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Re: Divorce information


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 7/14/2020 at 18:14:38

In Response To: Divorce information (Barb Hunt)

This is what I found for you.

On September 13, 1913, Letta Kendall gave birth to an illegitimate son, Lyle. Two weeks later, on September 28, 1913, Letta Kendall and William Gordon married. A criminal case against William Gordon due to Letta's pregnancy was dismissed the next week since the couple married. Two and one-half months later, on December 19, 1913, baby Lyle died in Anamosa. The cause of death was premature birth, acute gastritis with general malnutrition. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa. William and Letta Gordon were divorced on March 9, 1916 in Jones County District Court.

Hope this helps.


Married William Gordon of Oxford Junction, and Miss Letta Kendall of Anamosa, were united in marriage last Sunday. The ceremony was performed by Rev. O. W. Behrens of the Presbyterian church. The groom is a railroad man.

The Anamosa Eureka Anamosa, Iowa
Thursday, October 2nd, 1913


State of Iowa vs. William Gordon. The defendant having married the prosecuting witness, this case is dismissed and costs paid.

The Anamosa Journal -- Anamosa, Iowa
Thursday, October 9th, 1913


Case is Dismissed. The criminal action against Wm. Gordon in the district court, was dismissed last week. This action followed his marriage to the prosecuting witness, and a payment of the costs in the case.

The Anamosa Eureka -- Anamosa, Iowa
Thursday, October 16th, 1913


Lyle Gordon, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gordon, died last Friday, the 19th inst. The child was born September 13th. Death followed an illness of about three weeks. The funeral was held on Sunday, the 21st, and interment was had at Riverside cemetery.

The Anamosa Eureka -- Anamosa, Iowa
Thursday, December 25, 1913

In District Court
Divorce granted
Letta Gordon vs. Wm. A. Gordon. Default of defendant.

The Anamosa Eureka --- Anamosa, Iowa
Thursday, March 9th, 1916

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