Joseph E. Rhoads
Book X, Page 120
I, Joseph E. Rhoads of the City of Harrisburg in
the County of Dauphin, and State of Pennsylvania do hereby make and
publish this my last will and testament as follows, to wit:
The lot of land situate at No. 1201 and No. 1202
North Second Street in said City of Harrisburg, extending eastwardly
along Cumberland Street about One hundred (100) feet. I devise to my
wife Louisa Rhoads, for life, with remainder to my four children
hereinafter named. All the furniture and furnishings contained in my
home at said No. 1201 North Second Street, I give and bequeath to my
said wife, absolutely.
All the rest and residue of my property of every
description, real, personal and mixed I devise and bequeath in five
equal shares; one share to my said wife; one share to each of my three
sons Charles D. Rhoads, Joseph E. Rhoads and Ross R. Rhoads, and one
share to my daughter Sarah Grace Rhoads.
It is my wish and desire that my present business
of dealing in lime, cement, coal, terra cotta pipe ** now carried on
at Cowden and Forster Streets and at Eighteenth and Hildrup Streets,
in the said City of Harrisburg, be maintained and continued after my
decease, under the sole control and management of my said son Ross R.
Rhoads, and with the same capital, including real estate, now used in
said business, so long as said business may continue to be profitable
or desirable; and until three or more of my said five legatees shall
be of opinion that said business should be discontinued. In case it
should be decided by three or more of my said legatees not to continue
said business, or at any time hereafter to discontinue and terminate
the same, I will and direct that my said son Ross R. Rhoads, shall
then have the right to take over the personal estate, effects and
assets of said business or of the business now carried on at either of
the places aforesaid, at an appraised valuation made by competent
parties to be selected by the executors hereinafter named, or their
successor, and also to take the land now occupied and used in carrying
on said business – or the land at either of said places – at a
valuation of Twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) for the land at
Cowden and Forster Streets, and at a valuation of Six thousand dollars
($6,000.00) for the land at Eighteenth and Hildrup Streets; the land
designated as being at Cowden and Forster Streets to include all of
the land bounded by Cowden, Forster, Seventh and Brown Streets. And
upon the payment of said valuation money the co-executor of the said
Ross R. Rhoads is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to execute
and deliver to the said Ross R. Rhoads a proper deed conveying to him
said land or lands, in fee simple.
So long as my said business shall be continued as
aforesaid, a sufficient part of the profits thereof, and in case the
same is taken over by the said Ross R. Rhoads, a sufficient part of
the income derived from the price paid by him, shall be applied to the
comfortable support and maintenance of my said wife Lousia Rhoads, and
my said daughter, Sarah Grace Rhoads in the home at No. 1201 North
Second Street, during the lifetime of my said wife, without regarde to
any other income which either of them may have.
I nominate and appoint my said wife Louisa Rhoads
and my said son Ross R. Rhoads to be the executors of this my last
will and testament.
In witness whereof I, the said Joseph E. Rhgoads
the testator have to this my last will testament written on one sheet
of paper set my hand and seal this 22nd day of February
A.D. One thousand nine hundred and fifteen (1915).
Joseph E. Rhoads
Signed, sealed published and declared by the
above named Joseph E. Rhoads as and for his last will and testament in
the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names, at his
request, as witnesses thereunto, in the presence of the said testator
and of each other, on the day and year aforesaid.
Submitted by Ray Rhoads