The following newspapers extracts describe the death, burial, and will of Ralph Leland Goodrich. Where there are known factual errors, I have attempted to identify them with brackets.
RALPH L. GOODRICH
The great leveler has been making rapid progress of late in the ranks of the honored citizenship of Arkansas. His ruthless scythe is never at rest and its keen blade never grows dull. He is no respecter of age, sex or condition. He is never mindful of the sorrow that follows close upon the heels of his fruitful harvest. It is he who goes on forever that men may come and go. No matter how faithful the mortal may be in his preparation for life, the end of his mortality ever confronts him.
A few hours ago Arkansas contained among her citizens two great philologists. One remains, advanced in years, still laboring night and day, with bright and unimpaired mind, which he is storing with valuable and useful knowledge. The other – Ralph L. Goodrich – is dead. And he departed from his field of usefulness in just such manner as he would have selected had the choice of his leave-taking been left to his discretion. He preferred a painless death, and had so expressed himself many times in life to those who enjoyed his friendship. But to him the time of his departure came too soon. He had entered upon a new life – one that was filled with happiness and which would have been to him the greatest blessing desirable could he have enjoyed it until he reached the allotted age of man. His sudden death shocks the community, the sorrow being doubly increased by reason of his having taken unto himself but a month previous a devoted young woman for wife who was making radiant with sunshine each day of his advancing life. The death of Ralph L. Goodrich is a peculiarly sorrowful one, and to the young and grief-stricken widow the heartfelt sympathy of a multitude of friends is profoundly and earnestly extended.
Ralph Goodrich was one of the most highly cultured citizens of Arkansas. He had been called a book worm. He was a patient, painstaking student, who had his time for work, not much for recreation and too many hours for study. He burned midnight oil, and in the silent hours of the night, when half the world was asleep, he mastered his own and the languages of others. He was a ripe student and deserved to live to a ripe old age. But there is a rule in mechanics which declares that where power is gained time is lost, and so it applies to the man who attempts too much intellectual force within a given time, some of which time should be devoted in strengthening other structures than the brain. Mr. Goodrich’s persistent application to study made deep inroads upon his health, which resulted in a heart affection that carried him to his grave.
In business he was practical. He was one of the most efficient federal clerks in the service of the government. He was held in high regard by all who knew him, and had many friends not only in Little Rock and Arkansas, but throughout the entire United States. He was a cultured gentleman who commanded the respect of everybody. Always polite, agreeable and accommodating, he was naturally a favorite among the attorneys who practiced at the bar of the federal court of this district. He was very social in his nature and liberal to a fault. His many kindnesses with live long after him, and there are many hearts in which, as long as they continue to beat, his memory will be kept green.
Thursday, October 7, 1897
McLear [Van Lear], of Little Rock, Ark., formerly Miss Jennie Goodrich, arrived in town on Saturday last on a visit to her aunt, Miss [Sarah] Goodrich, of Tioga. Yesterday she received a telegram announcing the sudden death of her father, Hon. R. L. Goodrich, at Little Rock. She started in the afternoon for home…
Thursday, October 7, 1897
THE ARKANSAS GAZETTE
DEATH WAS SUDDEN
Ralph L. Goodrich Falls a Victim of Heart Disease
Expired Early in the Morning
Clerk in the United States Courts in this City Since 1866 – A Ripe Scholar and Man of Wealth – Prominent in Masonic Circles – Married Only a Month Ago – Funeral to be Under Masonic Auspices
Ralph L. Goodrich, clerk of the United States circuit and district courts in this city, died of heart disease shortly before 8 o’clock yesterday morning at his residence, 805 Main street. When he retired the night before he was apparently in good health, but he had shown symptoms of heart failure in the past year. He arose yesterday morning but returned immediately to bed in apparent great agony. Mrs. Goodrich awoke and hastily telephoned for a doctor. Dr. [William Elza] Green arrived about half an hour before the end came. Jesse Lewis and Susie Polley, faithful servants, who had been employed by Mr. Goodrich a number of years, were present at his death and rendered valuable and sympathetic assistance.
