The following article regarding the announcement of the engagement of Lee De Forest to Nora Stanton Blatch was first published on Wednesday February 12, 1908, on page 5 of the New York Times
LEE DE FOREST TO WED MISS BLATCH
Bride-Elect Is the Daughter of
Mrs. Harriot Stanton Blatch,
Who Sued the Hoffman House.
BRIDEGROOM WAS DIVORCED
Invented Wireless Telegraph System
and Equipped the Fleet with
The announcement yesterday of the engagement of Miss Nora Stanton Blatch to Lee De Forest of wireless telegraph and telephone fame has aroused an unusual amount of comment in various quarters.
Miss Blatch is the daughter of Harriot Stanton Blatch who recently lost a suit she brought against the Hoffman House Corporation because the employees of the hotel refused to serve a meal to her on the roof garden last summer as she had no male escort.
Mr. De Forest’s wife only recently obtained a final decree of divorce. She sued her husband after he had discontinued a suit he had instituted against her, and he put in no defense.
It is not known whom Mrs. De Forest named in her action, which was brought in Albany. In fact many of Mr. De forest’s friends did not even know that Mrs. De Forest had obtained a divorce until his engagement was announced yesterday.
The marriage will take place within a month and will be very quiet. Miss Blatch incorporated in the engagement announcement the words, “It is requested that no presents be sent.” The wedding will of course have to take place outside this state.
Mrs. Blatch, mother of the bride to be, is the daughter of Elizabeth Caddy Stanton, and is well known throughout the country and in England. She is Vice President of the Equal Suffrage League, a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Trade Union League and as president of the league of Self-Supporting Women of New York City will head the delegation of suffragettes which is to have an audience with Gov. Hughes on Feb. 19.
She married W.H. Blatch, an Englishman, at Basingstoke, Warwickshire in 1882. There Miss Blatch was born in 1883
The family came to New York several years ago. Miss Blatch when 21 was graduated from Cornell and has the distinction of being the only woman C.E. ever graduated from that University and the first woman to be admitted into the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has practiced her profession extensively in this city.
For dome time after graduation she was employed by the American Bridge Company and for the past year has been a member of the engineering staff of the board of Water Supply of the city, having done much difficult work on dams and weirs. Despite her outdoor life and professional work Miss Blatch has in appearance and manner none of the masculinity that one might expect. She is tall and particularly good looking.
Mr. De Forest was born in Council Bluffs in 1873. He was graduated from Yale in 1894, and has his Ph. D. from that institution. He is the inventor of the De Forest system of wireless telegraph, which is largely used at the government stations of this and other countries, and of the wireless telephone. The Pacific squadron left Norfolk with each warship equipped with a De Forest wireless telephone apparatus.
In 1905 Mr. Deforest met Miss Lucille Sheardown at a reception at the Art Club and their engagement soon followed. Their courtship was unique in that it was carried on largely by wireless, the inventor having instructed the girl in the use of the apparatus and having set one up in her home in West 104th Street. Thus they sent frequent messages back and forth to each other.
They were married at the St. Regis on Feb. 17, 1906, but did not live happily together, and in about a year the husband commenced a suit for divorce, mentioning De witt C. flanagan of Flanagan Nay & Co., the brewers. The suit was dropped, however, on the advice of Mr. De Forest’s lawyer, that there was not sufficient evidence.
Soon after Mrs. De Forest sued in the courts of Albany County and obtained her interlocutory decree last September.
- Baskingstoke is in the English county of Hampshire and not Warwickshire as stated in the report.