Friday, July 8, 2016

Darned Lazy Spouse

Reader Donna Toole shared this darned record. Thank you, Donna!

Wife stays in bed for a week to avoid housework.

Declares Wife Stayed In Bed to Avoid
          Doing Housework.
   LA PORTE,   Ind.,   Sept.  20.—Harry E
Galbreath, editor and publisher of the
Saturday Advertiser, today brought ac-
tion for divorce from Rose Wagner, mak-
ing the unusual allegation that his wife
persisted in staying in bed for a week
at a time to escape doing housework
Galbreath says he got tired of waiting
on her.

Dear Mr. Galbreath, The Insider has a message for you from most every wife on the planet: “Welcome to my world.”

Source: “Editor Sues for Divorce,” The Indianapolis (Indiana) Star, 21 September 1911, p. 4, col. 3; digital image, ( : accessed 5 March 2016).


  1. The year of this publication is not given, but it looks old enough to pre-date the late 60s, when some women in the U.S. (I don't know about the rest of the world) started keeping their own surnames instead of taking their husbands'. Did anyone else notice that the two parties did not share the same surname? Or, are we supposed to understand that the wife's name was Rose Wagner Galbreath, and the aggrieved husband wanted to strip her of his name as well as get her out of his bed?

    1. At it states the date of "1911 Sep 21 Divorce"


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