Ann C. Witmer Home for Widows and Maiden Ladies of the City of Lancaster, 1913, Photograph

Ann C. Witmer Home.

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EXTRACT FROM THE WILL OF ANN C. WITMER DATED MAY 12, 1865

Having for many years entertained an earnest desire to see founded in my native city of Lancaster an asylum or home for poor widows and aged maiden ladies, believing that such an institution is much needed, and, if prudently managed, calculated to do more real good than any other place of benevolence that I know of; with this view, and with the hope of doing some good with a portion of the means with which God in his goodness has blessed me in this life, it is my wish, and I give and bequeath unto my executor hereinafter named, and three trustees, to be appointed by the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster county, the sum of five thousand dollars (changed by codicil dated September 17, 1867, to $4,000), to be applied to the building or purchase of a suitable house, in a good location, in said city, for an asylum or home for poor widows and aged maiden ladies (in indigent circumstances) of good and respectable character.

My said executor and the said trustees, and their successors, to make all necessary rules and regulations for the proper government and management of the said institution, and of securely investing and taking care of the funds herein bequeathed in and by this, my will, and which may hereafter be given by other persons for its maintenance and support.

From the above extract of the Will of the late Ann C. Witmer she bequeathed to the Home $4,000, but there was paid by her executors over to the trustees of the Ann C. Witmer Home the additional sum of $4,311.99, making the total amount of $8,311.99 actually received from the estate of the late Ann C. Witmer.

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