The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday May 8, 1924
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DIVORCE  GRANTED
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          Mrs. Lottie Hanus was granted a divorce from John Hanus by Judge Harry C. Morrison, in the Shelby Circuit Court Saturday evening. Mrs. Hanus was granted the custody of their two children.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 14, 1924
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ABANDONED  FAMILY
FOR  TRAVELING  SHOW
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Wife Here Says Husband Denied He Was Married
And the Father of Children
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              Mrs. Lottie Hanus, 805 east Washington street, details a story of privation, neglect and mistreatment in a complaint filed in the Shelby circuit court against John Hanus, her husband, from whom she demands a divorce. The complaint was entered by Cheney & Tolen, attorneys for Mrs. Hanus and also asks custody of two children of the couple and the payment of their support.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanus were married March 21, 1917, the complaint states. Two children, five and four years old, were born to the couple. Mrs. Hanus alleges that on April 7, 1920, Mr. Hanus deserted her and the children joined a traveling show, with which he was connected for eight months, during which he made no provisions for his family. He returned in December 1920 and a short time later they moved to Muncie, the complaint states.
At Muncie, the defendant mortgaged the furniture and then was forced to give it up when he failed to pay the mortgage. They moved from place to place, she asserts, the defendant telling women and friends that he was unmarried and that the plaintiff was his sister and that their children were his sisterís. He also developed a manta for gambling, the complaint sets out, and he squandered his wages and was away every night. On April 19, 1923 he joined another traveling show, his wife says, abandoning the family at Muncie and since then she has never heard from him, she says.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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