1535__MAGDALENA RICHTER EST ) WILL. THE STATE OF TEXAS, ) COUNTY OF LAVACA. ) KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: THAT WE, Joseph Richter Sr. and Magdalena Richter, both of Lavaca County, Texas, "husband and wife," being in good health and of sound and desposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. 1st. -- I direct that all my just debts shall be paid and that the legacies hereinafter given, shall, after the payment of my debts be paid out of my estate. 2nd. -- We direct that our present homestead, consisting of seventeen acres of land with improvements thereon be held and used by the survivor so long as either may live. 3rd. -- We direct after the death of the first one of us, our children, Joseph Richter, Ferdinand Richter, and Louis Richter, shall recieve in equal shares, - one half of all our money on hand or outstanding, - Notes. 4th. --We direct that after the survivor's death said homestead with stock of cattle horses etc. shall become the property of said our children, Joseph, Ferdinand, and Louis; said homestead being valued at $900.00, and shall the supervision and control of said place be hereby vested in our son, Joseph Richter until actual sale of the same may be had. 5th. -- We hereby exclude our grand daughter, Lena Anders, married to Julius Hohensee, as she has received a value of $1000.00 in land, their present homestead. 6th. -- We direct that after the death of the survivor the other half of all the personal estate, such as monies, cattle etc., be equally divided among said Joseph, Ferdinand, and Louis Richter, share and share alike. 7th. -- We constitute and appoint our said son Joseph Richter, sole executor this our will & direct that no action be had in the County Court in the administration of the estate, - except to prove and record the will; b.-- to return an inventory & appraisment; c.-- and that said executor be not required to give any bond. In witness whereof, we have herunto set our hands this the 8th day of October, 1898. Josef Richter Magdalena Richter The above instrument was now here subscribed by Jos Richter and Magdalena Richter, testators in our presense, and we at their request, and in their presence, sign our names hereto, as attesting witnesses. A. Nesrsta E. Gieptner Filed Oct. 8, 1907, -- Jno. Buchanan, -- C.C.L.C.
These are my transcriptions of documents we have found pertaining to Marie Berger Richter Walzel’s estate.We are digging into the land documents next, hoping to find clues to other Berger, Richter, or Walzel family members. The on mystery we have is the land in Muenster. In the 1948 document below, it is stated that certified copies have been filed in DeWitt County, so we will start there in search of any details we can get.... the search goes on... we really don’t want to drive to Gainsville to search there... but there may be no choice. My hope is that the Muenster property was passed down from a parent... either Marie’s, or Anton’s, since we know Joseph’s parents were mostly around the Moulton area. That would give us a documented source for an, as of yet, unknown parent.
Mr. Edwin J. Richter, DURELL MILLER Mrs. Helen M. Janssen, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Mr. John C. Richter, State Bank Building Mr. E. E. Richter, Yoakum, Texas Mrs. Lillie S. Adamek. January 30, 1948
Dear Friends: Re: Marie Walzel Estate.
The sale of all the lands of the above estate to M. L. Williams has been consummated. At the time of the appointment of the receiver, Mr. W. E. Ehlers, there was on hand in First State Bank, Yoakum, Texas, the sum of $1746.43. The receiver collected $100.00 rents from the 100 acres for 1947. He collected $5000.00 for the 100 acre sale. This makes a total of $6846.43 coming into his hands and such Receiver and for distribution, after expenses.
All expenses were ordered by the Court to be paid first, including the abstracts, taxes, revenue stamps, recording fees, etc and a 5% commission to the Receiver on the sale and collecting the rent. A refund of the contributions was also ordered. Mrs. Edwin J. Richter did not insist that her $250.00 claim be penned for payment, but waived it for the sake of harmony.
The expenses, etc, are as follows:
Court costs $34.65 Lavaca County taxes 159.59 Cooke County taxes 17.44 Receiver’s commissions 255.00 De Witt County abstracts 36.00 Revenue stamps on deed 5.50 Recording certified copies In De Witt County 13.50 City of Yoakum tax certificate 1.00
City of Yoakum taxes $12.64 De Witt County taxes 5.30 City of Muenster taxes 18.05 Lavaca County abstract 37.00 Cooke County abstract 28.50 Recording curative matter 2.50 Recording certified copies In Cooke County 11.50 Muenster tax certificate 1.00
Total $639.17 Each of you contributed $40.00, except Mrs. Adamek, who contributed $20.00. This makes a total of $180.00. Three of the defendants contributed $40.00 each and one $10.00, or a total of $130.00, making a total of $310.00, the heirs, 1/9th each, or $655.25 each, with the extra cent going to Anton A. Richter. This makes the share of all five of you totaling $3456.25, but allowance must be made for the difference in contributions. Hence, each of you, except Mrs. Adamek, are entitled to $695.25 each, and Mrs. Adamek to $675.25.
My agreed fee for representing you in the partition suit was $250.00, or $50.00 from each of you. This makes Edwin J. Richter, Mrs. Helen M. Jannsen, John C. Richter and E. E. Richter each entitled to $645.25, and Mrs. Lillie S. Adamek entitled to $625.25, and I enclose my check to each of you for the sum last named.
Thanking you, and with best wishes, I remain Yours very truly, (SIGNED) DURELL MILLER DM.p Inc 1 each