Man Writes His Will On His Tractor Fender


On June 8, 1948, a Canadian farmer named Cecil George Harris was working on his land when he became trapped under his tractor. Harris knew that his situation was dire, and to ensure that his wife would be taken care of in case he died that day, he took out his pocket knife and scratched a will onto his tractor fender. The etching read, “In case I die in this mess, I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris.” Harris was ultimately trapped under the tractor for about 10 hours before others in the community realized he needed help. Although he made it to a local hospital, he succumbed to his injuries the following day. Harris didn't tell anyone about the will he had desperately scratched onto the tractor fender, but neighbors eventually found it. The fender was taken off of the tractor and was presented in court. The court ultimately determined that Harris had created a valid holographic will, and his wife received his estate.