Dallas Morning News
18 May 1888
A TRUANT HUSBAND
Arrested While Leaving the Country - A
Three Times Married Woman Deserted
Some Romance and More Reality
SHERMAN, Tex., May 17. - A rather romantic case comes up to the view
of the sensation loving people in the Choctaw district, east of the city.
About three years ago a young man claiming to be from the blue grass regions
of Kentucky came to Grayson County and went to work for Newt Ingraham,
a farmer, about six miles east of the city. He worked one year there
and the next at the farms of Jack Ingraham and Thos. Kesler. He then
left, but returned again in the early part of the past winter and engaged
to cut wood for a man by the name of E. T. Noel, but the continued bad
weather prevented him. On the evening of the 7th of last January Noel and
Young were coming home from the woods and stopped at the residence of a
Mrs. Baty to take supper. This was the
second time that Young had seen Mrs. Baty. The next day, Sunday,
he called upon her and on Monday morning they came to this city and were
married. On the evening of the 12th Young and his wife bought a horse
from Mr. Noel, giving $30 in money and a lien for$42 remainder which specified
that until the horse was paid for in full by the cancellation of the lien,
which was not due until Oct. 1, 1888, it was not to be taken from the county.
This Young did not sign, but his wife signed both names in his presence
and with his consent. The animal was thus secured. On the morning
of Jan. 18, nine days after his marriage, Young started to the little store
at Choctaw Switch, on the Texas and Pacific Railway, for some provisions
NEVER SHOWED UP AGAIN
leaving his wife in a distressed state of mind. Night before
last someone stole the horse and yesterday morning a man was seen passing
through Sherman riding a horse the description of which suited that furnished
the officers shortly afterward by Noel. Officer Cam Whitesides took
the trail and overtook his man, who proved to be James Young, the truant
husband of nine days' standing. He was brought in and placed in jail
last evening and his case has been under consideration by the grand jury
The prisoner is a young man of about 27 or 28 years of age.
He is about six feet tall, and the only peculiarity of his appearance is
that his cheek bones are quite prominent. His deserted wife is about
36 years of age, and at the time of her marriage had seven children.
This is her third marriage. Her first husband is dead and she is
divorced from her second on account of cruel treatment.