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These lovers ran through a loophole
Shubel B. Siver and Adele Gouin were an unlikely couple from New Jersey who eloped to Connecticut where it somehow was possible for a man who already had a wife to get married to a girl young enough to be his daughter.

Their marriage couldn't continue, of course, unless they lived on the run because Siver, in addition to being a bigamist in every state but Connecticut, was also wanted for stealing funds from his church back home in New Brunswick.

Something good did come out of the mess these two made: the state of Connecticut finally closed the loophole in their laws that had made the wedding possible.

Also note how Siver, who was only about 50, is described in one story as "elderly."

Syracuse Journal

Church Treasurer and $5,200 Gone
Pretty Waitress Also Among Missing
NEW YORK, May 10 – Shubel B. Siver, treasurer of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, N.J.; Miss Adele Gouin, a waitress in a restaurant in Perth Amboy, and $5,200 in Liberty bonds belonging to the church are missing.

The police of New Brunswick and detective agencies are seeking them.

Pastor James S. Hogan of the Reformed Church, stated from the pulpit Sunday that a charge of embezzlement would be preferred against Siver.

Syracuse Journal

Leaving Wife, Elderly Man Weds Waitress
Takes Advantage of Loophole
in Connecticut Bigamy Laws
NEW YORK, May 12 – Shubel K. Siver, elderly churchman who disappeared from New Brunswick, N. J., ten days ago, leaving a wife and three grown sons, took advantage of the loophole in the Connecticut bigamy law and was married in Greenwich on May 5 to Adele Gouin, the 18-year-old waitress and business college student of Perth Amboy, whose disappearance was coincident with his own.

Siver’s associates and friends of the young woman were astonished when they learned of the marriage, as they were aware that Miss Gouin knew Siver already had a wife of 23 years standing. The couple tried to get a license in Perth Amboy, but were refused because it was known there that Siver was married.

The girl’s mother, Mrs. Katherin Gouin, accompanied them when they were refused a license. An even more remarkable phase of the occurrence lies in the fact that though Mrs. Gouin was present when the license was refused because Siver had a wife, he succeeded in having the ceremony performed in Connecticut because he presented an affidavit purporting to be by the mother, giving her consent to the union.

Discovery of the Connecticut marriage law created a sensation in the First Reformed Church community in New Brunswick. Since there already is a warrant for the arrest of Siver on a charge of embezzlement of $5,000 of the funds of the church, of which he had been treasurer for many years, the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Casper Hogan, said no further steps would be taken now.

“The next thing is to get the man. I do not know what further action the church may take then,” he said.

Mrs. Siver when informed of the marriage reiterated her assertions that Siver was “dead” to her and that he and the young woman would be disappointed if they expected her to get a divorce.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Mrs. Siver Learns Runaway
Husband Has a Third Wife

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 13 – Mrs. Elizabeth Eggers of 360 State St., Perth Amboy, came to New Brunswick last night and told Mrs. Shubel K. Siver, whose husband eloped with Adele Gouin, a Perth Amboy waitress, a week ago, that Siver has a third wife.

Shubel K. Siver was treasurer of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick. He disappeared May 5 and on the following Sunday it was announced by the pastor of the church that $5,200 worth of Liberty Bonds belonging to the church treasury were missing. A warrant charging him [Siver] with grand larceny was sworn out. It was also learned that on May 5, he married the Gouin girl in Greenwich, Conn.

News of the third wife was learned for the first time when Mrs. Egger came to New Brunswick last night. She told the first Mrs. Siver that about a year ago Siver came to her house in company with a woman who, he said, was his wife, and a 2-year-old boy. He introduced himself to Mrs. Egger as Shubel K. Siver and said that he lived in New Brunswick and that he had brought his wife and child to Perth Amboy to stay while the child, who was crippled, should be treated at the Perth Amboy Hospital. The three occupied rooms in Mrs. Egger’s home for two weeks.

Mrs. Eggers said that the “Mrs. Siver” he brought was a brunette, short and extremely pretty. She was positive – after examining pictures of Adele Gouin – that is was not Miss Gouin.

