Galveston, Texas: 1905. 21 x 15 cm. Large photographic image of Maggie Corbett below headline. In 1905 Maggie Corbett took her four children, most notably, her "well built" 14 year old daughter and left her husband and home. It seems archaic that a reward was offered for a woman who left her husband but in 1905, the law was unfavorable towards women, especially married women. Until 1967, and the enactment of the Martial-Property Section of the Family Code, Texas law put a wife's Salary, bonuses, and wages under her husbands control. Texas statutes and court rulings gave to the husband the management of both the wife's separate and their community property.
Broadside reads: Mr. J.L. Corbett is greatly distressed by the sudden disappearance of his wife and fears that her mind may be affected. She disappeared from Texas City, Texas, July 29th, 1905. Any information regarding her present whereabouts will be greatly appreciated by her husband. She is a first-class dressmaker and may be working at that trade. John T. Rowan, Chief of Police, Galveston, Texas.
Moderate toning, with discoloration in few places, horizontal fold lines, top margins trimmed just above headline, two check marks in ink near upper left-hand corner. Item #2087