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The Case of the Allergic Bride

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Health, Wives, Divorce

Death By Flowers


This is either a case of the unluckiest spouse ever, or a perfect murder by the husband.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 28, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Death, Nature, Husbands, Wives, 1970's

Put husband under bed, 1907

This sounds like it was straight-up spousal abuse, and the wife got away with it.

The Washington Post - May 24, 1907

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 22, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Marriage, 1900's

Wife plugged in to alarm clock

Sounds to me like Anna Hindman had good cause for wanting to divorce her husband, namely a) his belief that 4 hours sleep is all anyone needs, and b) wiring her bed to shock her every 4 hours to prevent her from sleeping longer than that.

But according to the news reports, she eventually forgave him and withdrew her divorce petition — after he got rid of the "shocking machine." And it sounds like they remained married for the rest of their lives... if the Anna Hindman in this obituary is the same person (which it must be, because all the names/dates match up).

Anna Louise Hindman, 74, of Rogersville passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Springfield. Anna was born on July 8, 1938 in Springfield to Eulan and Olive (Turner) Bussard. She was married to Michael J. Hindman on July 17, 1953 and he preceded her in death on December 15, 2004. She was an accomplished roller skater, both figure and racing and performed for President Truman. She had her pilots license and enjoyed flying and riding motorcycles with her husband.

Sources: Kansas City Times: Feb 27, 1960; Mar 10, 1960.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 10, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Divorce, Marriage, 1960's

Games couples play

"Johnson's wife, Iris Ann, 36, told [police] her husband was shot while they played a game in which he ran around the yard while she shot at him with a .22 caliber rifle."

I guess Iris Ann won the game.

Source: The Hazleton Plain Speaker - Oct 10, 1958; Also here.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #249

Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

Seriously, does hubby even have a job after dashing out of work in the middle of the day?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Work and Vocational Training, Husbands, Wives, 1960's, Cars

Montreal Madness of 1892



People acted weird in familiar NOTW fashion even over a century ago, as this Montreal newspaper reveals.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Emotions, Newspapers, Husbands, Wives, Nineteenth Century, Mental Health and Insanity

Deformed nipples as grounds for divorce

An Australian man has explained that when he discovered his wife had "deformed" nipples — which he only discovered two years after they got married in 1972 because it took that long before he saw her undressed — that was when he knew he wanted out of the marriage, but he stayed with her out of a sense of duty, and they proceeded to have 3 children together before finally separating in 2011. But for the sake of deciding how to divide up joint assets, he feels the marriage should be considered to have ended in 1974, at the moment of the nipple disfigurement discovery. The judge, however, didn't buy the argument. []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Husbands, Wives, Divorce, Marriage

Woodrow Wilson on the Make


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No escape from the media, even in 1915, as President Wilson courts Edith Galt.

Original photo here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 25, 2015 | Comments (0)
Category: Government, Politics, Husbands, Wives, 1910's, Cars

Nagging as divorce cause

The 1947 case of DeWaal vs. DeWaal established nagging as legitimate grounds for divorce (in Nebraska). I assume this was before the availability of no-fault divorce. (A quick google search reveals that Nebraska only adopted a no-fault divorce law in 1972.)

Note that Mrs. DeWaal argued that her husband was at fault (and not herself) because he went to motion picture theaters and read "sensational magazines."

(left) The Harrisburg Evening News - Oct 28, 1947; (right) The Lincoln Star - Oct 24, 1947
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 22, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Law, Lawsuits, Husbands, Wives, 1940's
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