Emily Hall Tremaine - crazy anti-Nazi media coverage (1940)

1930s California society publicity queen Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels) sued her husband for divorce just a year after marriage, occupying American newspapers for months with allegations of his pro-Nazism and spousal violence. But why did she frame it this way— and why at this time?

R.J. Preece (ADP)
Art Design Publicity at ADC | Emily Hall Tremaine / Collection | 2 September 2023 | Updated 22 January 2024
For more about Emily’s crazy 1930s in California, see sections "G. Publications mentioning Emily Hall Tremaine" and "I. Mystery, danger & misunderstandings".
Emily Hall Tremaine divorce

For citation information, see the listing below.



Play the "soundtrack" to the media compilation, "You’ve made my sh!tlist" by L7.


While the action was specifically directed at Spreckels, what known impact was there regarding his family’s influential hotel, shipping and other interests, and as she stated in secret deposition, his associates that she also indirectly was calling out? Why did her US Navy Intelligence brother-in-law and her sister, a spy’s wife, check into the San Diego area hotel for an "indefinite stay" shortly afterwards? Was something planned to happen in San Diego? Was this a wider attack on pro-Nazi support in the social set and business in America, in connection to US Naval Intelligence publicity strategies?

Did the 1940 presidential election to be decided in two months, with a Willkie advisor as a family friend living down the street— and Emily publicly supporting the Willkie campaign and more intevention in Europe— have anything to do with this?

These are the questions. Or perhaps these are all "coincidences", and it was just a simple, sensational divorce.

Yeah, right.


1940


6 Sep - media coverage

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1940 - news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

INS (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (6 September 1940). Adolph Spreckels called Nazi in suit for divorce [no photo]. The Fresno Bee (California), p. 11-A, col. 4. (Viewed 16 January 2024. P03111).

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1940 - news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

INS (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (6 September 1940). Adolph Spreckels Jr. sued for divorce [no photo]. Oakland Post Enquirer (California), p. 1, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 16 January 2024. P03310).

Front page headline context: Greatest raid hits London

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1940 - news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

INS (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (6 September 1940). Wife claims Spreckels is Pro Nazi; sues son of sugar king [no photo]. Santa Rosa Republican (Santa Rosa, CA), pp. 1 & 2. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01404; P01869).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

(7 September 1940). Sugar scion sweet on Nazis, says wife bitterly [with newly seen photo of Emily and Spreckels in a car, above]. The News (Los Angeles), p. 5. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P01418).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

A. P. Photo (with presumably original reporting). (7 September 1940). A divorce suit again; Nazi notions embitter sugar romance; Mrs. Spreckels sues [with reused photo of Emily and Adolph presumably at Brunninghausen]. Oakland Tribune, presumably p. 2, col. 5-6. (Viewed 26 June 2021 P01416).

1940 - spotlighted news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Special (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6.) (7 September 1940). No. 4 calls sugar heir a Nazi, sues [(spotlighted at top of this webpage) reused photo of Emily, cropped, wearing over $1m in diamonds at a New York costume party, and portrait photo of Spreckels]. Daily News (New York), p. 4. (Viewed 15 November 2019. P00197-98).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, September 6). (7 September 1940). Husband Pro-Nazi, divorce plea claims; heir to sugar fortune also beat her, asserts former Baroness, recounting embassassment [sic] at his open display for Hitler [with photo of Emily in modish hat]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. 1, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 3 November 2019. P00194).

Front-page headline context: Nazis in War’s heaviest raids pound London, South England

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news article - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U.P. (Santa Barbara). (7 September 1940). Mrs. Spreckels in divorce suit says mate pro-Nazi [with on file photo of Emily with Spreckels announcing marriage (cropped)]. Los Angeles Times, p. 1, cols. 2-3 (top) (above). (Viewed 4 November 2019. P00201).

Front page headline context: Germans hurl ’worst’ on London

"... She charged that during the time of their married life Spreckels ’consorted with, entertained and chose as his closest friends and associates individuals openly sympathetic with or employed by the present Nazi government of Germany,’ and that he insisted ’these persons be entertained in her home and in public places’ while he assertedly proclaimed his admiration for the Nazi regime.

Mrs. Spreckels alleged [that her husband] indulged excessively in alcohol and while under the influence used physical force upon her... at the Coronado Hotel... last Aug. 15... she said he beat her until she required the services of a physician..." (Excerpt from above).


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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

TP (Santa Barbara). (7 September 1940). Husband pro-Hitler, wife asks divorce [no photo]. Endicott Daily Bulletin (New York), p. 1, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 15 November 2019. P00364-65).

