Emma May Falkner – Death Certificate

The mystery of my great-aunt, Emma May Falkner (1909-1934), Part II. In our last feature, Aunt May married Jesse Alfaro in Detroit under the assumed name of Aurora Menendez, when she was 16 years of age. She was out of touch with her family and I don’t think they knew her husband or her assumed... Continue Reading →

Emma May Falkner Marriage Certificate

The mystery of Emma May Falkner (1909-1934). Great Aunt May was born in Toronto, to English parents, and moved to Detroit, sometime after her mother’s death in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Her story took a startling turn in 1926 (age 16), when she married 25 year old Jesse Alfaro, under the name “Aurora Menendez”. Except... Continue Reading →

Last Postcard from Emma Falkner Alfaro

Postcard from Emma May Falkner Alfaro to her brother, George Ernest “Ernie” Falkner, Jr. (26 January 1934). “Aunt May” was a New York-based dancer in Texas for work. She tragically died of typhoid fever in San Antonio in July, 1934 at the age of 25. This is the last communication we have from her. #falknerjarrell... Continue Reading →

Emma May Falkner Alfaro (1909-1934)

Emma May Falkner Alfaro (1909-1934). She was my maternal great-aunt, the daughter of George Ernest Falkner, Sr. and Florence Jones Falkner of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her mother died in the influenza epidemic of 1918 and the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, USA in the 1920s. She married her dance partner, Jesus Alfaro, Jr. in 1926... Continue Reading →

Emma May Falkner Alfaro – Studio Portrait

Emma May Falkner Alfaro (1909-1934) was the daughter of George Ernest Falkner, Sr. and Florence Jones Falkner. She married her dance partner, Jesus Alfaro, in 1926 under the name "Aurora Menendez," representing her age as 19 years (she was 16). The couple parted in the early 1930s, when Emma went to New York City to... Continue Reading →

Emma May Falkner Alfaro – Dancer

Emma May Falkner Alfaro (1909-1934) was the daughter of George Ernest Falkner, Sr. and Florence Jones Falkner. She married her dance partner, Jesus Alfaro, in 1926 under the name "Aurora Menendez," representing her age as 19 years (she was 16). The couple parted in the early 1930s, when Emma went to New York City to... Continue Reading →

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