Posts Tagged ‘Divorce’

Cross Words and Crosswords

January 5, 2012

Cross and Puzzled

A Cross Word puzzle is a cinch for some,
But not very easy for a fellow who’s dumb.
They give you a word and you hunt for its mate,
You work on it from early morn until late,
You think you have found just the word that you need,
You tax your brain till you’re way off your feed,
The dictionary you look into, page after page,
When you can’t find the word, you fly off in a rage
And when the time comes to creep into your bed,
You can’t get to sleep; words run through your head.
“O, when will this craze be over”, you cry
The answer comes back: “In the sweet bye and bye”.
It’s good for the intellect of some that we know
But as for poor me, there’s not a ghost of a show.

Daily Messenger (Canadaigua, New York) Jan 26, 1925

Crossword Religion

Opinion will be divided upon the unique plan of Rev. George W. McElveen of stimulating interest in the church through the agency of the crossword puzzle. Rev. McElveen, who is pastor of the Knoxville Baptist Church, of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently announced that the congregation would have to solve a crossword puzzle before he would preach his sermon. The puzzle spaces were mapped out on a huge blackboard and suspended by the pulpit and the congregation had to guess the correct words for them. when completed the words formed the text of the sermon.

The idea of the crossword puzzle is old but this particular application of it is new indeed and was undertaken by Rev. Mc Elveen, it is understood in an effort to give his church a little more life and activity and add an additional interest to a perhaps dry theological dissertation. As is usual with an entirely new idea there is much discussion both for and against, some persons holding that the reverend gentleman’s plan is a forward step in modernizing religion and making it palatable for the younger generation. the opposite side, however, consists mostly of older, and perhaps more orthodox church goers, deplores this tendency to introduce any innovations in the church services. It is doubtful, however, if many other ministers try the scheme until they find out how the plan worked in Rev. McElveen’s church.

Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Dec 3, 1924

Echoes of many family jars in this community lately have reached our ears. Knowing, of course, that wifie is not always “dovey” in hunting season time, we attributed the many domestic squabbles to that cause. Now, according to the following, it isn’t hunting season, or bobbed hair, that’s causing all the trouble, but — well, read it for yourself:

Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 3 — Edith M. Fry of Ephrata, told a jury in court today that her husband, Alvin B. Fry, beat her because she was unable to figure how much “gas” it required to drive the family automobile from their home to Washington. The jury granted her a divorce. But the husband says he hit his wife only after she had put across an uppercut that closed one eye. He contested the divorce. Apparently the husband was a crossword puzzle fan, for, according to testimony, he frequently heaved the dictionary at his wife when she failed to give prompt definitions to words he propounded.

Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, Pennsylvania) Dec 5, 1924

Crossword puzzle in Latin will be introduce on examination at Milton Academy this year for Latin students.

Daily Messenger (Canadaigua, New York) Dec 19, 1924

“My Wife Didn’t Want a Divorce…”

November 9, 2011

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Solved Divorce Problem by Taking Wife Across Knee and Spanking Her

N.Y. Sun-Syracuse Herald — Special.

Evansville, Ind., March 1 — “I don’t kneed a lawyer to fight a divorce case,” said Frank Kuebler when told his wife had sued him.

Kuebler is a wealthy farmer and an educated man. His wife charged him with cruel treatment. As soon as he was informed of the suit he drove home and there faced his wife. He took her across his lap and spanked her with a slipper, according to her statements to the neighbors.

Kuebler and his wife came to her lawyer’s office here and she directed the attorney to immediately dismiss the suit for divorce.

“My wife didn’t want a divorce and I soon showed her she didn’t,” said Kuebler.

Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York) Mar 5, 1911

Hiawatha Up To Date

October 22, 2011


“Wed a maiden of your people,”
Warning said the old Nokomis;
“Go not eastward, go not westward
For a stranger whom we know not.”
Thus dissuading spoke Nokomis,
And young Hiawatha answered
Only this, “Dear old Nokomis,
Sure our people have no maidens,
Not one worth a bit of wampum,
For across the Gitchee Gumee,
Far across the Big Sea Water,
Dukes have come and nabbed these maidens.”
Gravely then said old Nokomis
“Surely you can find a maiden
Here among our own dear people,
Even tho’ they haven’t wampum,
Haven’t beads and shells to burn, sir!”
Smiling answered Hiawatha
“Yes, but they are all new women,
All are wearing dizzy bloomers,
Riding bikes and clad in bloomers.
I don’t want to wed a maiden
Clad in bloomers, loud old bloomers.
In the land of the Dakotahs
Lives the Arrow maker’s daughter,
Minnehaha, Laughing Water,
Handsomest of all the women;
She is not one of these new women,
Never saw a pair of bloomers.”
Still dissuading said Nokomis
“Bring not to my lodge a stranger
From the land of the Dakotahs,
That is where they make divorces.”
Laughing answered Hiawatha
“For that reason if no other
Would I wed in far Dakotah,
For if I don’t like the maiden
I can easy get divorced, see?”
“Very well, then,” said Nokomis,
“You know best, my Hiawatha,
Go and wed this Minnehaha,
Give the laugh to old Nokomis,
Yes, the laugh — the Minnehaha!”
Straightway Hiawatha did so,
Wed the maiden, Laughing Water;
And to make divorce more certain,
If divorce should e’re be needed,
Lived they after in Sioux City
In the land of the Dakotahs.

The Wellsboro Agitator (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania) Jul 29, 1896


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Published: 1856
Page 128 [Hiawatha’s Wooing]

The Spicy Details of a Domestic Sensation

November 4, 2010


Drive Gus Lambert Out of the House With a Broom – A Hamilton Boy’s Marital Experience.

There is a good sized domestic sensation at present exciting no end of gossip in certain circles in the Fifth ward. It will be remembered that about two years ago Gus Lambert, a young machinist, eloped with Miss Marie Catterlin, a very young lady and married her in Covington, in spite of the strenuous objections of the young lady’s parents.

Recently Lambert lost his position and went to live with his wife’s mother. This opened old wounds and it is said she forced him out of the house with a broom.

Lambert is now living with his mother and is highly indignant at his mother-in-law’s treatment.

Hamilton Daily Republican (Hamilton, Ohio) Aug 13, 1894



Mrs. Gustav Lambert Relates A Tale of Woe in a Petition Full of Spicy Details and Sensational Allegations — Gus Kicked on Her Going to Parties, Disliked the Idea of Her Attending Decoration Day Exercises, and is Alleged to Have Indulged in Profanity Without the use of a “Swearing Room.”

Apropos of a recent sensational publication in which Gustav Lambert and his wife figured as the chief actors with an irate mother-in-law in the back ground, Marie M. Lambert today through her attorney, C.J. Smith, filed a suit for divorce. The petition makes spicy reading for those who love to hear of domestic broils.

Plaintiff says she was married to defendant in Covington, Ky., on February 19, 1890, and that no children resulted.

She says that she has at all times been a true, loving and faithful wife, but that he had refused and neglected to provide her with a suitable home, has compelled her to appeal to and receive means from her relatives and friends, to live and pay rent, has refused to furnish her with sufficient food and she says that shortly after her marriage he cursed and swore at her and would invariably curse and swear at her whenever she would visit or call on her friends or attend a party or place of entertainment alone or in company with others.

She says that on May 30, 1894, he damned her and tried to prevent her from attending Decoration services at the cemetery, thus wounding her feelings and humiliating her.

She says that on July 25, 1894, he cursed and swore at her and God damned her, and that when she remonstrated with him for his treatment he said: “God damn you, I will talk with you as I please as long and as I please in that way.”

She says that on August 1, 1894, he cursed and swore at her, seized hold of her in a rough and brutal manner, wounding her feelings and bruising her arm.

She says his continual ill treatment of her has greatly disturbed her peace of mind and impaired her health, wherefore she asks for a divorce, for reasonable and permanent alimony, for restoration to her maiden name of Marie M. Catterlin and for all other proper relief.

Hamilton Daily Republican (Hamilton, Ohio) Aug 29, 1894


From Her Husband, Gus Lambert — sequel to a sensation.

Marie Lambert, nee Catterlin, was this afternoon granted a divorce from her husband, Gus Lambert, on the grounds of gross neglect. This is the sequel to a sensational case.

Hamilton Daily Republican (Hamilton, Ohio) Oct 22, 1894