Smith Abrams wife Ida 1885 East Rockaway LI NY
BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE Thursday, 2 April 1885 HE CAME BACK
And Very Much Surprised His Wife An East Rockaway Gentleman MAKES A Discovery - Some Well Known Names Which Figure in a Divorce Suit Smith ABRAMS, of East Rockaway, L. I., yesterday swore to a complaint in an action to obtain an absolute divorce from his wife, Ida M. ABRAMS. They were married in 1866 and have one child, a girl.Mr. ABRAMS is a
sporting man and the owner of several fast trotting horses.Mrs. ABRAMS is connected with one of the leading families of the village and is a society lady.It seems Mr. ABRAMS returned home when unexpected by his wife.He had told her that he was going to the city and might be absent two or three days.He left the train, however, and drove home when it was dark. After some reconnoitering, Mr. ABRAMS succeeded in entering his residence unobserved, and there, he alleges, he found a young gentleman named Edward SOUTHARD.The husband offered battle at once, and Mr.
SOUTHARD had to accept the challenge or tamely submit to a flogging.A very lively scrimmage ensued during which some furniture was demolished. It is said that Mrs. ABRAMS looked on with the complacency of a professional prize ring referee.Mr. ABRAMS, being a man of about 40 and weighing about 170 pounds, had matters pretty much his own way
during the scuffle, Mr. SOUTHARD being a comparative youth, quite dudish in manner and frail in physique.His gore stained the carpets and the flying missiles left numerous indentations in the richly papered walls, besides knocking out a window or two.Finally Mr. ABRAMS flung the limp
body of the youthful Lothario into the street, sparsely clothed, and next day seemed to take infinite delight in exhibiting as trophies of war specimens of the garments which will never again adorn the fragile form of the winsome Mr. SOUTHARD.The latter has made himself very
scarce since the evening of the encounter.
Mr. ABRAMS, in his complaint, accuses Mrs. ABRAMS of too much friendliness for Mr. SOUTHARD and there are three additional correspondents' names in the complaint.One is that of Dr. John H. B. DENTON, an ex-coroner of Queens County, whose residence is at Freeport. Dr. DENTON was one of the physicians who made the autopsy of the body of
Mr. E. C. BOYD, the aged proprietor of the drug store at the corner of Third avenue and Sixteenth street, this city, whose death in the hut on Meadow Island, Hempstead Bay, in July 1883, created such a profound sensation.Another of the correspondents is Samuel FURMAN, proprietor
of the Furman House at Pearsalls.Mr. FURMAN will be recalled as the man who was assaulted by the Rev. Peter KEARNEY, of Hempstead, and who successfully prosecuted the priest both civilly and criminally.The fourth orrespondent is Isaac HORSEFALL, who carries on an extensive
flour mill at Freeport and supplies breadstuffs to the charitable institutions maintained by Queens County.All of these codefendants are married men with the exception of the downy faced Mr. SOUTHARD.The whole country side from Valley Stream to Babylon is in a state of agitation caused by the scandal. I am not related & have no other info.