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Carlton Wilson will filed - $71,000 in bequests


Posted By: Joanne Breen (email)
Date: 9/9/2023 at 16:03:15

Carlton Wilson will filed

$71,000 in bequests

In a will dated June 3, 1967, and filed for probate early this afternoon the late Carlton C. Wilson, long – time Washington attorney, has left a total of $71,000in charitable and philanthropic bequests to the city of Washington and to Washington county people and institutions.

For the replacement or repair of the Iowa clock in the tower of Washington county courthouse Mr. Wilson has provided up to $6,000.

To the Park Board of Washington, Iowa, Mr. Wilson has bequeathed $20,000.

The Y. M. C. A. of Washington, Iowa will receive $20,000 and the Y. W. C. A. of Washington, Iowa $5,000 under the terms of the will.

The will provides $10,000 to set up a “Community Charitable Trust,” with the Rev. T. J. Lew as trustee with wide powers of discretion.

The board of supervisors of Washington County is given (subject to their acceptance) the sum of $10,000 in trust to provide some of “The pleasure of life” for persons being cared for at county expense in, in “any Washington county institution or hospital.”

All these bequests are in addition to provisions made for his surviving widow, Julia E. Wilson, and a number of personal bequests to relatives and other individuals.

In providing up the $6,000 for the Town Clock, Mr. Wilson’s will states, the “amount shall be for the repair or replacement of the town clock in the tower of the county courthouse, in order to place it in good working order. If it is repaired or replaced at less than $6,000, the bequest shall be the actual amount of the repair or replacement.”

Creates Trust

The “Community Charitable Trust” created under the terms of the will provides $10,000 with the principal and income to be distributed by the trustee or successors “deserving persons in the community of Washington, Iowa, in amounts not to exceed $500 per award.”

The warmth and feeling of this bequest are well expressed by the exact language of the will which says the Trustee shall make “distribution to needy persons in the community who are suffering because of unfortunate circumstances arising beyond their control, regardless of their religious affiliation.”

Rev. R. J. Lew, for many years pastor of St. James church, is named Trustee without bond and with authority to designate his successor.

Mr. Wilson’s concern for the destitute and the less fortunate of the community is even more clearly evidenced by the final trust set up by his will. $10,000 to be administered by the board of supervisors as trustees.

The fund, according to his will, is “to provide for needed clothing, wearing apparel, and some pleasures of life, for persons being cared for at county expense in any Washington County institution or hospital.”

The will adds, “I desire that these funds be used to give those unfortunate people some pleasures and comforts beyond the ordinary basic necessities of life usually furnished under the circumstances, but this shall not be used for hospital or medical expense or to relieve the county of the ordinary and usual care expense.”

This bequest is subject to the acceptance by the board of supervisors of the terms and conditions as set forth.

Executors of the will are Julie E. Wilson and Paul R. Wheelan.

Source: Washington Evening Journal, November 29,

Transcribed by Deborah Johnson Wagner


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