Charles H. Shinn
Robert Underwood Johnson
in the estate by a special agreement, would leave the trusteeship in actual existence, holding a half-interest in the tract; the other half would belong to the Kate Armstrong estate. In other words the widow deeded her interest to us, but if other! papers filed previously are not contested, she had nothing to deed! here is no probability of any such contest, which would be unfortunate from every point of view, although she would gain largely in other directions.
The total value of the Armstrong estate is about $100,000. The assessed value of the redwood land is $20,000 and it is probably worth $50,000 as it stands. If Colonel Armstrong had retained his capacity for business, he would probably have proved able to deed this, and endow it as he planned, with a large sum of money.His desire to do this led him to put off the final deed from 28 time to time until he broke down,.His family lawyer tells me that he expected to give it $100,000 in cash, and that he would very likely have done so if his health had been maintained, as he was an able man handling large enterprises, which wre, however, liiyond the capacity of those who had to take them up.
I was impressed with the evident anxiety of Miss Lizzie Arm -strong, the present head of the family, to secure in the end some memorial of her father to whom she was much devoted.She hopes that the original grove of forty acres, all very fine trees,-- virgin forest can ultimately be deeded for a forestry station, under the charge of the University, or handled in some way that will make it useful to the State.She is to communicate with me from time to time
1900 Dec 30
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