Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, August 15, 1902
          John Warble, sr.,  of Hendricks township, who has been very sick with malarial fever, was improved this morning.  Mr. Warble is one of the oldest residents in the county, his age being eighty-nine years.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  St.  Louis  Post  Dispatch
June 23, 1880
Breach of Promise.  A Hoosier Widow's Race
for a $10,000 Consolation Purse.
(Shelbyville (Ind.) Special to Cin. Com)
          A case containing many novel and sensational features was called in court today.  It is a suit brought by  Mrs. Elizabeth McPherson  against  J. W. Warble  for $10,000 for breach of promise.  The plaintiff is a woman more than fifty years of age, blessed with ordinary good looks and a fair share of worldly goods, while the defendant has almost reached the time allotted to mankind to be here below - three score and ten - and his possessions count up into the thousands.  Both parties reside in Hendricks township, this county, and Mr. Warble owns one of the largest and richest farms in that section of the county.  He has a large family of children and grandchildren, and he has always been a man of prominence in the community.  Mrs. McPherson was left a widow soon after the war, and she, also, has a family of grown children.  The interested parties have lived neighbors to each other for a number of years.  In the complaint, the fair but aged plaintiff alleges that in October, 1878, Warble's wife died, and that in the following month - the melancholy days of November - he began to visit her, and soon entered into a marriage agreement with her.  The marriage was not to take place until after a suitable length of time had elapsed after the death of his wife.  In substance, she claims that she remained constant and was willing that the nuptials should be consummated at any time, but that a few months later he wooed he wooed and won another widow, of younger years.  Mrs. Elizabeth Stine, residing near Edinburg.  In consequence she suffered great anguish of mind, disgrace and mortification, and prays the court to allow her the sum of $10,000 to heal her wounded feelings.  She was placed on the stand this afternoon, and her testimony was in accordance with the above.  She said that in November, 1878, one evening he was at her home and said that he could not stand it to lead a single life and said,  "Let us get married,"  to which she consented and he continued,  "Now you are mine,"  and advised her as to the disposal of some property.  The case will probably consume an entire week.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, September 11, 1879
Page 3, column 3
          Michael Warble now comes to Court and for cause of action against his wife Mary says that on the 18th of July, 1877, he and she were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony and from that time to the present he has treated his wife kindly and properly and notwithstanding which deportment on his part she on the 18th of August, 1877, without any cause abandoned him.  That prior to the time she picked up her "duds" and silently folded up her little tent she cursed, scolded and abused him in a shocking manner.  Wherefore the outraged husband prays for a divorce and all other proper relief.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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