Sarah "Elizabeth" Shindler an Orleans native went to visit her Aunt and Uncle in Philadelphia. Sarah's Uncle happened to work at the world's largest hat factory owned by John B. Stetson. While visiting Sarah attended church with her Aunt and Uncle and caught the eye of Stetson. After years of friendship John B. Stetson arrived by train to ask for "Elizabeth's" hand in marriage. Though there was a 30 year age difference the two fell in love and were married on April 9, 1883.