Short News Items from 1904

Charley Armstrong is up from Irvington today with the carcass of a large wolf which he trapped and secured. (Algona Advance, January 14, 1904)

Homer Drumm, who have [sic] been sick with lagrippe, is able to be out again. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, February 4, 1904)

Tracy Walling came up from Portland last night to attend the funeral of his brother, Fred Walling, at Zena this afternoon. (Salem Capital Journal, February 24, 1904)

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Wants Her Maiden Name

Mrs. Rochelle Claims That Her Husband Has Abandoned Her.

Mrs. Ida Belle Rochelle brought action for divorce against H.S. Rochelle yesterday. Mrs. Rochelle states in her petition that she has been a resident of Wichita’ for many years and that she was married , to the defendant October 18, 1887. She alleges that January 1, 1899, her husband abandoned her without any cause or excuse and that he has not been back since. She claims that she has always demeaned . herself properly and acted towards her husband as a faithful wife and that there is no fault on her part. Wherefore, the plaintiff prays that she may be divorced from the defendant and that she be restored to her maiden name. Ida Belle Keith; that she have all other and further relief as the court may deem just.

Source: Wichita Daily Eagle, August 14, 1901.

Mrs. Rochelle Happily Surprised

Mrs. Ida Rochelle, of the Lakeview hotel, was happily surprised yesterday afternoon in honor of her birthday anniversary. The afternoon hours were devoted to bridge and attractive prized were won by Mrs. C.J. McCarty and Mrs. E. Crowell. At six o’clock the guests sat down to a most delectable dinner. The guests from Hamilton were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Rochelle, Mr. and Mrs. William Rochelle, Mrs. Anna Jacobs, Mrs. James Wente, Mrs. C.J. McCarty, Mrs. Nellie Evans, Mrs. Charles Roberts and Mr. John Heigle. From Norwood were, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kegel and son, George, Mr. and Mrs. James Myers and son, Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. C. Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. E. Crowell and daughters, Shirley May, Elva and Florence, Miss Thelma Connor, Miss Laura MacMillan, and Mrs. Harry Ballard. From St. Louis, Mrs. Jack Lawler. The hostess was remembered by a number of handsome gifts.

Source: Hamilton Daily News, February 8, 1924.

Was Given Fine Picture

Saturday was Dr. Rochelle’s birthday, and the patients in the sanitarium decided to remember it. Each one contributed a small amount to a fund and a committee purchased a fine picture, which was presented to Dr. and Mrs. Rochelle Saturday evening. All of the patients gathered in the parlors of the sanitarium, when the presentation speech was made. Dr. Rochelle made a short replay and then the patients were entertained during the evening.

Source: Wichita Eagle, December 1, 1905.

W.F. Rochelle Was Electrocuted

A most unfortunate and mysterious electrocution occurred Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock at the Star picture theatre at 215 Court street when William Rochelle, the operator of the projecting machine was killed almost instantly, while in the booth where the electric motor and machine are located to the front of the theatre at an elevation of nearly nine feet.

At the time given, after half a reel of pictures had been run through the machine they suddenly ceased appear on the screen. Richard Sachs, manager of the theatre, at once began to investigate and climbing the ladder to the platform outside of the door to the operator’s booth, found the door of the booth open and Rochelle sitting on the floor with eyes wide open and dead.

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