Front page headline context: Berlin blasted in fiercest raid

1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Fourth wife would divorce Spreckels [no photo]. San Bernardino Sun (California), p. 1, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 7 December 2019. P00095).

Front page headline context: Besieged London area struck by heaviest assault of war.



Emily Hall Tremaine divorce

1940 - spotlighted news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Wife sues Spreckels; sympathetic to Nazi cause, is her charge [no photo] [above]. The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), p. 1, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01413).

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7 Sep - more media coverage

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Calif.). (7 September 1940). Ex-baroness wife sues Spreckels [no photo]. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), presumably p. 5, col. 4. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P02254).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Calif.). (7 September 1940). Spreckles’ [sic] Naziism figures in divorce [no photo]. The Capital Times (Madison, WI), p. 3, col. 8. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P01824).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

A. P. (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Adolph Spreckels sued for divorce [no photo]. Philadelphia Inquirer, p. 5, col. 5. (Viewed 13 November 2019. fultonhistory.com: Philadelphia PA Inquirer 1940 a - 0160. P00206; P00969).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Ex-baroness sues for divorce [no photo]. Standard-Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), p. 10, col. 4. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P02269).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Mrs. A. B. Spreckels, Jr. asks California divorce; ex-baroness cites husband’s ’public’ support of Nazism [no photo]. New York Herald Tribune, p. 15, col. 4. (Viewed 7 December 2019. P00202-03).

"... Mrs. Spreckels’s rst [sic] husband was the late Baron Max von Romberg, polo player, whom she divorced in 1938..." (Excerpt from above; it is not believed they were divorced before his death in 1937-38.)


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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Mrs. Spreckels sues; terms spouse pro-Nazi; former Baroness von Romberg alleges husband’s support of cause embarrassed her [no photo]. The Baltimore Sun, p. 3, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 22 January 2024. P03324).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Spreckels pro-German wife says in complaint [no photo]. The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), p. 1, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P02255).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Sugar king’s wife files suit for divorce; Mrs. Adolph Spreckels alleges husband supports Nazi cause [no photo]. The Constitution (Atlanta, GA), p. 6, col. 4. (Viewed 7 December 2019. P00195).

"... She charges cruelty... She alleges she had been ’publicly insulted and embarrassed’ by Spreckels’ exhibitions of support for the Nazi cause, citing as a case his display of a Nazi flag in a New York cafe which caused them to be hissed by other diners... Asking alimony of $2,500 a month, Mrs. Spreckels estimated her husband’s wealth at $2,500,000 and his income at $150,000 a year." (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Wife sues sugar heir, says Nazi views caused her to be “insulted, embarrassed” [no photo]. Albuquerque Journal, p. 1, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 22 January 2024. P03323).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). A. B. Spreckels sued by fourth wife [no photo]. Pomona Progress-Bulletin (Pomona, CA), p. 11, col. 5. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01405).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Ex-baroness sues to divorce A. B. Spreckels, sugar heir; says he displayed Nazi flag in New York café, causing embarrassment [no photo]. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. 3A. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03314).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

[(Special) Santa Barbara, Sept. 6]. (7 September 1940). Accuses husband; Mrs. Adolph B. Spreckels [with portrait of Emily (Acme photo agency)]. Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 7. (Viewed 1 November 2019. P00196).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Special (Santa Barbara, Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Says A. B. Spreckels is associate of Nazis; fourth wife accuses sugar heir of entertaining German agents [no photo]. New York Times, p. 17, col. 5. (Viewed 15 November 2019. P00204-05).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Bride of Spreckels charges Naziism [no photo]. Salt Lake Telegram, p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01409).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara). (7 September 1940). Mrs. Spreckels says husband pro-Nazi in divorce complaint [no photo]. Ventura County Star-Free Press, p. 1, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01408).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Calif., [Sept.] 6). (7 September 1940). Mrs. Spreckles [sic] files [no photo]. The Klamath News (Klamath Falls, OR), p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01411).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Sues for divorce [no photo]. Shreveport Times (Louisiana), p. 11, col. 8. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03319).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 6). (7 September 1940). Wife says Spreckels backing Nazis; quits [no photo]. The Waco News-Tribune (Waco, TX), p. 1, col. 3. (27 June 2021. P01417).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Nazi sympathy made ground for divorce [no photo]. Long Beach Press-Democrat (Long Beach, CA), p. B-8, cols. 7-8. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P01412).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Nazism alleged [no photo]. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville and Yuba City, CA), p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P01414).

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1940 - news mention - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press. (7 September 1940). People in the news [with mention of Emily]. The Bend Bulletin (Bend, OR), p. 1, col. 8. (Viewed 27 June 2021. P01415).

