This Day in History: 1911-03-30
The Trustees of Columbia University are at a loss as to what to do with George Crocker’s cigars. When he died he left his Estate in Darlington to the University to establish a foundation to search for the cause & cure of cancer of which both he and his wife had died. The contents of the Crocker Mansion included an especially constructed humidor in the basement containing about 60,000 cigars, worth, according to tobacco experts, between $20,000 and $30,000. They were all especially manufactured by some of the world’s greatest cigar experts and bear Mr. Crocker’s monogram. Part of the problem in disposing of them is that they must be legally classified as “household goods and furnishings”. If not they belong to the heirs as personal property.