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Mary E. Bullard ** Southworth-McKee


The Evening News, Benton Harbor, MI - Nov. 27, 1896

"A Cheap Wife"
An Owosso Man Gets One For Five Dollars.

Owosso, Mich., Nov 26 -- A divorce case a little out of the ordinary was yesterday filed in the county clerk's office. It is that of Mrs. Mary E. Bullard against her husband, George W. Bullard, of Venice township, and the charge is extreme cruelty. The couple were married in May, 1894 and since that time Mrs. Bullard has filed three suits for divorce, but the first two were withdrawn by mutual consent. In each of the three suits Mrs. Bullard retained a different lawyer.

Bullard's meeting with his wife was remantice in the extreme. Mrs. Bullard No. 1, who bore him 11 children, died early in 1894, and the care of his humerous offspring speedily drove him to distraction. He told his troubles to an Owosso friend, a second-hand dealer, and the latter, it is said, agreed to furnish the disparing Bullard a wife for the reasonable sum of $5. The proposition was eagerly accepted, and Mrs. Mary E. Lee, a widow with a thirteen-year old daughter, was introduced to Bullard. She was worth the sum expended, the widower decided, and they were married with the week. Their life since has not been a happy one, as the divorce proceedings show.

Both are high-tempered and George asserts that his wife frequently threw stove wood at him with speed and accuracy. He recently dodged a stick which was coming right at his head and the flying missle smashed the parlor window. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bullard are middle aged.

Provided by Deanna Branson West, Cass County MIGenweb Coordinator

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Adrian Daily Telegraph, Monday, July 1, 1901 - pg 3

One of those sweet home weddings, always so fruitful of tender and loving memories in future years, took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Southworth in Weston on Thursday evening last. The bride was Miss Iva their youngest daughter and the groom was Mr. James McKee of Laingsburg, Mich. Mr. McKee is a rising young oculist having graduated from Michigan University and pursued post graduate studies in Chicago. Rev. Fred Allen of Saline, a brother-in-law, spoke the fateful words that turned two lives into one channel.

Besides the immediate friends and relatives, there were present Mrs. McKee, the mother of the groom, and Ray, a brother of the bride. The presents on the occasion were both rich and servicable.

The happy couple left for their future home in Ypsilanti this (Tuesday) morning, carrying with them the best wishes of their numerous friends.

Contributed 2009 by Pat McArthur, Shiawassee County MIGenweb Coordinator

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