Charles Vance Millar and The Great Stork Derby
February 4, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
Charles Vance Millar was a Canadian lawyer and financier with a love of pranks and practical jokes. His greatest and final prank was his last will and testament.
This Will is necessarily uncommon and capricious because I have no dependents or near relations and no duty rests upon me to leave any property at my death and what I do leave is proof of my folly in gathering and retaining more than I required in my lifetime.Bequests included joint tenancy of his vacation home to three men who hated each other, $700,000 worth of O'Keefe Brewery stock to seven prominent ministers and temperance advocates, $25,000 worth of Ontario Jockey Club stock to anti-horse racing advocates and strangest of all, ten years after his death the remainder of his estate was to be liquidated and given to the woman who gave birth to the most children in that time. This sparked a fair amount of litigation and The Great Stork Derby.
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