The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday July 26, 1923
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DIVORCE  GRANTED
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          Mrs. Dorothy Lay  was granted a divorce from  Othnell Lay  by Judge Harry C. Morrison, in the Shelby Circuit Court today, following the hearing of evidence.  The custody of their son was awarded by the court to the grandmother, Mrs. Amy Lay.  The mother is permitted to visit with the child at suitable times.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday July 26, 1923
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LAY  DIVORCE  GRANTED
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          Judgment for a divorce to  Mrs. Dorothy a. Lay, of this city, from  Othanal Lay,  has been issued in the Shelby circuit court.  Evidence in the case was heard Tuesday with Cheney and Tolen representing the plaintiff and Alonzo Blair for the defendant.  The custody of  Max Edwin Lay, 7 months old, son of the couple was awarded to  Mrs. Amy Lay, his grandmother.  The court also ruled that the mother will be permitted to see the child whenever it is possible and also ordered that a time and place be arranged between the plaintiff and Mrs. Amy Lay, where the child may be taken twice each month for a visit with the mother.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday April 19, 1923
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DIVORCE  SUIT  FILED  BY  WIFE
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Mrs. Othnell  Lay, of  This  City,
Says  Husband  Failed  To  Provide  For  Her
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TOOK  HER  BABY  FROM  HER
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          Mrs. Dorothy Lay, No. 321 West South street, has filed a complaint for a divorce in the Shelby circuit court, against Othnell Lay. Mrs. Lay asks for the custody of their son, Max; for attorneys fees in the sum of $100, and an allowance of $10 per week pending the hearing of the suit. Cheney and Tolen are her attorneys.
          The complaint states that the couple was married November 11, 1917, and separated April 1, 1923.  Mrs. Lay asserts that her husband failed to provide for her, and that he did not keep his promise to provide a home for her.  They lived with his parents from the date of their marriage, she says.  The plaintiff charges that her husband failed to buy her any clothing, and that she either bought clothing for herself, or her husbandís parents gave it to her.
          On March 31, 1923, Mrs. Lay says that her husband told her that his parents intended moving to a farm in Ripley county, and that he intended going with them.  He told her, she says, that he always intended living with his parents.  The wife charges that her husband cursed her, and told her that he did not care for her.  She states that on April 8 her husband, his parents, and a Shelbyville police officer came to her home and forcibly took her child from her.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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