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1940 - news mention - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press. (7 September 1940). People in the news [with mention of Emily] [no photo]. The Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR), p. 6, col. 7. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01410).

"Emily Hall Spreckels, the former Baroness von Romberg, charged in a divorce complaint at Santa Barbara, Cal., that her estranged husband, Adolph B. Spreckels, heir to a sugar fortune, subscribed to naziism and forced her to entertain his alleged nazi friends…" (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Nazi leaning seen in Spreckels case [no photo]. The Whittier News (Whittier, CA), p. 1, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01407).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Nazis are blamed in divorce suit [no photo]. The Cincinnati Post, p. 12, col. 7. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03315).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (7 September 1940). Wife declares Spreckels roots for Nazis [no photo]. Wilmington Press (Wilmington, CA), p. 6, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01406).

Front page headline: Berlin, London fired by bombing

1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Unknown news agency (Santa Barbara). (7 September 1940). New divorce base [no photo]. Beacon News (Beacon, New York), p. 9, col. 5. (Viewed 15 November 2019. fultonhistory.com: Beacon NY News 1940 00867_2. P00970).

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Emily Hall Tremaine deposition

Cropped view, secret deposition, Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels), 2 October 1940, presumably later placed by Emily in consultation with her lawyer in the divorce court record. In a Q&A, Emily finally "speaks" about the California Nazi / anti-Nazi intrigue herself. This was proudly unearthed after 80 years by R. J. Preece / artdesigncafe. Also see Emily’s initial filing in which she stated that she found the Nazi cause to be repugnant and against her principles and ideals.





Emily Hall Tremaine divorce

1940 - spotlighted news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Husband Nazi, asks divorce; Mrs. Speckles [sic] says her German loving mate beat her [no photo]. Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. A-4, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01420).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Naziism used for divorce grounds [no photo]. The Post Press (El Centro, California), p. 6. (Viewed 15 January 2024. P03309).



8 Sep - more media coverage

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Former baroness files divorce suit [no photo]. Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol, VA-TN), presumably p. 9, col. 7. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01870).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce, Spreckels denies pro-Nazi charges

(Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Spreckels case charge scored [no photo]. Los Angeles Times, p. 12, col. 1. (Viewed 6 April 2021. P00207).

Article above, title: "Nazi Mexico peril charged; Elliott Roosevelt says 200,000 trained ’Red Militia’ ready" [financed by the German government]

"A statement this afternoon from Francis Price, attorney for Adolph B. Spreckels who was charged yesterday with Nazi agent associations and sympathies with Hitler’s government by Mrs. Emily Hall Spreckels in a sensational divorce action, said that charges in the complaint can be ’completely refuted and will be done when an answer is filed in Superior Court within the next few days.’ ..." (Excerpt from above).


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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce, Spreckels denies pro-Nazi charges

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Spreckels plans divorce reply [no photo]. Pasadena Post (Pasadena, CA), p. 3, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01419).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce, Spreckels denies pro-Nazi charges

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Spreckels to “refute” wife’s “Nazi” charge [no photo]. Oakland Tribune, p. A3, col. 2. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01871).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Spreckels’s split over Nazi beliefs [no photo]. The Enid Morning News (Enid, Oklahoma), p. 12, col. 3. (Viewed 22 January 2024. P03320).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Sugar heir’s wife sues for divorce [no photo]. The Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, WI), p. 14, col. 8. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01873).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Calif., Sept. 7). (8 September 1940). Sympathy for Nazis may cause divorce [no photo]. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, TX), p. 13, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P02267).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

Cropped view of page in Emily Hall Tremaine’s 1930s scrapbook showing multiple media coverage on her and her work at Aperitif magazine. In August 1935, Emily transformed or staged a defamation threat into a media / publicity event with national news coverage, promoting the magazine. This is generally the time that Emily’s social publicity power took off with a six-year run. Learn more about Aperitif magazine.





Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news photo / caption - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

CP photo agency. (9 September 1940). Sugar heir’s wife hurls a “pro Nazi” charge in divorce [(above) with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds]. Santa Rosa Republican, p. 5, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01875).

Photo caption: "In a complaint studded with sensational accusations…" (Excerpt from above)

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

United Press (Sept. 6). (9 September 1940). Spreckels divorce; sugar magnate sued by former baroness [no photo]. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), p. 5. (Viewed 15 November 2019. P00209).

