16 June, 2011

Opera Goers

Edith Rockefeller McCormick and Edwin Krenn c. 1931-32.

The above press photo is poignant indeed, as it shows Edith in one of her last public appearances before she died. In the summer of 1932, one month before she would succumb to cancer the speculation about her diminished fortune continued. The following was released on July 28th:

"IN HER EFFORT TO STEM THE FALL OF HER GREAT FORTUNE, MRS. EDITH ROCKEFELLER MCCORMICK WAS ILL IN CHICAGO JULY 20, BUT HER BUSINESS ADVISOR DECRIED REPORTS THAT SHE WAS BROKE. MRS. MCCORMICK IS SHOWN HERE WITH HER BUSINESS ADVISOR, EDWIN KRENN, IN A PICTURE TAKEN LAST WINTER WHEN THEY ATTENDED THE OPERA. IT IS HER LATEST PHOTOGRAPH. KRENN IS AN ASSOCIATE OF MRS. MCCORMICK IN HER WIDESPREAD REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS IN CHICAGO. MRS. MCCORMICK RECENTLY CLOSED HER MICHIGAN BOULEVARD MANSION AND TOOK A SMALL APARTMENT IN A HOTEL."

Edith would die one month later on August 25th. I've written a bit about Edwin Krenn previously, and in that post I touch on the state of Edith's affairs and fortune, which would not be settled for the better part of twenty years. Villa Turicum, sitting in pristine condition would agonize itself as a result of these circumstances.

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