From: "Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert" <iggy29@scican.net>

To: <IADECATU-L@rootsweb.com>

Subject: DIVORCE - MARY A. BURNS vs. JOHN F. BURNS.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2001 8:35 PM

Decatur County Journal

July 8, l897

'NEW COURT CASES'

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MARY A. BURNS vs. JOHN F. BURNS, Action for divorce. The plaintiff

asserts that she was married to the defendant at Brazil, Iowa, January

l, l890, and that to them has been born one child, MARY FRANCIS BURNS

aged six years. She bases her cause for action on the grounds of cruel

and inhuman treatment, asserting that although her husband before their

marriage was sober and industrious, since he has been working in a coal

mine he has become an habitual drunkard. She declares that many times

he has struck, beat and bruised her in an outrageous manner and on one

occasion, December 25, l896, secured a revolver and threatened to kill

her, having on a previous occasion assaulted her with a knife. For

these reasons, believing that he would carry his threats into execution,

and considering her life in danger, she left him January l, l897. C.W.

HOFFMAN for plaintiff.

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