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December 15, 1909

MUST TAKE PIANO AND GO.

Wife Suing for Divorce Has No Place
for Husband's Brother.

Mrs. Pauline Bovee is to have temporary custody of her two little girls. Judge J. G. Park of the circuit court yesterday awarded the mother the temporary custody of Lorena Bovee, aged 10 years, and Med Bovee, aged 8. The children are not to be taken from the county.

Albert W. Fischer, a brother-in-law, is restrained from going to the woman's home, 2513 Woodland avenue. The court ordered that he remove his clothing and piano immediately.

Mrs. Bovee is allowed $45 a month as temporary alimony and $200 attorney fee. Permanent custody of the children will be decided when the divorce suit brought by Mrs. Bovee against Wayland Bovee is finally settled.

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November 6, 1909

ASKS $300 FOR SIX DRINKS.

Mrs. Carson Says Saloonkeeper Sold
Her Son That Number.

Suit for $300 damages, brought by Mrs. I. M. Carson against the Kansas City Breweries Company and James Meany, a saloonkeeper at Sixth and Main streets, was begun yesterday afternoon in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court.

Mrs. Carson alleges that her son, Claude, 18 years of age, was sold six glasses of beer at Meaney's saloon, one year ago. The Missouri statute allows the parents of a minor who is sold drinks in a saloon to recover $50 for each drink.

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June 16, 1909

GIVEN TO GARFIELD SCHOOL.

Col. Fleming Presents Bronze Tablet
of Lincoln's Gettysburg Speech.

The class day exercises of Garfield school will be held tonight at the Independence Boulevard Christian church. A feature of the exercises will be the presentation to Garfield school of a bronze tablet containing Lincoln's Gettysburg address The address will be made by J. A. Runyan, industrial commissioner of the Commercial Club, and the tablet will be accepted on behalf of the Kansas City board of education and the Garfield school by General Milton Moore, who will also present the certificates of graduation to the seventy-five students graduating this year. The tablet is 18x25 inches of bronze, and was presented to the school by Colonel Fred W. Fleming. It will probably be placed in the main hall way of the enlarged Garfield school before the opening of the fall term in September.

A committee consisting of Colonel Fleming, chairman; Judge John G. Park, Fred C. Adams, J. M. Fox, Rev. Dr. G. H. Combs and E. C. Meservey, representing the Northeast Improvement Association, took the matter up with the board of education about a year ago of needed improvements to the Garfield school building. The board has purchased 100 feet of ground lying east of the present building on which an addition will be erected during the coming summer, and the entire school building renovated inside and out.

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December 31, 1908

JUDGE M'CUNE'S LAST DAY.

New Presiding Officer for Juvenile
Court Must Be Chosen.

For the last time, Judge H. L. McCune will hold juvenile court today. He has been at the head of this work for two years, and the history of the Kansas City child's court is the history of his tribunal, for there has been no other regular judge since the juvenile law went into effect. Judge McCune goes out of office the first of the year. His successor will be chosen by the circuit judges from among their number. Judges John G. Park, Republican, and E. E. Porterfield, Democrat, are most frequently spoken of for that place.

Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, yesterday completed his annual report, which will be handed to Judge McCune for approval today. The report shows that 1,155 cases were handled during the year in court and 851 settled out of court, making a total of 2,006. The report shows the disposition of those handled through the court. The register of the Detention home shows that 977 children have been booked there during the year.

As a general thing the report shows that children who have a father but no mother living are less in evidence in the juvenile court. Ninety living with the father were brought to the attention of the probation officers, while 131 who lived with the mother, the father being dead, were in court.

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September 9, 1908

MILL CREEK PARK
PROCEEDINGS BEGIN.

PROPERTY OWNERS STILL PRO-
TEST AGAINST HIGH PRICES.

Park Board Blamed for Refusing to
Reopen Case So That Inside
Workings of the Deal
May Be Shown.

Condemnation proceedings were begun in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court yesterday by the city against property owners in the Mill creek valley, where it is proposed to lay out a park. The city council on March 30 approved plans for a park, which were presented to the park board. There are 145 title holders who are interested in the court proceedings, besides every taxpayer in the Westport park district.

Shortly after the court had convened, James E. Trogdon, an attorney representing the Westport Improvement Association, entered his appearance in the case. He made an oral argument objecting to the proceedings. Judge Park ruled that the case had started, and he believed it would be best to finish it. He said that as the objectors had not taken any steps to have the city's action in the park matter set aside before, it was too late to stop the condemnation proceedings. After the jury fixes a valuation on the property, the court said it would then listen to any objections the citizens might have.

George E. Kessler, the landscape architect, was a witness in the morning and testified that in his opinion the land was not too valuable for park purposes. A. P. Nichols, a real estate dealer, was on the witness stand all afternoon. The witness was asked the valuation of property in the park district by separate tracts. The property in the valley, which, the land owners claim would be valuable switching property, the witness testified was worth about $2,000 an acre. While the persons owning the land wanted for park use are claiming the property is of more value than the city claims, the residents in the park district who will be required to pay for the improvement say the city is paying too high a price for the land. They also object to the creek valley being used as a park, on the ground that it is a real estate scheme. The condemnation proceedings will last four or five more days.

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February 8, 1908

DIDN'T APPRECIATE AN
EXCELLENT WIFE

BUT FROGUE, A HONK-HONK, RE-
SENTED COURT'S CENSURE.

Tearful Ending of a Hasty Mar-
riage, and She Goes Back
to Parents.

As a preliminary to heart mending week, scheduled to begin in the circuit court Monday, ten divorces were granted by two judges yesterday and one suit was dismissed. Nine of the decrees were granted by default. Three new suits were filed. One recently divorced couple secured a license to remarry.

