Shelby County Probate Court
In the Matter of the Adoption and Change of Name of Clarence Wessel, a minor
To the Honorable Judge of the Probate Court of Shelby County
Your petitioners, Elmer Slifer and Margaret Slifer, his wife,
inhabitants of Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, respectfully show that they
desire to adopt as their own a minor aged five years, one month and three days
on the 11th day of April, 1920, the child of Clara Meyer, the
reputed father of said child being August Wessel; said child having been
voluntarily surrendered to the Bureau of Catholic Charities and Social Service.
They attach hereto the written consent of the said, The Bureau of Catholic
Charities and Social Service.
Your petitioners are possessed of sufficient means and have the ability to
bring up and educate said child properly.
Your petitioners pray that such proceedings may be had as are required by law
and that the Court may by its order approve such adoption and declare said
Clarence Wessel to be the child of your petitioners and that the name of
Clarence Wessel be changed to Clarence William Slifer.
Dated the 16” day of December 1920
Elmer F. Slifer
Sworn to before me and subscribed in my presence this 16” day of December
ENTRY OF ADOPTION
It appearing to the Court from the petition of
Elmer Slifer and Margaret
Slifer, his wife, residents of Shelby county that they desire to adopt Clarence
Wessel, a minor child not theirs by birth and that the name of said child may be
changed to Clarence William Slifer, said child being five years of age on the
11th day of April, 1920 and said petitioners having produced the written consent
of the Bureau of Catholic Charities and Social Service to such adoption and
change of name, and the Court having examined Margaret Slifer, the wife of said
petitioners, separate and apart from her said husband, the Court is satisfied
from such examination that said Margaret Slifer of her own free will and accord
desires such adoption and the Court being satisfied of the fitness and propriety
of such adoption and of the ability of said petitioners to bring up and educate
said child properly.
NOW, THEREFORE, The Court orders that such adoption be and is now made and
that from this date the said Clarence Wessel, minor child, to all intents and
purposes is the child of said Elmer Slifer and Margaret Slifer, and it further
orders that the name of said child be and is now changed from Clarence Wessel to
Clarence William Slifer as prayed for in said petition.
STATE OF INDIANA, SHELBY COUNTY
CONSENT OF THE BUREAU OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES
AND SOCIAL SERVICE
The undersigned, The Bureau of Catholic Charities and Social Service,
represent that Clarence Wessel, a minor child at the age of five years one month
and three days, has been voluntarily surrendered to them by the parents of said
minor. They hereby consent to the adoption of said child by Elmer Slifer and
Margaret Slifer, his wife of Shelbyville, Shelby County and State of Indiana.
They also consent that the name of said child may be changed.
The Bureau of Catholic Charities and Social Service
By R. M. Wagner
Transcribed by Barb Huff