiming of you a divorce on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, such to endanger her life, and for alimony. S.S. Powers, att'y for plaintiff.
~Postville Review, January 1881
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1883

Kirkendall - Original Notice - Notice to Ellen Kirkendall. You are notified that there is on file the petition of Jno. H. Kirkendall, asking a divorce.
Rose
-Original Notice - To Matilda Rose. You are notified that there is, on file, a petition of M. Rose, claiming of you a divorce
~Postville Review, January 1883
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Elsey - Original Notice - To Thomas N. Elsey: You are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of Iowa, in and for Allamakee county, the petition of Elizabeth Elsey, claiming of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, on the grounds, of impotentcy: and that unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the second day of the next term of said court, which will be begin and holden at Waukon in said county, on the 10th day of October, 1883, your default will be entered, and a decree rendered thereon as prayed for in said petition.
Elizabeth Elsey.
~The District Post (Postville)
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1884

Field - Original Notice - To William C. Field. You are notified of a petition by Sarah A. Field claiming of you a divorce.
~source: Postville Review, June 1884
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1885

Kinyon - Original Notice - To Francis E. Kinyon. You are notified that there is on file a petition of Julia A. Kinyon claiming of you a divorce.
~source: Postville Review, February 1885
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Stockman - Original Notice. To. Emma Stockman. You are notified that on or before the 1st day of November 1885, a petition will be filed by plaintiff, Andrew Stockman, in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, claiming of you a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment
~Postville Review
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1886

Holliday - Original Notice. To Wm. L. Holliday. You are notified that a petition is files by Mary Holliday, in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, claiming of you a divorce, on the grounds of intoxication.
~Postville Review, October 1886
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1887

Crouch - Original Notice. To Wm. H. Crouch. You are notified that there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, a petition of Sarah Crouch, claiming of you a divorce on the grounds of cruelty and drunkenness and other relief.
~Postville Review, August 1887
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1889

Weymiller - Original Notice- To Emma J. Weymiller. You are notified that there is on file a petition of August F. Weymiller, praying for a decree of divorce. He alleges desertion on your part.
~Postville Review, June 1889
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1895

Hutchinson - Original Notice - Hannah Hutchinson, plaintiff vs Alexander Hutchinson, defendant. To the defendant, you are notified that.....the petition of said plaintiff....claiming and demanding of you a divorce from the bonds of matrimony on the ground of desertion....by J.I. Shepherd, attny for Plaintiff
~Postville Review, December 1895
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1896

Hass - Original Notice of Granted Divorce - Julia Hass vs Joseph Hass, divorce; divorce granted and $6,500 permanent alimony granted plaintiff. Defendant required to pay $600 attorney fees and cost of suit.
Fowler - Original Notice of Granted Divorce -Mrs. M.I. Fowler vs I.D. Fowler, divorce; divorce granted
~Postville Review, May 1896
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1897

Webb - Original Notice. To Moses M. Webb. You are notified that thee is now on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, a petition of Hattie Webb, praying for a decree of divorce; she alleges that you have become addicted to habitual drunkenness since marriage
~Postville Review, March 1897
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1899

Barnes - Original Notice of Granted Divorce - Mary E. Barnes vs. John A. Barnes; default. Decree of divorce for plff. and
for custody of minor children, and for costs $25. Decree to be issued on
payment of costs and atty fees.
~Waukon Standard, January 18, 1899
~contributed by Evelyn Rudolf

1900

Evert - Original Notice - In the District Court, Allamakee County, Iowa; Flavia Eppina Evert vs Frederick Evert.
To Frederick Evert, the Above named defendant: You are hereby notified that there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee County, Iowa on the 30th day of March, 1900, the petition of said plaintiff claiming and demanding a degree of divorce against you from the Bonds of matrimony on the grounds of habitual drunkenness, inhuman treatment, non-support, [illegible word], and for the custody of minor child. And that unless you appear thereto and defend before noon of the second day of the next term of said court, commencing on the 9th day of April, 1900, default will be entered against you and a decree rendered as prayed for in said petition. Dated this 23rd day of Feb., 1900. J.I. Shepherd, Attorney for Plaintiff.
~Postville Review, March 9, 1900
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Collins - Original Notice. To LaFayette Collins. You are notified there there will be on file in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, the petition of Lucinda Jane Collins, demanding a divorce on the grounds of inhuman treatment, non-support and desertion.
~source: Postville Review, October 1900
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1929