Dr. Green reached Mr. Goodrich’s residence at 10 minutes after 7 o’clock. He found him pulseless, cyanose and covered with cold, clammy perspiration. While only partially conscious Mr. Goodrich seemed to be suffering with severe distress about the heart. There was frequent recurrence of same, with slight convulsions. Dr. Green remained with him until death came at 7:40 o’clock.
During the summer of 1896 Mr. Goodrich had severe heart trouble and spoke to his friends about it, predicting that he could not live a great while longer. During the past summer, however, his health had been excellent and the gloomy forebodings of the previous year gave way to strong hope for many years of life.
A month ago Mr. Goodrich was married to Miss Juliette Churchill, daughter of Gen. and Mrs. T. J. Churchill, and his bride of a month is left a widow before the honeymoon has waned.
SKETCH OF THE DECEASED
Prominent in the walks of life, Ralph L. Goodrich will be missed. He was born at
Oswego [Owego], N.Y. in 1842  of a long line of scholarly, cultured ancestors who have made places for themselves in the history both of the old world and of the new. Mr. Goodrich himself being seventh in direct line of descent from William Goodrich, who came to America in 1643 and settled in Wethersfield, Conn., and at once identified himself with the best interests of what was then a fledgling colony, surrounded by wild ….beasts and still wilder men. …Born of such a family, many of whom were rare scholars and military geniuses, it is no wonder that Mr. Goodrich stood pre-eminent in the southwest as a scholar and a successful business man.
After having graduated from schools of his native state, he came south and taught school in the states of South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas, having been in Little Rock
only about [less than] a year when the tocsin of civil war was sounded. Shouldering his musket he marched away with an Arkansas regiment. He remained with the army only a short time on account of ill health. In 1866 [April, 1862] he returned to Little Rock and was soon after [eventually, in 1867,] appointed a deputy clerk of the United States court at this place, which position he held until his friend, Hon. Henry Clay Caldwell, promoted him in 1873 to his current position of clerk of the United States court of the Eastern district of Arkansas, a position which he continued to hold, which he filled with the finest executive ability.
Notwithstanding the heavy responsibility and onerous duties of this office, his inherited fondness for self-culture and literary research was in no way lessened. The dead languages ever held a fascination for Mr. Goodrich and in pursuit to unravel the mysteries of time he devoted many of his leisure moments to the study of philology, mythology and the religions of the ancients. About twenty years ago he began the study of Sanskrit, that most wonderful and difficult of languages, entirely alone and unaided, except by such assistance as he could gain through an occasional correspondence with Prof. Charles R. Lanman, Ph.D., professor of Sanskrit in Harvard University. Besides all this Mr. Goodrich was thoroughly familiar with the French, Spanish and Italian languages. The proud possessor of a linguist library of about 6,000 volumes he was unquestionably the most scholarly gentleman in Arkansas, and indeed he was accorded a high place in the world of belles-lettres, both in America and in Europe, having been an honorable member of the English Pali Text Society, American Oriental Society, and some others. Notwithstanding his intellectual attainments and his success in business affairs, he was one of the plainest and most unpretentious gentlemen. Of a simple, courteous yet dignified demeanor, he won the love and friendship of all who knew him. With all the requirements necessary to a very brilliant life, he lived very quietly in his beautiful and capacious home at the corner of Eighth and Main streets in this city, which he built in 1870.
Mr. Goodrich was commander of Godfrey de St. Omer Preceptory, Knight Kadosh. He was a 32d degree K.C.C.H. Mason. The arrangements for the funeral are in the hands of the Masonic fraternity.
Hugh De Payen commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar, will place a guard of honor at the residence to remain there until 4 o’clock this afternoon. At that time the remains will be conveyed to Albert Pike Cathedral on Center Street, between Third and Fourth, and there lie in state until tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. At Thursday midnight the burial service of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite will be observed, and to this service the public is invited. The Scottish Rite bodies will have a guard of honor over the remains from this afternoon until Friday morning, when the remains will be conveyed to Christ Church, where, at 10 o’clock, the Rev. John Gass will conduct the Episcopal burial services. From thence the remains will be taken to Mount Holly cemetery. The Rev. John Gass will commit the body to its last resting place, after which Western Star Lodge No. 2, F. and A.M., will conduct the final burial service.
