Yes, I agree that it the rag-style reporting of that branch's dirty laundry in the local paper was funny in retrospect but HAD to have been humiliating for Miss McCarthy's wronged great-great-grandmother as well her her innocent, minor great-grandmother- regardless of how successful the elder woman was in providing for her offspring after that mortifying spectacle of discovering her husband in that state with her own relative! Not surprised that she listed herself as a widow at the next census despite the VERY public record of the divorce with cause but possibly she may have heard about her onetime husband's death even if it got lost in the official records (and perhaps HE didn't remarry) before that census.
I agree that it was touching how Mr. Stonestreet's paternal grandmother encouraged his clown dreams (and even his parents didn't dump on his ambitions). It's interesting,too, to find out exactly WHERE in Austria his direct paternal line came from. Sad, though, that his maternal grandmother's folks had had to register as 'enemy aliens' in WWIto keep from being incarcerated despite having been pillars of their farming community! Not entirely surprised that they opted to become US Citizens after WWI considering the dual factors of having raised their family on their farm in the US AND the fact that Weimer Germany was a rather chaotic, impoverished place to live- even if either of the great-grandparents had kept any family ties to the Old Country.