Gant v. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Ry. Co.

Citation79 Mo. 502
PartiesGANT v. THE CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND & PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY, Appellant.
Decision Date31 October 1883
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Missouri

Appeal from Clay Circuit Court.--HON. GEORGE W. DUNN, Judge.

AFFIRMED.

This was a suit commenced before a justice of the peace in Kearney township, Clay county, to recover damages for killing a cow. Summons was issued, directed to the constable of Shoal township, in Clinton county, and was served on the defendant's station agent at Cameron, in that county. The plaintiff recovered judgment by default before the justice, and after moving to set aside the default, on the ground that the justice had no jurisdiction of the person of the defendant, the defendant appealed to the circuit court, where it moved the court to dismiss the suit, on the grounds that the justice did not have jurisdiction of the person of the defendant, and that the summons was improperly directed to the constable of Shoal township. And, in support of the motion, it was shown, that, at the time the summons was issued, the defendant maintained station agents on its line of railroad in Concord and Hardin townships, in Clinton county, and that both of said townships were nearer to Kearney township than was Shoal township. The motion to dismiss was overruled, and the defendant excepted. The plaintiff again had judgment by default, and defendant appealed.

M. A. Low for appellant.

Simrall & Sandusky and W. J. Courtney for respondent.

SHERWOOD, J.

Action before a justice of the peace of Kearney township, Clay county, for killing plaintiff's roan cow. The summons was directed to the constable of Shoal township, Clinton county, and was served by him on defendant's station agent at Cameron, in that county. Section 2865, Revised Statutes, provides that “if there be no such station agent in the county, the justice may issue his summons directed to any constable of the nearest township in any other county where there may be a station agent of such railroad.” It was shown that Shoal township was not the nearest township in Clinton county to the township in which the justice resided. This we regard as of no importance in view of the subsequent occurrences in this cause. The justice undoubtedly had jurisdiction of the subject matter, and any defect in the service of the process was waived by the appearance of the defendant and its general motion to set aside the judgment by default. This gave the justice jurisdiction over the person, so to speak, of the defendant. Boulware v....

To continue reading

Request your trial
26 cases
  • Cudahy Packing Co. v. Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • April 9, 1921
    ...the judgment of the justice. Secs. 7568, 7579, R. S. 1909; Ser v. Bobst, 8 Mo. 560; Damhorst v. Railway Co., 32 Mo.App. 350; Gant v. Railway Co., 79 Mo. 502; Fitterling Railway Co., 79 Mo. 504; Boulware v. Railroad, 79 Mo. 494; Hull v. Beard, 80 Mo.App. 200; Musgrove v. Mott, 90 Mo. 107; Le......
  • Elvins v. Elvins
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • July 16, 1913
    ......674; Redick v. Newburn, 76 Mo. 423; Gant v. Railroad, 79 Mo. 502; Blunt v. Railroad, 55 Mo. 157; ......
  • Leonard v. Sparks
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • June 19, 1893
    ......362. . .          In. Thompson v. Chicago, etc., Co. (1892) 110 Mo. 147;. 19 S.W. 77, the second ... none the less positively, abandoned in Gant v. Chicago,. etc., Co. (1883), 79 Mo. 502, and Witting ......
  • Powell v. St. Louis, I. M. & S. Ry. Co
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • July 2, 1915
    ...and in its amended form as above set out, as will appear by reference to Boulware v. Chicago & Alton R. Co., 79 Mo. 494; Gant v. Chicago, R. I., etc., R. Co., 79 Mo. 502; Fitterling v. Mo. Pac. R. Co., 79 Mo. 504. But in the early 80's the Supreme Court varied from the rule stated, though t......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT