1899 Land dispute
In the district court, Allamakee County, Iowa
Petition in Equity. April Term, 1899.
Betsey A. Bollman, Pltf.
D.W. Lyons and Sarah A. Lyons (his wife), W.W. Lyons, Amanda Lyons, Jennie Lyons, Ella Lyons, Susan Lyons, Effie Lyons, Carrie Lyons, John Lyons (deceased), and F.M. Clark, administrator of the estate of said John Lyons, Rachel Duggins (nee Rachel Lyons) and Jesse D. Duggins (her husband), John Lyons, Mary M. Lyons and Cornelius Ackerson (guardian of said John and Mary M. Lyons), Ruth A. McLean (nee Ruth A. Lyons) and Joseph McLean (her husband), William H. Taylor and Effie F. Taylor (his wife), James A. Lyons and Elen A. Lyons (his wife), Hannah M. Bergett (nee Hannah M. Lyons) and Milberry Bergett (her husband); also, the unknown heirs and legal representatives of said named parties and the unknown claimants of the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, Sec. 31, and the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, and the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Sec. 32, all in Township 97, Range 6, west of the 5th P.M., Allamakee County, Iowa, defendants.
You and each of you are hereby notified that there is now on file in the office of the clerk of the District Court of Allamakee county, Iowa, the petition of said Betsey A. Bollman, in which she claims to be the absolute owner in fee simple, of NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, Sec. 31, and the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, and the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4, Sec. 32, all in Township 97, Range 6, west of the 5th P.M., Allamakee County, Iowa.
That plaintiff is the owner in possession of said property by purchase from John Letchford, deed dated March 9th, 1878, and duly recorded in deed records of Allamakee county, Iowa, that said John Letchford was the owner in possession by purchase, from the 8th day of December, 1868, to March 9th, 1878; that Betsey A. Bollman has been the owner in uninterupted possession of said described property since said last named date up to the present time; and that all prior owners enjoyed a like possession of the same.
That there are heirs and claimants of said property not known to this plaintiff. That she has designated said defendants by their names as she last knew them. That the description, of said property contained in certain deeds executed by some of the defendants, is defective. that the estate, of said John Lyons, deceased, has not been settled.
That plaintiff is informed and has reason to believe that the defendants make some claim to said described property adverse to her estate therein; that in her petition she asks that the title to said property be quieted in her, and that each of said defendants be barred and forever estopped from having or claiming any title thereto adverse to that of plaintiff and that she be decreed the absolute owner in fee simple of the said described property.
And that unless you appear thereto, and defend before noon of the next term of said court, to be held at Waukon, commencing April 19th, 1899, default will be entered against you, and a decree rendered as prayed for in said petition.
J.I. Shepherd, Attorney for Plaintiff
The foregoing notice is hereby approved, and the same ordered to be published for six weeks in "The Postville Review," a weekly newspaper published at Postville, Allamakee county, Iowa. Dated this 17th day of February 1899.
L.E. Fellows, Judge of Said District Court
-source: Postville Review; March 31, 1899
-transcribed by S. Ferrall
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