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GARRETT ESTATE (01/05/53)

January 5, 1953

IN RE GARRETT ESTATE


Appeals, Nos. 188 to 191, 195, 200, 208, 214 to 219 and 226, Jan. T., 1952, from decree of Orphans' Court of Philadelphia County, 1932, No. 2552, in Estate of Henrietta E. Garrett, Deceased. Decree affirmed; reargument refused February 13, 1953.

COUNSEL

Harry R. Back, with him Back & Levy and H. Jerome Jaspan, for Marsh claimants, appellants.

J. Wray Connolly, with him Moorhead & Knox, for Hoover, claimant, appellant.

Stella J. Platte, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Caroline McDonald Wismiller, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

William H. Schwartz, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Mrs. Adele Schwarz Arnold, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Henry Schwarz, Jr., in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Walter Henry Schatz Platte, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Maxine K. Platte Schuessler, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Ella Schwarz Bott, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Walter H. Schwarz, in propria persona, claimant, appellant.

Arthur R. Schor, with him Rowland F. Kirks, Gerald A. Greeson, Thomas H. Creighton, Jr., and Howard H. Yocum, for Attorney General of the United States, etc., et al., appellees.

Percival H. Granger, Counsel, and Harry F. Stambaugh, Special Counsel, with them Harry T. Devine and Joseph X. Yaffe, Assistant Counsel and Robert E. Woodside, Attorney General, for claimant, appellee.

Before Stern, C.j., Jones, Bell and Musmanno, JJ.

Author: Per Curiam

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OPINION PER CURIAM

Henrietta E. Garrett died a resident of Philadelphia County on November 16, 1930, intestate as to her residuary estate of over $17,000,000. Nearly 26,000 claims were filed in the Court below by persons claiming the estate as next of kin. The Orphans' Court appointed a Master and Examiners who held some 2,000 hearings and took the testimony of over 1,100 witnesses. The record composed mainly of testimony and exhibits, totals 390 volumes covering over 115,000 pages. After a painstaking examination of the thousands of claims which were presented, the Master submitted to the Orphans' Court on September 18, 1950, a 900 page report which included 2,077 findings of fact and 36 conclusions of law. The Master found that the decedent, Henrietta E. Garrett, nee Schaeffer, was survived by three first cousins, Herman Adolph Kretschmar, Howard Sigismund Kretschmar and Johann Peter

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Christian Schaefer I, and that these relatives were entitled, as next of kin, to her estate under the Intestate ...


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