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William Nichols Fast and Carolyn K. Austin Family

m. 29 Jul 1912


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  • Father | Male
    William Nichols Fast

    Born  Abt 1887  Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 May 1936  Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  18 May 1936   
    Married  29 Jul 1912  [1, 2]  Boone, Boone County, Iowa, USA  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Clarence L. Fast | F9975 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Hina Crawford | F9975 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Carolyn K. Austin

    Born  7 Mar 1888  Sheldahl, Story County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  16 Feb 1951  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  20 Feb 1951  Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Curtis Seward Jensen | F9578 
    Married  4 Apr 1908  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Knut H. Austin | F9972 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Maggie Jacobson | F9972 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    + Sally Patricia Fast

    Born  24 Sep 1926  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  31 May 2008  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  4 Jun 2008  Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Living | F10010 
    Married     

  • Notes 
    • Is appears William and Carolyn may have had a stormy relationship. In May of 1915, Carolyn’s mother, Maggie Austin, filed suit to take custody of Kathryn Jensen, Carolyn’s daughter from her first marriage. At some point prior to the suit, the couple had asked Maggie to care for Kathryn, claiming they were unable to care for her. There were also accusations that William had abused Kathryn and that she was afraid of him. The couple separated and divorce proceedings were underway. Their reconciliation triggered Maggie Austin’s suit, which was denied by Judge Utterback on May 14.

      In August 1928, William filed suit for divorce, followed shortly by a countersuit by Carolyn. They accused each other of cruel and inhuman treatment, William claiming that Carolyne forced him to give up his osteopathic and pharmacy practice, had his arrested, and “compelled him to remain away from home on some occasions.” Carolyn indicated that the two were separated and that William had come “to the residence where whe was living and turned off the electric light current.” [3, 4, 5, 6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4752] Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996, Ancestry.com.
    2. [S5778] 1930 US Census - Household of William M. Fast.
    3. [S5783] Seeks to Regain Child - Grandmother Plaintiff in Case Against Mother and Stepfather.
    4. [S5784] Court Orders Return of Little Girl to Mother.
    5. [S5782] William Fast is Defendant in Divorce Suit.
    6. [S5781] W.N. Fast Files Divorce Petition.