I am grateful to my cousin Rosalynd for the access she allowed me to have to her family archive.
The Family Gathering
An extract from the will of Sir Ernest Schiff, who died in November, 1918, in the closing days of the First World War. The full will is very long and complex, but these extracts show the source of the subsequent family squabble.
This is a letter from Jenny Schiff, last survivor of the three Schiff sisters in Hamburg, to her great niece Esmé.
This letter seems to suggest that Jenny Schiff had been told of the untimely death of Esmé's father, Ernest Wilton Schiff, not long after his divorce from her mother.
Esmé by now has just married Montie Cooke. Her opinions on the Nöhring Affair seem to reflect her magnanimity and the influence of Sydney and Violet Schiff.
I do not have any record of the actual date on which the Family Gathering took place, but it must have been between 1920 and 1923.
Richard Nöhring and his wife leave Germany for America.
Richard Paul Nohring, co-owner of Merle’s Treasure Chest on Ocean avenue at Lincoln street and a resident of Carmel for the past 38 years, died yesterday in a local hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Nohring was born Aug. 31, 1900, in Berlin, Germany, and was a naturalized citizen of the United States. With his wife and only survivor, Mrs. Matha Nohring, he made his home at Dolores street and 14th avenue. Private inurnment has been held in the Little Chapel by-the-Sea. The Paul Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Friends wishing to make contributions in the memory of Mr. Nohring may do so to the Colbalt Therapy Unit, Community Hospital, Carmel.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald
Footnote 25th January, 2017
It is clear now from family papers that have been shared with me that Alfred Schiff's daughter Marie de Marwicz found a way around the legal problems associated with Sir Ernest Schiff's will. She divorced her husband who had been a German national, reassumed British nationality, received her very generous inheritance, and then remarried her husband.