Scott Wike

13 January 1901 - from the Barry Adage 24 January 1901
Since the death of Hon. Scott Wike last week there has been considerable speculation among his relatives and friends as to the size of the fortune he left and who would be the main beneficiaries. His estate has been estimated at figures all the way from $20,000 to $50,000. Just what it is worth cannot be told, but how it was divided is told by the following verbatim copy of his will. It will be seen that all of his relatives were remembered, as were also some of his friends:
In the name of God, amen; I, Scott Wike, of Pittsfield, in the county of Pike and state of Illinois, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, realizing the uncertainty of life, and the absolute certainty of death, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament.
It is 1st - My will and pleasure that all my just debts and obligations be first paid and discharged.
Secondly - I give, devise and bequeath to my lifelong friend, Almyra Pennington, daughter of Mrs. Abigail Pennington, both of said Pittsfield, as a slight additional recognition of her long devoted kindness to me in sickness and in health, the sum of five hundred dollars ($500); and to Miss Mattie Liggett, now residing with her aunt, Mrs. A. C. Wike, near the city of Barry, in said Pike county, as a token of regard for her long and faithful services to Mrs. A. C. Wike and her family, as a member of the same, the sum of five hundred dollars ($500). My dear stepmother, Mrs. A. C. Wike, having received in the settlement and distribution of my father's estate the one third part of all the personalty and her dower in the real estate as well as her homestead rights, I give and bequeath to her the sum only of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250). To Epsy Brookins, she being the only heir apparent of her mother, the said Mrs. A.C. Wike, I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars ($100).
All the above and foregoing legacies to be paid out of the first moneys coming into the hands of my executors. The rest and residue of all my property, both real and personal, of every kind and character whatsoever, or wheresoever located, it is my will and desire shall descend to and vest in my next of kin, my brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, and be distributed among them according to the law of the state of Illinois relating to inheritances descents and distribution, the same as though this will had not been written or executed, i.e. said residue to descend and be distributed as intestate estate.
I appoint my good and lifelong friends, Harry Higbee and Col. A.C. Matthews the executors of this my last will and testament, fully authorizing and empowering them, or either of them, should there be but one on them qualified or acting, to sell, either at public or private sale, any and all of my real estate, as may appear to them or him to be for the best interest of the estate, and to convey the same according to say such sale.
My executors, or either of them as aforesaid, shall have power to hold for a reasonable time in their discretion, my Levee or Sny lands, so called, and rent the same to await the further development of the suit or suits now pending in the U.S. Court (District) at Springfield, Illinois.
Signed, published and declared this 10th day of December, 1896.

I, Scott Wike, now residing near Barry, in the county of Pike and state of Illinois, do hereby make, publish and declare the following codicil to the will heretofore made by me at the city of Washington, D.C. to which Samuel L. Crane and Milton E. Alles were witnesses, that is to say, I hereby reaffirm and ratify my said will and the provisions thereof.
I also hereby will and devise to Mattie Liggett, in addition the provisions made for her by the said will, a share in my estate equal to the distributive share of a brother or sister. I also will and devise to Alza C. Smith the sum of five hundred dollars ($500), to be a charge upon my real and personal estate, and in addition thereto, I will and devise to said Alza C. Smith a share in my estate equal to the distributive share of a brother or sister, as provided by said will. In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal at my residence near Barry, Illinois on this the 13th day of January, A.D. 1901. Signed...Scott Wike
Witnesses: G. S. Pennington, J. M. Bush, Jr.
So far as could be learned the estate of the late Scott Wike consists of 900 acres of land in the Sny bottoms, a part of what is known as the Shields farm west of this city, the homestead, a house and lot in Pittsfield and stock in the Mergenthaler Type Setting Machine Company and other securities.