530 West Sixth Street
July 25, 1943.
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Wineland,
857 Thistle Street,
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Wineland:
For some time your sister-in-law, Mrs. Pearl Wineland, of Los Angeles, has been conferring with me concerning her domestic difficulties and has at last decided to institute proceedings to obtain a divorce from Ervin Wineland, her husband, o n the groud of desertion. She has told me of your letter to her from time to time since his departure from Los Angeles, and in view of all that has tanspired since hs departure, and from your letters, undoubtedly you are in sympathy with her decision.
First, may I convey to you her assurance and also mine, that there is no desire or intention of proceeding any further than the mere matter of obtaining a divorce on the grounds of desertion. All that which has transpired heretofore is a closed matter so far as she is concerned except that she now feels that she should obtain her freedom after five years.
With this assurance coming from her I am writing task if you will assist her in serving upon her husband, Ervin Wineland, a copy of the Complaint for divorce? She has not known of his whereabouts since his departure and is not interested in his present whereabouts but as you undoubtedly know, under the law, a person must be personally served with a copy of the Complaint by any person over eighteen years of age, or it will be necessary fro Mrs. Wineland t go to the added expense of publishing for a period of three months, the fact that said complaint had been filed in the Countyof Los Angeles. In order to save Mrs. Wineland the cost of this publication I am writing you to ask if you will do her the favor of serving a copy of the Complaint if the copy is sent to you, or if you wish to have someone else serve it upon him will you see that the Complaint is put in the hand of someone else for service. All that needs to be done is to hand it to him personally.
In the event Mr. Ervin Wineland I not in your vicinity, then, if I sent you a copy of the Complaint will you send it to the Constable of the town where he resides, so that it may be served upon him? Whatever expenses are incurred in making the service will sent to you immediately after the service has been made, so that you will not be involved in any expense.
This procedure is suggested because your sister-in-law, Mrs. Pearl Wineland, thought that you might not care to disclose to her where her husband now is, and as I have said, she is not interested in his whereabouts only that she would like to have him serve personally rather than incur the expense of publication.
If you can assist Mrs. Wineland in this matter it will be greatly appreciated. I am enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your reply, and if you will assist her in this matter we will send to you by return mail a copy of the Complaint with instructions.
Thanking you for your early attention to this matter, I am
Very truly yours,