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Orangeville: For Sale C. Daughenbaugh farm 2 miles S.W. of Orangeville. Must be sold to settle estate. Mrs. Henry P. Goetz, 511 E. Winneshiek, Freeport [Freeport Journal Standard 12 May 1938]
Estate of Sophia Euler. The undersigned having been appointed Administratrix of the Estate of Sophia Euler, late of the County of Stephenson and State of Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice that she will appear before the County Court of Stephenson County at the Court House in Freeport on Monday the 15th day of January 1940 at 10 o'clock at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated this 6th day of December 1939.. Bessie Raders, Administratrix // William S. Wilson attorney [6 December 1939, Freeport Journal]
20 May 1940: Judgment for $498.48 was entered in the case of Bessie Raders administratrix of the estate of Sophia Euler vs Otto and Gladys Raders.
LEVIEN, Lillian O.
Two Local Churches Benefit From Estate of Lillian O. Levien: The major portion of the estate of the late Lillian O. Levien, Freeport, who died two weeks ago, will go to Freeport churches, according to terms of the will filed for probate today. The estate is estimated at more than $20,000 it was disclosed in the petition for probate. Miss Levien, who was a private music teacher or many years, fives $2,000 each to, the Second Presbyterian and Zion Reformed churches of Freeport, The Delta Chi Sunday School Class of Second Presbyterian Church, of which she had been teacher for many years, receives $100. A similar amount is given to Edna Lott and Viola Graff. The Bensenville Home, West Stephenson street, is to receive $500 and the library fund of Second Presbyterian Church is also given $500. A bequest of $5600 is made to Oakland Cemetery Assn. and $100 to Freeport City Cemetery fund. Relatives who receive $500 each are Charlotte and Frances Demmel, Lillian and Helen Spratler and Edna Smith. The balance is to be divided among the two churches. Lillian Spratler and Charlotte Demmel are names executrixes. The will is dated Nov. 1, 1954, and was witnessed by Bert P. and Jane Snow. [Contributed by Karen Fyock Undated newspaper clipping]
The will of the late Michael Lonergan, Freeport, has been filed for probate in county court. The testator bequeaths to Mrs. Anna Hart, Freeport, the property known as 219-221 East Jackson street as her own absolutely and forever. He also gives her a life interest in control of the balance of the estate. After her death St. Joseph's Catholic Church is to receive $200 with a similar amount for St. Vincent's orphanage. Eight nieces and nephews are each bequeathed $1 while three other nephews and a niece, James Lonergan, Rockford; William Lonergan, Chicago; Edward Roach, Colorado Springs, Mary Roach, Colorado Springs, are named residuary legatees. Mrs. Hart is names executrix. The will is dated May 9, 1940, and was witnessed by Garnet Nettle and Harold R. Nettles. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated newspaper clipping]
Dakota IL: Aug 11, 1938: At the worship service in Dakota Methodist church last Sunday, Miss Bessie Weiler, treasurer of the church read a letter from Margarett C. Milliken, of Chicago, announcing the gift of $500 to the church from the estate of Mary Milliken, deceased sister of the writer. The letter contained a check for the above amount with no stipulation as to how the money was to be used. The anouncement came as a complete surprise to the congregation and no plans have been formulated as to how it will be used. Probabilities are that it will be used for redecorating the interior of the church. Each year, just before Mothers day the Milliken sisters have sent a contribution to the treasurer for the budget in memory of their mother who was at one time a member of the Dakota church. [From the Freeport Journal, 11 August 1938]
MOORE, Alvin J
Several wills have been filed for probate in county court dispensing of real and personal property throughout Stephenson County.
