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Frances Mary Wakefield Getsman
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1872
Pepin County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1934
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

Frances married George H. Livingston on 11/24/1892 (Pepin County, WI), and they resided in Frankfort, Pepin Co, WI. George died November 3, 1906.

Anna L. Livingston (DOB 09/11/1893)
Willis B. Livingston (DOB 09/24/1894)
Willard Clarence Livingston (DOB 09/24/1894)
Charles C. Livingston (DOB 10/30/1896)
Calvin Ervin Livingston (DOB 12/05/1898)

Anna was living in Colburn at the time and was keeping house for a farmer in Colburn, but her brothers were "committed to the State Home or State School at Sparta” in March or April of 1908. (Probate of George H. Livingston dated 01/15/1907)

On October 6, 1908, Frances walked into the Eau Claire Leader newspaper office and entered the following advertisement for publication in the newspaper:

“HUSBAND WANTED – Wanted by a young woman of 36 years, good, strong, healthy and good looking. Farmer preferred. I own 80 acres of land in the town of Colburn, Chippewa County, also money in Boyd bank, no trifler need apply. Address Frances Livingston, care of Leader office.”

Associated Press got a hold of the story and it circled the globe, even being printed in newspapers in Europe, Canada, China and Japan. “Fanny” (as the press called her) received over 1,000 letters from men with proposals and offers to court her. She became a local celebrity, and numerous articles continued the carry the story and publish some of the redacted letters over the next several months. From the 1,000 suitors, Frances chose Louis Skruvani from Dorchester: a widower with two children and proprietor of a shoe store. They were married on 01/19/1909. By the request of Louis, the Eau Claire Leader discontinued its coverage of the story and published the following:

“It will be seen that no further publicity is desired, and the newspapers of the land are respectfully requested to let the matter drop. This will be done as far as the Eau Claire Leader is concerned and no doubt the others will follow. … This will close one of the most remarkable episodes that we ever encountered in all our journalistic career.”

One of the most popular costumes women wore to local masquerade balls at the time was to dress as Miss Fanny Livingston!

Frances left Louis after being married nearly a month. They both purportedly were writing a book about their experiences, which made reporters continue to pursue them! (Information compiled from various Eau Claire Leader articles, 1908-1909.)

Frances and Louis were divorced. She then married John Getsman, and they resided in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Frances died at the age of 61 in Minneapolis, and is buried near her husband, John Getsman.
Family links: 
  Samuel Jackson Wakefield (1833 - 1901)
  Mary Jane Miller Wakefield (1841 - 1896)
  John Getsman (1859 - 1927)
  George H. Livingston (1858 - 1906)*
  Louis Skrivani (1874 - 1942)*
  Charles C Livingston (1896 - 1970)*
  Infant Daughter Wakefield (____ - 1871)*
  Clarence Elliot Wakefield (1857 - 1929)*
  Adelaide Ida Wakefield Metcalf (1859 - 1941)*
  John Bert Wakefield (1864 - 1919)*
  James Wesley Wakefield (1866 - 1955)*
  Orin William Wakefield (1867 - 1941)*
  Frances Mary Wakefield Getsman (1872 - 1934)
  Harriet Elizabeth Wakefield Harley (1876 - 1926)*
  Clara Lucretia Wakefield (1878 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section 13 Tier 399 Space 23
Created by: Marie
Record added: Nov 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120348935
Frances Mary <i>Wakefield</i> Getsman
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Frances Mary <i>Wakefield</i> Getsman
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