Delphine Ione Cromwell Baker Godde (Dodge) (1899 - 1943) MP

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Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Cause of death: She suffered an untimely death caused by heavy drinking.
Managed by: Thomas Crandell
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About Delphine Ione Cromwell Baker Godde (Dodge)

Mrs. Delphine Dodge Cromwell Baker Godde

Obituary

New York, June 18 [Special]. -- Mrs. Delphine Dodge Cromwell Baker Godde, handsome blonde heiress to the Dodge motor millions and wife of Timothy Godde, retired banker, died this afternoon in a New York hospital after being ill since April. She was about 46 years old.

Soon after Mrs. Godde's death, Annie Laurine Mc-Donald Dodge Lange, widow of Mrs. Godde's cousin, Annie Laurine Mcmarried to Capt. John Van Natta Jr., U. S. A., at Lafayette, Ind.

With the heiress when she died was her husband and her physician, Dr. Frank L. Landolfe.

Daughter of Auto Pioneer.

Mrs. Godde was the daughter of the late Horace Dodge, who rode into the big money early in the century on the tide of the same mushrooming industry that carried Henry Ford to an astronomical bank account.

She was married three times. On June 20, 1920, she was wed to James H. R. Cromwell, who later married Doris Duke. Her two month courtship with the son of Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury dazzled New York and Palm Beach, Fla., society.

Six months later her father died, leaving 40 million dollars which one day would be split between Delphine and her brother, Horace Jr.

In 1928 the heiress divorced Cromwell in Reno, Nev. Their daughter, Christine, now 17, was awarded to her mother.

The same year the heiress became Mrs. Raymond T. Baker, 20 years her senior and director of the United States mint under President Wilson. They had a daughter, Anna May, now 7.

Frequenter of Headlines.

The marriage with Baker was stormy. There were partings and reconciliations. Baker died in 1935 in Washington, D. C., and his widow married Godde a few months later.

From then on she was in the headlines frequently, the climax coming in 1937-'38 when she met Jack Doyle, "the Irish Thrush," a prize fighter. Their romance was publicized and Mrs. Godde went to Reno with the avowed intention of divorcing Godde and marrying Doyle. She then was named a defendant in a 2 million dollar heart balm suit by Actress Judith Allen, Doyle's former wife.

A reconciliation of the Goddes was effected just before the divorce action was to be heard, and the heiress returned to Rye, N. Y., to live.

Cousin's Widow Married.

Lafayette, Ind., June 18 [Special]. -- Mrs. Annie Laurine Dodge Lange, 26 years old, was married here today for the third time. The bride, a former telephone operator and daughter of a tugboat captain, received $2,500,000 of the Dodge Brothers' automobile fortune following the death of her first husband, young Daniel C. Dodge, while they were honeymooning in 1938.

Her new mate is Capt. John W. Van Natta Jr., of Lafayette, an engineering graduate of Purdue university who now is attached to the army ordnance department and stationed at Detroit. His father is a banker and widely known live stock farmer who lived here.

Mrs. Lange was divorced on June 7 from her second husband, Dr. William E. Lange, a Detroit plastic surgeon who now is a captain in the army medical corps. She accused him of being "obsessed with the idea of convincing everyone we were living on his income." She met Capt. Van Natta during a Christmas party in the Detroit hotel where they both lived.

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Delphine Cromwell Baker Godde's Timeline

1899
February 11, 1899
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
1920
June 20, 1920
Age 21
Indiana, United States
1922
September 10, 1922
Age 23
Pennsylvania, United States
1928
December 4, 1928
Age 29
1928
Age 28
Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States
1933
February 15, 1933
Age 34
1935
1935
Age 35
Quebec, Canada
1943
June 18, 1943
Age 44
New York, New York, New York, United States