News: Neillsville - Court Cases (19 Dec 1918)

Contact: Ann Stevens

Surnames: Lasko, Gorzny, Kaminski, Kewandowski, Hahn, Luchterhand, Loveland, Thompson, O’Neill, MacBride, Parkhill, Crosby, Gibson

----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 12/19/1918

Court Cases in Neillsville (19 Dec 1918)

Last week circuit court encountered more or less difficulty when several members of the jury were taken sick with the flu and were excused for a few days. In spite of this quite a number of cases were disposed of. The case of Lasko vs. Gorzny was taken off the calendar by a Decision of no cause of action. This case was an assault and battery case. No cause of action was given in the case of Billy Kaminski vs. Leon Kewandowski. This was an action brought for slander, the plaintiff charging that the defendant stated that he had stolen a cheese. The case of Robt. Hahn vs. Julius Luchterhand was Decided for the plaintiff, the suit growing out of a farm contract. In the case of Theo. Loveland vs. Carl Thompson, the defendant at the present time has more or less of a verdict. The Loveland Co. was suing Thompson to collect on a number of notes given as payment for the right to use an advertising scheme at Abbotsford. Thompson refused payment as the same scheme was put on at Colby at the same time and so Thompson did not use the plan. Judge O’Neill ordered a verdict for the plaintiff, but stated that he would render a verdict for the defendant. The verdict for the plaintiff was ordered so that the plaintiff’s attorneys, R.J. MacBride and Geo. Parkhill, could present questions of law on the case. Thompson will undoubtedly be given the verdict. He was defended by E.W. Crosby.

On Wednesday the attention of the court was taken up with the action brought by J.G. Gibson, administrator of James Gibson, through his attorney, E.W. Crosby. This action was brought against the village of Owen for damages occasioned by the accidental drowning of James Gibson, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Gibson. The baby fell into a trench dug by the village of Owen to open a hydrant and which trench filled with water. The baby fell into the hole and was drowned and the suit was the result. Judge O’Neill ruled that there was no cause of action and the case was dismissed. The jury was excused Wednesday evening for the holidays, but will be called back the first of the year.



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