Paid for His Wife-Louis Gullickson 1902
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Date: 2/13/2017 at 10:04:02
Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Jan 3, 1902
Paid for His Wife
Kensett, Jan. 3 – The most novel action ever brought to the courts and public took place here when Louis Gullickson, an auctioneer, who is endowed with an unusual gift of versatility and business tact, sued a prosperous young farmer living seven miles west of Kensett to recover the balance due him under a verbal agreement for services claimed to have been rendered in securing for said defendant a handsome and highly respected young lady who resided in the same neighborhood, for a wife.
The services were eventually rendered in good faith as agreed, as the knot was tied in due legal form and in a short time after negotiations had been opened up, to the entire satisfaction of all the transacting parties. Forty dollars was then paid said auctioneer for services purported to have been rendered in affiliating the two hearts, but as often the case with verbal agreements, the balance was never paid.
A consolation resulted in the agreement to the effect that said defendant paid plaintiff $29, making $69 in all for alleged services. The legality of the transaction is questioned here by the thinking people and they are inclined to sympathize with the defendants, who are estimable young people and are highly respected.
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