C. E. Rosenbaum, 33d, commander-in-chief Arkansas Consistory No. 1, yesterday issued the following:
“To All Scottish Rite Masons – It is with profound sorrow that I announce to you the sudden death of our beloved brother, Ralph L. Goodrich, who died suddenly this morning, and who will be buried in accordance with notices published elsewhere. It is requested that all Scottish Rite Masons assemble at Albert Pike Cathedral to assist in our Kadosh burial service at midnight tomorrow (Thursday) night. It is also earnestly requested that all brethren members of these bodies who are not Knights Templar be present at the cathedral to assist as an escort to Western Star Lodge. It is expected that all brethren of this rite who are members of Hugh De Payen Commandery will accompany the commandery in uniform. It is needless to call further attention to this because the affection that you had for our well-beloved brother is such as to bring you to a full realization of the tender duty that we owe the memory of him we loved so well.”
United States District Judge John A. Williams paid the following tribute to Mr. Goodrich yesterday: “I have known Ralph L. Goodrich ever since he was appointed clerk of the district and circuit courts. I had formed so good an opinion of him as a man and as an officer that upon my appointment to the office of district judge of this district and finding him to be circuit clerk, I appointed him district clerk. Since that time our relations, of course, had been quite intimate and I can unhesitatingly speak of his efficiency and integrity as an officer and his sterling qualities as a man. I feel that so far as the duties of the office is concerned, his death creates a vacancy that will be very hard to fill. I mourn his loss as an official and as a personal friend.”
WAS A WEALTHY MAN
Mr. Goodrich left an estate moderately valued at $100,000, inclusive of life insurance. He was the owner of valuable real estate in this city, including his residence property at Eighth and Main, the C. S. Troy & Co. store on Main between Second and Third, the property at the southwest corner of Markham and Scott [former location of the Anthony House], including the site of the Western Union Telegraph Office, and business property on West Fifth Street.
He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Jacob Van Lear, formerly Miss Edith Goodrich, who is now in
Oswego [Owego], N.Y. ; also two brothers [sisters] and a sister [brother] living in New York.
Mr. Goodrich was a careful business man and is known to have left a will, but the bequests have not been made public yet. Mr. Goodrich, it is believed, will get the bulk of the estate.
MR. GOODRICH’S SUCCESSOR.
Although it would seem more proper to discuss the question of Mr. Goodrich’s successor as clerk of the United States courts after the funeral, the gossips were nevertheless busy yesterday speculating in the premises. Judge Caldwell will have the naming of the clerk of the circuit court and Judge Williams of the district court. Whether the two judges will name the same person to fill each place is a question yet to be settled.
THE OWEGO GAZETTE
Thursday, October 7, 1897
DEATH OF RALPH LELAND GOODRICH
Stephen S. Goodrich, of the town of Tioga, received a telegram yesterday morning from Little Rock, Ark., announcing the sudden death of his brother, Hon. Ralph L. Goodrich. His death is supposed to have been caused by heart disease, with which he had been troubled for some time.
Mr. Goodrich was
62  years of age. He was a son of Silas Goodrich, deceased, and was born in the town of Tioga. He was educated at the Owego academy and Hobart College. After graduating, he studied law in the office of Col. N. W. Davis, and afterward taught school in South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas. He was living at Little Rock before the war, and enlisted and served as a private in the Confederate army. After the war he was appointed to the offices of clerk of the United States district court and United States marshal. He held both offices until about thirteen years ago, when a law was passed prohibiting a marshal from holding any other office, when he resigned the marshalship, and continued his duties as clerk of the court until his death.
