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12 Dec 2017

Bigamist Franz W.J.H.P. Sturm

Franz Wilhelm Joseph Heinrich Paul Sturm, a 34-year-old engineer of German ancestry, was in 1924 convicted of bigamy by the court in The Hague in The Netherlands. 

Franz Sturm had first been married in 1912 in Germany. Ten years later he was married again, and his second wife was pregnant, when Franz was detained. At the court a witness testified that his first marriage had been unhappy. His first wife was 10 years his senior, and the spouses had different religions and different social positions. Despite those difference, his first wife refused a divorce. Poor Franz Sturm was sentenced to one and a half year imprisonment. 
Sumatra Post, 9-7-1924
Franz Sturm was born on April 3, 1890, around 2:00 a.m. at the Voorstraat 543 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. His parents were Franz Wilhelm Joseph Heinrich Sturm (35) and his wife Johanna Maria Amalia Louise Kunde. 
At the time of his second, bigamous marriage on March 1, 1922, in The Hague, Franz Sturm was working as an electrical engineer. His Dutch bride was Adriane Johanne Georgine Muller (21), born on January 13, 1901 in The Hague as daughter of Leendert Muller and his wife Neeltje Maartje van Stigt.

Sources: Dordrechtse Courant 1-7-1924, Sumatra Post 9-7-1924, Digitale Stamboom Den HaagHet Utrechts Archief.

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