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“poor” Recluse Leaves $100,000 to Poor

November 27, 1923
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The poor presidential section in which he lived, his hermit-like place on the top floor of 305 East 55th Street, where he kept religiously to himself, his failure to hire a doctor and his death in a city institution – gave no indication of weath of Louis T. Lehmeyer who died November 21 at the Metropolitan Hospital on Welfare Island.

Yet when his will was filed for probate yesterday in Surrogates’ Court it was found he had left more than $100,000 to charity.

The will, dated June 25,1919, gave $15,000 in trust to Elizabeth H. Wurthman, 17 years old, of 25 Reservoir Avenue, Jersey City, the principal to go to her when she is 35 years old. She also gets the residuary estate. The Town of Mainz got $75,000 to be distributed among the orphan asylums, hospitals and homes for the poor and dependent.

The will makes the following public bequests to institutions here: Wartburg Orphan Farm School, $5,000; Society for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled, Hebrew Technical Institute, United Hebrew Charities, Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews and New York Institute for the Blind, $2,000 each, and Colored Orphan Asylum, Lebanon Hospital, German Ladies’ Society, Home for Incurables, New York Throat, Nose and Lung Hospital, Northern Dispensary and New York Orthopedic Dispensary and Hospital, $500. each; Hebrew Technical School for Girls, $1000. He left a trust fund of $20,000 for his sister.

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