The Shelbyville Republican
That Baker S. Ruddick and his wife, residents of Columbus, are both
going to make a fierce fight to secure a divorce, was shown this morning when a
complaint for divorce was sent to Shelby county from Bartholomew county by the
attorneys of Mr. Ruddick and with it came a cross-complaint filed by the
attorneys of the wife.
Saturday April 15, 1911
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DRAGGED HIS WIFE ‘ROUND THE HOUSE
Husband Has Many Charges Against Him
Going To Get Divorce
So He Can Marry The Woman He Loves
RUDDICK’S WIFE HAS FAULTS
He Alleges She Drove Him Away From Home at Night
And That She Was Always Nagging at Him
The parties were married September 11, 1906 and separated December 6, 1910.
Mr. Ruddick charges his "better half" with being cross and vicious
that she is vulgar and continually nagged him during the time that they lived
together. He even says that he was "driven from home at night time" by
his wife and that she refused to care for his home, get his meals and that he
was compelled to eat at a restaurant. The defendant refused to live in his house
and compelled him to rent a piece of property. He is the owner of several lots
in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and she refuses to sign the deed so that he could sell
Mrs. Ruddick "comes back" at her husband by alleging that he struck
and beat her and then dragged her about the house. While she was ill he deserted
her and was gone for seven months, he is addicted to the drug and whisky habit,
is dirty and filthy, that he wears fancy clothing and that she has been
compelled to buy her own clothes, the husband having notified the merchants of
Columbus to not give her anything on credit.
The cross-complaint also alleges the plaintiff has threatened to kill her and
that he often expresses the wish that she was dead. She alleges further that the
plaintiff says that he would get a divorce and marry another woman with whom he
is in love. He received many letters from other women, according to Mrs.
Ruddick. Ruddick is worth $15,000 and his wife is asking for $10,000 of that amount.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Bartholomew County, Indiana Marriages
Baker S. Ruddick & Laura E. Ruddick
September 11, 1906
Book C-18 page 55