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The stories about the wife of my Great Uncle Stanley Budny were not nice. A cousin said she was much older than Stanley and that she wasn’t pretty, whilst Stanley was said to be quite handsome. That Stanley married her because she came from a wealthier family.
I do not have a photograph of Gladys M. Schneider to debunk that piece of gossip. I do know that she was only two years older than Stanley. There wasn’t much money in the Schneider family. Though they owed a candy store in Detroit. In the mid to late 1920’s I don’t think it was making a lot of money to support the large Schneider family.
Gladys is the daughter of Christoph Schneider and Eva M. Bleser. Both her parents lived in Detroit where they married in 1897. The relocated to Grand Rapids, MI shortly after their marriage. Christoph worked as a confectioner while living in Grand Rapids The family moved backed to Detroit before their daughter Ruth died in 1908.
Gladys and Stanley are married on April 25, 1924 in Ecorse, MI. The couple have no children, despite Stanley’s white lie he told the police in 1927. At least none I could find listed with her on subsequent censuses. Stanley dies in a gun struggle on March 24, 1927. You can read about Stanley’s final escapade from an earlier post.
Gladys is living in her parents household in 1930 with her siblings, and Evelyn’s husband and children. Gladys is a clerk in a candy store, most likely her fathers. Christoph is into real estate by 1930 and the store may be sold or closed shortly after that. Gladys has take a position as a clerk for the State of Michigan Treasury Office. Which I find a bit ironic since her husband was a thief.
I assumed that Gladys never remarried after Stanley’s death. I found some information today that she may have married a man named John Scuttle. The marriage would have taken place after 1941. Gladys moves to Lansing, MI to continue her career with the Treasury Office. I can find her listed in the 1954-1956 Lansing City Directories under the name Gladys Scuttle, but no listing for John Scuttle.
Gladys passes away in 1970 in Detroit. I have no idea if she kept in touch my great aunts. Darn what stories she could have told about Stanley!
Other Family Information
Evelyn Schneider Reppert
Grace Schneider Peters
Ruth Schneider (1906-1908)
Marie D. Schneider Bentley