Dessie Warren Wins $2,000 from Woman Who Alienated the Affections of her Husband

Dessie Robertson Warren was my great-great grandfather, John Robertson’s sister. She was married to Dana Wyman Warren, a photographer. He apparently left her in 1911.

I think that this verdict was so interesting.  Have you heard of a woman suing another woman for alienating the affections of her husband?  I wonder if she actually got the money.

This articles is from the Omaha World Herald, 13 February 1916.
DESSIE WARREN GIVEN VERDICT FOR $2,000

Brought Suit Against Clara E. Graham for Alienating Husband’s Affections

Lower Court Grants Verdict for $4,875, Which High Court Cuts.

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.

Des Moines, Ia., February 12.- The Iowa supreme court today affirmed a verdict of $2,000 in favor of Dessie Warren, against Clara E. Graham, appelant, Sioux county. Mrs. Warren charged that Miss Graham alienated the affections of her husband, Dana Warren.  He disappeared Christmas 1911. The last heard of him he was at Reno, Nev., and was still going west, the court says.

The Warrens lived at Sioux City, Hull, and Fort Dodge. The jury awarded Mrs. Warren $4,875, but this the supreme court cut to $2,000.

 

  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    This probably shouldn’t strike me as funny, but I do so like the phrase “at Reno, Nevada and still going west.”

    I have heard vaguely of “alienation of affection,” but I thought people were kidding about that. I didn’t know it was linked to an actual law. Besides, I would think you’d be suing your spouse instead of the “other woman.” You’ve taught me something from this 1916 newspaper article . . .

    I don’t think it could be a law today. Could it??ReplyCancel

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Holds No Terror For Him

Ellsworth Pierce was a brother to my husband’s great-grandmother, Lillian Pierce Cossaboon. This article is from the Bridgeton Evening News, dated 30 January 1918.

It sounds like he was quite the character!!
HOLDS NO TERROR FOR HIM

Ellsworth Pierce, of Fayette street, has experienced the unique sensations of a bath in the snow without any bad effects thus far developing.

Mr. Pierce is an enthusiastic follower of the science of physical culture and on arising Monday morning he saw a fine opportunity presented and embraced it by going into the yard clad primarily in nature’s garb and for fifteen or twenty minutes enjoyed himself by rolling and cavorting in the snowbanks.

Mr. Pierce has always enjoyed perfect health and says it is because he obeys the laws of nature and lives close to nature.

More of this he says will result in better health, stronger physique, and less doctor bills.

  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Well, I must confess that this post made me laugh out loud. “Nature’s garb . . . close to nature.” Quite a mental picture. I even chortled.ReplyCancel

  • Angie Booco - September 17, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Oh My!! I love the rolling in cavorting in the snowbanks part…back then I bet this was quite the scandal!
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Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds

I am on vacation this next week, hopefully squeezing in a trip to the courthouse and a cemetery or two. We’ll see.  Our main mission is to relax and take some time off from “real” life.

Here are my favorite finds for this week:

Did Your Ancestors Reboot? at Clue Wagon

A Look at Columbariums at A Grave Interest

Girlfriends! at Who Knew?

Are you ready to uncover the shocking? at Heritage Happens

The Bishop of China.  Really? at Into the Briar Patch: A Family Memoir.

A few new blogs that I started following: Silver Branches, Shaking the tree, AncesTrees, and Ahnentafel.

And some pictures from this past week:

  • Cheryl Fleming Palmer - May 3, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Thank you for the mention for my post at my Heritage Happens also for bringing my attention to another post I hadn’t seen! Beautiful pictures too!ReplyCancel

  • Su Leslie - May 3, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog, Shaking the Tree.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - May 4, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention, Jen! I’m glad you’re blogging about genealogy again :-) ReplyCancel

  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 11:12 am

    May you have a wonderful vacation, and I hope it feels just as “real” as your non-vacation life! What lovely pictures. Who is the beautiful young lady represented both in black-and-white and in color??

    And thank you for including my blog post among your favorite finds. I’m honored, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Most grateful!ReplyCancel

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Old Newspaper Finds: Arrest Man Who, Women Say, Has Hypnotic Kiss

I stumbled across this article while looking for my Mowery ancestors.  As far as I know, this man is not in my line.:)

Arrest Man Who, Women Say, Has Hypnotic Kiss

Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 12 – A man identified by police as Jess Ray Mowery known in San Francisco as “the man with the hypnotic kiss,” was in custody today.

Police Chief James McMenamin, who said his prisoner had been “satisfactorily identified” as Mowery, notified San Francisco police, who were on their way here to return him to the coast, where he is wanted on bigamy charges. The prisoner denied he is Mowery.

Mowery was dubbed “the man with the hypnotic kiss” after two women charged he married them after captivating them with his kisses.

  • Mariann Regan - May 2, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Now there’s an intriguing story! Too bad this hypnotic Mowery wasn’t in your line. : ))ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Fleming Palmer - May 3, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    To funny! ;-) ReplyCancel

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