Mr. Goodrich was one of the finest classic scholars in America. He spent much of his time in study, and had mastered many ancient languages, including Sanscrit. He was also greatly interested in free masonry, and had received the highest degrees that could be conferred upon him in this country.
Mr. Goodrich was thrice married. His daughter by his first wife, Mrs. Jacob Van Lear, of Stauton, Va., came Friday night to visit friends in Owego… [she has taken the] first train for Little Rock. His second wife was Dora Beebe, of Owego, daughter of the late Hon. Hiram A. Beebe. His last marriage was on the 7th of last September with a daughter of ex-governor Thomas J. Churchill of Arkansas.
THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1897
HOUR OF MIDNIGHT
Beautiful Kadosh Burial Service Held Over the Remains of R. L. Goodrich
Services Held this Forenoon at Christ Church – Large Funeral Cortege Honors His Memory
For the first time in the history of the state the impressive Kadosh burial service of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons was conducted last midnight at Albert Pike Cathedral over the remains of the late Hon. Ralph L. Goodrich.
At 3:30 yesterday afternoon the Scottish Rite bodies assembled at the cathedral, whence they repaired to the home of their deceased brother, and escorted the remains back to lie in state beneath the protecting wings of the symbolic brazen eagle and the half-masted colors of the order and the nation, with a guard of honor on duty. The public was invited to attend the service, unique because of its rarity, and impressive as the most ritualistic of orders could render the obsequies of an esteemed frater. Fully five hundred spectators crowded into the beautiful cathedral, its full capacity, and the doors were closed to prevent overcrowding. As many were turned away, unable to secure an entrance.
At the hour of 12, “that hour o’ night’s black arch the keystane,” the ritual service of the Knights of Kadosh began, being conducted by C. E. Rosenbaum, 33d degree, commander-in-chief, Fay Hempstead, 32d degree, prior, and John Brodie, 32d degree, preceptor, Arkansas Consistory No 1, all in full regalia, assisted by the brethren. The title of the deceased was K.C.C.H., marshal of ceremonies of the same body.
The casket rested upon a catafalque, surrounded by burning candles. The decorations were in white, violet and scarlet, representing, respectively, the lodge of perfection, the mourning color of the consistory and the Rose Croix Chapter. Black draperies were also employed, and emblems of mourning were profuse.
The service, under such impressive environments, could not fail but impress all spectators with the supreme solemnity of the occasion. At intervals between the reading and responses of the service there was appropriate singing by the choir. The services last just three-quarters of an hour.
Among the visiting Masons in attendance were John M. Sears, 33d degree, Elliott Lang, Major J. T. Barchus, and J. Brooks, of Memphis; C. N. Rix and W. L. Babcock, of Hot Springs.
At 9:45 this morning the Masonic fraternity escorted the remains to Christ Church, where the funeral was held at 10 o’clock. The interment was at Mount Holly Cemetery and was conducted by Western Star Lodge No. 2, F. & A.M.
The remains were removed to Christ Church at 9:45 a.m. today, accompanied by the funeral party. The casket was placed on the bier directly in front of the alter. The pall-bearers and lodge members were seated on the right and the family of the deceased on the left. Sympathizing friends filled the remainder of the seats, many ladies being present. The Christ Church choir discoursed soft music during the services, which were the regular funeral services of the Episcopal Church. Rev. John Gass preached the funeral sermon.
After the services the casket, preceeded by Dr. Gass, was slowly moved down the aisle, preceded by the Omer Weaver Camp, U.C.V., the Knights Templar and Masons, who formed a guard from the door to the hearse. Between these lines the casket was conveyed to the hearse by….
…the funeral cortege then proceeded to the cemetery, the different secret society members being in front, and the hearse guarded by the pallbearers.
