Marriages/Divorces, Dallas County, Texas, 1897 (Incomplete)

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Why Mr. Mills Returned His
Unused Marriage License.



She Did Not Elope with the Angel of
Death -- Unnecessary Tear
Shedding in Dallas.

     The hilarity of St. Patrick's day was marred for a few citizens of Dallas by their sympathy for a young man named W. P. Mills, who secured license on the 16th to marry Miss S. M. Wilkerson, of Kleberg, and who returned the license the following forenoon, informing Deputy County Clerk Henry Skelton that his intended bride had died during the night, of diphtheria.
     Mr. Mills shed copious tears as he returned the license and told his troubles. Henry Skelton, a tender-hearted sympathetic man, joined in the tear-shedding. Mr. Mills said hehad but one ambition left and that would not be an ambition except for its connection with the dear deceased. That ambition was to defray the burial expenses himself and that being no exception to the general run of men, the hard times had not been without a depressing effect on him, and he was therefore a trifle straightened, and if it was all the same to Mr. Skelton, he would like to have back the $1.50 he had paid for the license. The money was very cheerfully refunded, and Mr. Mills went his way, as it now transpires, rejoicing, while Henry Skelton had redness of eyes all day and looked sad for three days.
      Yesterday evening, County Clerk Albert Jackson plucked a Times Herald reporter aside, and said:
     "You remember the News and the Times Herald the other day printed a very pathetic story about a couple who had set their hearts on getting married on St. Patrick's day, and had made all preparation for the wedding, and how the angel of death came and eloped with the bride on St. Patrick's day in the morning, or words to that effect? And, all about how the fellow brought the license back. Well, hundreds of strong men and half the ladies in town felt their eyes getting moist or shed tears outright at the relation ofo that truly touching story, and it is to be hoped it had the chastening effect on them of good fiction, for fiction is all it was, as the lady is not dead at all. Several men from her neighborhood were in my office to-day, laughing about it. They said the young lady is the perfect picture of health. The truth is she had no motion of marrying the fellow, and when he came with the license, she fired him off the place. That crocodile play he made in the office here was to get his $1.50 back. There is only one way for Henry to get even and that is to sue Mills for damages for trifling with his affections; for I am going to charge him up with the $1.50, which was office money."

- March 21, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 6
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Were Instituted by John Buhrer

     What is probably the final chapter in the double tragedy that culminated in the death of Albert Reinhardt and the suicide of his slayer, Albert Stegman, was a suit for divorce filed in the District court, Saturday by John Buhrer from his wife, Elizabeth, or Elise Buhrer. Mrs. Buhrer is the woman of whom young Stegman and Reinhardt were both enamored, a love fatal to both in the end. Her husband is a dairyman and they live on a farm just east of the Episcopal college.
     Buhrer sues for divorce on the ground of unfaithfulness. In his petition, he states that they were married in September, 1885, by Rev. H. De Gelfeld (sic), of Dallas, and have lived together up to the current month; that the defendant, during the last year, has utterly disregarded her marriage vows and kept company with other men and has been guilty of unfaithfulness to her marriage vows with the deceased, Albert Stegman, on a number of occasions specified in the petition.
     The most sensational part of the petition is as follows:
     "That on the 27th day of February, 1897, co-respondent, Alfred Stegman, in a frenzy of jealous rage, committed the crime of murdering one Albert Reinhardt on the premises of plaintiff, and that thereafter, when the officers of the law were hunting for the murderer, the defendant concealed him on the premises of plaintiff, and that being discovered, the said murderer killed himself by a shot fired into his head out of a pistol in his own hand.
     "That defendant having frequently declared that she could not live without her said paramour, the aforesaid Alfred Stegman, and in the event of his leaving her, would kill herself, she did immediately after the suicide of him, the said Alfred Stegman, swallow a deadly dose of sulphate of morphine, and that the prompt efforts of a physician only prevented her from accomplishing her suicidal attempt."
     The petitioner, for these varied reasons, accordingly prays that divorce be granted him.

- March 21, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 7
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New Suits Filed.
14th District Court.

     Lucy Kemp vs. Will Kemp, divorce.
     May Kemp vs. Frank Kemp, divorce.

44th District Court.

     Malinda H. Douglass Hurry vs. J. F. Hurry, divorce.

- June 23, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Judge Gray Dissolves the Bonds
of Three Couples.

     Yesterday was divorce day in Judge Gray's court.
     Kate J. Long was granted divorce from Jep. Long on the ground of abandonment. Dick Collins was given his papers of freedom from Annie Collins on similar grounds. Solomon Hanna was granted divorce from Sallie Hanna and given custody of the children. Solomon's grounds were abandonment and taking up with another man.

- October 31, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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Fourteenth District Court.


     Emma Lewis vs. Dan Lewis, divorce.

- December 12, 1897, Dallas Morning News, p. 24, col. 4.
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Miss Moon Fails to Prosecute
Mr. Ashley.

     J. D. Ashley was to have had a hearing before Justice Lauderdale this forenoon on a charge of taking advantage of Miss Lillie Moon under promise of marriage.
     Mr. Ashley was on hand and ready to proceed with the hearing, but Miss Moon was not forthcoming. Her father stated that he had not seen her for a day or two, and had no idea where she was. He, however, asked that the hearing be passed until his daughter could appear, and the case was accordingly passed. Mr. Ashley going out on the same $500 bond.

- December 21, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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     Today, Mollie Stought filed suit for divorce from R. S. Stought, and Mary L. Alvey applied for divorce from William Alvey.

- December 21, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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