Clipped From The Decatur Daily Review
Deeds in Divorce Contest Wife Seeks Rights in' Two City Properties Rights in the ownership of properties in the 500 block North Church street and in the 1300 block North Water rrct were the chief issues III u contested riivnrra -au -au of Walker Lorn ax of Decatur! against Oral Gresham Lomax today today in county court. Mrs. Lillian Irene Miller of Decatur, Decatur, who claims ownership of both properties also appeared as a party in the litigation. Elderly Mr. Lomax admitted that he bought thp properties under the name of Walker Simpson and conveyed conveyed them to Mrs. MiUcr under that name, declaring he was a widower. MRS. MILI.l:R admitted that she knew the correct name of Mr. Lomax Lomax and knew that he had a wife when she accepted the deeds bearing bearing the name Simpson. She testified testified that she held an affidavit showing tha Walker Simpson is the same as Walker Lomax. Mrs. Lomax in her counterclaim for divorce is asking the court to determine her rights in the properties properties and to set aside the deeds conveying the properties to Mrs Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Lomax could not agree upon the date of their marriage marriage or the date of the separation. separation. IN HIS COMPLAINT. Mr. Lomax Lomax states they wert married on July .15, 1937. and that his wife deserted him on Aug. 10. 1938. Mrs. Lomax. 68.. slates in her counterclaim counterclaim that they were married on Jan., 20. I9;t8. and thut her husband husband deserted her on Aug. 22. 1M4. She admitted, however, that she has been registered for voting in St. Louis. Mo., since 1943. She, testified that she was operating operating a roomng house in St, Louis when she met Mr. Lomax. After the marriage, which was her third, they moved to Decatur and lived on North Jackson street, she testified, testified, until the separation. Now. uhe and her sen by a former marriage, are operating a St. Louis rooming house, she an id. . , . M'HKN MR. LOMAX filed his divorce divorce complaint on Sept. 10. 1946, he signed an affidavit that he did not know where his wife was living and gave notice of the divorce action action by newspaper publication. But. Mrs. Lomax learned of the suit and filed her answer and counterclaim counterclaim on Oct. 28. 1946. Mrs. Mi'W said he was employed employed by Mr. Lomax to manage th' two Decatur properties for approximately approximately one year before she received deeds for them. She said she gave Mr. Lomax $600 and agreed to care for him for the remainder of his life. She said she actions which brought her title tc actins which brought her title to the two properties.