This Sept. 30, 1920, Lowell Tribune article appeared on page 1, column 5:
Whipped His Wife
Crawford White, who lives on the Ed Yates farm south of Lowell was arrested Monday morning charged with whipping his wife. When arraigned before Justice of the Peace Weaver, he pleaded guilty to the charge and Justice Weaver imposed a fine of $25 and costs and put him under peace bonds of $300. It seems that on Sunday morning Mrs. White wanted to have the children come to the meeting at the Christian church and when she was telephoning, White began beating her with a razor strop, using the end with the metal fastening to strike her with. After he had beaten her so that she was nearly unconscious he went to the barn and Mrs. White crawled out of doors and crawled to the fence where one of the neighbors came and found her in such bad condition that he brought her to town and took her to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Evans. She has been confined to the bed ever since and is unable to move. It is said that White told his children that if she was not dead when he came back from the barn he would finish the job. This is not the first time he has beat her. When a thing like this happens it would be good if we had the old Puritan laws in force so that when a man whipped his wife he could be tied to a stake in the street and publicly whipped. Our people are greatly aroused over the matter and several have expressed themselves as willing to be one of a party to give the man a dose of his own medicine.