Kugler vs Kugler - District Court - The case of Myrl B. Kugler vs. Clark G. Kugler, a divorce action, was heard by Judge Reed Monday afternoon. The plaintiff, living at New Albin, represented by attorney Frank May of Lansing asked for a divorce from the defendant, who lives at Osage, on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, desertion and nonsupport. Several witnesses for the plaintiff were examined and there was no defense. The divorce was granted.
~Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, Wednesday, April 17, 1929
~contributed by Ann Krumme

1930

In the October term of court which began here Monday four more divorce cases have been added since last week. They are as follows:
Buege - Amelia Buege vs. Emil Buege, Lansing
Johnson - Emma Johnson vs. Martin C. Johnson, Waukon
Gordon - Elaine Allie Gordon vs. William E. Gordon, New Albin
Brown - Ardys Hartley Brown vs. Joseph W. Brown, the former residing in Waukon with her parents, the Thos. Hartley family, and the latter of Colesburg, Ia.
~Allamakee Journal & Lansing Mirror, Oct 29, 1930
~contributed by Ann Krumme

1931

Laughlin - Original Notice - In the District Court of Iowa, in and for Allamakee County; Elizabeth Mary Laughlin, plaintiff vs Andrew Donald Laughlin, defendant
To Andrew Donald Laughlin:  You are hereby notified that on or before the 27th day of August, A.D. 1931, a petition of  Elizabeth Mary Laughlin will be filed in the office of the Clerk of the District Court of the State of Iowa, in and for Allamakee county, praying that she be divorced from you, and alleging as a ground for divorce cruel and inhuman treatment endangering her life. And unless you appear thereto and defend on or before noon of the second day of the September term, A.D., 1931, of said Court, which will commence on the 7th day of September, A.D. 1931, at the court house in Waukon, Iowa, default will be entered against you, and decree rendered thereon.  For further particulars you are referred to the petition to be filed as above stated.
B.A. Schwartzhoff, Attorney for Plaintiff
~Postville Herald, July 30, 1931
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1932

Goodell - Judge H.E. Taylor granted a divorce to Esther Goodell from her husband, Frank Goodell, both residents of Lansing. The divorce was asked on the grounds of desertion. She was given the custody of the minor child and was awarded the ownership of property in Lansing.
~Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday evening edition, February 9, 1932
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1934

Rahilly - Original Notice - In the District Court of Iowa, in and for Allamakee County; E. Rahilly, plaintiff vs Dorothy Bitker Rahilly, defendant
To Dorothy Bitker Rahilly:  You are hereby notified that there is now on file in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court of Iowa, in and for Allamakee County, Petition of above named Plaintiff alleging that plaintiff is the husband of defendant, and they were married during the last week of August, 1932, that defendant during the latter part of their married life has been guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment as to endanger the life of plaintiff, that defendant has at this time, without any cause, unlawfully, willfully and maliciously left the home of plaintiff, and to the best of plaintiff’s knowledge and belief, no longer resides in the State of Iowa.  Plaintiff asks that he be granted an absolute divorce from defendant. .  For further particulars you are referred to the petition as above stated. Now unless you appear thereto and defend on or before noon of the second day of the March term, A.D., 1934, of said Court, which will convene on the 19th day of  March, A.D. 1934, at the court house in Waukon, Iowa, default will be entered against you as prayed for in said petition.
Hart & Hart, Attorneys for Plaintiff
~Postville Herald, February 15, 1934
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1936

Headington. Waukon, Ia. - A divorce was granted Tuesday by Judge T.H. Goheon to Mrs. Tena Headington from her husband, Grover Headington, the charges being cruel and inhuman treatment. Plaintiff was given the farm in French Creek township and part of the personal possessions. Also custody of the minor child, a boy 14 years old. They were married Feb 22, 1910, and have three children.
~La Crosse Tribune & Leader-Press, August 27, 1936
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1940

