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The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday November 17, 1906
But Husband Files Suit For
Divorce---Sensational Grounds
          Attorney Lee F. Wilson, in behalf of  Hannibal H. Burns, of Waldron, this afternoon, filed a suit for divorce and for injunction, the defendants being  Louisa J .Burns and  Alexander Redman.
          Mr. and Mrs. Burns were married in January 1860, and have thus been wedded nearly forty-seven years.  The grounds on which divorce is sought are that Mrs. Burns has been guilty of illicit intercourse with Mr. Redman and it is specifically averred that they spent the night of November 11 together.  Redman has been boarding at the Burns home for the last seven months. He is a widower.
          The complaint contains a paragraph praying for an injunction preventing the defendants from destroying certain property of the plaintiff.  He states that he is the owner of a small house, farming implements and other chattels, and that Mrs. Burns and Redman have threatened to destroy them.
          Mr. Burns is well known all over the eastern and southern part of the county.  He is a bricklayer and plasterer.  He is an old soldier, being a member of the G.A.R.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 20, 1879
How Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns Celebrated
The Fiftieth Anniversary Of Their Marriage
          The grandest event that ever occurred in Hawcreek township, Bartholomew county, the fiftieth anniversary of the married life of  Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns.  At 9 o'clock a.m., the guests began to arrive.  Carriage after carriage came laden with the old pioneers, their sons and daughters, all intent on honoring the aged couple, at whose residence they were assembling for a day of recreation, amusement and enjoyment.  Noon found about five hundred guests assembled to pay their respects to Mr. & Mrs. Burns.  Among those present I saw Mr. Thomas Essex,  I. A. Vogler  and  Mrs. Fannie Hauser, of Columbus;  Mr. Ben Jones and lady and  David Lancaster, of Shelbyville;  Mr. John Nading and lady, Mrs. Matilda Walker  and  John Walker of Flatrock Station;  Mr. Thomas Smiley and lady, of Rockcreek township;  W. H. Dye and lady, Carney's Station; Hon S. D. Spellman and lady,  D. C. Dodds and lady, John Conger and lady, Robert Titus and lady and  L. E. Nelson, of Norristown; Mr. Aaron Essex and lady, Flatrock township; Rev. F. R. Holland,  Rev. E. Regeness,  Dr. S. Stapp and lady,  Dr. J. K. Righter,  L. J. Rominger and lady, Edward Fishel and lady and  L. E. Hege, of Hope;  Mr. George Fry and lady, Rev. John Keeling and lady, Solomon Lambert and daughter, Adam Fishel and lady, Robert Jones and lady, William Powell and lady, Charles Rominger, Sr. and lady, John Rominger and lady, Lewis Essex and lady, Isaiah Carter,  John Droneberger,  Thomas Reed,  Charles Brunner and lady, of Hawcreek township, and a host of others too numerous to mention.  I have only mentioned some of the oldest in attendance.
          A bountiful repast was spread.  Mr. Burns had prepared a whole beef, sixty loaves of bread, and turkeys and chickens without number, and an immense number of cakes, pies, potatoes, and all the other delicacies of the seasons.  Mr. J. Schaub, of Hope photographed the assembled multitude, at the conclusion of which a table- one hundred and twenty-three feet long was filled with guests ready to discuss the rich viands.
          We must not omit to mention the Hope Coronet Band, and were composed of the following persons:  George Hartsell, leader, E. T. Potter,  George Kemp,  Julius Fishel,  M. Hartsell,  Charles Hartsell,  Charles Cook,  Irving Rominger,  William Styers,  Willie Hartsell,  Leona Snyder  and  George Burns.  Mr. Burns was the recipient of the following presents:  A gold headed cane with the name of  Mr. Burns engraved thereon, as well as the doner, Mr. John Nading, five dollars in gold by L. A. Vogler; one dollar in gold by William & Eliza Powell, who have been married 31 years; three dollars in gold by Adam & Eliza Fishel, married 27 years; Mr. Fishel is 61 years old and Mrs. Fishel is 66 years old; ; one dollar in gold by Ben Jones and lady; one dollar in gold by Joseph Holder; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Powell; one dollar in gold by Lewis Essex and wife, married 45 years, Mr. Essex is about 67 and Mrs. Essex is 68; two dollars in gold by Solomon Lambert, aged 62; one dollar in gold by L. J. Rominger and lady, married 40 years.
          One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following named persons:  George Fry,  Charles Brunner,  George Haas,  C. B. Woehler,  Charles Beitrick,  J. A. Miller,  Charles Neighley,  Dr. J. K. Righter,  Christian Baner,  Will Marlin,  E. A. Jones,  Adam Fox,  Lewis Dillman and  Dr. Stapp; one dollar in silver by George Burns and lady; one silver watch by W. H. Conner and wife.
          Mrs. Sarah Burns was the recipient of the following presents:  One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following persons, jointly:  Mrs. Clara Schaub,  Dr. S. Stapp,  Mrs. Lucinda Glidewell,  Robert Jones,  B. A. Lewis,  Hetty Marlin,  Sophia Kurtz,  Rebecca Rominger and  Malinda Essex; one gold ring by Mrs. Rose Vogler,  Mrs. Fanny Hauser,  Miss Sarah Bauchman and  Mr. Mathias Nauman; one dollar in gold by Elizabeth Powell; one dollar in gold by Mrs. Ben Jones; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Smiley; one dollar in silver by Mrs. Camilla Maze; one dollar in silver by George Burns and wife; one shilling in silver by W. H. Conner and wife.  There were present Thomas Moore, married 36 years;  Mr. J. T. Higgins, 75 years old.  The oldest persons present was Isaiah Carter and Joseph Holder.  Mr. Burns will be seventy-five years old next January; came from Harrison county, Kentucky in the fall of the year 1820 and landed at Spring Hill, in what is now Decatur county, and slept in a shanty on a sheep skin during the winter among the wild beasts then common all over Indiana.  When moving from Kentucky Mr. Burns' father hired a gentleman to move his household goods to this State, which he did on horseback, the rickety vehicle having broken down the second day out.  Mr. Burns' father, mother, brothers and sisters footing it all the way from Kentucky to Indiana.  Mrs. Burns is now in her 70th year; born in Clarke county, Indiana, whose father settled there among the Indians, and therefore Mrs. Burns knows about the hardships of pioneer life in Indiana.  Mr. Washington Burns and Mrs. Sarah Walker were united in marriage in Shelby county, Indiana, this State.  The ceremony was performed by Samuel Drake, November 5, 1829.  Together they have moved on through these fifty years, settling down in the primeval forest soon after their marriage on the present homestead.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Tuesday, January 31, 1882
Page 4   column 1
          Ladies who have sewing to be done are requested to give it to  Mrs. Burns,  who lives on West Locust street, and who is needy and deserving.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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