Antique Divorce Reason #2 – 30 June 1870 : She Coughed Up a Fish Bone

Antique Divorce Reason #2 – 30 June 1870 : She Coughed Up a Fish Bone

The Hancock Democrat (Greenfield, Indiana) · Thu, Jun 30, 1870 · Page 1

An Ohio lady lately coughed up a fish bone which had been in her throat and prevented her from speaking for forty-two years, and now her brute of a husband wants a divorce because she disturbs the quiet he has so long enjoyed.

No names are given. Is this true or not?

Twelve weeks prior in The Fremont Weekly Journal (Fremont, Ohio) · Fri, Apr 15, 1870 · Page 2

Forty-two years ago, a young girl, now the wife of Joseph Bechtal, of Ashland, Ohio, says an exchange, while eating fish, got in her throat a bone an inch long and about the thickness of an ordinary sewing needle. She refused to submit to a surgical operation for its extraction and the bone remained in her throat until Wednesday of last week, when in a fit of coughing, it became loosened and flew out of her mouth.

If you live in or near Ashland, Ohio, would you be willing to see if you can find a divorce record with a Joseph Bechtal as plaintiff and “coughed up a fish bone” as the grounds for divorce?

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2 Responses to Antique Divorce Reason #2 – 30 June 1870 : She Coughed Up a Fish Bone

  1. Sheryl says:

    Good grief–what a ridiculous reason for a divorce! I’ll be interested in seeing whether you are able to discover if this actually happened.

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