I obtained his probate file from the Register of Wills in Philadelphia City Hall. On January 13, 1967, his will was probated at No. W-219 of 1967. The Petition for Letters Testamentary listed no wife. His executors filed an Inventory listing assets of $221,271.49. Included in this figure was about $18,000 in bank accounts, about $10,000 in shares of National Securities and Research Corporation, about $4750 in shares in the Putnam Fund, about $82,000 in shares of AT&T, and about $1400 in Series E U.S. Savings bonds purchased during World War II. The Inventory listed $437.50 in death benefits payable from the Producers-Writers Guild of America and publication rights estimated at $5000. His estate owned a 70 per cent share in the Estate of Mollie Goodis valued at $98,222.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis publishes a "Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items." The index rates January 1, 1967 at 32.9, August 1, 1983 at 100, and February 1, 2006 at 198.7. Therefore, the value of the Goodis Estate in 1967 should be approximately six times greater in 2006 dollars. At the time of his death, David Goodis was worth about $1.3 million in 2006 dollars. Subtracting his share in his mother's estate, Goodis would have been worth about $700,000 in 2006 dollars.
On September 14, 1966, David Goodis executed his will. He left all his personal items to his brother Herbert. He left $30,000 to "our family's faithful employee" Camelia Edmunds. The remainder was to be held in trust with the income going to Herbert. Upon Herbert's death, half of the trust fund would go to the "faithful family employee" or her heirs. Another $5,000 was to go to his cousin and best friend Edwin Sherman. The remainder was to go the United Fund of Philadelphia, now known as the United Way. The will was written by a cousin Samuel Goodis, Esquire. Samuel Goodis, Esquire, and Samuel's brother, William Goodis, Esquire, were named as executors. Girard Trust Bank was named as trustees.
According to letters in the legal file of the Goodis Estate, Herb had been a patient at Norristown State Hospital since November 12, 1963. On February 27, 1968, Herb was adjudicated incompetent by the Philadelphia Orphans Court at No. 197 of 1968. Herb died in 1971. Samuel Goodis died on January 9, 1969. William Goodis died on December 15, 1976. After the death of Samuel and William, the Orphans Court removed Girard trust Bank as trustee, appointing Provident National Bank in its place.
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