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THE SUNDAY OREG OXI AN PORTLAND OCTOBER 22.
Heirs Hlold Ladd's Steward
ship for Loss of an Im
MISMANAGEMENT IS CITED
Under His Administratorship and
Trusteeship Half a Million'
Dollars Is Practically
HEIKS OF A. JL JOHNSON ESTATE.
Tha heirs of the A. H. Johnson es
tate, who are now making -tut effort
to oust .W, M. Xiadd from his position
a administrator and trustee of tbo es
tate, have scattered throuch several
Btates. "With the exception of oho or
two of the rran d children who are tak
ing: no "very active part In the contro
versy, the followlns-named persona, sev
eral of them In straitened circumstances,
compose the list of those who expect
to reap the reward of the remnants
which may be saved from the wreck of
the estate: Mrs. Anna II. Wrllle, a
Btenojrrapher In the Board of Fire Un
derwriters of Portland; H. B. Johnson,
Mercy A. Johnson, Charlotte M. John
son; Mrs. Mary Parkhuret, of Califor
nia; Stephen M. Johnson, a drayman,
of Portland: Arthur R. Johnson, of
Colorado: Cordelia J. Ihinbar, Mrs.
Carrie J. Hlbbard, Mattle B. Miller
and Sadie B. Johnson, of Portland,
and Charles 2s". Johnson, of Forest
W. 21. X.add says in defense of his con
duct as administrator of the A. H. John
son estate that he has been forced to fol
low the path he has. In large part, by the
useless litigation carried on by Mrs. Cor
delia Johnson In combating the Isom
"White claim of $17,000, on technical
grounds. The Johnson heirs assert that
she carried her litigation several times
through the Supreme Court, upon the ad
vice of Richard Williams, her attorney,
who has since come to represent Mr. Ladd
os a legal advisor. ,
The Isom "White claim against the John
son estate and the litigation It brought on
furnished food for the courts for years
and made great rents in the assets of
the estate. Resultant from it, and the
accrued interest and costs and lawyers
fees, has come much of the expense of
the estate, and also the charge made by
the heirs that Mr. Ladd, as administra
tor, erred in his duty by not putting a
stop to the quarrel when he knew, or
Bhould have known, the Justice of the
claim against the estate and the flimsy
technicality upon wnlch the heirs based
Died in California.
A. U. Johnson died in California, and
upon the day of his death, Isom "white,
who held an account against Johnson for
$17,000, filed an attachment upon a block
of property at First and Taylor streets.
The service of the writ was made by serv
ing the papers upon the Chinese cook at
the residence. The Justice of the claim
was not disputed, but the legality of the
fiervice was, and upon this ground the
ccse was taken three times through the
In the long run the heirs were defeated
in their contention and the property was
ordered to be sold under execution. This
order was carried out, the property being
purchased by the Occident Investment
Company for $18,000.
Makes But One Investment,
This Occident Investment Company is
also an object of suspicion on the part of
the heirs, perhaps mainly for the reason
that the records show that but one in
vestment has ever been -made by it, and
that the purchase of the Johnson 'prop
erty under the Isom "White execution
About two weeks prior to the sale of
the property in question the Occident
Investment Company was created in
the offices of "Williams, "Wood & Lln
thlcum. which firm wa6 the legal rep
resentative of Mr. Ladd. The capital
stock of the new company was $100.
000, and the incorporators were Rod
ney Glisan, D. "W. Wakefield and Percy
Blythe. Llnthlcum, who was the sec
retary of the company, was one of the
attorneys who arguod Mr. Ladd's an
swer made to the recent petition of
the heirs asking for his removal as
At the sale the company bought the
property for $18,000 and, after keeping
it for the statutory year, sold It again
for $30,000, thus baking $12,000 on the
deal. Since that time the company
has made no other investments.
Interest, like moths and rust, has
devoured the Johnson estate, so it Is
claimed, but the heirs in their poverty
are wondering and are about to try to
learn why the property held for set
tlement has not been able to pay some
income by which the interest could
have been at least In part counterbal
anced. Worth Three-Quarters of a4 Million.
At the time of Johnson's death the
estate was worth approximately $750,
000, which amount . was cumbered by
a debt of $280,000 in round numbers.
This was in 1894, at the time of Mr.
Johnson's death in California. It -is
now alleged by Mr. Ladd that the
estate of practically half a million dol
lars has been consumed by the inter
est on the indebtedness. Of this in
debtedness approximately four-fifths
was owing to Mr. Ladd and was draw
ing Interest at 10 per cent.
Properties AVhich "IVero Sold.
Of the property in trust, valued at
$422,100, deeded to Mr. Ladd as trustee,
the following has been sold:
Corner Second and Ankeny.
sola to J. F. Shea $ 23,000 $ 12.000
2C. E. corner Seventh and
Hoyt, two lots 17,500 13,500
8. E. corner "Washlncton and
Ford, sold to J. C. Ainu
Sf. "W. corner St. Clair and
"Wayne, cold to J. X. Te&l 25,000
S. W. corner "Washington and
St Clair 22,000
Kins, eold to A. C Pike, one
One lot on East Water, be
tween East "Washington end
East Btark. -uold to H. E. .
