No Divorce for Mr. Hunter in Lawrence County, Ohio

No Divorce

Submitted by Melissa Girardot

Ironton Register Thursday, December 1, 1887

     A widower by the name of Hunter left this county some ten years ago, and went to West Virginia, where he married a widow who owned a small farm.  After living with her for some time, her daughter, by a former-husband married and she and her husband took up their abode with the old folks.  Hunter didn’t like this proceeding, especially as he regarded the daughter’s husband as lazy and good-for-nothing.  He felt this was an additional burden on himself, and he tried to get rid of them, but failing in this, he proposed to his wife to leave and come back to Ohio.  But as his prospects didn’t seem so flattering elsewhere, she demurred to going, so he left her and came back to this county.  Years rolled around, and last August, he concluded to go back and possess himself of his wife and bring her here.  So he went to her and asked her to leave and come to Ohio, but she couldn’t see that his prospects of earning a livelihood were any better than before.  She thought it was best to stick to the farm.  Then Hunter returned and sued for divorce in the Lawrence County Common Pleas.  Last Saturday the case came up, and Judge Dever, on the plaintiff’s own showing, denied him a decree of divorce.