Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, October 17, 1921
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          The widow, son and daughter of  Mr. Willis Law,  lately deceased, have removed from their home in Flatrock to the farm home of  Dale Pherigo  across the river.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday November 1, 1905
Page 1  column 3
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INDICTED  AS  BIGAMIST
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Washington Griswold Taken at Motherís Grave
and Brought to Jail
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          Washington Griswold, employed in this city, is in serious trouble, the charge against him being bigamy.
          This week the grand jury returned an indictment charging him with the crime, and yesterday a warrant was issued thereon. Sheriff Newton ascertained that Griswold was in Edinburg, having gone there to attend the funeral of his mother, which occurred yesterday afternoon.  As the accused started to leave the graveyard, he was taken into custody and was brought to this city at once.
          Judge Sparks released the prisoner upon a bond of $1,000 being produced.  The bond was given by the wife of Griswold of this city and by her brother, William H. Robertson.
          The story that is told concerning the affair is this:  Griswold was married more than fourteen years ago.  The wife and her children, three in number, are now residents of Edinburg.  Last May, after having been employed in this city for some time, he was married to  Mrs. Laura Laws.  Since that time he has resided here.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Friday March 17, 1905
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          Eugene E. Law  has filed suit for divorce from his wife, Charlotte Law, alleging abandonment.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, February 23, 1893
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          The wife of  Eugene Law,  on East Pennsylvania street, had a stroke of paralysis Monday evening, affecting the left side of her face.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming, Dec 2000


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, June 4, 1885
Page 3, column 1
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          Joel Law  has filed a suit for divorce from his wife, Edmonia Law, alleging cruel treatment and neglect of household duties.  The parties were divorced in 1879, and afterwards re-married.  Mrs. Law has filed a cross petition for divorce, custody of their child and $5,000 alimony.  Mr. Law is seventy-two years of age and Mrs. Law is about thirty.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Saturday, January 31, 1885
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L O  C  A  L      N  E  W  S.
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          Mrs. John Laws  and  Arch Sims  and families leave on Monday for Lemar, Mo.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Daily  Republican
Wednesday July 30, 1884
Page 4 column 2
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SHOOTING AFFRAY
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Family Troubles at Marietta Result in a Service Affair
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          Joel Law, Jr., is a citizen who lives at Marietta and is quite well known throughout the county.  Joel is a quiet and peaceable fellow enough when sober, but like everyone else when drinking is disposed to be "ugly" and get himself as well as others in trouble.  Not long ago, Joel married  Mrs. Wright, a widow who resided just over Blue river from Marietta.  She is the sister of  Mrs. George Neal  of this city, and a worthy woman who has been unfortunate in her martial relations.  She has been married three times, her first husband being dead, the second one being divorced and Law making her third matrimonial venture.
          Yesterday Joel Law and his wife came to this city.  It seems that they had several quarrels during the day, Law wanting his wife to give him money which, she refused for some time.  The story is that Joel was drinking during the day and this was the principal cause of the trouble.  Charles Wright,  son of Mrs. Law, has been working for his uncle,  George Neal.  The mother hunted up her son and the two returned to Marietta together yesterday afternoon.  When they arrived at home they removed most or all of the household goods to another place, determined to get rid of the husband.  Later on, Joel came to Marietta and finding what had been done by his wife and stepson, hunted them up in no good humor.  He threatened to break into the house where Mrs. Law was, but was told by Charles Wright, who was outside, not to hurt his mother or he would hurt him (Law).  Thereupon, Law ran after Charley Wright and tried to get hold of him.  Charles backed away, warning Law off.  Perry Trigger  was present and did what he could to keep Law off Wright, but finally Law succeeded in "crowding" his adversary so close, that Wright drew his revolver and shot him.  The ball struck Law in the side and passed into his body, but we could not ascertain the exact nature of the injury.  The doctors thought it had struck a rib and while it will prove fatal.  Charley Wright came to town this afternoon and surrendered himself to the officers of the law.  At the time we went to press no official action has been in the case.
          P.S. Since the foregoing was written, we learn the following:  That Law got drunk yesterday in this place, and that $21 of his money was taken from him by  Redding Doran  to keep until he got sober.  Subsequently Mr. Doran gave the money to Law's wife.  She agreed to give it to him if he would allow her to go home and take her things away in peace.  This agreement was assented to by Law in presence of witnesses and the two separated after he got his money.  The occurrences detailed above took place afterwards, and the shooting occurred about dusk.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Daily  Republican.
Monday, July 21, 1884.
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LOCAL  NEWS.
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          Marshal Laws  landed  W. F. Spencer  in the coop at about the hour of 12 last night.
Contributed by Marcia Stinson


The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Thursday, October 18, 1883
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ALONZO  LAW
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Fined Twenty-five Dollars and Costs by
Justice George M. Wright This Morning
for Striking His Mother With a Chair -- The
Story of His Brutality
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          One of the most shining virtues of Scotty Briggs, one of Mark Twain's characters, was that "he never shook his mother," but his virtues is not possessed by  Alonzo Law,  the seventeen-year-old son of  William Law,  an aged and respectable citizen of this county, who lives about three-quarters of a mile this side of Marietta, who was arrested and brought to town by  Officer Richie  last night on a charge of assault and battery on his aged mother, the assault occurring a night or so ago.  Young Law was arraigned before  Mayor Wright  at nine o'clock this morning, and his mother took the witness stand and told, as well as she could through her tears, the shameful story of his brutal conduct.  It seems that she had given him some apples which were on the trees in the orchard, telling him that he could pick them and sell them if he wanted to.  He at first agreed to do so, but afterwards changed his mind, and wanted to pick some in another orchard on shares, and this she also agreed to.  The next day she sold three bushels of the apples, as of course she had a perfect right to do, the whole farm belonging to her individually, and this caused the assault.  When he came home and found that she had sold some he flew into a rage and called her a thief, and other vilenames, and finally picked up a chair and struck her with it, and she declared on the witness stand that she believed he would have killed her had it not been for his old father, who interposed, and who for so doing, was roughly shoved aside.  The young brute was finally gotten out of the room, and the old couple then locked the door.  Upon this the unnatural son returned and commenced to batter the door down with a board.  Fearing for their lives, they opened the door and let him in.  After abusing them all he wanted to, he then went away and was seen no more until they met him at the Mayor's office this morning.  While his mother was testifying to his brutality he sat there perfectly unmoved and had nothing to say, when questioned, in his defense.  After hearing the evidence Mayor Wright assessed him $25, which was the extent of the law, and at the same time informed the heartless son that he regretted that he could not make the fine greater.  The fine and costs footed up $37.50.  His mother wanted to stay his fine for him, but Mayor Wright would not accept her as his surety, and the young man went to jail, where he ought to remain until the last cent is "layed out."
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Democrat - Volunteer.
Shelbyville, Ind., Feb. 26, 1880.
OFFICIAL  ORGAN  OF  SHELBY  COUNTY.
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CRADLE --- ALTAR --- TOMB.
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Married.
          LAW -- QUERY --- On the 19th day of February, 1880, in Bartholomew county, Mr. Franklin Law  to  Miss Luticia Query, by Rev. John Jackson.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, June 12, 1879
Page 3
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CRADLE - ALTAR - TOMB.
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          LAW -- JENKINS ---At the residence of  A. J. Higgins,  Esq., on the 6th day of June, 1879,  Mr. John F. Law  to  Miss Nannie Jenkins,  all of Shelby county.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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