Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Saga of Joseph Myers and Lena Stanley continues...

Mrs. Joseph Myers now Miss Stanley
Ithaca Journal, September 10, 1906
Trumansburg Free Press and Sentinel, September 15, 1906

A Trumansburg lady, who for a time was Mrs. Joseph Myers, of Trumansburg, has resumed her maiden name and is again Miss Lena Stanley. The annulment of her marriage to Joseph Myers took place in Supreme Court in Owego last week before Justice Sewell. The marriage of Miss Stanley to Joseph Myers, occurred in Ludlowville, November 19, 1904. Miss Stanley is the daughter of a Trumansburg barber and studied music at the Conservatory in this city. She is a tall blond and of striking appearance. Joseph Myers was a student in the University Preparatory School. He became infatuated with Miss Stanley and one evening they went to Ludlowville where they were married by the Rev. Mr. Humphreys.  They returned immediately and left for Texas by steamer from New York.  Mayer’s (sic) father, who is a wealthy manufacturer residing in Denver, Colorado, read of his son’s marriage through the Associated Press dispatches and hastened to Ithaca. Mr. and Mrs. Myers returned to Ithaca after only a week’s absence and the happy bridegroom was taken to Cambridge, Mass by his father to enter Harvard. Mrs. Myers sometime ago began an action for annulment of the marriage, claiming fraud. She was represented in court by A.P. Osborn of Trumansburg. Young Myers was in court and made no defense. He was represented by Attorney William N. Noble of this city.  No alimony was mentioned when the annulment was granted by the court. Miss Stanley still resides in Trumansburg.

How powerful was Joseph’s father?
Was it he who needed to see public announcement of the annulment?
Again, no mention of the child born in February 1906.
Perjury most probably was committed by this couple in the annulment documents.

The Myers-Stanley saga continues.


  1. What a saga . . . and this appeared in 2 newspapers? A lot of coverage for a seemingly private event. Miss Stanley is "of striking appearance" I notice, but Mr. Myers isn't described at all. Very interesting!

  2. Marian: Your observations are right on - as usual. We wondered why this was printed - who would benefit? Then we thought about Joseph's father needing confirmation from afar. The saga isn't over - DNA tests are in process! Stay tuned.