From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.
The will of Mrs. Elizabeth Hodapp, who lived at 226 Pawnee street and who died April 8, was filed for probating today. It was made under date of August 8, 1941. there was a codicil added to it under date of December 18, 1941.
The first bequest is that Mrs. Hodapp's brother, William Gordon, is to have the right to live in the house at 1004 North Third street during his life time and at his death it is to be given to her daughter, Jennie H. Brown.
The next bequest is that building at 1000 North Third street, 1006 North Third, 1008 North Third, 224 and 226 Pawnee street, 306 Cheyenne street, with all contents of houses, sheds and jewelry, other than mentioned in the will, be given to their daughter, Jennie H. Brown.
One bequest says in part: "I bequeath to my daughter, Jennie H. Brown, $50 per month for the time she nursed me, in both sickness and health. I wish to protect her rights and see that she be treated fairly, for the kindness she has shown we all my life.
"Should any of my heirs cause any trouble of any kind for my daughter or her children, Elizabeth Brown, Alice Brown Ryan, Marie Brown Wood, they are to be cut off with $1 and the share I have set aside for the troublemakers in my will shall go to Jennie H. Brown. Should anyone sue for any part of the estate of the late George Hodapp, they shall be given $1 and the share of the troublemakers go to Jennie H. Brown. I give as a personal gift of love and affection to my daughter, Jennie H. Brown, the balance due on her home located at 2644 Westgate Drive in Houston, Tex." It is stated that everything the testator gave to her daughter Jennie H. Brown was a gift and not a loan.
The sum of $2,000 and property at 1010, 1012 and 1014 North Third street and one pearl picture are bequeathed to her daughter, Emma Watson.
The sum of $2,000 and property at 1016 and 1018 North Third street and 225 Cheyenne street and one pearl picture are bequeathed to her daughter, Louise Schiffgen.
Bequests to granddaughters and grandsons are made as follows: Marie Brown Wood, $500; Donald Watson, $500; Marie Beatty, $500, with watch and chain and picture of herself; John Schiffgen, $50; Mildred Schiffgen, $50; Catherine Schiffgen, the sum of $250 for education; Barbara Schiffgen, $250 for education; Edith Beatty, $50; a niece, Patty Day, $100; a niece, Genevieve Gordon, $100; daughter-in-law, Helen Hodapp, $100.
All the money the testator has in the Manufacturers State bank at the present time is to be shared alike when the following three grandchildren become 25 years old: John Albert Hodapp, Elizabeth Ann Hodapp and Elaine Hodapp.
The closing paragraph bequeaths to Dr. F. M. Morrow $500, also a piano and a picture of a child and dog for his kindness to the testator. The codicil to the will under date of December 18, 1941, reduces this bequest to Dr. Morrow to $100.
A paragraph in the codicil says: "First to my daughters, Emma Watson and Louise Schiffgen, I bequeathed to each $2,000 in said will and I hereby ratify the bequest to each, but I revoke any provision in said will whereby I devise real estate to my said daughters, Emma Watson and Louise Schiffgen."
The bequest to Mrs. Hodapp's brother, William Gordon, to have the right to live in the house at 1004 North Third street during his life time is revoked in the codicil.
In the codicil all the residue of Mrs. Hodapp's estate, real and personal, is bequeathed to Jennie H. Brown. She is nominated for executrix to serve without furnishing bond.
In the petition for probating the will nothing is said about the value of the real estate mentioned and it says the personal property is of a value of about $15,000.