The Singing Teacher of Bethany, PA. and A Hale Fellow Well Met in Manannah, Minn.

After leaving his infant daughter with his mother, Joe established a singing school in Bethany, PA., some 30 miles from Long Eddy, N.Y. Joe enjoyed economic success as well as the favor of his many female students, with whom he was very popular.

A handsome young man, giving the name of Joseph I. Lobdell, appeared in Bethany, Wayne County, Pa., and started a singing school. He soon had a large class of scholars, many of them young ladies of the best families of the village. One of these, now the wife of a prominent citizen of the county, living near Honesdale, fell in love with the teacher, and the affection apparently became mutual.

(The Port Jervis Evening Gazette, The Man-Woman, August 10, 1876.) On the eve of his wedding day to one particular young lady, a visitor passing through recognized the singing teacher as Lucy Ann who had run away from home many months before. When word got out that the singing teacher actually had a female body, a tar and feather crew was formed to punish Lobdell. But the bride-to-be warned her betrothed, and Joe fled town before the crew could catch him.

From there, Joe traveled to Minnesota, which was a frontier at the time. In Manannah, going by the name of La Roi Lobdell, Lobdell was a hired gun and jack-of-all-trades. He was popular with the young people, respected as a phenomenal hunter, and generally known as a "hale fellow well met" (105, Smith), and spent a great deal of time in the intimate company of other men, including sleeping bunk houses.

After two years, in the summer of 1858, "Satan, with the aid of original sin" discovered and exposed LaRoi's sex (105, Smith). LaRoi was arrested and put on trial for falsely impersonating a man, but a judge found her not guilty as she was capable of doing men's work. LaRoi was discharged and taken back to Long Eddy, but too despondent to work, Joe ended up in the County Poor house at Delhi, New York.