Kiesau. Waukon, Ia - Mrs. Gertrude Kiesau of Lansing is the plaintiff in a divorce petition filed here Saturday for the June term of Allamakee County District Court. She charges her husband, Ralph Kiesau of Waukon, with cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple was married April 4, 1933 at Lansing. She seeks restoration of her maiden name of Gertrude Feuerhelm and custody of their two sons, Ronald and Dale.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, June 16, 1940
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Klepper. Waukon, Ia - Mrs. Luella Klepper, farm woman living near here, Wednesday filed a divorce suit in Allamakee county District Court to be heard at the September term. She charges her husband, Eldo Klepper, with cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple married Sept. 12, 1936 and they are the parents of two children, Leslie, 3, and Lind Lou, 1.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Wednesday evening edition, July 10, 1940
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1941

Lane. Waukon - Mrs. Mildred Lane, Waukon, is the plaintiff in a divorce petition filed last week asking for a divorce from her husband, Russie Lane, who she married August 4, 1931, and resided with until a week ago. The charges files are habitual drunkenness.
~scrapbook clipping from 1941
~contributed by Errin Wilker

1943

Helle. Waukon, Ia - Knute Helle, Center township farmer, is the plaintiff in a divorce suit filed here for the January term of Allamakee county district court. He charges his wife, Christine (Sorlie) Helle with cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple was married Dec. 6, 1925
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Friday Evening edition, January 1, 1943
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Waters. Waukon, Ia. - Elias Waters of Waukon is the plaintiff in a divorce action filed here to the March term of Allamakee County District Court. He charges his wife, Bertha, with cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple were married Sept. 27, 1927, at Waterloo. They have two children, Bernard, 13, who lives with the plaintiff, and Beverly, 10, who is at the Children's Home at Waverly.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Thursday evening edition, January 14, 1943
~contributed by S. Ferrall

Reiser. Waukon, Ia. - Mrs. Alcide Reiser, farm woman living near New Albin, was granted a divorce by Judge T. H. Goheen from her husband, Earl Reiser, in Allamakee County District Court here. The plaintiff charged cruel and inhuman treatment. The court ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff the sum of $2,625 as support for herself and five minor children, ranging in age from two to 14 years. The plaintiff was given the privilege of resuming her maiden name of Alice Childs. The couple married April 16, 1927, in Black Hawk County, and lived together until recently.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Thursday evening edition, January 28, 1943
~contributed by S. Ferrall

King. Waukon. - Judge M.M. Cooney granted Mrs. Mary E. King of Waukon separate maintenance from her husband, John F. King, now of Seattle, Wash., in Allamakee County Distraict Court here. Mrs. King charged cruel and inhuman treatment and she was awarded $25 monthly alimony and custody of their one child, Elizabeth Jean. The plaintiff was the former Mary Molitor before her marriage April 24, 1937.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, evening edition, Thursday, April 29, 1943
~contributed by S. Ferrall

1945

Doubek. Dorchester - Mrs. Erma Doubek of near Dorchester is the plaintiff in a divorce petition filed this week. She is asking for a divorce from her husband, Anthony A. Doubek on the charge of cruel and inhumane treatment. She also asks that the defendant be restrained from molesting or harming plaintiff whom it is alleged he has threatened to kill. She also asks the court the right to resume her maiden name, that of Erna Sheriff, and asks for attorney fees and suit money. Petition alleges they were married at Galena Feb. 20, 1937, and have no living children. It will be remembered that the four children belonging to the above named were burned to death in their two-room house near the New Galena bridge last year.

Doubek Divorce Granted - Judge G.B. Richter granted a divorce in Allamakee County District Court at Waukon Monday, to Erma Sheriff-Doubek of Dorchester from her husband, Anthony Doubek, now of Waukon. The charges were cruel and inhumane treatment. The costs were divided between both parties. Petition alleges they were married February 20, 1937, and lived together until July 10, 1944. It will be remembered that their four children were burned to death in their two-room house near the New Galena bridge on February 18, 1944.
~scrapbook clipping from 1945
~contributed by Errin Wilker

Undated - these records are all from a scrapbook where the majority of clippings are from the 1940's. All were contributed by Errin Wilker.

