Court Case: Olin's WIll
In re will of Huldah N, Brevort Olin, Miriam McKinatry, was the title of the case taken up Monday afternoon and it took nearly all the afternoon scssion to secure a jury. The takine of teatimonv for the nro ponent in the will case waa begun Tuea- aay morning ana nat oeen proceedlng steadily aince. The proponen in this case, who is also the beneflciary of the conteated will, is Mra. Miriam McKins-try McKins-try of Richford, and ahe ia a preacher of the denomination known aa the Advent Cliristian church. Mra. Huldah Olin, the teatatrix, wns a life-long resident of Addiaon and waa an enthusiastic devotee of the Advent Chriatian aect, of which there waa at Addison a small chapel, the expense of wliich Mra. Olin took almost entirely upon herself. Tiie congn ga-tion ga-tion was never very large nnd the memberahip memberahip of the church since her death in Fehrnary, 1908, has consisted of one person person only. There was never any settled pastor of the Addison chapel, but Mrs. Olin got pieachers to come there from abroad from time to time and hold ser vicea. Amonu these were Mra. McKlns- try and her late huhband. Mra. Olin and Mrs. McKinatry hccame acquainted, aa Mrs, Olin atways entertained the preach-era preach-era at her own home. Alter an mterval of fifteen yeara, Mrs. Olin, in February, 1907, went to Bristol to renew her a"c-quaintance a"c-quaintance with Mrs. McKinatry. who was giving lectures on religioua subjecta in that town. Mra. McKinatry, the same year viaited Mrs Olin at her home in Addison Addison on three diflerent occasions, atay-ing atay-ing at one time for more than a month. The laat of the visits waa in September and Mra. McICinstry never saw Jlra. Olin alive again, but ahe attended her funeral at Addison on February 14, 1908, and preached the funeral sermon. On May 6 of that year, 1907, Mra. Olin executed the disputed will, in which she gave all her real eatate and peraonal property to Mra. McKinatry, to do with aa she aaw flt, but directing that eapeclal care ahould be taken by her of the little chapel in Addison and of the intere.t of the flock (of one) there. The whole property appraiaed to bo wnrth from $6500 to $7000, on which there were debta owing to the atnount J2000. As the will excluded entirely from the ben-eflta ben-eflta of ita provision all of Mrs. Olin'snu. merous relativea, aome of the nearest of them conteated it before Judge E, A, Ilaaeletine in the New Haven district probate court. The grounds of ccnteat were the men-tal men-tal incanacity of the testatrix to make a will ana unduo influence alleged to have been exercised upon tho mind of Mra. Olin by Mrs. Mckinstry. Judge Ilaael-1 tino refused to allou tho probate of the document before him aa the last will and teatameut of Huldah N. Olin, and so an appeal by Mra. McKinatry from that de-ciaion de-ciaion the case has come up o the county court. Mra. McKinstry'a attorneya are Chauncey G. Austin and t'hauncev G. Austin, Jr., of St. Albans and William II. Davia of Middlebury. The conteHtanta in the caae are Olin A. Smith of ddieon, BherilT of thia county, a half-hrnther of Mra. Olin, George Spencer of Addison, a nephew, and Mra. Lucy A. Beach of Ferrisburg!!, a-niece. 5Irs. Beach'a husbaud, llarvey Beach. waa appoiuted byJudge Hasseltine special administrator of the eatate upon the dis-allowance dis-allowance of the will. Frank L. Fish and Frank W. Tuttle of Vergennes are council for the conteetants.