Born: c. 1888
Died: May 13, 1955
Jane Schneidawind (or Jane Schneiderwind) operated the Werle Cottages with her friend Aletta Werle from c. 1920. In the 1920 US census, Jane was listed as a partner of Aletta Werle, who was the head of the household. In 1940, her relation to the head of the household was given as "servant," also as a "Wage or salary worker in private work." Besides Miss Werle and Miss Jane, there were three other lodgers in the household, probably patients, Irene Backus, Pearle Davis and Harriet Donahue.
Excerpt from Saranac by Robert Taylor, 1986. pg. 198.
"The opening of Sunmount and the onset of the Great Depression affected Saranac's cure cottages; nevertheless, on a comparative basis they prospered. Consider 110 and 112 Main Street, the Werle Cottages owned by Aletta Werle and Jane Schneiderwind. Miss Werle's forte--and a compelling talent it proved--was cookery; Miss Schneiderwind was her business partner. The cottages fulfilled separate functions: 112 Main, a "nursing" cottage in which patients were confined to their beds or cure chairs (the dumbwaiter survives as a testament that many patients were "on trays"); 110 Main, an "ambulatory" or "up" cottage where patients indulged in mild exercise (coping, in the village vernacular, with "dandruff." a mild dusting of TB). Like the aristocracy of the ill, the Trudeau patients, who had a limousine-taxi that brought them six at a time into the village, the boarders at one-ten enjoyed activities like shopping or going to the movies. They ate at one-twelve, however, where Miss Werle produced wondrous picnic baskets for those unable to reach the dining room. The baskets, famous in the village, were also distribute to "nursing" cottages or establishments without dining facilities."
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 14, 1955
Miss Schneidawind Rites In Buffalo
Miss Jane M. Schneidawind died at 12:15 p. m. yesterday at her home, 110 Main Street, following a long illness.
A Rosary service will be held at 8 o'clock tonight at the chapel of A. Fortune and Co. The body will be taken to Buffalo for funeral services Tuesday morning at St. Louis Church. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Miss Schneidawind was born in Buffalo, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Schneidawind. A resident of Saranac Lake for about 50 years, she had been associated with Miss Werle at the Werle Cottage and in more recent years operated the private sanatorium herself.
Survivors include two nieces, Miss Genevieve Dory, of Shaker Heights. Ohio, and Mrs. Katherine Dory Barnes, of Warren, Ohio; also a nephew John Schneidawind, of Erie, Pa.