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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: February 7 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Spokane--Edward B. Lindstrom lost his suit for divorce yesterday in Judge Blake's court when he admitted writing letters to Miss Edna Orr of Moscow, Idaho, from which the following are excerpts:

"My wife will have to get another."

"I love you, Edna."

"Believe me when I say, I am thinking of you all the time."

"Dear girl: Yes, the Mrs. raised pretty much of the same kind of h--- as usual, but this bird is getting tired of her. Some of these days he will flop his wings and fly away."

The suit was brought to a sudden termination yesterday when Marie H. Lindstrom presented the letters Miss Orr had surrendered to her.

Mr. Lindstrom, a former employee of the Washington market, and now employed by the Halliday Machinery company, sued Mrs. Lindstrom for a divorce, charging that she had called him vile names, such as "a damn foreigner," and had struck him.

Mrs. Lindstrom asked for separate maintenance on a case complaint, alleging that her husband had been arrested for refusing to support her, and that he had associated with other women, including a "Mrs. Smith of Spokane, who entertained him in her nightgown."

Mr. Lindstrom was on the stand to testify as to his wife's alleged cruelty when the sensational letters were introduced by Attorney Alex. Winston, who represented Mrs. Lindstrom.

Attorney Charles Swan, Lindstrom's counsel, appeared dumfounded, and told Judge Blake that he did not know of the existence of the letters. Attorney Winston told Judge Blake that he knew that the attorney for Mr. Lindstrom did not know of the letters. A postcard photograph of Miss Orr is one of the exhibits.

In one letter to his wife Mr. Lindstrom told her he knew he had acted "like a brute." In another letter written to his wife from Moscow he told her not to visit Moscow, "as you might hear too much."

The letters which caused Judge Blake to say that it was not worth while to proceed further with testimony were the ones Lindstrom had written to Miss Orr.

Judge Blake gave Mrs. Lindstrom $10 a month separate maintenance.

Mrs. Lindstrom was not called on to testify as to her allegations regarding a visit to the home of Mrs. Smith. She asserted in her complaint that she found Mrs. Smith in her nightgown, and saw her husband leaving the premises.


Miss Margaret Dunn, daughter of Mrs. Ellen Dunn of Moscow was married to Wm. Valentine of Colfax, yesterday at 10:30 at the Catholic parish in Colfax by Rev. Father LeRue. The matron of honor was the bride's sister, Mrs. Wm. Kennedy and F.W. Hopkins as best man. Only a few of the near relatives witnessed the ceremony.

The bride is well and favorably known in Moscow; the groom is express messenger on the Inland railroad at Colfax. After the wedding a sumptuous luncheon was served at the Colfax hotel and the happy couple left for a tour of the coast and eastern points.

Mr. and Mrs. Valentine will make their home in Colfax.


Cora--Mr. and Mrs. Tom Simmonds are rejoicing over the birth of a baby.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Collins, Jan. 29, a daughter.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Wilken, of Cameron, Idaho, Jan. 24, a son at Gritman's hospital.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. James Mondy, who are visiting relatives at Joel, a son, Elmer Willis [Mondy], weighing 11 1-2 pounds on Jan. 28.


The funeral services of Mrs. M.J. Jay occured Sunday [February 2] at Grice's parlors at 2 o'clock. They were conducted by Rev. Dean Hamilton of the Baptist church. [See below.]


The funeral services of Elmer Peterson will be conducted next Thursday at the Swedish Lutheran church at 1:30 o'clock, by the Rev. Dr. Oslund.


Victor Peterson arrived home today from the naval station at San Diego, Calif., called by the death of his brother, Elmer Peterson.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Wade of Moscow, a son, on January 22.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam Frei of Collins are in Moscow, called by the death of Mrs. Frei's father, A.J. Gehrett. [See below.]


Resolutions from Moscow Lodge, No. 31, I.O.O.F.

In memory of our Brother J.W. Randall, who passed to the Great Beyond, January 20, 1919.

Whereas, our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom has called from our midst our beloved Brother J.W. Randall, as a member of our much loved order, and a membership which we delight to remember in the most loving and tender way.

Resolved, That in the loss of our beloved brother, our lodge has sustained a great loss and the living presence and sincerity will be missed by our entire membership, while the community will feel the absence of a most worthy man, a devoted father and loving husband.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of this lodge and the secretary be instructed to send a copy to the wife and family of the deceased brother.