XiOta (old In BlackiHone Add 1.S00
X. "W. corner Tenth and
Northrop, sold to Northern
"Union Meat stock 37,850 27,000
One lot on Seventeenth, be
tween Thurman and Upshur 1,500 aso
Appraisement of Trust.
The trust, which was originally com
PQSSSk. of Portland realties and Unlor
Meat Company stock, was appraised as
"Wood's Addition, west of Portland... $27,000
Homestead, south of "Washington, be
tween St. Clair and Ford.- SO.OOO.
Other land, south of "Washington, be
tween St. Clair and Ford 78,000
Half-block on Hoyt, between Sixth
and Sct'enth 35,000
Block bounded by King. St. Clair,
"Washington and Wayne streets C3.250
Block In East Portland fronting: on
river, bet. Stark and Washing-ton.. 70.000
Ixte In Slacklstone Addition 45,000
Tenth and Northrup 11.000
Union Meat Co. stock 37.650
One lot. Seventeenth, between Thur
man and Upshur 3,000
Second and Ankeny streets 25,000
Cite Items of Mismanagement.
But little of the estate outside of the
trust property has been sold- C. X. John
son, one of the heirs, bought a tract of
land In "Washington County, paying J5SO0
for it. Another parcel of land in Douglas
County of about 40 acres has been sold.
This was appraised at $100, but cost John
son $10,090. A warehouse property on
Front and Ankeny streets was also sold.
There remains in Washington and Yam
hill Counties about 3000 acres of the best
land In the two counties. This land is cut
up Into -farms which, with the exception
of one, so it Is said, have never D&id in
terest on their value. The one exception
ls4 the Reedville farm, which is said to be
tlie model farm of Washington County,
and yet no better naturally than any of
The Springhlll farm, which is leased to
a dairyman. Is hold up by the heirs as an
example of the alleged lack of manage
ment shown by the esecutor. This farm
has been rented by Mr. Ladd to the pres
ent tenant on shares, but the area under
cultivation has dwindled until the por
tion of the crop received by the adminis
trator does not more than pay tho taxes,
if that. At the same time the tenant Is
using the larger part of the place as a
dairy, and Is fast becoming well to do.
IIeirs Face Poverty.
Poverty stares the greater number of
the heirs In tho face, while the interest on
the accumulated debts is rapidly eating
up what little may be left All of them
have expected much fr.om tho estate, but
will receive little or nothing. In the time
of their waiting they have In some In
stances been reduced to real poverty,
while none of them have enjoyed the
benefits of what they had reason to ex
pect should bo theirs. Charles N. John
son, of Forest Grove, la perhaps the most
fortunate of all, as he is in comfortable
circumstances, and the owner of a fine
farm: Arthur R. Johnson, now in Colo
rado, is a man who could use to great
advantage tho share left him in his
father's estate. H. B. Johnson, now in
California, Is not particularly In need of
the money left him, but there are a num
ber of others who are anxiously waiting
for their shares to enable them to stop
for a time in their chase after the elusive
meal from day to day.
Stenographer for Underwriter.
Mrs. Anna Wyllie Is a stenographer in
the offices of the Board of Firo Under
writers. Mercy A. Johnson, another
daughter, lives in California, as does
Charlotte M. Johsnon and Mrs. Mary
Parkhurst Cordelia J. Dunbar. Mrs. Car
rie J. Hlbbard, Mattle B. Miller and Sadie
B. Johnson are residents of Portland and
vicinity, and all of them would be much
benefited by tho share of tho estate which
ought to have come to them.
Stephen M. Johnson, of Portland, is
crippled with rhoumatJsm, but during the
intervals when he is able to work dr!r
a dray upon the streets of tho city. Mrs.
Sadie B. Johnson is very poor, and is de
pendent upon the assistance of her chil
dren for her support. But in the hearts
of all Is the hope that the efforts of the
attorney now working on the case will
save for them at least a part of their
patrimony, and this effort will be made as
soon as the case shall come up for con
sideration by the courts.
SAVE TIE BIRDS
AUDUBON SOCIETY LISTENS TO RE
PORT OP B. PIXLEY.
Semesters and BIrga of Beaatlfal Plu
mage Slaughtered for tke Mar
kets and Millinery.
'A. W. Anthony presided at a meet
ing of the Audubon Society of Oregon
in the City Hall last night Mrs. Met
calf In behalf of the recording
secretary presented her resignation as
her arduous school work took too
much time, arid Miss Gilbert was unan
imously elected to that position. B.
