Bommerís death in 1935 resulted in a very controversial will with his
complete estate going to Dartmouth College. This left the company weak
and under the ineffectual control of estate executors. It took five years
of legal controversy and historical legislation to finally divide the
estate between Emilís heirs and Dartmouth. In 1940 , after five years
of neglect, the direct heirs of Emil Bommer regained control of what was
left of the company. Dartmouth received all other assets.
Marie Anna Bommer, the only child of Emil, had married Johann Frohlich
and moved to Vienna, Austria in 1931. Johann Frohlich, whose native Austrian
family owned and operated a large international luggage manufacturing
facility, remained in Vienna until 1934. That same year Marie Anna, Johann
and their son Emil Frohlich returned to the United States at the request
of Emil Bommer. Johann became a U.S. citizen in 1940, as well as the General
Manager of the Company after its return to family control. Shortly thereafter,
the war effort required that the company convert its operations from the
manufacture of hardware to the manufacture of munitions.