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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: June 20 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

The divorce case of Mabel B. Byrum vs. William B. Byrum occupied the attention of Judge Steele in the district court yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Byrum has sued for divorce and the custody of the two children, aged 10 and four years, both girls. Byrum was willing for his wife to have a divorce but was not willing that the children should be left to her care. She charged him with cruelty. She was represented by Nisbet & Evans and Byrum's attorneys were Morgan & Boom.

Judge Steele granted the divorce but refused to permit either parent to have absolute control of the children. They will be left at Potlatch and cared for there and the older girl will be kept in school. Mrs. Byrum will have the right to look after them but Judge Steele made it plain that he has custody of the children and will order them cared for by other persons if he learns that they are mistreated in any way.

This is an echo of the noted Potlatch case in which two young women, one married but neither of them of age, confessed to illicit relations with numerous men and boys of Potlatch and Moscow, resulting in the unmarried girl being sent to the reform school and several men paying heavy fines. One of the girls made affidavit that Byrum had tried to assault her.


Wednesday morning [June 18] at 10 o'clock at Grice's chapel occurred the funeral of Mrs. H.W. Nichols, whose body was brought here from Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols lived here over twenty years ago, on the farm of H.L. Coats, northwest of Moscow. Their home at present was Two Rivers, Wash. Mrs. Nichols was 81 years of age. J.W. Helt and wife, relatives of the deceased were here from Gifford, Idaho. Rev. H.O. Perry preached the funeral sermon.

This afternoon at 2 o'clock occurred the funeral services of Mrs. Lizzie Murphy, at Grice's chapel, Rev. E.J. Cole officiating. Mrs. Murphy was the daughter of James Nifong, a pioneer, who lived northwest of Moscow. Mrs. Murphy was about 60 years of age and died at Weiser, Idaho, from a stroke of paralysis. Many of their former neighbors attended the funeral.


Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy performed the ceremony at 2 o'clock today [June 13] uniting in marriage Ernest Potsch and Myrtle Sevenson, both of Genesee. Mr. and Mrs. Potsch will make their home at Wallace.


June 12, Probate Judge Adrian Nelson performed the ceremony uniting in marriage John Howard Clarke of Pullman and Avis Brooks of Spokane.


In the probate court a petition for letters of administration has been filed by August Holmes of Troy in the estate of his father, Charles Holmes, deceased. The value of the property consists of real estate in Troy valued at $1400.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Clifford a son, Friday, June 13th.


Saturday a marriage license was issued by Auditor Homer Estes, to Frank P. Benscoter and Jo W. Guy, both of Kendrick.


Probate Judge Adrian Nelson performed the ceremony uniting in marriage Earl Albertice Herman and Ethel Baker of Bovill, on Monday [June 16].


In the probate court a petition has been filed for the appointment of Geo. G. Pickett as administrator in the estate of Mary Vivian Kraus, who died in Chicago, Ill. The estate covers an interest in real property in the northern part of Latah county.

A petition for letters of administration has been filed by Jerome E. Smith for his appointment as administrator in the estate of Michael Alias Smith. The property which has the value of $1000, consists of 80 acres of land in the eastern part of the county. The petitioner is a resident of Southwick, Idaho, and is one of nine children of the deceased.

Monday Probate Judge Adrian Nelson appointed Wm. Milton administrator of the estate of Alvin A. Sisk, deceased. The property consists of an interest in real estate located near Palouse, Wash., and valued at about $6000.


John Eccher of Potlatch and a subject of the present government of Austria has filed his petition with the clerk of the district court to become a citizen of the United States.

Olander O. Hagen, a subject of Norway, and an employe of the Potlatch Lumber company at Potlatch, has filed his petition to become a citizen. Both petitions will be heard at the October term of the district court.


Katherine Allen was granted a divorce from George Allen on the grounds of non-support. The case was heard by Judge E.C. Steele of the district court. The plaintiff was represented by Nisbet & Evans and the defendant by H.R. Smith.

Submitted: 02/28/06

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