City of Chicago v. Wildman

Decision Date03 June 1909
Citation240 Ill. 215,88 N.E. 559
CourtIllinois Supreme Court


Appeal from Cook County Court; John E. Hillskotter, Judge.

Action by the City of Chicago against A. N. Wildman and another. From a judgment for plaintiff, defendants appeal. Reversed and remanded.Louis E. Hart, for appellants.

George A. Mason and William T. Hopeman (Edward J. Brundage, Corp. Counsel, of counsel), for appellee.


This is an appeal from a judgment of the county court of Cook county confirming an assessment levied for paving, with vitrified brick, alleys between Thirty-Fifth and Thirty-Seventh streets on the north and south and Forest and Calumet avenues on the east and west, in the city of Chicago.

Appellants' assessment was $954.66. In their objections they stated that eight feet of the proposed pavement was to be laid upon a part of their property, and that said eight feet had not been acquired by and was not in the possession of appellee, nor had any proceedings to acquire such land been begun and proceeded to judgment. On the hearing of these legal objections appellants offered proof conclusively showing that there was no deed or plat of record dedicating said eight feet for use as an alley, and they also offered proof that said eight feet had not been dedicated at common law, and the public had not acquired a right thereto by prescription. Appellee offered no proof on these points. The trial court overruled the legal objections, and an exception to this ruling was properly preserved. It is apparent from the record that this ruling was made on the ground that the proof offered as to the absence of a dedication of said eight feet for an alley was not sufficient to overcome the proof offered by the appellee in making its prima facie case. We think the court erred in this ruling. To establish a common-law dedication it is essential that the proof be clear and unequivocal as to the intention of the proprietor to dedicate to public use (Stacy v. Glen Ellyn Hotel Co., 223 Ill. 546, 79 N. E. 133,8 L. R. A. [N. S.] 966;Town of Bethel v. Pruett, 215 Ill. 162, 74 N. E. 111), and in order to establish a public highway by prescription the use by the publicmust have been adverse, under claim of right, continuous, uninterrupted, and with the knowledge of the owner of the estate. Occasional travel, such as is shown by the record here, is not sufficient. City of Chicago v. Galt, 224 Ill. 421,...

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