Henry Richard Boehm

Henry Richard Boehm

Illinois, USA
Death 1 Feb 1914 (aged 42)
Ossining, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 125815552 · View Source
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Artist/Illustrator. Henry Richard Boehm (known professionally as H. Richard Boehm) was an artist of some note whose work appeared on the covers and inside several magazine like COSMOPOLITAN, LESLIE'S WEEKLY, PEARSON'S, and LADIES' WORLD. He received strong praise from the editors of COSMOPOLITAN who claimed to have "discovered" him.

He was active in Chicago's artist scene and was a founding member of the Palette and Chisel club. He was best known for his pictures of attractive young ladies, very similar in style to Gibson and others of his time.

He moved to NYC where he was involved in covering the trial of Harry Thaw for the murder of Stanford White, doing a very attractive portrait of the "Girl on the Red Velvet Swing" Evelyn Nesbit, and went on to illustrate a number of books, particularly for the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

His work included books in the following series: Tom Swift, Outdoor Chums, Ralph of the Railroad, College Sports, Dave Porter, Lakeport, Pioneer Boys, and Back to the Soil.

[Source: From Lady's Heads to Lads in Peril: H.R. Boehm, Chicago's Palette and Chisel to NYC book illustration (1871-1914)]


The Sunday NY Times
February 2, 1914

Henry R. Boehm Shoots Himself as Veterinary Surgeon is About to Kill Pets.

His Threat Not Heeded

Couple Ready to Move to New York and She Would Not Bring Animals.

"Henry Richard Boehm, an illustrator, shot himself through the heart in his home. A quarrel with his wife over the question whether or not a veterinary surgeon should destroy three cats preceded the suicide.

Mrs. Boehm insisted that the cats be destroyed and the surgeon was ready with a hypodermic needle when Boehm's remonstrances became tragic. The surgeon said he would not do the job until the couple agreed on the matter. Before he left the house Boehm went upstairs and killed himself.


The whereabouts of Mr. Boehm's remains are unknown at this time. Mysteriously, Henry and his parents Leopold F. and Josephine are listed in the 1946 Los Angeles Death Index between June 29-30 with the death date noted as "unknown" for all three. No DC numbers are listed and "R" for removal from the index is noted for each. His last surviving sibling, Moritz, died in Los Angeles in 1943.

I have confirmed that his parents were cremated and the remains were given to family. I am in the process of confirming the same for H. Richard.

My guess is that his brother Mortiz had them in storage when they were discovered. Where are they now? The quest continues.

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