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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: March 10 1916

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Mrs. Johannes Johnson, a resident of Moscow for the past 25 years, died at her home on East Sixth street last Thursday afternoon [March 2], at the age of 86 years. She is survived by six children and 36 grandchildren. The children are Mrs. John Lindquist, Mrs. Emil Johnson, Magnes Johnson, and Alfred Johnson, Moscow; Aron Johnson of Troy, August Johnson of Albion, Wash. Mrs. Johnson was a most estimable woman, her long life having been spent in good works. The funeral was held Saturday from the Swedish Lutheran church, the Rev. Geo. Johnson conducting the services.

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The engagement of Miss Naomi Morley to Mr. Sam Morrison, both of Colfax, was announced at the Delta Gamma house Tuesday night. Cigars and candy at the Phi Delta Theta house told the men of Mr. Morrison's fraternity that he had "lost" his pin.

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Judge E.L. Bryan, of the Seventh Judicial district court, has handed down a decision denying the application of Thomas T. Kerl, the Coeur d'Alene millionaire, from his wife, Isabel Ledereigh Kerl, and instead granted the divorce to the wife, together with the custody of the only child a boy four years old. Mrs. Kerl, according to the court's decision, will be well provided for financially, Mr. Kerl having been directed to pay to her $7,500 in cash with which to procure a home for herself and child, and also to pay her $150,000 for support and maintenance for herself and child, this mony to be secured by three first mortgages of $50,000 each, due in two, four and six years respectively, with interest at 5 per cent.

The Kerl divorce case has been one of the most sensational in the history of Idaho, because of the prominence and wealth of the family, and also because of the nature of the charges brought both in the complaint of Kerl and the cross complaint of Mrs. Kerl. The trial occupied a period of 20 days, with three sessions of court daily, and 146 witnesses were called, while the reading of depositions alone took seven days. The issues involved were the divorce, the disposition of the child, and the division of the property, Kerl admitting on the witness stand that his property is worth $550,000, but Mrs. Kerl contended that it is worth more than double that amount, placing him in the millionaire class. She asked for a division on that basis.

The trial, last October, was held behind closed doors. Kerl alleged cruelty and lack of affection. He claimed that his wife annoyed and hindered him in a business way, refusing to sign papers, etc.

In the cross complaint, Mrs. Kerl alleged cruelty in a variety of forms, claiming that her husband struck her, and that on one occasion he knocked her out of bed. She also claimed that he would not allow her the privacy she desired, and that his actions were in many respects repulsive to her.

Kerl is said to be in Nebraska now, staying on his large stock farm.

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Deary--Mr. and Mrs. Harve Parks are the happy parents of a son, born Monday, February 28.

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Princeton--B. McVay and Miss Irene Gordon were married at Potlatch Tuesday, the 7th. [See below.]

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Princeton--Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Hawkins celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary March 7.

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Bovill--Born, Monday, February 28, a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. Harris Benscotter.

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Troy--One of the most beautiful weddings that ever occurred in this vicinity was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Schumacker Saturday, February 26, at high noon, where their daughter Julia Josephine [Schumacker] was united in marriage to Theodore J. Bezold of Dubois, Idaho, in the presence of about fifty relatives and friends.

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A son was born Monday morning [March 6] to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wery, who live south of Moscow.

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A marriage license was issued Tuesday to Ira McVay and Lavina Irene Gordon, both of Princeton.

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Walter A. Olson and Freida Smith, both of Troy, visited Auditor Estes Wednesday morning [March 8] and secured a marriage license, after which they repaired to the office of Justice of the Peace W.G. Barge and were united in marriage.

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Alfred Ray Cameron, aged 20 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Cameron, who live on a farm ten miles southeast of Moscow, died Tuesday night [March 7] at a hospital in this city. Death was the direct result of an injury sustained two months ago, which was followed by paralysis. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the chapel at the Grice undertaking establishment, the Rev. Robert Warner, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.

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J.W. Schumacher was very pleasantly surprised Monday evening [March 6] by a number of friends and relatives coming in to help him celebrate his birthday anniversary. All present report a fine time. A two-course luncheon was served by Mrs. Schumacher, assisted by Mrs. D.S. Reeves and Miss Sara Mickey.

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Miss Margaret Fawcett, cataloger at the University library, has announced her engagement to Mr. Otto Conner of Moscow. Miss Fawcett is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity at the University of North Dakota. Her home is in Portland. Mr. Conner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Conner of this city. He is at present engaged in the supervision of mill construction work at Kendrick. Definite arrangements for the wedding have not been announced, but it is thought the ceremony will occur in the autumn.

Submitted: 11/25/05

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