The Story of Henry Marshall and his Inheritance..
Henry Marshall, a wiry 80-year-o!d from! Carleton Place, will collect less than $300,000.
Mr. Marshall’s brother William R. Marshall, whom he last saw 56 years ago died three weeks ago in Washington leaving $439,000 without a will. The prominent realtor left most of this sum in cash. “He’ll collect about two-thirds of the total,” explained Mr. Gittings. “The rest will go to the government under the U.S. Federal Estate Tax laws.
The lawyer said he had been advised of the whereabout of Mr. Marshall’s younger brother by a lady from Canada with a French name. He couldn’t recall the name but mailed a letter to Mr. Marshall in Carleton Place immediately outlining details of the estate.
Henry Marshall chuckled with the town baker, William Woodcock, about how the news spread. A lady in Mr. Woodcock’s employ recalled, after seeing an item in Saturday’s Citizen that her husband once worked for a Henry Marshall. After confirming the name she went to tell him the news. Since then it has spread like wildfire. The item told of the search for a Henry Marshall who was last known to be around Ottawa 30 years ago.
Mr. Marshall had come from Quebec and farmed in Lanark County for several years. He has a son, Thomas, living at White Lake, and a daughter Olive, (now Mrs. Thomas Nulan) of Malton, Ont. This tallies with the information held by the lawyer in Washington. Mr. Marshall says nothing will change. “I’ll just have to hang onto the brains I’ve got,” he said referring to any sharpies who try to get the money. He has already had several offers from Montreal to drive him to Washington.
However, he doesn’t see any need to go after the money. The parting of the ways for the Marshall brothers came 30 years ago, just after Henry Marshall’s wife and small daughter died. His elder bachelor brother wanted to adopt the son but Henry considered this an improper request and the two drifted out of touch with each other. The picture of health and happiness now, Henry Marshall is a well respected and well known resident of Carleton Place.
He boasts many cronies among Carleton Place’s retired farmer set. Several of them have been around to congratulate him on his good fortune. He enjoys the company of Nat Tudor a former farmer, or Fred Garland, who lives next door to his 50 William Street quarters. His little spare time is spent watching television. ‘ “I only believe a little of what I see on TV,” he said, while a TV cameraman was setting up his lights. “And I never thought that ‘Millionaire program made much sense ’til now.” ‘
March 1960– Almonte Gazette
March 3 — It was reported that a Carleton Place man by the of Marshall had inherited a brother who died.
According to a dispatch which appeared in an Ottawa newspaper datdd Feb. 26, Henry Marshall, 80 years old of Carleton Place has inherited a fortune from his brother, William R. Marshall, a Washington D. C. real estate operator. A dispatch, presumably from a United States news service, appeared in Saturday’s daily papers announcing that William R. Marshall had died without a will and that his estate of $439,000 would go to his next of kin, a brother living in Canada if he could be located.
On this being drawn to the attention of the elderly Carleton Place man, who is a widower and lives alone in a white frame house at the corner of William and George Streets, he stated that the American lawyers need look no further for the heir as he was the man they were trying to locate.
According to his story it was 30 years since he last met William R. At that time Henry had lost his wife and a daughter and the elder brother attempted to adopt his son Tommy and take him back to the States with him. This did not suit Henry so he refused and the brother returned home never to communicate with him again. He did hear from him from time to time, indirectly, through a sister now deceased and who lived at Cornwall and with whom the Washington broker corresponded now and then.
Mr. Marshall who was brought up on a farm in Quebec, farmed for some time in the Clayton district and then moved to a farm near Ashton from which he retired 12 years ago, to live in Carleton Place. His married son lom, 48 now lives on a farm at White Lake and a daughter Olive, Mrs. C. Nolan lives at Malton. The Ottawa newspaper in which this story appeared made quite a hit of it as a staff reporter was sent to Carleton Place to interview the elderly Mr. Marshall.
The scribe goes into great detail about the old man’s homely habit describing his two box stoves for which he still chops wood and even the rocking chair in which he takes his ease beside one of these comfortable heaters. It appears from what this writer found that Mr. Marshall is a well-preserved person who sometimes fills in as a babysitter for younger people who live nearby and want to go out for an evening.
There is a picture of Mr. Marshall in this newspaper which shows the face of a rather handsome, kindly old chap with a well trimmed moustache. Those who read the story will hope that it is all true and that he does not have to clear too many hurdles in order to claim his inheritance. It is said that Mr.. Marshall farmed in the Wright schoolhouse section of Ramsay which is quite a few miles from Clayton. It is a long time since then and not many people will recall the Marshall family being there.