Finley, who has done a great amount
of work in tho interests of this worthy
society, gave a brief resume of the re
port that he will read "shortly before
the Eastern members of the Audubon
Society which was exceedingly inter
esting. He said that MivDeutcher, the
president of tho entire Audubon So
ciety, had told him that he was great
ly interested with the work of the
Wsotern members. That tho East had
been so unfortunate as to lose all its
beautiful plumed birds long before
there ever existed a society for their
protection and that since Oregon in
the couth and the northern part of Cal
ifornia produced such Immense and
ideal breeding grounds for all of tho
most beautiful birds known to this
continent ho felt as did all others that
the work here should be very active,
it was admitted In the meeting last
night that with a few personal excep
tions there bad been little done, but
the excuse for this was chiefly due to
the fact that there was but one annual
meeting of the sochly. Whether this Is
to be changed or riot will bo decided
later at a special meeting. Mr. Finley In
his talk said In part:
"I have come to tho conclusion after
a careful study of the whole matter
that Iho best and speediest , way to
reach these hunters for market and
mlllinory firms Is to go to the source
of, it all. Either the markets or the
National Association of Mllllnera. Cal
ifornia has protected herself in that
way to a very small degree and I hope
that endeavors in that line will result
even better for tho State of Oregos
The traffic carried on in the southern
part of Oregon in both mark'et and mil
linery fowls is past belief until one has
made an active and personal investiga
tion. I have dono this and an extended
report will soon be beforo the meet
ing." The work Mr. Finley Is engaging In
is from purely personal interest as
the Audubon Society carries no ex
penses. When the day does come that,
the songsters and birds of beautiful
plumage are protected by law that,
will fit tho case it will be greatly duo
to the untiring and sincere work of
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FEDERATION WILL 1EHUI
VOTE TO DISBAND PHOVES ITS
Officer Are Elected sad Reports of
Work AcconiplUkcd Are Made
' nad Considered.
J'Resolved, that the Portland Federation
of Womens' Clubs is a great benefit to
the Individual clubs and to the city."
Such was tho resolution adopted by
unanimous vote at the annual meeting of
the federated clubs in the A. O. U. W.
Hall in the Selllng-Hlrsch building last
night. This action was taken after an
animated discussion in which the fate of
the federation hung In tho balance. The
matter of discontinuing the organisation
came up for serious consideration, but
was voted down, and tho foregoing reso
lution adopted after a thorough dis
cussion. The discussion started with the with
drawal from the federation of one of the
component organizations", the John Ivy
Water Color Club. In order - to see if
there was a general sentiment In favor
of disbanding the federation an open dls
cussIonMvas held on the subject. Mrs.
Frederick Egger,t, Mrs. Rose Hoyt and
other prominent members spoke in favor
of continuing the work and carried tho
sentiment of the members with them. The
withdrawal of the John Ivy Water Color
Society was referred back to that organ
ization for consideration, and it was urged
that all the clubs In tho league continue
In the centralized work with renewed en
thusiasm. In the election of officers Mrs. Rose
Hoyt, of the Portland Women's Club,
was chosen president for the third con
secutive term. The other officers elected
At 2:3 P. M. Chimney fir la a
residence at 203 li Third street was
promptly extinguished by the Fire De
partment. No damage.
At 10:0 V. M Fire caused by the
explosion of n hanging lamp at 413
Guild street did damage amounting to
$100. The residence was occupied by
were: Mrs. I- Durkhelmer, of the Jewish
Council, vice-president; MIfs Lepna Lar
rabee. of tlje Teachers' Club, recording
secretary; Miss E. Matthews, of the
Froeblo Club, corresponding secretary;
Mrs. W. Wynn Johnson, of the Portland
Women's Club, treasurer, and Xlrs. L.
H. Wells, of the Mothers' ar.d Teachers'
The report of the president. Mrs. Rose
Hoyt. and those of the officers of the
subordinate organizations showed that
.much work had been accomplished during
the past year. Mrs. M. Biumauer, pres
ident of tho Council of Jewish Women,
reported that that organization now had
280 members. During the past year It has
erected a neighborhood house at a cost
of $10,000. The Portland Women's Club
was also reported to be In a thriving con
dition. This organization expects to erect
a clubhouse within the coming year, and
now has a fund of JUC9 to be applied for
The Illinois Study Club was received
Into the federation. It Is a new organ
ization, and promises to be a strong factor
In the club work of the city.
One of the objects of the federation In
the future will be to assist In the work of
tho Juvenile Court. Mrs. Frederick Eg
gert addressed the mooting upon the work
which this branch of the municipal gov
ernment Is doing for the boys and girls
of the city, and a motion was passed as
suring the officers of the Juvenile Court
of the hearty support and co-operation of
the club members In all of u efforts.
Another matter which the organization
will take up Is tho securing of the public
school buildings for the use of worthy
public meetings. It will bo necessary to
bring about legislation to achieve this ob
ject, and the subject was referred to the
legislative committee, which will consider
the means of bringing It before the proper
The excursion of prominent Portland
business men which has mado a tour of
Eastern Oregon, "Easter Washington and
Southern Idaho, by way of the O. R. & X..
will arrivo in Portland at S thl morn-
lng. Visits of shorter or longer extent
were made at the following towns:
Pendleton. Athena, Frcewater, Or.;
Walla Wa.Ua. Pr escort. Waitaburg. Pull
man, Colfax, Dayton, Wash.; Mo3cow,
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