At first, it looks like a standard child support case—she says he never paid, he says he never knew. But the plaintiff is 81-year-old widow Rosemary Douglas. She’s suing Urban Joseph Grass—who was born during the Coolidge administration—saying that he’s spent the last 60 years dodging child support payments for their son, who’s now a grandfather himself. She says he owes $57,000, counting interest.
Douglas says she secured a court order for child support after the son was born in 1950, but that Grass never paid, despite her repeated attempts to get him to do so. “He used every ruse he could think of to get out of it,” she tells the Houston Chronicle . But Grass’ newly hired lawyer isn’t worried. “We are hoping to make this go away pretty quickly,” he says. “I suspect it’s an old lady down on her luck who’s looking for some money.”