Friday, September 27, 2013

The Pinkstaff Sisters--Conclusion

August 15, 1936

Mary Ann Pinkstaff, 73, the last of the Pinkstaff sisters passed away Saturday morning while walking in the yard and talking to her nephew, Freeman Pinkstaff. The death of Mary Ann recalls the unique history of this famous quartet of sisters, who agreed in early childhood to remain single. They were the daughters of "Golly" John Pinkstaff and resided on a 100 acre farm in Russell Town, East of Pinkstaff. The first of the sisters to die was Martha Ann who passed away about 40 years ago. On September 25 of last year, Clara Ann, exhausted from pitching hay succumbed to pneumonia and two days later Susie Ann followed her sister in death. A double funeral was held for them on Sunday, September 29. Their only brother Redmond of Tulsa, Oklahoma, came to attend the funeral and a week later was found dead in bed. The Pinkstaff sisters were unique in their identity as to their dress--long skirts, high topped shoes and stiffly starched sun bonnets. They were not concerned about what people thought of them and attended strictly to their own affairs, farming their land without male help until September last, since which time Freeman Pinkstaff, had charge of the farm operations. A niece, the daughter of Redmond Pinkstaff, also made her home with Mary Ann since her father's death.

August 20, 1936

Following the death of Mary Ann Pinkstaff the last of the three maiden sisters, August 8, a search was made by relatives in hopes of discovering the mythical wealth that has so long been rumored about the old Pinkstaff Homestead. Lyman W. Emmons, administrator of the estate, placed little credence in the stories, but assisted in the search and last Thursday found five $10 gold pieces in the toe of an old boot in the attic. The second find consisted of one $20 and 6 5$ gold coins under a stove board in the second story of the house. A Prince Albert tobacco can in the attic yielded two $20 gold certificates. The certificates were musty with age and a little sack that contained the second find of gold coins had the appearance of having been in storage for many years. Emmons is of the opinion that the money belonged to either Susie Ann or Clara Ann, as in conversation with Mary Ann a short time before her death she said she had no knowledge of any money secreted in the house.