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Phil Shanahan
Source: Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA) Sunday, January 9, 1898; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Minnesota Supreme Court Holds That Will Bequeathing Money for Masses Is Invalid.

St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 9.-The supreme court held today that a bequest for masses and education of priests is a trust not authorized by law, in the case of William Shanahan and Bridget Walsh against John C. Kelley and others, appealing from the district court of Houston county. Father Phil Shanahan died over a year ago and left a will giving $500 for masses, $1,000 to Father Fitzgerald for the education of priests and about $12,000 to Bishop Cotter of Winona, also to be used for the education of candidates for the priesthood. Relatives of the deceased priest contested the will. The probate court of Houston county sustained the will, but the district court declared it invalid. The decision of the supreme court sustains that of the district court.

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