The Inventory of the Estate of the Late Leroy B. Haff
An inventory of the personal estate of the late Leroy B. Haff, of Dominick & Haff, New York, was filed in the Bergen County Surrogate's office, at Hackensack, N. J., last week. Mr. Haff was a resident of Englewood, N. J., although the great bulk of his property is in New York, and it is believed to be nearly all personal, excepting his home at Englewood. The will under which the division will be made was executed in October, 1&80, and has been admitted to probate in New York and Hackensack. Mr. Haff was a bachelor, who lived from boyhood with an aunt, Mrs. Mary Barber. When Mr. Haff made his will he bequeathed one-half of it to his aunt, making special provision that, in case that share should not equal, or exceed, $10,000, she should receive at least that sum. The other one-half is to go in equal shares to Mr. Haff’s brothers and sisters, who are described as follows: Frank S. Haff, Frankfort, Ky. Ralph Haff, Harriet G. Haff, Luella H. Haff, Anna M. Haff, all of Peru, N. Y. Delia B. Sanderson, Holyoke, Mass.; Emma A. Adams, Newburyport, Mass.; Helen M. Belden, East Whitely, Mass.; Julia A. Smith, Saratoga, N. Y. ; Sylvia G. Knowles, Bloomingdale, N. Y.
Mrs. Barber is to have the use of the personal effects of the dead man during her lifetime, if she wishes; otherwise they are to be divided among his brothers and sisters. All other property is to be sold as soon as possible and the proceeds divided as indicated. The inventory developed somewhat of a surprise to all save the few intimately acquainted with Mr. Haff’s affairs, as it foots up $427,032.05, which is only the personal estate. The value of his realty cannot be learned at present.
The inventory bears the signatures of Donald Mackay, of the Stock Exchange, and William L. Bigelow, a lawyer, as appraisers. The principal item is 1,075 shares of the Dominick & Haff stock, par $100, inventoried at $175, or a total of $188,125. There is also nearly $40,000 cash and a large
amount in railroad bonds. The estate is subject to a 5 per cent, inheritance tax in New Jersey and NewYork. H. B. Dominick and L. B. Bunnell are the executors.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 28th February 1894