The Dallas Journal, Volume 53, 2007 Page: 51
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Henry Pollack Trunk Company
Jennie W. Pollack, who is an actual Bona Fide inhabitant of the State of Texas, and who has
continuously resided in the County of Dallas more than six months next preceding the filing of this petition,
and who now resides in Dallas county, complains of Henry Pollack, who also resides in Dallas county,
Texas, and respectfully represents that Plaintiff and Defendant were legally married in Dallas county,
Texas, on July 25, 1888, and continued to live together as husband and wife until sometime during the
month of August, 1896, since which time they have lived separate and apart. Plaintiff and Defendant
occupy different apartments of their homestead, but they do not live together as husband and wife, nor have
they so lived since August 1896.
Plaintiff shows that on October 14, 1897, without cause or provocation, the said Defendant violently
assaulted, beat and bruised the Plaintiff, and that his course of conduct towards Plaintiff is absolutely
Plaintiff shows that it is the daily habit and custom of the Defendant to apply to Plaintiff all manner of
abusive epithets, and that he frequently threatens her life, and that he frequently assaults, beats and bruises
her, and that she is helpless and dependant, in that she is compelled to occupy some portion of their
homestead, as she is without means and without other place of refuge, and that Defendant, taking advantage
of the situation, has done, and continues to do, everything in his power to render Plaintiff wretched and
Plaintiff shows that as the fruits of said marriage they have one child, a boy Sam, aged seven, who is
very dear to her, and who is very fond of her, and that the Defendant abuses and maltreats the said child.
Plaintiff shows that the homestead of the Plaintiff and Defendant, and which is community property, is
a lot 65 feet on South Ervay street, and 160 feet on McKee Street, said lot being on the corner of said South
Ervay and McKee streets in the City of Dallas, upon which is a two story house, and same contains the
household and kitchen furniture belonging to Plaintiff and Defendant.
Plaintiff shows that Defendant is possessed of considerable property in his own right, and that he is
also possessed of considerable property the community of himself and Plaintiff, but that he hides and
secretes the same, and Plaintiff has no means of giving a list or inventory thereof.
Wherefore, premises considered, Plaintiff prays that the said Defendant be duly and legally cited to
appear and answer hereto: that upon a hearing hereof she have judgment of divorce, and that she be
awarded the custody of the said child, Sam, and that she have judgment for her interest in all of the
community properties of herself and said Defendant, and that defendant be required to render a full
inventory thereof, and that she be protected in her homestead rights and that all property rights between
Plaintiff and Defendant be adjusted and all costs of suit, and for general relief, as etc.
Harris Etheridge & Knight, Attorneys for Plaintiff
On this the 31st day of December, A. D. 1897, came regularly on to be heard the above entitled and
numbered cause, and thereupon appeared both parties and announced ready for trial, and a jury being
waived, all matters of fact as well as of law were submitted to the Court: and the Court having heard the
pleadings, evidence and argument, is of the opinion that the law is with the Plaintiff, and that the
allegations in her petition are sustained.
It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed by the Court that the bonds of matrimony heretofore existing
between the Plaintiff, Jennie W. Pollack, and the Defendant, Henry Pollack, be, and the same are, hereby
dissolved, and the said parties are, and such of them is, free and absolutely released from the bonds of
matrimony heretofore existing between them, and all the obligations thereof.
It is further ordered, adjudged and decreed by the Court that the said Plaintiff, Jennie W. Pollack, shall
retain the custody and control of the minor, Sam Pollack, the son of the said Plaintiff and Defendant, during
his minority, and support, care and educate him to the best advantage the condition and circumstances of
the said Plaintiff will allow; but the said Defendant, Henry Pollack, shall be at liberty to have access to, and
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