Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 24, 1932
Edward Rouse, 48, Charged by
Mrs. Hazel Strange With
Performance of Illegal Oper-
          Edward Rouse, 48 years old, was arrested this morning by  Lorin Thurston, deputy sheriff, and Lieut. Fred L Jones, of the state motor police department, and is being held in the shelby county jail on a charge of abortion while  Mrs. Hazel Strange,  38, lies near death at the W. S. Major hospital, allegedly suffering from the effects of an operation performed by the defendant named in the affidavit filed today.
          Rouse, who is the father of six children, and whose wife passed away about a year ago following the birth of a child, denies his guilt and today named another man whom he charges performed the abortion.  Mrs. Strange, however, when interviewed at the hospital, insisted that Rouse is responsible for her condition.
          According to her story, she had been making her home with the defendant on the  Elmer Bassett  farm, north of this city on State Road 9, since the death of his wife about a year ago.  She told authorities that she has a husband and four children living in Dayton, O., and that a few months ago she entered divorce proceedings, planning to marry Rouse when she received her divorce.
          Mrs. Strange was admitted to the W. S. Major hospital here on Sept 6, suffering from effects of the alleged abortion.  A short time later she was discharged from the hospital and was taken to the county infirmary.  Her condition became such, however, that it was necessary to again move her to the hospital and physicians now hold slight hope for her recovery.
          The case is one of the most sordid that has been under investigation here for many years.  Persons familiar with the principals in the case state that two of Rous's children left home some time ago because of his actions and relations with Mrs. Strange.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 23, 1923
Married Month Before Arrest of Husband
on Charge of Criminal Assault
          Mrs. Sarah Rouse, 721 north Noble street, has filed a complaint in the Shelby circuit court for a divorce from  Christopher Rouse,  who was found guilty here July 20, on a charge of rape and is now serving a term of one to five y earsí imprisonment in the Indiana state prison.  Mrs. Rouse is represented by Walter C. Reece, attorney, in entering the complaint.
          Mr. and Mrs. Rouse formerly lived in Brandywine township.  They were married March 19 of this year and the separation is given in the complaint as taking place on the day that Mr. Rouse was convicted in the Shelby circuit court of the rape charge. He was alleged to have criminally assaulted a girl, 12 years old.  The assault took place a short time after his marriage to Mrs. Rouse.
          The only ground set out in the complaint is the conviction and sentence of Mr. Rouse on the charge of rape.  Mrs. Rouse also asks the return of her former name of  Sarah H. Land.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Friday, September 22, 1899
          Otto Rouse, aged sixteen years, son of  Oliver Rouse, of Moral township, is dangerously low with typhoid fever.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Volunteer
Thursday, December 25, 1862
Page 4
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has been appointed Administrator of the estate of  Samuel Rouse, late of Shelby County, Indiana, deceased.  Said estate is supposed to be solvent.
          December 23, 1862.
J. J. FOWLER,     
Notice is hereby given that I will sell at public auction, on Saturday, the 10th day of January, 1863, at the late residence of  Samuel Rouse, in Shelby county, Indiana, deceased, all his personal property, not taken by the widow, consisten[sic] of one Horse, 3 head of Cattle, 14 head of Hogs, Farming Utensils, Household and Kitchen Furniture.
          TERMS. --- All sums under three dollars, cash in hand, and all sums over three dollars a credit of twelve months will be given, the purchaser giving his hote with approved security, waiving valuation and appraisement laws.
J. J.  FOWLER,        
          Dec. 22, 1862.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  National  Volunteer
March 31, 1853
          Notice - - Duncan McDougall is appointed administrator of the estate of  Thomas Rouse.
Copied by Sherry Badgley Ryan; abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book, Shelbyville, Indiana Newspaper Excerpts 1853 - 1859

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