June 9, 2011 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

By The Spokesman-Review
 

From our archives, 75 years ago

In 1936, the newspaper routinely attended divorce court and entertained its readers with stories of love gone wrong. Here’s one day’s sample:

• Mrs. Reese was walking with her husband on the street when he took her by the arm instead of allowing her to take his arm. “It made me feel like a farmer,” she testified.

So she attempted “to give him a lesson in street etiquette.” He responded by making a far more serious breach of street etiquette. He kicked her.

Turns out, he often kicked and beat her. Divorce granted.

• Mrs. Schoonmaker always had trouble getting the attention of her husband, a drinker. The last straw came when “he never even replied to a notification their baby was born.” Divorce granted.

• Mrs. Barden testified that her husband would “fly into a rage if defeated in card games.” He also “would roar like a lion and wanted me to look at him and concentrate on him all the time.” She left him on the day he flew into a rage and “threatened to wipe out the whole family.” Divorce granted.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22, set out from New York in a Maxwell DA on a journey to become the first woman to drive across the United States. (She and three female companions arrived in San Francisco on Aug. 7.)


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