Supreme Court Blocks Plan of Gopcevic to Secure Estate of Deceased Wife


Milos Mitrov Gopcevic, the Sacramento street car gripman, who came into public notice by marrying Harry Augustus Floyd, suffered a reverse in his attempt to secure possession of his wife's estate at the hands of the Supreme Court yesterday. Other relatives of the young heiress want a share of the property and the ex-gripman is endeavoring to thwart them.

He induced Superior Judge M. S. Sayre of Lake County to issue an order declaring that the estate would be distributed to Gopcevic next Monday. The other heirs attempted to persuade the Judge to postpone action for a while, but he refused. The question was presented to the Supreme Court with the request that Judge Sayre be restrained from distributing the estate.

The court issued a temporary restraining order yesterday, returnable July 5, and directed that Judge Sayre be present at that time to show why the prohibition should not be made permanent.

Miss Harry Floyd was an orphan possessed of $400.000. Gopcevic was a gripman with a narrative that he was a descendant of the royal family of Servia. The gripman would raise his cap to the heiress when she got on his car and the heiress would smile at the gripman. The outcome of this interchange of courtesies was a marriage, which startled the various grades of society.

A few months later the bride suddenly died. In her will she devised one-half of her estate to her husband and the other half to any child that might be born to them. As she died childless, the entire estate, under the law, belongs to Gopcevic.

The young woman's mother had given the estate to the daughter with the proviso that the property should revert to Mary Floyd McAdoo, Rosalie F. Humes and Isabella L. Matthews in case the girl should die childless or intestate. These are the three contestants that hope to break the will of Mrs. Gopcevic.

Judge Maguire represents the three relatives of the deceased.


The San Francisco Call, Sunday, June 5, 1904, p. 35:3