First information as to where Siver and his latest wife went after their marriage at Greenwich was also received today. William Tunison of 297 Redmont St., New Brunswick, who was a neighbor of the Sivers told Mrs. Siver that he saw Siver and Mrs. Adele Gouin Siver in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last Sunday. Mr. Tunison was on a business trip. He said that when he ran across his neighbor and a woman he did not at the time know, he noticed that Siver tried to avoid him.

When he returned home he read in the papers of the elopement of the church treasurer and easily identified the photographs of Adele Gouin as the woman with Siver at Saratoga Springs.

Syracuse Journal

Church Treasurer Held By Police
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 6 – Detective John Guneon left here today for Fair Haven, Vt., where it was reported Shubel K. Siver, former treasurer of the New Brunswick Reformed Church, has been arrested. He disappeared from here a month ago simultaneously with $5,200 in Liberty bonds and a Perth Amboy waitress. His wife, who lives here with her two children, refused to comment on his reported capture.

Detectives, who have been tracing Siver, declare he was married to the waitress in Greenwich, Conn., and went from there to Buffalo where they stayed a short time before going to Saratoga. Later it was believed they went to Fair Haven.

The dispatch reporting his arrest declared he had confessed to absconding with the money. It stated the young woman also was arrested.

Albany Evening Journal

Siver Loses Bride, May Regain Wife
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 9 –Things did not go well yesterday for Shubel K. Siver, treasurer of the First Reformed Church in jail here on a charge of having embezzled $6,000 of the church’s funds when he left his wife of 25 years and his children, fled to Connecticut and married an 18-year-old girl. When Siver and the second Mrs. Siver were caught in Fair Haven, Vt., a few nights ago, she accompanied the fugitive back to New Jersey and announced her intention of waiting for him, no matter how long it took.

But yesterday the former Adele Gouin, waitress, seemed to have got a new perspective. In her first interview she announced the intention to leave. Her attitude, interviewers gathered, was somewhat affected by the knowledge that Siver had signed a confession, taking the guilt of the embezzlement. She refused to say what she intended to do.

After discussion of her situation she took a bus to Perth Amboy and visited Mrs. Margaret Knudsen, with whom she lived before her marriage, staying but a few minutes. Then she went back to New Brunswick to gather the rest of her belongings. Thence her destination was uncertain, although she made known her determination not to return to her mother.

The bride Siver acquired by virtue of a lapse in the Connecticut bigamy statutes which makes such a union safe provided the couple do not live as man and wife within its borders, was not all that Siver lost yesterday. He signed a deed conveying his home at 203 Redmond Street, New Brunswick, to a stenographer in the office of August C. Strenwolf, counsel for the first Mrs. Siver. She in turn conveyed it to Mrs. Siver. It was said to be the intention of Mrs. Siver to mortgage the property for enough to pay whatever balance was due the church after Siver has made what restitution he can.

Siver had just one thing left after that – the automobile he bought in order that he and his new bride might journey through northern New York. That he conveyed to the church as part payment on its missing bonds.

There was a conference between County Prosecutor Stricker, the Rev. Dr. Jasper Hogan, pastor of the church, and Otto O. Stillman, charman of its finance committee; but nothing was divulged as to the intentions of authorities when Siver is arraigned tomorrow before County Judge Peter F. Daly. Siver has retained State Senator Thomas Brown as counsel and was said to have determined to waive the formality of indictment and plead guilty.

The Rev. Dr. Herbert Perrish of Christ Episcopal Church called to see Siver at the request, it was said, of relatives who want to effect a reconciliation between him and the wife he deserted. Siver, it was said, declined to deal through intermediaries, but said that he would consent to see the wife, with whom he had lived 25 years, if she would call in person.

Yonkers Statesman

Siver Sent to Prison
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.. June 18 – Shubel K. Siver, former treasurer of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, was sentenced here to serve from two to seven years in State Prison for embezzling funds of the Church.

