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Quebec woman marries American heir

A story that would have captured some interest in 1926 was the marriage of James “Bud” Stillman, heir to a fortune, and a young woman from Quebec named Lena Wilson, who had served as a helper on Mr. Stillman’s mother’s property. This is partly because Mr. Stillman’s parents had recently had notorious marital troubles, but partly because the romance had the trappings of a fairy tale.

Here are photographs of the happy couple, from the October 8 1926 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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Ms. Wilson was referred to as a “woodland bride” and an “untutored bride” in many newspaper reports. Another article in the same edition may have been intended to counteract this.

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The article takes pains to point out that the future bride is “the picture of health and a comparative stranger to cosmetics”.

A Google search revealed that the future Mrs. Stillman, sadly, died young: she passed away at the age of 43 in 1951. Dr. Stillman – as he eventually became – married again. He died in 1998 at the age of 94.

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