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9 Sep - more media coverage

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

AP (Santa Barbara). (9 September 1940). Spreckels sued for divorce [no photo]. Redding Record (Redding, California), p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03317).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

INS (Santa Barbara, Cal.). (9 September 1940). Wife charges Spreckels with Nazi sympathies [no photo]. The Daily Journal-Gazette and Commercial Star (Mattoon, IL), p. 3, cols. 7-8. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01874).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce, Spreckels denies pro-Nazi charges

United Press (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 9). (9 September 1940). Spreckels denies pro-Nazi charges; wife had made allegations in divorce request [no photo]. The Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. 3, col. 3. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01421).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

UP (Santa Barbara, Sept 9.) (9 September 1940). Spreckels wife sues for divorce, calls him Nazi [no photo]. The News-Herald (Franklin, PA), p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01422).

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

U. P. (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 9). (9 September 1940). Spreckels, sugar heir, sued, wife charges he’s pro-Nazi [no photo]. The Scranton Times (Pennsylvania), p. 17, col. 3. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03316).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - spotlighted news photo / caption - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Probably CP photo agency. (10 September 1940). Hurls charge [above; with re-used photo of Emily wearing over $1m in diamonds at a New York costume party]. Red Bluff Daily News (Red Bluff, CA), p. 1, col. 6 (above). (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01877).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - news photo / caption - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Probably CP photo agency. (10 September 1940). Nazi charge [with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds]. The Chico Record (Chico, CA), p. 2. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01876).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - news photo / caption - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Probably CP photo agency. (10 September 1940). Seeks divorce [(above) with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds]. Napa Journal (Napa, CA), p. 8. (Viewed 21 January 2024. P03318).

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10 Sep - more media coverage

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1940 - news photo / caption - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Probably CP photo agency. (10 September 1940). Hurls charge [with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds]. La Grande Observer (La Grande, OR), p. 3, col. 2. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01809).

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11 Sep - more media coverage

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1940 - news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

Unknown news agency (Santa Barbara, Cal., Sept. 11). (11 September 1940). Says husband pro-Nazi [no photo]. The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA), p. 3, col. 7. (Viewed 26 June 2021. P01423).

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1940 - spotlighted news mention - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

(15 September 1940). Chatterbox [news mention, Emily & Spreckels divorce action] [no photo]. Los Angeles Times, p. D6. (Viewed 15 November 2019. P00212).

"Santa Barbara town is ’teeming’ with the Spreckels divorce. It seems even their best friends didn’t suspect. As a matter of fact, they gave themselves an anniversary party just a few weeks ago at which Adolph, presented Emily with a $25,000 diamond bracelet!" (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - spotlighted news brief - secret depositions taken from Emily Hall Tremaine & Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr.

(UP) (Santa Barbara, presumably Oct. 2). (3 October 1940). Secret depositions in Spreckles [sic] case [no photo]. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville and Yuba City, CA), p. 1, col. 5 (see below). (Viewed 5 April 2021. P01424).

"Secret depositions have been taken from Adolph B. Spreckles [sic], wealthy sugar family scion, and his estranged wife, Emily Hall Spreckles [sic] for a divorce action started by Mrs. Spreckles [sic] on charges he subscribed to naziism.

Attorneys for Mrs. Spreckles [sic], the former Baroness von Romberg, questioned Spreckles [sic] for more than three hours during the morning yesterday, and she was examined by his attorney later. The lawyers refused to divulge any information obtained from them.” (Excerpt from above.)


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Emily Hall Tremaine divorce

(13 November 1940). Mrs. Spreckels may tell all. The Times (San Mateo, CA), p. 2.





1940 - spotlighted news brief - Emily Hall Tremaine (then Spreckels) files for divorce

(13 November 1940). Mrs. Spreckels may tell all (see clipping above). The Times (San Mateo, CA), p. 2. (Viewed 5 April 2021. P01878/b).

"If attorneys of Adolph Bernard Spreckels, scion of the millionaire Hillsborough family, do not argue over technicalities in Santa Barbara superior court, his wife’s lawyers will furnish ‘unpleasant’ details to support her divorce suit... " (Excerpt from above.)


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The media coverage compilation above is in development.




But then the tables turned...
Three months later
Adolph announced:




"I’m not the Nazi,
SHE is!"




Emily Hall Tremaine

Date: 10 December 1940

Sample clip, front page, at top, Altoona, Pennsylvania: photo / caption with Emily: "Charged with Naziism". The photo is re-used from an earlier publicity cycle in which Emily wore over $1 million in diamonds (maybe 14.5-220m today, walking with two guards) and stole the press away from the posh guests at a costume party in New York. (Emily is thought to have been an "eyes and ears" spy in the social set for US military intelligence.)

See more of Emily’s crazy media coverage in section "G. Publications mentioning Emily Hall Tremaine". Also see "I. Mystery, danger & misunderstandings".