Ralph L. Goodrich’s Last Will and Testament, November 1896
I, Ralph L. Goodrich, of the city of Little Rock, and State of Arkansas, declare this to be my last Will and Testament. I give and bequeath to W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay as Trustees, for my daughter Jennie Edith Goodrich, all the jewels, trinkets, and personal ornaments, now in my possession, some of which are in my safe at my office, West room, and my library in my present residence, and all my books, papers, and manuscripts, and letters except as hereinafter bequeathed for her separate use as long as she lives, and to the heirs of her body, free from any marital rights of any husband that she may have, my said daughter, however, to have the use of the same during her lifetime. And I direct that said library or any part of it shall not be given away, sold or disposed of in any way, and in case of the death of my said daughter without issue of her body, the same, with the exception of the papers, manuscripts and letters, shall be given to the Arkansas College at Batesville, Arkansas, absolutely for the use of said college as a gift from me.
After paying my debts, if there are any at the time of my death, and my funeral expenses, I give and bequeath out of my insurance, payable on my death by the Knights of Honor, and Royal Arcanum the sum of Twelve Hundred ($1200) Dollars to my sister Sarah A. Goodrich, and to my brother S. Stephen Goodrich for the use of his wife, the sum of Seven Hundred ($700) Dollars, both of the town of Tioga, County of Tioga and State of New York, in lieu of whatever demands they may have upon me. The residue of said Insurance money I give and bequeath to W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay of Little Rock, as trustees, to be invested as said Trustees shall deem best, the interest of which after defraying the charges of said Trustees, to be paid to my said daughter and her children, and in the case of the death of my said daughter without issue, then said amount so invested if not invested in the improvement of property herein, after directed shall vest absolutely in J. Augusta Griffing, Sarah A. Goodrich, Mary C. Horton, and S. Stephen Goodrich, my brother and sisters and their heirs, and if said insurance money be not paid to the Trustees herein before named, but paid directly to my said Daughter and said Trustees shall be unable to get possession of or control it then and in that event I direct that said legacies herein bequeathed and the costs of improving my property as herein directed shall be a charge upon my real estate in Little Rock.
I give and devise to B. M. Stebbins and Fred C. Hill in trust as follows: For Sarah A. Goodrich and for Nettie Beebe and her father, Hiram A. Beebe, all of Owego, Tioga County and State of New York, the income, the building known as the Gazette Block, in the Village of Owego, Tioga County, New York, equally between said Sarah A. Goodrich and said Nettie Beebe for her and her father after paying all charges, insurance, taxes, and charges of Trustees upon the same, as long as they live, the whole of said income to revert to the survivor, and on the death of said Sarah A. Goodrich, Hiram A. Beebe and Nettie Beebe, the said property shall be held in trust by said B. M. Stebbins and Fred C. Hill of Owego, Tioga County, New York, whom I hereby appoint trustees and also my executors of this property net income of which they shall pay to my said daughter during her natural life and after her death to the heirs of her body, until said heirs become severally of age, and in case of the death of my said daughter without issue, then said property shall vest absolutely in my brother and sisters above named and their heirs share and share alike.
I appoint W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay of the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, Trustees and they shall hold in trust all my real estate and all personal property, bank account, closes in action, and debts due me when collected, except such as are herein after mentioned for the sole use and benefit of my said daughter during her natural life, and her children, until her children become severally of age, and if my said daughter dies without leaving issue of her body, then said property shall vest absolutely in my brother and sisters above named and their heirs share and share alike. I request the Trustees W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay that so soon as business shall demand it; they shall convert my residence and its grounds into business property in such a manner as they shall deem best at a cost not to exceed Twelve Thousand ($12,000) Dollars and for that purpose they may use all the income derived from my property of every kind whether herein after described or not and mortgage the said property if necessary to raise means to make the said residence and its grounds into substantial business property and said trustees may also improve my property on the corner of Markham and State Street as may be for the best interest of my estate. I give and bequeath to my said daughter for her sole use and benefit, and the heirs of her body, free from all marital rights of any husband that she may have all my furniture, household utensils, silver and plate, pictures and household paraphernalia of every kind, I give and bequeath to my dear friend George B. Rose of the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, as a small return for the manifold favors received at his hands, and of his fathers, U. M. Rose, the following works to wit; [John Marin] Crawford’s “Kalevala” [the epic poem of Finland] in two volumes, “Musee Royal de Naples [Peintures, Bronzes et Statues Erotiques du] Cabinet Secret,” now locked up in the lower drawer of the dressing case in my chamber, “The Great Modern Painters,” English, French, German, &c., in eight volumes, folio, and Morris’ “Sigend the Valseing” and I direct that these be delivered to him without delay after my death. I desire that B. M. Stebbins and Fred C. Hill of Owego, New York, herein designated as Trustees of the property in Owego, New York, shall have the authority and power to appoint a successor in case of the death of one of them and like authority and power are given to W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay, Trustees of my estate in Little Rock. I desire that my said daughter have the right to occupy my present residence, free of rent during her life, and in case she moves out of it she shall be entitled to the rent of it during her lifetime.