Sentence was promounced by County Judge Peter F. Daly. Siver pleaded guilty to the charge of making away with six $1,000 Liberty bonds belonging to the church.

This photo of Adele Gouin (right) was printed with the story (below) about how her wedding to Shubel K. Siver helped instigate a change in the Connecticut marriage law.

She dropped out of sight after Siver was arrested. She was not legally married to Siver and apparently decided she was better off without him.

We hope she also decided she was better off without the hat.

Schenectady Gazette

Greenwich Has Changed
No Longer May the Person Who Marries Much, Do It Quietly
NEW HAVEN. Dec. 15.—Gone are the good (for elopers) old days of Gretna Green, Connecticut, otherwise Greenwich.

No more may the erring husband chafing at marital bonds, snatch the hand of a new affinity and hurry her along to the tune of wedding bells that clang merrily just beyond the line that incloses the Nutmeg state.

The legislature of Connecticut has adopted an amendment to the act concerning marriage licenses. This will prohibit justices of the peace from issuing any more certificates to the town clerk waving the five-day notice, under the public policy or physical condition clause, and where neither of the parties making application for license is a resident of the town.

Connecticut was a happy haven for Merritt Lane, once vice-chancellor of New Jersey. It enabled him to be married to two women at the same time, legally, without the stigma of bigamy or the punishment usually attending that plurally wedded condition.

Herbert Andrews went to Connecticut, too, when Mrs. Maud Andrews, wife number one, got on his nerves and he decided to marry pretty young Esther Tatnall, of Pittsburgh. Andrews, in this fashion, brought a second wife home to live with number one.

Shubel K. Slver, church treasurer of New Brunswick, N. J., followed suit. He eloped to Greenwich with Adele Gouln, fair waitress, of Perth Amboy. To finance their honeymoon, Siver "took" $5,200 worth of liberty bonds belonging to the church of which he was a supposed pillar.

The pair were found during their trip through New England and were brought back to Jersey scenes. Silver was locked up and the new "Mrs. Siver," presenting herself under her new name.

Since then the embezzler has been sentenced for his crime, and his second "wife" says she will await his release, to take place several years hence. The first Mrs. Siver has sued for divorce, naming the former waitress.

Now under the new law, if neither of the persons applying for licenses in Connecticut is a resident of the town, the clerk may not issue a license till the fifth day following the request, unless the judge of probate in the district where the impending wedding is to be celebrated decides in writing that public policy or the physical condition of one of the parties makes it necessary to effect the marriage without delay.

This will not only end those hasty marriages, but it will give all concerned time to look into such proposed unions, especially those which might tend to duplicate the peculiar domestic situations that have existed in the Lane, Andrews and Siver households.

Famous movie stars and actresses have gone to Connecticut to wed, as well as society men and women who wished to avoid the fuss and ceremony attendant upon a previously announced, much-garnished event.

Connecticut, nevertheless, though, it may not seem so to the romantically inclined, is bringing her laws nearer to a national uniformity.

Many hope that the time is not far off when uniform marriage and divorce laws will simplify procedure so that a marriage or divorce in one state holds good throughout the union.

In 1932 Mary Siver Anthony of Parker Corners, N.Y., died. Among the survivers listed in her obituary in the Schenectady Gazette was a nephew, Shubel K. Siver of Los Angeles. This seemed to indicate that the Shubel K. Siver who applied for a marriage license in Orange County, California, in 1925 was the same man who had served time for embezzling church funds in New Jersey, and that the time served was on the low end of his two-to-seven year sentence. His California bride was Georgiana Magnuson of Los Angeles.

On July 14, 1958 the Schenectady Gazette published an obituary for Mrs. Annabel Ross Siver, 89, who had lived in the Schenectady area since 1941. She was the first Mrs. Siver. She and her husband never really reconciled and he apparently moved to California in the 1920s and died sometime between 1932 and 1958. However, his first wife retained his name until the end and in the obituary was identified as the widow of Shubel K. Siver. She was survived by her two sons, Ross L. Siver of Schenectady and Richard W. Siver of Manasquan, N. J.

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