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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Description: Three Ill-Mated Couples. Some Amusing Testimony in the PHILIBERT Divorce Suit and Other Cases.

Date: April 9 1884

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

The divorce mill was grinding actively today, in three of the Circuit Courts, the most prominent being that of William B. PHILIBERT against Helen L. PHILIBERT, on trial before Judge THAYER, Mr. PHILIBERT, the plaintiff in the case, was put on the stand and told his tale of matrimonial woes while his rather timid and innocent-looking wife sat beside her counsel and listened with an anxious and injured look on her pale features. He said that they were married in April 1872, and have lived at various places in and about the city in Newton County, Mo., and in Bond County, Ill. They had both lived in St. Louis since 1877, in the fall of which year he left her. His principal objection was that his wife refused to occupy the same room with him. Prior to this she had given him several exhibitions of her temper and impressed upon him rather forcibly the fact that she had a tongue and mind of her own. She always did pretty much as she pleased, and he was forced to conclude that she was the "boss of that family." In the summer of 1877, when they were living in St. Louis County, she followed him to the woodshed one day with a pitchfork, intent upon puncturing him. He caught her, however, before any mischief was done and took the pitchfork from her. As a number of neighbors had assembled to witness the sacrifice, he ran into the house and shut himself up in his room to avoid the scandal. She followed him and securing a bed slat broke in the panel of the door that led to his room. During the scuffle over the pitchfork she tore his shirt completely from his back. In 1882 he endeavored to effect a reconciliation and made a transfer to her of all his property, valued at $4,200. As soon as she obtained possession of the property she refused to live with him, and has since resided with her mother. Mrs. PHILIBERT has filed a cross bill, in which she charges him with ill-treatment and drunkenness. The case will probably run through a part of tomorrow's session.

Judge ADAMS was occupied in hearing the story of Anna TRUEMPER, who sought to be liberated from her husband, Louis TRUEMPER. The main cause of grievance seems to have been that Louis got very mad when his mother in law demanded $5 to purchase some linen. Judge ADAMS thought the parties should become reconciled, and accordingly dismissed the bill. Judge HORNER entered upon the trial of the case of Thomas O'NEILL against Julia O'NEILL. The usual charges of ill-treatment and abuse are made by the husband and the case is liable to continue for two or three days.

Submitted: 10/01/10

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