Bechtel. Ludlow twp. - Mrs. Laura Bechtel, 46, farm woman of Ludlow township, is the plaintiff in a divorce petition for the December term of District Court. She is asking for a divorce from her husband, Ben Bechtel, 50, on the charge of drunkenness and cruel and inhumane treatment. petition alleges they were married February 10, 1916, and lived together until October 30, 1943. They are the parents of eight children, the oldest 26 years old and the youngest four years of age. Three of the children are minors, namely: Doris 14, Ruby 12 and Judy 4., and are in the custody of the plaintiff. She asks the court to award her $75 per month for the support of herself and three minor children of whom she asks custody. She also asks $75 for expenses of the trial and $125 for attorney fees. Judge T.H. Goheen in District Court at Waukon last week issued a court order attaching the property of both and served a writ of attachment against defendant for $3500 to pay for alimony, court costs and attorney fees.

Betsinger. Lansing - Mrs. Ellen La Vonne Betsinger of Lansing, is the plaintiff in a divorce petition for the next term of court in which she asks for a divorce from her husband, Cletus Betsinger, on the charge of cruel and inhumane treatment. She also asks for custody of their six minor children, namely: Kenneth, 7 years; Rose, 6; Donald, 4; George, 3; William, 2, and Robert, six months old. Petition alleges they were married at Decorah on September 8, 1936.

Carroll. New Albin. William Carroll of New Albin is the plaintiff in a divorce petition filed last week at the clerk of court's office. He is asking for a divorce from his wife, Frances Carroll, whom he married on June 29, 1923, the charge being cruel and inhumane treatment. They are the parents of one son, John, aged 15 years.

Crowley
. Lansing - Mrs. Daisy Crowley of Lansing, has filed a divorce petition asking for a divorce from her husband, Leonard Crowley, the charges being cruel and inhumane treatment. They were married Nov. 17, 1944, and have no children. Plaintiff asks for restoration of her maiden name, Daisy Hanley.

Fitschen. Lansing - The divorce case of Kermit C. Fitschen vs. Ina Grace Fitschen, both of Lansing, got underway in District Court at Waukon Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock before Judge G.B. Richter and four witnesses were on the stand during the day, after which the case was continued until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when it will again be resumed. Attorney A.E. Sheridan is representing the plaintiff, while Hart & Hart appeared for Mrs. Fitschen.

Geinzer. Lansing twp. - Judge W.L. Eichendorf in District Court at Waukon, Tuesday afternoon last week, granted a divorce to Mrs. Katherine P. Geinzer, Lansing township farm woman, from her husband, Andrew Geinzer on the charge of cruel and inhumane treatment. Plaintiff was given the right to resume her maiden name, that of Katherine Wiehe. Both are joint owners of a large amount of personal property and are under contract for a 200 acre farm in French Creek township, but a property settlement was made and is to be carried out as stipulated in the court decree. Plaintiff married defendant at Lansing May 24, 1936 and they have since resided with the former's sister, Mrs. Helen Hirth, on Mays Prairie.

Irons. New Albin - Judge W.L. Eichendorf in Allamakee County District Court last week awarded a divorce to Mrs. Cora Irons, a resident of New Albin from her husband, John Irons. The charges filed were for cruel and inhumane treatment. Plaintiff was given custody of the minor children, but defendant was given the right to visit them at certain times. Plaintiff was given all livestock, equipment, assets and accounts of the Irons Dairy Company at New Albin, which has been operated by her and her children for a number of years past. Each party must pay their own court costs and attorney fees. Neither party may marry within a year. They were married November 23, 1921, and have three children: Betty 19, Isabelle 17, and Garland 14.

Thimmesch. New Albin - Gregor Thimmesch of New Albin has filed for divorce proceedings through his attorney asking for a divorce from his wife, Esther Thimmesch, whom he charges with cruel and inhumane treatment. Petition alleges they were married in La Crosse Jan. 12, 1926 and are the parents of two children, aged 19 and 16 years. Plaintiff asks for a divorce, custody of minor child, and that defendant have no interest in the property of the plaintiff.

Thomsom. New Albin - Mrs. Mary Thomson of New Albin has filed a divorce proceeding asking for a divorce from her husband, Donald Thomson of Iowa township on the charge of cruel and inhumane treatment. She also asks for custody for their four children, ranging in age from 10 to 18 years. They were married June 29, 1926 and have since resided in Iowa township.

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