Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Sensational. Hon. John O'DAY and His Wife Divorced in Court Yesterday.Date: July 26 1887
Newspaper published in: Springfield, MO
Yesterday Mrs. Sarah O'DAY, through her attorney, filed in the circuit court a petition asking to be divorced from her husband, John O'DAY, which in substance was as follows:
The plaintiff, Mrs. Sarah J. O'DAY, states she was married to the defendant, John O'DAY, May 14th, 1864, in the state of Wisconsin, and that she continued to live with the defendant as his wife until September, 1885. During all of said time the plaintiff in all things demeaned herself faithfully as the wife of said defendant and at all times treated him with kindness and affection. The plaintiff avers that for many years past the defendant wholly disregarded his duties as husband of the plaintiff, and has offered such indignities to the plaintiff to render her condition intolerable, and that the defendant has, for a period of more than one year last past, absented himself from plaintiff without reasonable cause or excuse and has wholly failed to live with or recognize the plaintiff as his wife in any manner, and has by his conduct slighted her and has wholly neglected her. The plaintiff further states there was born of said marriage two sons, one of whom is of age and the other a minor. The plaintiff further states that she has lived in Greene county since 1866. Wherefore the plaintiff prays for a divorce from the said bonds of matrimony, and the defendant pay to the plaintiff $40,000 in lieu of dower, and convey to plaintiff the homestead on Boenville street, and for such other orders and decrees as to the court seems equitable and just, and plaintiff will ever pay.
Mr. John O'DAY, the defendant, then filed his answer, in which he admits he has not lived with his wife for several years, and refuses to live with her, or recognize her as his wife. The defendant prays that he be granted exclusive control of the infant son of the plaintiff, as it is to the best interest of the child that he should.
The court then heard the evidence in the case and decided as follows:
Decree of divorce granted, and decreed that the defendant pay to the plaintiff the sum of $40,000, and convey to her the homestead on Boenville street, and all household furniture situated in the dwelling house on the same, and the horse and buggy. And the defendant was then restored to all the rights and privileges of a single person. The whole affair passed off very quietly, even many of the audience were not aware of what was going on in the court room.