Amarilla passed on 10 August, 1942 and it took a good two years to probate her estate.
Her granddaughter, Miriam, filed a petition with the court for the probate of the will of Amarilla Dawes Urton and Oscar Dahl was appointed the executor. Claims would be heard on January 4, 1943 at 10 o’clock at the Probate Court in Walker.
Pine River Journal – Portion of the Petition by Miriam
Back in 1939, Gordon became Amarilla’s guardian based on notices I have found in the newspaper. On July 25, 1939 Gordon (R.G. McDonald) Filed a Citation for Hearing on Petition to Mortgage Land and Guardianship of Amarilla Urton in Probate Court.
So on August 31, 1939 he filed for record in the Probate Court and Order of License to Mortgage Land, in the matter of the estate of Amarilla Urton – Incompetent. Petition of R.G. McDonald for license to mortgage land to be published in the Pine River Journal.
The mortgage was necessary to pay the debts of the said Amarilla Urton and taxes against her property, costs of administration, medical, nursing expenses and maintenance of said ward. Remember the Civil War Pension of George had been denied to her.
What follows is a detailed description of the land to be mortgaged.
Mortgage of the land 1939
The Judge rules that the mortgage was not to exceed $500.00
The Petition of R.G. McDonald as guardian of the above named guardianship, being duly filed in this court representing that it is necessary and for the best interest of said estate and of all interested therein that certain lands of said ward described therein be mortgaged and praying that a license be granted to mortgage the same. They were to appear on 21 day of August, 1939 to show cause if necessary.
Returning to her estate process, an auction was to be held in Pine River for household goods of the estate on October 17, 1942 at the Urton Residence. Well, I can just see them throwing out history and memorabilia and I now know why there is nothing left of my great-grandmother’s estate. Sigh!
Auction to sell household goods for the Urton Estate
July 10, 1943 Citation for Hearing on Petition to Sell, Mortgage or Lease Land, Estate of Amarilla Urton in Probate Court. The heirs are listed and told they are to show cause if any at the Probate on the 9th day of August, 1943.
On the May 31st, 1943 at Walker, MN an Order to Sell Land by Private Sale was filed with the court.
Lots Nine (9), Ten (10, Eleven (11) Twelve (12) and Sixteen (16) of Block Two (2) of the Original Plat of the Village of Pine River. Block A of the Dawes Fifth Addition to Pine River, Minn.
Pine River Journal sale of Real estate 1942
Urton Estate Sale of Lands and Lots
On the same day the 24 of May, 1944 Order of Confirmation of Sale of Land Under License at Private Sale. On the 9th of October 1943 to George E. Durkee and Rachel M. Durkee, husband and wife etc. at Pine River, Minnesota for $3500.00.
Durkee Purchase 1944
Also sold on 1 July, 1944 to a Virginia Ingraham Lot No. Sixteen (16) Block Two (2) Original Plate of Pine River, Minn.
On the 14 of June, 1943 the representative sold to the Pine Ridge Cemetery Association Block A Dawes 5th Addition to Pine River, Minn for $25.00.
Rausel Miller on the 24 May, 1944 was sold Lots Nine (9), Ten (10), Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) of Block Two (2), Original Plat of Pine River, Minn.
On November 30, 1944 Miriam received a letter from Oscar Dahl, on Pine River State Bank stationary, about the Final Account and Petition for Hearing and Allowance was filed on 27th of October 1944 and saying that checks were sent to the heirs. The heirs listed on the formal papers were Vivian McKanna, granddaughter, Gordon McDonald, grandson, Miriam McDonald, granddaughter, Edna McDonald, granddaughter, Keith McDonald (my father), grandson and Jean Davis, granddaughter.
This would not be the end of great grandmother’s estate, there would be several more communications to my father’s family regarding the Lutheran church (1945), and land by the park in Pine River for the hospital (1949).
I was curious about Mr. Dahl and learned the following, Oscar Dahl was born 20, December 1875 and he died 29, August 1966 in Pine River. He knew my great grandmother and I missed the opportunity to talk to him. He was a banker and president of Farmer’s and Pine River State Banks and more. There is a memorial at Find A Grave, with photo, tombstone photo and links. He is buried in the Prosper Cemetery in Fillmore Co., Minnesota.