Not related in any way to these individuals but I did run across these articles while researching something else and thought I would post them here in the hopes that someone may find them helpful:
From the Saginaw Evening News, Friday, March 18, 1910, pg. 5:
SAGINAW WOMAN DEAD IN DETROIT
Jennie Gerow and Carl Engel, of Fairview, are Gas Victims.
Condition of Room Gives Appearance of an Accident--Girl Was 21 Years Old.
Detroit, Mich., March 18.--With his arm thrown about the woman's neck, the bodies of a woman supposed to be Jennie Gerow, aged 21, of Saginaw, and Carl Engel, 28, of Fairview, Mich., were found dead in a room in the lodging house of Mrs. Hammer, 107 Adams street, east, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. From the condition of the bodies and the smell of gas it was evident from the first that death was caused by asphyxiation. The windows were closed. The gas jets were partially open. From the condition of the room it was evident that the double fatality was an accident as there was nothing that indicated suicide or an attempt at foul play.
The room gave the appearance that the two had been in the room some time and had gone to sleep. Both were partly disrobed.
The discovery of the bodies was made by a son of Mrs. Hammer, who came home a little before 2 o'clock. He smelled gas and awakened his mother, who was ill. She says she didn't know Engel was in her apartments.
The police officers who were called decided that the two deaths were an accident. The remains have been taken to the county morgue.
The woman was living under the name of Smith and had been in the Hammer home about three weeks. It is thought she had a sister, Mrs. Edward Brett, in this city or Munroe, the police not being certain which city. Mrs. Hammer says the girl told her she formerly lived in Saginaw. Little is knnown concerning her past.
The story continued in the Saginaw Evening News on Saturday, March 19, 1910, pg. 9:
TO BRING BODY OF YOUNG WOMAN HERE
Jennie Gerow Asphyxiated Proved To Be Mrs. Nadeau.
Saginaw Girl, Who Was Asphyxiated in Detroit, Was Married Following Jail Courtship In This City.
(Special To The News.)
Detroit, Mich., March 19.--The body of Miss Jennie Gerow, who with Charles Engle was asphyxiated in a rooming house Friday was claimed by a sister, Mrs. Edward Brette Saturday morning and will be shipped to the girl's former home in South Saginaw today. Jennie Gerow is said to have married a man named Steve Nadeau when but 15, and it is said she formerly tried to take her own life.
Steve Nadeau, husband of the Saginaw woman, was sent to the house of correction in Detroit by Recorder Ganschow this week, as a vagrant.
Jennie Gerow, though young in years, was very very old, and had on several occasions occupied a cell at Central police station, her name being conspicuous in the records. When between 16 and 17 years of age she, with a number of other young women, became tenant of a cell, having been gathered in by the police during the course of a raid on a disorderly house. This was about the end of the year 1904, and while the girls were in the cells, Nadeau was also imprisoned on one of the frequent charges brought against him.
Owing to the admirable facilities afforded by the antiquated Central station, the young woman and the young man occupied adjoining cells on the same floor, and means of verbal communications at least were unrestricted as they are today. Under such conditions the two began a strange courtship, and despite the revilings of the other prisoners sang rag time songs to each other; exchanged confidences in the open, and as a result, while temporarily at liberty the two were married.
Neither changed their modes of life and now it is believed the asphyxiated woman in Detroit is the girl who was courted in a police cell, for according to the latest heard at headquarters Jennie moved on to that city when she left Saginaw. Nadeau, as stated, is doing 90 days at Detroit house of correction.
P.J. Cunningham, who was truant officer at the time of the affair of Nadeau-Gerow tells The News he had the girl arrested at the time under the juvenile law and had arrangements well under way to place Jennie at Adrian when the marriage was brought about. He says the girl was tractable and got along well at school, but became the victim of bad company.
"Had it been possible to keep the girl, as she ought to have been kept, apart from the contaminating influences she was exposed to at the Central police station and out of it, she would not have met such an end," said Mr. Cunningham to The News. "If I could have placed her at Adrian, as I was trying to do, she would never have been persuaded to tie herself to Nadeau, and I believe would have made a good woman.