Margaretha (Dienstbier) Etling
1834 — 1915
Last Will & Testament
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
I Margaretha Etling of the City of St. Louis in the County of . . . . . . . . and the State of Missouri being of sound mind, do make and publish this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT:
I revoke all former Wills & Testements [sic] made by me. It is my wish and desire that all my just debts be paid including my funeral and personal depts [sic]. I desire the Administrator of my Estate to sell and dispose of the real estate belonging to me to the best advantage as soon as possible.
Out of the money received from the property the Administrator shall set aside Two Hundred Dollars to be given to my daughter Elizabeth Wende. And for this she is to keep my lot in the St. Matthews Cemetary [sic] in good repair.
the [sic] Administrator is to set aside One Hundred & fifty Dollars for a headstone to be erected on my grave in St. Matthews Cemetary [sic] in the City of St. Louis Mo.
In consideration of services rendered me by my grand daughter Lulu Meser now the wife of Harry Steitz [sic], I will Two Hundred Dollars, and all the house hold & kitchen furniture at 2616 Potomace [sic] St.
To the grand children of my deceased Daughter Kathrinne [sic] my eldest daughter, I will each five dollars.
George Muelheman [sic] I give five Dollars. to Frederick Muelheman I give five Dollars. to Charlotte Muelheman I give five Dollars. to my grand children, Elizebeth [sic] Meyer I give five Dollars. to August Meyer, I give five Dollars.
To the grand childern [sic] of my Deceased Son Louis Etling I give each one five Dollars. Namely August 5.oo five Dollars. Charlotte, five Dollars Louis five Dollars, Martha five Dollars, Florence five Dollars George five dollars.
To my Daughter Charlotte Gerber I give the gold headed umbrella, to my Daughter Elisebeth [sic] Wende I give the Two Pictures of her father and of myself.
The balance of the money left out of my Estate is to be equally Divided between Charlotte Gerber wife of George L. Gerber, Elisebeth [sic] Wende and Amilia Beyer wife of Wm. F. Beyer, to Share and Share alike.
I Appoint My Brother John Dinsbeer Administrator of this my Last Will & Testement [sic] Without Bond or Security.
But in case he cannot or will not act, then I appoint George L. Gerber to act as the Administrator of my Estate in place of John Dinsbeer.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this Fifteenth day of February 1911.
We attest the above and foregoing Will, by subscribing our names hereto as witnesses, in the presence of Margaret Etling, the Testator, this 15 day of February 1911.
(Mrs.) Esther Dinsbeer.
STATE OF MISSOURI
CITY OF ST. LOUIS
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on this 8th day of March A.D., 1915, before me, the undersigned Clerk of the Probate Court of the City of St. Louis, personally came Esther Dinsbeer and John Dinsbeer who being both by me duly sworn, on their oaths, say: "We saw Margaretha Etling the testatrix subscribe her name to the annexed instrument in writing, bearing date the 15th day of February 1911, and heard her declare the same to be her last Will and Testament; we subscribed our names thereto as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said testatrix and at the same time of the execution of said instrument as aforesaid, and of our subscribing the same as such witnessed, she the said testatrix was of sound and disposing mind, to the best of our knowledge and belief."
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of March A. D., 1915.
George Brand, Clerk.
By H. Donnerberg, D. C.
Source: Margaretha Etling, 1915; Case No: 44673; St. Louis Probate Court; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Missouri. Photocopy of document courtesy of the Charles and Susanne Gerber family.