A.J. Gehrett, after an illness of four months, died this morning at 9:15 at his home on North Asbury. Mr. Gehrett had lived in Idaho over 14 years, having moved here from Kansas. He farmed eight miles northeast of Troy until he moved to Moscow two years ago.

Mr. Gehrett was past 68 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves besides his wife, six children: Clyde Gehrett of Oklahoma, Mrs. Frank Crane of Pittsburgh, Kansas, Mrs. Sam Frei of Bovill, Tolbert Gehrett, north of Moscow, Mrs. FLoyd Holstine of Troy and Miss Rilla of Moscow.

The time of the funeral has not yet been announced as Mr. Gehrett's brothers in Indiana have not been heard from.


Mrs. M.J. Jay died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Heath. The cause of her death was paralysis, a stroke having occurred last Monday.

Mrs. Jay was past 78 years of age and had lived in Moscow 16 years.

She leaves four children, Mrs. S.A. Hawks of Ashland, Oregon; W.N. Jay, Cleveland, Ohio; J.V. Jay, of North Carolina and Mrs. Laura Heath of Moscow. Mrs. Jay was a member of the Baptist church in North Carolina.


The many friends of E. Elmer Peterson will regret to learn of his death yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, due to pleural pneumonia, following an operation for appendicitis.

Mr. Peterson was born 27 years ago on Little Potlatch, southeast of Moscow, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claus Peterson, who now live south of Moscow.

He was married in March, 1918 to Miss Hannah Anderson and was engaged in farming with his father-in-law, Andrew Anderson.

Mr. Peterson has always lived in Latah county and is well known in Moscow. He was a student of the high school and university.

He leaves five sisters and two brothers, one brother being in the navy at San Diego.


Official news has been received by his family, of the death of Wendell W. Hoffman, who died of wounds received in action, Oct. 9, 1918.

Wendell was a Latah county, Idaho, boy, and was born near Troy, Idaho, June 25, 1896, his father, John E. Hoffman, being a business man of that town, and editor of the "Troy News."

Wendell came of a long line of soldiers who have fought in the wars of our country, from the time of the American Revolution up to the present time. His grandfather, S.C. Weaver, of Troy, is a veteran of the civil war, and a well known pioneer of Latah county.

At an early age Wendell went with his parents to Moscow, Idaho, where he grew up, receiving his education in the public schools of that city. Later he went to Detroit, Mich., where he learned the trade of steam fitting, being an installer of hydraulics at the early age of twenty years. In Dec., 1917, he came west to visit his family, and enlisted in the army at Seattle, Wash., in June, 1918.

He was sent from there to Camp Kearney, California, and became a sharp shooter in Co. K., 160 Infantry. This company became a part of the 40th Division and sailed for France in August. They were moved almost immediately to the front, and formed into a depot bigade which holds men ready as they are needed somewhere else. Wendell was transferred to Co. B., 127 Infantry, and there on Ocboer 2, he "went over the top" and fell fighting bravely near the old Verdun field.

His schoolmates in Moscow will remeber Wendel, or "Poots" as they called him, as always brave, fearless, free hearted and affectionate.

Just another gold star in God's grat Service Flag--Living stars. We must not think only that our boys have died for us, they live for us.

As a soldier wrote in the trenches "Grim death has vanished leaving in its stead, The shining glory of the living dead."

Wendell Weaver Hoffman was born near Troy, Idaho, June 25, 1896, and died in France October 9, 1918, aged 22 years, 4 months and 14 days.

He is survived by his father and mother, two sisters, Mignon Hoffman of Rearden, and Olive Hoffman of Portland, Ore. Two brothers, Manrice and Jack Hoffman, and his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Weaver of Troy, Idaho.


Cornwall--Mr. and Mrs. James Monda of Joel are the proud parents of a fine baby boy who arrived Monday, January 27. Mother and child are reported doing fine.


Potlatch--Mr. and Mrs. H.N. Gray left this afternoon for the east in response to a telegram notifying them of the death of their son, Shirley [Gray], in New York City of pneumonia. Mr. Gray had been reported as doing well and the news of his death comes as a shock. He has been in the employ of the government for a number of years engaged in chemical research work and spent nine years in the Philippines. His burial will take place at Griggsville, Ill., the old home of the Grays.

Besides his parents he leaves a sister, Mrs. W.D. Humiston, wife of the assistant general manager of the Potlatch Lumber company.


Cove--Born, January 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Alva Howell, a fine boy.


Princeton--Born to Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, a boy. They bought the J. Heaton farm.

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