It happened in Texas, but it could just as well have been Virginia. At the June 1934 term of the County Court of Anderson County, Texas, there was offered for probate the holographic will of Herman Oberweiss. The testator and his several brothers had settled in Texas after emigrating from their native Germany, and without benefit of much education Herman Oberweiss had been able to accumulate considerable wealth during his lifetime.
D. O. Lahy,
Joint Control by the Surety: a Virginia Statute and Its Common Law Ancestry,
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