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Details of divorce in high society

• Dec 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on Dec. 19, 1913:


Mrs. C.O. Jenkins, former Norwalkian, calls husband jealous

On the witness stand in Common Pleas Judge Frank E. Stevens’ court yesterday, Mrs. Abby Jenkins, 24, 1980 Ford Dr. N.E., declared her belief in the right of a married woman to choose her own friends and live her life as she chooses and, under certain circumstances, to go out alone with other men, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Mrs. Jenkins is suing Charles O. Jenkins, vice president of the Jenkins Steamship Co. for divorce, alimony and the custody of their three children.

From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ms. Jenkins was on the witness stand, most of the time fencing, cleverly, with Attorney S.H. Helding, who represented Jenkins.

Under the fire of Helding’s questions, Mrs. Jenkins readily admitted she had written letters to her husband, professing love that she did not feel. She said this was necessary to get things she needed.

Several of the letters and telegrams she had sent to her husband while away from home visiting were read in court, as were several letters written to her by a man with whom she said she had become well acquainted while staying at Niagara-on-the-lake, Ont., last summer. …

… In making the charges that her husband was jealous of men callers, who she said sometimes came to the house, Mrs. Jenkins testified he was often rude and insulting to her guests.

She was so humiliated one night last September, she said, that she tried to kill herself by taking poison. She was saved by two doctors called by her friends.


Letters to Santa Claus from good boys and girls

Dear Santa Claus — As it is near time for you to come, will you please bring me a sled coaster and a street car on tracks and a suit of clothes and some candy and nuts. As ever, one of your good boys, V.E. Smith, 14 Harkness St.

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Dear Santa — I am a little boy 8 years old. I would like a new necktie and a stand up collar and a new story book and a mouth organ and an ax. I have a sister 9 years old, her name is Doris, she would like a silver thimble and some ribbon holders so please do not forget Doris and I. Good-bye from Lyndon Deeley, Norwalk , Ohio, R.F.D. 6.

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Dear Santa Claus — Please bring me a flying machine, gun and and a candy cane. Also a thrashing machine, but if you can’t find one, bring me some other kind of machinery. Please bring some other little boys some presents too. As I am too small to write my sister is writing for me. LeVere McCrillis

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Dear Santa Claus — I am eight years old and want you to bring me a doll and a kimona, some bedroom slippers with fur on them, be sure they have fur on them, a flexible Flyer sled and that is all. Be sure and bring the kimona and nuts and oranges, with love, Mary Birmingham, Norwalk, O.


Eight are granted teachers certificate

Eight of the eleven applicants at the December examination, held by the Huron County Board of School Examiners, were granted certificates.

Elizabeth Yanquell of this city received grades which would have entitled her to a certificate but on account of her not being eighteen years of age, a certificate could not be issued.

Those who received certificates were the following: Lillian M. Klar and Nellie Stethem, Wakeman, provisional, one year; Emma Elmes, Wakeman; Alice Rupp, Clyde; Mrs. H.B. Cole, New London; Clara B. Long, North Fairfield; Samuel Croninger, Chicago Junction; Fred D. Boy, Monroeville, temporary.



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