Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, January 08, 2011 at 12:33:18 :
The Marin Journal
Thursday, February 4, 1897
The Pierce Estate
Mrs. Mary J. Pierce Owns the Princely Ranch
The case of Jewell et al vs. Pierce et al, involving t he title to an undivided one half of the Pierce ranch in this county, containing some 2.500 acres, was decided last week in our Superior Court, in favor of defendants. The effect of this decision is to give Mrs. Mary J. Pierce, the widow of Abram Pierce, the whole of said ranch. When Abram died, he left surviving him his wife, and William S. Pierce, a son by a former marriage. He was then the owner of one-half of said ranch, which he gave to his wife, the other one-half being the property of Sarah C. Pierce, the mother of Abram and the grandmother of William. Sarah C. Pierce died subsequently, leaving a will, and the case in our Superior Court turned upon the construction of this will and the decree of distributions rendered thereon by the Superior Court, of Sonoma county, in the matter of the estate of Sarah C. Pierce.
It was held by Judge Angellotti that under the will and the decree of distributions, William S. Pierce succeeded to all the property of Sarah C. Pierce, and that upon his death, which occurred at Petaluma about a year ago, Mrs. Pierce, his stepmother, succeeded thereto under his will. Some interesting legal questions were involved. Messrs. Burnett and Leppo, of Santa Rosa, and C. S. Farquar, of Petaluma, were attorneys for the plaintiffs, and W. B. Haskell, of Petaluma, and Myrick and Deering, of San Francisco, represented the defendants.
The Pierce ranch is one of the finest in this State or any other. Mrs. Mollie Pierce, now the sole owner, is absent on an enforced journey to Australia for the benefit of her health, which has been poor for some time.
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