The late Alvin J. Moore, Freeport, directs that his wife, Emma Moore, have a life interest and control of his estate. After her death, a niece, Madge Gray, receives $50 and the balance is bequeathed to Mary Ann Trevillian and John Arthur Trevillian. Anna Mae Koenig is named executrix. The instrument bears the date of June 10, 1939, and was witnessed by John S. Ascher and Jessie E. Brown. [Freeport Journal Standard, 7 November 1940; Contributed by Samuel Brown]
The late George Olthoff, Loran, bequeaths his estate to his wife, Bessie Olthoff, who is also named executrix. The will is dated March 13, 1935, and was witnessed by Raymond Groessinger and Wallace C. Mill [Freeport Journal Standard, 7 November 1940; Contributed by Samuel Brown]
The will of the late Hiram Olthoff, of Pearl City, has been filed in the county court for probate. The testator bequeathed all of his property to his wife, Louise Olthoff, who is made executrix without bonds and without having to make an inventory of the estate. The will also gives her the right to sell the property at any time she may desire. After the death of Mrs. Olthoff the estate is to be divided equally among the children, all to share alike. The instrument was executed April 29, 1918, and was duly witnessed by William Olthoff, Frank Voss and John F. Mishler." (Freeport Journal)
The undersigned. Executor of the last will and testament of Antonie Raders, deceased, hereby gives notice that he will appear before the County Court of Stephenson County at the Courthouse in Freeport on March 6, 1939 at 10 a.m. at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend and present their claims in writing for the purpose of having the same adjusted. Dated January 6, 1939 / Jacob A. Haegele Executor / L.F. Reinhold attorney (Freeport Journal 13 January 1939)
Estate of Matilda Raders, Deceased: The undersigned, having been appointed Executrix of the last Will and Testament of Matilda Raders, late of the County of Stephenson and State of Illinois, deceased, hereby gives notice that she will appear before the County Court of Stephenson County at the Court House in Freeport, on Monday the 6th day of March 1939 at 10 a.m. at which time all persons having claims against said estate are ntoified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjustment. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated this 21st day of January 1939. Malinda Trapp, Executrix / William S. Wilson, Attorney. [28 January 1939]
READ, Francis Adelbert
Five institutions in Freeport will receive $14,000 from the estate of the Francis Adelbert Read, pioneer Freeport merchant, who passed away last week, it was indicated by terms of the will, which has been filed for probate in county court. The institutions receiving gifts are as follows: Evangelical Deaconess Hospital, $5,000, in memory of his daughter, the late Helen Read Johnson; Home for Aged of Freeport, $5,000, in memory of his wife, the late Elizabeth Prentice Read; Y. M. C. A., and Y. W. C. A., each $1,000; First Presbyterian church, $2,000. Two sisters, Esther R. Carter, Rochester, N. Y. and Frances R. Nelson, Santa Ana, Calif., are given $5,000 each. The only other specific bequests to individuals are to Miss Mary Schunk Mr. Read's housekeeper for the past several years, $10,000 and to George Downs, chauffer $200. The will was filed by attorneys representing the Continental Illinois Bank and Trust company, Chicago, and the estate is estimated at $250,000, the personalty being estimated at $200,000 and real estate at $50,000. The balance of the estate after the specific bequests, which total $34,200, is to be held in trust by the Continental Illinois Bank and Trust company. The will provides that the income from the trust is to be given to the grandson of the testator, Joseph Johnson, during his lifetime. When he attains the age of 35 years he is to receive the lesser of two amounts, Viz., one-tenth of the corpus of the estate of $25,000 in cash. When he reaches the age of 45 years he is to receive the lesser of two amounts, one-fifth of the trust estate of $45,000 cash, and when he attains the age of 55 he is to receive the lesser of two sums, one-fourth of the estate of $45,000 in cash. After the death of the grandson the estate goes to his heirs. In the event he leaves no heirs the estate goes to Mr. Read's two sisters. The will bears the date of Sept. 4, 1941, and was witnessed by Edward J. Held, Oak Park; Garnet L. Frazier, Chicago, Florence M. Bedford, Chicago. The COntinental Illinois Bank and Trust company is named executor and trustee. The will also provides that Miss Mary Schunk have all household furniture and furnishings, except oriental rugs, pictures and jewels, and that she is to have the use of the Read home, South West avenue, for a period of six months, rent free. It is also provided that the estate pay all inheritance, state and federal taxes in order that those persons of institutions receiving specific bequests have the net amounts as set up in the will. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Unknown newspaper/date]
Sale of Real Estate Auction
Tract 1: Reints farm of 200 acres 2 miles east and 1 mile north of German Valley. Good house, modern barn, all other bldgs. All tillable, One of best farms in area. Sale at auction on premises on Wednesday May 9, 1945 at 2 p.m.
Tract 2: Lizzie Reints farm of 239 acres 4 miles south and 1 mile east of Freeport. One of outstanding farms in this vicinity. All tillable, black loam soil in high state of cultivation. Large residence, tenant house, large barn, granary with elevator, machine shed, chicken house, etc. Sale at auction on premises, Saturday May 12, 1945 at 2 p.m.
Tract 3: 5 acre timber located one-half mile northeast of Adeline, in Ogle Co. Sale same time and place as tract 2.
Ascher & Ellis, attys., Maas and Van Loh, aucts. [unknown newspaper, 09 May 1945 - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
The late Clara Thomas, Ridott, bequeaths $75 to the trustees of the Pecatonica Cemetery association AND $200 to the Ridott United Brethren church. The balance of the estate goes to her sisters, Mrs. Lizzie McDowell and Mrs. Anna Stevens. J. Manley Clark is designated as executor. The will is dated Feb. 1940, and was witnessed by Robert A Hunter and Robert C. Hunter. [Freeport Journal Standard, 7 November 1940; Contributed by Samuel Brown]
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