I hereby appoint W. B. Worthen and Gordon N. Peay executors of this my Will.
Ralph L. Goodrich
Little Rock, Arkansas
November 23, 1896
- William Booker Worthen was the son of George Alfonzo Worthen (1816-1864) and Louisa Jane Booker (1827-1895). He was born 17 Sep 1852 in Little Rock and died 23 Oct 1911 in Little Rock. He was a banker, founder of W. B. Worthen Co. Bankers, and a member of the Knights of Honor, Royal Arcanum. His second wife was Mollie Crease Peay (1856-1944), a daughter of Gordon Neill Peay, who was the Captain of Company A, 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Mollie’s brother, Gordon Neill Peay II, served as co-executor with William Booker Worthen of Ralph L. Goodrich’s estate.
- Gordon Neil Peay II was the son of Gordon Neill Peay and Sue Nelson Crease. His father had been a prominent citizen of Little Rock and had served as the Captain of Company A, 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment — the unit in which Ralph Goodrich served during the Civil War. Gordon Neil Peay II was probably born in the 1850’s. In 1893, he resided at 722 West 2d Street and worked as Secretary in the Nick Peay Company. He is known to have married Zilla Cole.
- The 12 June 1900 minutes of the Board at Arkansas College (now Lyons College) has the following entry: “During the year, a collection of several hundred volumes in various foreign languages came to the library from the library of the late Hon. Ralph L. Goodrich of Little Rock.” According to Dr. Brooks Blevins, Director of Regional Studies at Lyons College, the rare collection is not catalogued by donor so the Goodrich-donated books are scattered among the several thousand volumes in their library. One known book attributed to the Goodrich donation is entitled, “Sanhita of the Sama Veda.” It was published in London in 1843 by the Society for the Publication of Oriental Texts and was sold by James Madden & Co. The only markings on the title page are the name of Goodrich and the date, January 1885. (This particular book can be found in rare book stores for approximately $300.)
- George B. Rose was the son of U. M. Rose and Margaret Gibbs. He was born 10 July 1860 in Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas. He died in 9 July 1942 in Little Rock. He was a renaissance art authority and author on the subject. He was also an attorney at Rose, Loughborough, Dobyns & House.
- Uriah Milton Rose,1834-1913, was appointed chancellor of Pulaski County, Arkansas, Chancery Court, 1860. He was President of the American Bar Association in 1901 and was appointed commissioner to the International Peace Conference at the Hague, Holland, by Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.
- Ralph L. Goodrich died on 6 October 1897. He is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Burial Index, 1843-1993, compiled by Sybil F. Crawford & Mary Fletcher Worthen, records that Ralph rendered Confederate service, was a mason, belonged to the Eclectic Society, and held a job as Clerk of the U.S. District Court (1880 census).
Complaint in Equity
The following complaint in Equity was filed by Goodrich’s daughter, Edith Goodrich Van Lear, many years later. In it, she claims that she is owed money from her father’s estate.
In the Pulaski Chancery Court
Edith Van Lear and Sarah Jane Van Lear, Plaintiffs
Gordon N. Peay, as trustee under the will of Ralph L. Goodrich, deceased, Mary Fry, Helen De Groat, Frances Goodrich, Benjamin Goodrich, Fannie Van De Mark and Frederick G. Horton, Defendants.