The contested case, that of Arthur G. Frogue against Mayme D. Frogue, was concluded by Judge John G. Park remarking to the plaintiff husband:

"You are like a good many other men I have heard of. You married a woman too good for you, and haven't enough sense to appreciate her."

Frogue, who is a chauffeur, heard but a portion of the court's remark, and called out angrily to hear it again. Judge Park accommodated him by repeating the same words in a very loud voice. When Frogue jumped from his chair and started to reply, his attorney made him sit down and be silent.

Frogue wanted a divorce on the ground that his wife had packed up and left him, after selling the kitchen stove and the china cabinet for money enough to pay her fare to her parents' home in Odessa, Mo. He proved this all right, but the wife had six witnesses who told how unhappy Frogue had made her before she left. Her best witness was Mrs. Sarah Starr, an aged, deaf and feeble woman in a black bonnet, with whom the Frogues lived at Eighteenth street and Tracy avenue, shortly after their marriage.

Thomas G. Foster of Odessa, Mrs. Frogue's father, wept copiously while on the stand telling about his daughter's troubles.

"I never saw Frogue before the wedding," Foster said. "My Mayme met him in Kansas City and the first time I knew of the marriage was when she told me of it by telephone. I hastened to the couple and Frogue promised me he would be kind to my girl. He said he was making plenty of money and could and would care for her.

"After Mayme came home and her baby was born I never saw the husband and heard from him but once. I am willing to care for the child in the future, as I have done in the past."

"Have you any income to afford it?" asked the court.

"I guess so. I've got more now than I ever had before in my life and I've raised eight children. They all are good children, too."

Foster is a retired farmer. His wife, Mrs. Frogue's mother, was present, but did not testify. The Frogues were divorced and the wife's parents secured possession of the child.

The case dismissed was that of Frank E. Howe against Mabel Gale Howe. The husband charged the wife with throwing a hot potato and hitting him in the eye, and with other acts showing temper. The case was dismissed at his request.

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December 22, 1907

ICE CREAM GIRL IS FREE.

Husband Sought the Divorce, but She
Got It.

Eda Miles, who married John L. Miles at his request the day after she had served him a dish of ice cream at Forest park, was granted a divorce yesterday by a jury in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court. The husband, John L. Miles, brought the suit and the jury found for the defendant on her cross-bill.

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October 13, 1907

CAN'T ARREST THEM.

THEATRICAL MANAGERS ENJOIN
THE COUNTY MARSHAL.
NO ONE TO SERVE WARRANTS.

POLICE SAY THEY WILL NOT IN-
TERFERE.

Judge Wallace Will Now Wait Until
Grand Jury Returns Indict-
ments -- Restraining Order Is
Returnable Tuesday
Morning.

Patrons of Sunday theatricals may occupy their usual seats today without fear of the performance being stopped by either the city or county officials. The theatrical managers yesterday secured a restraining order in the circuit court preventing County Marshal Al Heslip or his deputies from interfering with any of the performances, and Chief of Police Daniel Ahearn announced that, in the absence of instructions from the police board, he will not act.

Judge W. H. Wallace of the criminal court, the head of the Sunday closing movement, said last night that he had secured no warrants against the theatrical managers, and that his court would not attempt to go counter to the restraining order issued by Judge Park and Goodrich of the circuit court against Marshal Heslip. Police commissioner Elliot H. Jones, upon whose concurrence with Mayor Beardsley the co-operation of the police with the county authorities in the Sunday closing crusade depended, yesterday left town to be gone over Sunday without issuing any instructions to Chief Ahearn. Police Commissioner Gallagher is also out of the city.

NO WARRANTS SWORN OUT.

"While I do not believe the circuit court would attempt to interfere with what action either my court, or the grand jury might take towards the closing of the theaters on Sunday, I have not had any warrants sworn out, and will not embarrass Marshal Heslip by asking him to close the amusement places without warrants," said Judge Wallace last night. "What either I or the grand jury may do during the next week I cannot say. But nothing will be done in regard to putting a stop to Sunday amusements tomorrow."

Several thousands of people attend the theaters on Sundays, as well as weekdays, according to the petition filed in the circuit court by the theatrical managers, and these people would be deprived of a means of physical and mental benefit by the closing of the play houses on Sunday.

"The marshal and his deputies have threatened to raid the theaters and prevent actors, actresses, and employes from performing their duties and to prevent the general public from attending the performances," says the petition.

"It is therefore alleged that the plaintiffs' property, and the use of the same, will be interfered with and impaired as a continuous business; that the actors and actresses' compensation for their services will be reduced, and they will also commit a breach of their contracts. It is asked that the marshal and his deputies be restrained and enjoined from doing any act which will in any wise interfere with or obstruct the plaintiffs' business, or from closing the theaters Sunday, October 13, or subsequent Sundays.



Police Commissioner E. H. Jones, it was reported at his home last night, has gone to Jefferson City. Commissioner A. E. Gallagher several days ago went on a hunting trip, and has not yet returned.

"The theaters will run tomorrow as usual, and we intend that they shall continue to do so every Sunday thereafter," said Martin Lehman, manager of the Orpheum theater, last night.

"The managers intend to fight the case to the last."

The following are the theaters affected by the restraining order: Willis Wood, Orpheum, Grand Shubert, Auditorium, Gilliss, Century, and Majestic.

In its memorandum on the granting of the restraining order, the court said that the alleged contemplated action of the county marshal in closing the theaters on Sunday would be such a radical departure form the existing order of things that it seemed best to have a hearing of the merits of the case before the marshal be permitted to proceed.

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