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Will of Joseph E. Rhoads

 Will Book X, Page 120

Filed 8 Oct. 1919

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.


Elizabeth Tatnal

****** Jackson


Submitted by Ray Rhoads


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