Complaint in Equity.
Ralph L. Goodrich, who was the father of the plaintiff Edith Van Lear and the grandfather of the plaintiff Sarah Van Lear, departed this life on the 6th day of October, 1897, leaving a will, which was duly probated in the Probate Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, where the said Ralph L. Goodrich resided at the time of his death. Said will is in words and figures as follows:
[Copy of Will]
Said Ralph L. Goodrich left a widow, whom he married after the execution of this will, and who resides upon his homestead. Outside of the said homestead, he left only his household furniture, which is in possession of his widow, and the East fifty feet of Lots Ten, Eleven, and Twelve in Block Two, and all of Lot Three in Block Nine, all in the City of Little Rock, in this County.
The said W. B. Worthen, one of the trustees in said will named, has departed this life, and the vacancy caused by his death has not been filled. The defendant, Gordon N. Peay, therefore remains the sole trustee.
The plaintiff, Edith Van Lear, is the said J[ennie] Edith Goodrich mentioned in the will; and the plaintiff Sarah Van Lear, is her daughter; and the two plaintiffs are the only heirs of the said Ralph L. Goodrich.
The plaintiffs are in destitute circumstances. The said Edith Van Lear is in bad health and unable to earn anything by her labor, so that their only means of support are the earnings of the said Sarah Van Lear as a stenographer in the town of Staunton , Virginia, where they reside. Said earnings amount to $80 per month, and are wholly inadequate for the support of the plaintiffs.
In pursuance of the directions in said will, the trustees therein borrowed from the W. B. Worthen Company, Bankers, of Little Rock , Arkansas , the sum of $12,000, with which they converted the said Lot 3 in Block 9 of this city into business property, on which the trustee collects rents.
The only other piece of property is the East 50 feet of Lots 10, 11 and 12, in Block 2 in said city, a tract of 50 by 150 feet on the Northeast corner of Markham and Scott Streets in said city, on which there is a one-story brick building. There came into the possession of the trustee no means with which to keep this building in repair and it has fallen into such a state of decay that it cannot be rented for any sum and no income whatever can be derived therefrom.
The carrying charges for said property are as follows: Taxes $1445.02; interest upon the $12,000 borrowed from W. B, Worthen Company, $780.00; fire insurance $155; making a total of $2410.02, to which should be added an estimated amount of $200 for expenses of repairs and the losses through vacancies, so that it will require about $2600 to carry said property, and the annual rentals amount only to $2016.
Unless something is done the entire property will be consumed by taxes, insurance charges, repairs and interest upon said loan, and the mortgage given to secure the said loan will be foreclosed and the property lost entirely to the plaintiffs and to all parties to this suit.
Augusta Griffing mentioned in said will has departed this life, leaving as her only heir the defendant, Mrs. Mary Fry, of Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas.
The said Stephen Goodrich mentioned in said will has departed this life, leaving as his heirs the defendants Mrs. Helen De Groat and Miss Frances Goodrich, both of Cortland, New York, Benjamin Goodrich, of Owego, New York, and Ralph Goodrich of 2931 John Street, Detroit, Michigan.
The said Sarah A. Goodrich, mentioned in said will, has departed this life without bodily heirs.
Mary C. Horton mentioned in the will has departed this life, leaving as her heirs the defendants Mrs. Fannie Van De Mark, of Newark Valley, New York, and Frederick G. Horton of Owego, New York.
The premises considered, the plaintiffs pray, as the only means of saving anything out of the said property for the plaintiffs or for the defendants, that said property be sold and the proceeds applied, first, to the satisfaction of said mortgage to the W. B. Worthen Company, and that any fund remaining be established as a trust fund, primarily for the benefit of the plaintiffs, and secondarily for the benefit of the defendants; and for such other relief as may be deemed equitable.
[George B.] Rose, [Wilson E.] Hemingway, [Deaderick Harrell] Cantrell, & [James Fairfax] Loughborough
Solicitors for Plaintiffs