10 August 2010

Tribune Tuesday: Fishing and Whiskey

From: The Oakland Tribune, 22 January 1906, p. 1

Went Fishing on Sundays and Took Whisky With Him

"When I went to pray at night my husband would mock me and roll and toss on the bed and blow like an old gander," was the graphic description given by Mrs. Louise P. Hinton, of 1259 Campbell street, a member of the Holy Roller sect, in her testimony against Roger B. Hinton, from whom she was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce this morning by Judge Waste on the ground of cruelty.

Mrs. Hinton, it is alleged, was the victim of a cruel husband, who viewed with aversion her alligning [sic] herself with the forces striving to gain an eternal salvation in another world by a course of action in this, and in her testimony before Court Commissioner Crowell she recited his various acts of cruelty and said:

"After I got saved he tried to lure me onto the devil's side. When I tried to sing a hymn he would clap his hand over my mouth and try and stop me."

Her effort to practice her religion according to the interpretation of the peculiar sect with whom she had associated herself, met with vigorous protest on his part, and she further testified that he went to drinking harder than ever, and would go fishing on Sundays with men who took drink along with them, and that he would come home in an intoxicated condition. He then would abuse her, and she says finally in her extremity she left him.

He had threatened to hill her on several occasions, and she left the state of Georgia, and went to Teas, and her husband followed her there. She then went to Texarkana and finally came to Oakland, where she has been at peace. She states that she was married to Hinton at Atlanta, Ga., in 1895, and that she left him in 1903.

Her husband followed her to Oakland, but she would not see him.

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