Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Shakespearean intrigue: George Lowther and Eileen Herrick

 December 8,  1939

The Boston Herald November 14 1939 was one of several newspapers to cover this bizarre story. The reports splashed headlines all over the country on the high society families who were at war. George Lowther and Eileen Herrick were modern day Romeo and's the scoop....Shakespearean intrigue:
George boiling in lust, love, and longing for daddy's girl debutante was willing to to go to any measures to gain accesses. Eileen's daddy was not so keen on George so he kept his daughter locked up at home. On a writ of habeas corpus George haled Eileen & father into court (TIME, Nov. 27),  and got legal sanction for his courtship. However daddy Herrick did not concur with judge's decision to free Eileen so he whisked his daughter away which naturally left George frustrated, but delighed Manhattan's millions along with the rest of the country.
The hot determined couple managed to elope, after George stormed her Manhattan manor, but within six years time all the fire burned out and couple split giving the country more drama and a definite tragic ending. 

 Thursday, November 16, 1939
Paper: State Times Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, January 5, 1940 Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)


September 24, 1946 LA Times


  1. wonderful story. But the romance didn’t last long, did it?

    Judy Letchworth

  2. Hi Melissa,
    What a riot.....thanks for sending and I wonder if those Herricks are related to the earlier Herricks of Salem & Beverly??

  3. At least that story ended in something less than a bloodbath! I used to have a file card on a cabinet in my office that read: "Tangles Webs Woven While You Wait. Press button (a red circle) for spider."