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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, June 12, 1912
Page 1 column 6
          Blanche McGinnis  VS  Wesley McGinnis; complaint for divorce; defendant defaulted; prosecuting attorney ordered to appear and file answer; plaintiff ordered to deposit prosecuting attorney’s fees.

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday June 22, 1912
Page 1, column 3
Case of Blanche McGinnis Against 
Wesley McGinnis Heard in 
Circuit Court And Divorce Was Granted
No Evidence Introduced to Show
Man Was An Habitual Drunkard
Could Not Dress Like Lawyers
          After hearing the evidence in the divorce case brought by Mrs. Blanche McGinnis  against her husband, Wesley McGinnis, Judge Alonzo Blair gave a little talk before he granted a divorce, which was pleasing to those who heard it.
           Mrs. McGinnis brought suit for divorce several weeks ago, and in her complaint she charged that her husband failed to make proper provision for her; that he was filthy in his habits and that he begged among charitable organizations of the city, telling them that his wife and child were suffering and in want, and that he would come home intoxicated every night.
           When the defendant was called to stand he stated to Judge Blair that he was ready at any time to go back to his wife; that he would quit drinking and would give her the best care that he could.  The Judge stated that it was more than likely that Mrs. McGinnis would not return to her husband; that she had made up her mind not to again live with him, and he decided to grant the divorce.
           The Judge stated that he was sure that the defendant was not an habitual drunkard, although he might drink at times.  He said there was no evidence introduced in the case that showed McGinnis was an habitual drunkard, although he was hauled home last Christmas eve in a cab, after having become intoxicated.  He said that from the evidence, McGinnis had provided for his wife and child as best he could.  He is a plumber by trade, and last winter was such that men in his line of work were not kept busy.
           When McGinnis was asked about his wife objecting to his being dirty, he said his job was one that caused him to be that way; that he had to crawl under houses and make repairs.  He said he could not do his work and go dressed like an attorney at law.  He said that he probably made as good living for his wife and child as he could.
           Mrs. McGinnis agreed to care for the child.  The couple were married February 11, 1906, and separated on April 15, 1912.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Shelbyville, Ind.
November 2, 1911
          Mrs.  Flora  Effie  McGinnis-Campbell,  of Indianapolis, formerly of  Marietta and this city, who has been held at the jail here since the fourteenth of last July on a charge of forgery, or rather on three charges of forgery, in which she used the name of her brother,  James  McGinnis,  of this city, without his permission to obtain money from the Mutual Loan & Savings Company, of this city, may yet escape prosecution, as the brother does not seem disposed to appear in court against her.
          The case was set for trial this morning before Judge Blair and a jury, but the brother of the defendant could not be found, tho the sheriff and his deputy have been looking for him since last Monday and the case was continued indefinitely on motion of the state's attorney. The defendant is still at the jail.
          Trouble started for the woman when she brought three of her friends to this city from Indianapolis on a joy ride, which she was financing by the use of her brother's name.  Twice she secured the necessary cash, but on the third attempt the quartet got caught and were landed in jail.  One couple paid fines and costs on statutory charges in the mayor's court and were released, and  Frank  Ridgway,  a third member of the quartet, was held at the jail with the Campbell woman till a few days ago when he was released following the returning of an ignoramus in his case by the grand jury.  It had been the intention to hold him also in connection with the forgery charge as he was said to have represented himself to be the brother of the woman at places where they tried to get a check cashed.  Ridgway expressed his contempt for Shelbyville, collectively and individually, at the time of his release and is threatening to bring suit for false imprisonment.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
June 9, 1904
Page 4   column 2
          C. E. McGinnis,  brother of  West McGinnis,  of the Citizens Gas office, known to the acquaintances of his youth here, as "boot jack McGinnis," was here to-day shaking hands with old acquaintances.  Chas is now engaged in the railway ticket brokerage business in Indianapolis and the Democrat is pleased to say is succeeding quite well. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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