On February 23, 1949, 93-year-old Eunice A. White, a retired music teacher, passed away in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Funeral services were then held at the First Congregational Church, which was just a short distance from her residence on Hoxey Street.
Her will, which had been drawn on October 22, 1934, had been handwritten on two sheets of paper and read as follows:
“After all expenses are paid I give to the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals all I have with the exception of $1.00 to my half sister, Martha Smith of Pasadena, Cal., and $1.00 to Anna White who has been amply provided for by her father, my half brother.”
$1.00 in 1949 would be approximately $11.00 today.
The second page was titled Notes and said:
“1. My reason for giving the little that I have to help keep from abuse those who cannot speak for themselves is that I consider the abuse of our dumb animals the worst crime since slavery.”
“2. It is my desire that whoever is appointed executor shall be a person who loves our dumb animals and that it be without bond. The little that I have is in the North Adams Savings bank.”
If you are thinking they found a fortune when they checked her account, that didn’t happen. No accounting was provided as to how much money was in the bank, but it was believed to be a small amount. But, every little bit does help.