of William Metzger, a motor city magnate involved with the birth of the Cadillac marque.
The Torreys plunged into the Bermuda expat
social whirl, partying and golfing with other
prominent Americans each winter. Beyond
American friends such as James Roosevelt, the
Torreys counted Eldon Trimingham and Lady
Watlington amongst their Bermudian friends.
The Detroit newspapers reported that Grace
Torrey was so “enthralled” by Bermuda that
subsidiary of the Morgan retail empire. For the
next four years, the Morgans’ son, Dr. James,
lived at Southlands, but his medical career
had not prospered and in 1936 he reluctantly
sold his parents’ beloved home in the sun.
Despite the fact that North America was
locked in depression, Bermuda had retained a
cachet in the minds of the rich. Consequently,
Southlands passed into the hands of Lyle and
Grace Torrey of Detroit. Grace was a daughter
a last winter at Southlands and was buried
beside his wife. The eulogies were heartfelt.
The Bermudian saluted Morgan’s “simplicity
and modesty,” “his sincere dedication to the
cause of education” and “his remarkable zeal
for creating beauty.” For the Royal Gazette,
Morgan was “a true Prince, not one in a fairy
tale” but one who made “dreams come true!”
Southlands was never the same. The property
was deeded to the Morgan Trust Company, a