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The Last Wills & Testaments of Joseph & Anna Marie Schlitz

compiled & edited by Mike Reilly 1/5/00

    Actually what is listed below is the executors petition to the Court showing that the wills of Joseph and Anna Maria Schlitz were duly executed and they should be discharged from further duty. On the next page you'll find a report by the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper on Anna Maria Schlitz's will and its' contents.

    Clearly, nothing is mentioned about the name of Schlitz Brewing Company not being changed. The Company ownership was passed on to Anna Maria Schlitz but the day to day operations were administered by the Uihlein brothers.

    The original Joseph Schlitz will on microfilm at the Milwaukee County Courthouse is in such poor condition that what you read below is the only recognizable portion. The original will was thought (by County records employees) to have been given to the Milwaukee County Historical Society, but a call to the Society by a County employee revealed that it was not there, and its' whereabouts are presently unknown.

Milwaukee County Court in Probate.

In the matter of the Estate of Joseph Schlitz, deceased.

To the County Court of Milwaukee County:

    The petition of August Uihlein and Henry Magdeburg, surviving executors of the last will and testament of Joseph Schlitz, deceased, respectfully shows, that on the 2nd day of October, 1876, the executors of said will filed their account and report of their administration, which report was examined, allowed and ordered to be recorded by the County Judge on said 2nd day of October, 1876; that at the date of said report there remained in the hands of said executors the following personal property, to-wit: 2,000 shares at $100. each of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and the proceeds of a certain note and mortgage of Adolph Fuerstenberg, amounting to $10,000., with the accumulated interest thereon; that by the terms of the will of said deceased, the profits of said 2,000 shares were to be paid to Anna Maria Schlitz, the widow of said deceased, during her natural life and widowhood, and after her death, were to be divided among the parties named in the fifth paragraph of said, and that by said will the profits of said ten thousand dollar mortgage were to be paid to Margaretha Hartig during her natural life, and the balance of capital and interest to her son William Hartig, upon her death.

    And your petitioners further show, that said Anna Maria Schlitz, the widow of said Joseph Schlitz, and the co-executor of your petitioners, died on the 20th day of January, 1887; that afterwards, and in accordance with the terms of the will of said Joseph Schlitz, your petitioners transferred, set over and conveyed the 2,000 shares hereinbefore mentioned to the parties entitled thereto under said will, to-wit: To August Uihlein 500 shares, Henry Uihlein 400 shares, Alfred Uihlein 250 shares, Edward Uihlein 250 shares, Clara Schmidt 250 shares, John Schlitz 150 shares, Victor Schlitz 100 shares, Joseph Dentz 50 shares and Charles Schmidt 50 shares, whose receipts are hereto annexed.

    And your petitioners further show, that they have collected the amount due from Adolph Fuerstenberg on his note and mortgage herein referred to; that they paid the rents, issues and profits of the same to Margaretha Hartig, and with her consent have paid the principal and the whole of the balance of said moneys in their hands to her son William Hartig, as by the receipts hereto annexed will more fully appear.

    And your petitioners further show, on information and belief that said Joseph Schlitz died seized of the following real estate, to-wit:

    1#. - Lots thirteen (13) and sixteen (16), and the south half of Lot twelve (12), in Block one hundred and ninety (190), in the Second Ward of the City of Milwaukee, in the County of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin.

    2#. - Lot thirteen (13), in Block one hundred and seventeen (117), in the Second Ward of said City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    3#. - Lot number sixty (60) in Forbes subdivision of Block seventeen (17), in the Canal Trustees' subdivision of section seven (7), Township thirty-nine (39) North, Range fourteen (14) east of the third principal meridian, in the City of Chicago, County of Cook, State of Illinois.

    4#. - Lot six (6), in subdivision of Lots sixty one (61) to ninety (90), in Bronson's Addition to Chicago, in Cook County, Illinois.

that by the terms of the will of said Joseph Schlitz, deceased, said real estate was devised, and the title thereto passed to Anna Maria Schlitz, the widow of said deceased, in fee; that afterwards, on the 20th day of January, 1887, said Anna Maria Schlitz died, leaving a will, which was admitted to probate in this Court on the first day of March, 1887; that in and by said will her executor was authorized and empowered to make sale and conveyance of all her real estate; that at the time of her death she was the lawful owner of said real estate, and the whole thereof; that by force and virtue of the said will and the power therein and thereby conferred upon him, her executor for a valuable consideration sold and conveyed the several lots and pieces of land herein above described to August Uihlein, Henry Uihlein, Alfred Uihlein and Edward Uihlein, as by the deeds ready to be produced will more fully appear, and that said August, Henry, Alfred and Edward Uihlein are now the owners of said real estate, as your petitioners are informed and believe.

    And your petitioners further show, that they have fully administered the estate of said Joseph Schlitz, deceased; that his debts, funeral charges, and expenses of administration have been paid; that no personal property belonging to said estate remains in their hands, and that no minors are interested in said estate.

    Your petitioners therefore pray, that a time and place be fixed for an examination of their administration; that said real estate be assigned to August, Henry, Alfred and Edward Uihlein, the present owners thereof; that said estate to be declared finally settled, and your petitioners be discharged from their trust.

Dated, Milwaukee, June 11th, 1887.

August Uihlein

Henry Magdeburg


Wallber & Wahl - Attys for executors

    On this (?) day of June, 1887, personally appeared before me August Uihlein and Henry Magdeburg, the petitioners named in the foregoing petition who, being by me duly sworn, did dispose and say, that they had heard read the forgoing petition by them subscribed, and know the contents thereof, and that the same is true of their own knowledge excepting as to matters therein stated on information and belief, and as to those matters they believe it to be true.

Geo. F. Kauped (?)

Notary Public

Neil Co. (?)

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