Friday, October 25, 2013

Emma McHAFFIE of Stilesville Files For Divorce (1915)

From the Danville Gazette (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, January 7, 1915 - page 1, column 4:

Mrs. Emma C. McHaffie, Wife of Prominent Stilesville Man, Seeks Separation For Infidelity

Mrs. Emma C. McHaffie brought suit in the local court yesterday for a divorce from her husband, George W. McHaffie. The defendant is the oldest son of the late Melvin McHaffie, and is one of the best known farmers in Franklin Township. In her complaint Mrs. McHaffie charges infidelity.

She sets out that they were married June 13, 1877, and separated Dec. 28, 1914. She avers that in 1901 her husband was guilty of wrongful acts with one Helen Staley. On July 20, 1914, she avers, she went to Louisville, Ky., to visit her married daughter. While on that trip, her husband kept Ethel Ollinger, or Ethel "Mack" in their home for two days and two nights. She says she left him as soon as she learned of that act.

She sets out that her husband is worth about $40,000, and she asks alimony in the sum of $20,000. Her suit was filed by Allee, James & Allee of Greencastle.

McHaffie is well known throughout southern Hendricks and Putnam county. A few years ago he was completely paralyzed, and it is said that he is the only man known to medical science who completely recovered from such an attack.

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