Friday, April 16, 2010

Short Marriage for Louis Wastell and Flora Young

Randy Seavers at Genea-Musings mentioned searching The Library of Congress Chronicling America historic newspapers. What a great reminder to check for new listings! I found that the Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY had been added! I know that Louis Wastell had married a woman who lived in Maysville, KY. Maybe I could find out a bit more about them.

From previous research, I had found the marriage of Louis W. Wastell and Flora C. Young, on 15 October 1908, in the database, Kentucky Marriage Records, 1852-1914 on The couple was married in Maysville, Mason, Kentucky at the home of Mr. H. C. Young. According to this record, Louis was 36 years old and a farmer from Louisville, Kentucky. Flora was 26 years old from Flemingsburg, Fleming, Kentucky.

Records pertaining to Louis W. Wastell, have his birth ranging from 1860 to 1872. Since the 1870 Federal Census indicates that Louis was 4 years old, it is safe to assume that he was born prior to 1870. The 1900 Federal Census indicates that Flora was born in May 1881 so from my calculations, she would have been 27 at the time of the marriage.

Here is the newspaper clipping from the Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY, October 16, 1908:

Mr. Louis W. Wastell, aged, 36, of Louisville, and Miss Flora Young, aged 26, of Flemingsburg, were married at the home of the bride's brother, Mr. L. H. Young, in West Second street, last evening at 5 o'clock, Rev. F. W. Harrop, Pastor of the Third Street M. E. church, officating.

Prof. Wastell is the popular Director at the Princess Skating Rink, while his bride is a well known trained nurse.

Their friends join in hearty congratulations and good wishes.
This was not the first marriage for Louis Wastell. In 1900, he had been married to Emma for 2 years and was living in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. I have not yet found their marriage record, a divorce record or death record for Emma. The roller skating reference is interesting. From many other newspaper articles and advertisements, Louis Wastell traveled the region giving skating performances with Louise White who was from Cincinnati, Ohio. Was this a contributing factor to the demise of the subject marriage??? We may never know.

Divorce clipping from the Daily Public Ledger, November 2, 1910:

There was no heading and it was buried among other articles. They were married about 24 months.

Louis and Flora were not living together on the 1910 census. Flora was living with her sister and brother-in-law in Flemingsburg, Fleming, Kentucky and Louis was living in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio and was listed as a lodger.