Dove v. Knox Mountain Corp.

Decision Date30 April 1974
Docket NumberNo. 6726,6726
PartiesDavid DOVE et al. v. KNOX MOUNTAIN CORPORATION et al.
CourtNew Hampshire Supreme Court

Cooper, Hall & Walker and Robert C. Varney, Rochester, for plaintiffs. McLane, Graf, Greene & Brown and Jack B. Middleton and R. David DePuy, Manchester, for defendants.

GRIFFITH, Justice.

These are two bills in equity consolidated for the purpose of joint trial and disposition and involving the property rights of lot owners and the developer of a real estate subdivision in Ossipee. Prior to trial, all issues between the parties were disposed of by stipulation except the claim of the plaintiffs that defendant Knox Mountain Corporation should be enjoined from developing an area referred to as the 'driving range.' This issue was tried before John H. Leahy, judicial referee, who recommended the denial of the injunctive relief sought by the plaintiffs. Batchelder, J. accepted the referee's report and reserved and transferred plaintiffs' exceptions. In oral argument the plaintiffs limited their prayer for relief to enjoining further development of the 'driving range.'

The development involved is known as Indian Mound and all of the plaintiffs are lot owners who purchased their lots either from Robert Draper or the present developer, Knox Mountain Corporation. Robert Draper owned Indian Mount from 1966 to 1968. He then sold the development to Knox Mountain Corporation at that time wholly owned by George Schroeder. George Schroeder has given his interest to his wife and sons but continues to manage the corporation.

Knox Mountain Corporation agreed to take over the obligations of Indian Mound according to an instrument setting forth the specified matters to be attended to. There is no reference in any written agreement to the 'driving range' area. This area is shown on a sketch of the Indian Mound Development as adjoining the first fairway of the golf course and indicated by the words 'Driving Range.' The so-called driving range was operated for one season but became defunct in 1967 and overgrown except for part of it where Mrs. Schroeder had a small garden. The driving range was not part of the nine-hole public golf course which in turn was not part of the development. The area occupied by the defunct range is now being developed by Knox Mountain Corporation under the designation of subdivision 10.

The plaintiffs claim that they understood the area in question was never going to be developed and would remain a 'green' area. They claim that this representation influenced them in the purchase of lots in Indian Mound. The referee found: 'Upon consideration of all the evidence presented, it is found as a fact that none of the plaintiffs were induced to purchase their respective lots by reason of any express or implied representation by any of the named defendants, acting for themselves or for Knox Mountain Corporation, that the area designated as 'Driving Range' or Sub-Division 10 would never be developed but would remain forever as a so-called green area.'

While the plaintiffs argue that certain language in the instruments is ambiguous, they agree that in order to bind the defendants not to construct on the 'driving range' area they must rely upon extrinsic...

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  • State v. Sands
    • United States
    • New Hampshire Supreme Court
    • August 29, 1983 manage the corporation. During this time, Knox was embroiled in litigation with the Indian Mound lot owners. See Dove v. Knox Mt. Corp., 114 N.H. 278, 319 A.2d 640 (1974). Although the parties arrived at a partial settlement in that litigation, Knox did not have sufficient funds to satis......
  • MacLeod v. Chalet Susse Intern., Inc.
    • United States
    • New Hampshire Supreme Court
    • April 13, 1979
    ...agreement. We find no reason to upset the rulings and findings of either the court or the jury. See Dover v. Knox Mountain Corp., 114 N.H. 278, 280, 319 A.2d 640, 642 (1974). The consulting agreement is on its face ambiguous concerning the amount of service contemplated. The court properly ......
  • Donaghey v. Croteau, 79-003
    • United States
    • New Hampshire Supreme Court
    • May 9, 1979
    ...supra. Turning to the decree of ownership issued by the trial court, we find it supported by the evidence. Dove v. Knox Mt. Corp., 114 N.H. 278, 319 A.2d 640 (1974). The deed of July 21, 1925, from John Stevens to Joseph Croteau plainly grants to Croteau an easement of access to the lake be......
  • Bellak v. Franconia College, s. 7814
    • United States
    • New Hampshire Supreme Court
    • May 9, 1978
    ...we must interpret the documents in light of the facts found by the trial court if supported by the evidence. Dove v. Knox Mt. Corp., 114 N.H. 278, 280, 319 A.2d 640, 641 (1974). If no such evidence has been introduced, this court will ascertain the intent of the parties from the language of......
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