Too Much Married, 1878
GALER, JARRETT, FITCH, BENTON
Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 5/15/2016 at 18:35:13
Dubuque Herald –Jan. 5, 1878
TOO MUCH MARRIED
Elkader Journal – A man by the name of Manuel Jarrett, twenty-five years of age, who had been working on the Volga Valley Railroad, near Cox Creek, and boarding with Michael Galer, taking advantage of the situation induced Mr. Galer’s daughter Charity, a young woman twenty-one years old, to elope with him, and accordingly on the 12th of last month they went together to Freeport, Ill. as man and wife.
After stopping there a day or two, under some pretext he left the girl at Freeport and returned to Dubuque where he has a wife and four children.
On the 22d ult. He was arrested there and lodged in jail where he remained until the 29th, when he was brought to Elkader by Sheriff Benton, where he remains bound over to the next term of court.
The young woman passed through Elkader on her way home, last Thursday, a sadder and undoubtedly a wiser girl. It is but simple justice, however to say that she was totally ignorant of his previous marriage, believing that she was associating with an honorable man.
We are indebted to Mr. Ed Fitch, of Elkport, for the particulars of the above case.
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