Myrtie (or Myrtle) Pearl Pennoyer was born on November 22, 1878, and immediately given up for adoption. She was adopted by George and Lydia G. Pennoyer and raised in Cortland. This little girl would live a long and productive life which touched both people who knew her and people who did not.
George and Pearl had but one daughter, a little girl named Laura who would sadly die at 18 months. They raised a foster son and took in another child for a time. They opened their home to fresh air children over the years as well. Pearl was a member of the Twentieth Century Club, the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union), Cortland County Historical Society, the YWCA, the King’s Daughters, and the First Congregational Church. She was active at the Children’s Home and worked there often. Pearl established a scholarship through the YWCA in memory of her daughter Laura, and there is a Pearl Jenman scholarship through the Twentieth Century Club. (I was unable to determine if these scholarships are still actively given based on the material in our files.)