Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Oct. 23, 2000

The Lockett cows' ordeal

The following is taken from the Nov. 26, 1885 issue of the Howard Lake Herald which was submitted by Fred Schuster, Howard Lake.

The two cows of George Lockett which have been so prolific of trouble and expense in the past, continue to be the leading topic of conversation and a fruitful source of lawsuits.

On Thursday last, the 19th inst., the cast of Guilford Nelson against Constable McNair, being a suit in replevin, came for hearing before Judge Morneau at Waverly.

The defendant was charged with unlawfully seizing two cows belonging to the plaintiff. After the examination of witnesses, eloquent speeches were made by W. E. Culkin, attorney for plaintiff, and F. E. Latham for defendant.

The court gave judgement for the plaintiff and ordered the restoration of the cows. Defendant has appealed to the district court and we learn that arrangements have been made to try the suit on appeal at the December term of court in Buffalo.

The case of Nichols, Shepherd & Co. against Constable Wallace King of Waverly, for unlawfully taking and detaining one cow of the value of $30, came for hearing before Justice Briggs in this village last Friday, the 20th inst., when the parties met, joined issue and adjourned for a week.

The third suit, that of Nichols, Shepherd & Co. against Guilford Nelson, came before H. Tanner last Saturday afternoon on a change of venue from Justice Briggs, F. E. Latham appearing for plaintiffs and W. E. Culkin for defendant. This suit was on account of the cow, variously described as "dark red" to "brindled," and resulted in a verdict for the plaintiffs.

The latest: All suits are in process of settlement on the basis of Nelson paying costs, restoring the cows and withdrawing from further action. It seems that George Lockett left here with a mortgaged team and heavily in debt to Nichols, Shepherd & Co.

Their attorney, Mr. Culler, of the firm Culler & Ritchie, succeeded in tracking him to Fremont county, Southern Iowa, where he has settled with his family and purchased 57 acres of good land about a mile from the station, near the Missouri line.

Mr. Lockett had left with about $1200, and in order to stay proceedings, paid Mr. Culler $200 or over in cash, with good security on the balance of his indebtedness.

He strenuously denied selling two cows to Nelson, which he admitted having mortgaged to Nichols, Shepherd & Co., and it was in consequence of this turn of affairs that Mr. Nelson decided on withdrawing from the case.

He informs us that he regards the attitude of Mr. Lockett as fatal to his case, and has made up his mind to lose the money he has invested in cows rather than litigate further.


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