Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Some Nice Boring Statistics

Jan. 2, 1907
Los Angeles

Some diligent soul at The Times dug through the number of marriage licenses and divorces and put together a small story that traced the city’s growth through the increase in couples that joined or separated. This is the kind of information you could never find if you were looking for it; only through happenstance can you discover this data.

So here we go:

Year

Marriages

Divorces

1906

4,714

719, 13 annulments

1905

3,841

567

1904

3,283

557, 10 annulments

1903

3,005

473, 7 annulments

1902

2,351

386

1901

1,917


1900

1,503


1899

1,505?


1898

1,381?


1897

1,432


1896

1,405


1895

illegible


1894

1,251


1893

1,201


1892

1,023


1891



1890

1,182


1889

576


Apparently Los Angeles did not have a thriving reputation as an early day Reno. Divorces were only granted to those who had lived here for a year. The Times writer notes a difference between a final decree and an interlocutory decree: Those with a final decree could remarry while those with an interlocutory decree had to wait a year. For 1906, the figures were 719 interlocutory decrees and 542 final decrees.

The Times also notes that given the Episcopal Church’s tight restrictions on performing marriages of divorcees, the number of ceremonies by justices of the peace has increased markedly.

As regular blog readers will recall, getting a divorce in 1907 could be quite a challenge.

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