Hamilton v. Wosepka, 51101

Decision Date12 November 1963
Docket NumberNo. 51101,51101
Citation255 Iowa 910,124 N.W.2d 512
PartiesV. B. HAMILTON, Appellee. v. Lyle WOSEPKA, Nick Pronk, Wilbur Chandler, Appellants.
CourtIowa Supreme Court

Hobson & Cady, Hampton, for appellants.

Hagemann & Hagemann, Waverly, Linnan, Lynch & Straub, Algona, for appellee.

HAYS, Justice.

This is a law action. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff's petition, contending that the alleged cause of action was barred by the Statute of Limitations, Section 614.1(9) of the Code, I.C.A. The trial court overruled the motion. Right to appeal was granted as authorized by Rule 332, R.C.P., Code of Iowa, 58 I.C.A.

The facts as gathered from the petition are: Since 1954, plaintiff, a stockholder in the Farmers Hybrid Seed Corn Company and in the Farmers Hybrid Hogs, both Iowa Corporations, was employed by said companies as President with an annual salary of $15,000.00. During said time prior to May 20, 1959, defendants were employed by said corporations. As of May 20, 1959, Lyle Wosepka was secretary and assistant in Sales at an annual salary of $7,000.00; Nick Pronk was Vice President and Sales Manager at an annual salary of $10,000.00; Wilbur Chandler was Assistant Treasurer and Manager of Service Department at an annual salary of $10,000.00. On April 20, 1959, plaintiff gave defendants an option to purchase 730 shares of stock in each of said corporations under certain stated terms and conditions. This option was exercised by defendants on May 18, 1959, and at said time a written agreement setting out the terms and conditions of said purchase was executed by the parties, which is Exhibit B and is attached to the petition.

This agreement provides that it be filed with the secretary of said corporations. It states that 730 shares of stock in each of the companies is purchased by defendants for $65,000.00, $15,000.00 of which is paid at time of agreement. The balance is secured by a collateral promissory note signed by defendants and payable to the plaintiff in annual payments of $5,000.00. During life of the note, the shares of stock are held by plaintiff as collateral. Paragraph 4 of said agreement is as follows: 'The party of the First Part, (Plaintiff), shall remain a member of the Board of Directors and President of the above named companies at a guaranteed salary of $15,000.00 per year, said salary to be increased or decreased in proportion to the increase or decrease of the salary or salaries of Lyle Wosepka, Nick Pronk and Wilbur Chandler, and said employment shall continue at least as long as any of the indebtedness for the purchase price of said stock exists. In the event there are any bonuses paid to the Parties of the Second Part or to the management, the Party of the First Part will not participate in the bonus.'

The petition further alleges that plaintiff continued in the employment of the companies until November 1, 1962. That the indebtedness provided for in said contract for sale of the stock was satisfied on September 1, 1962. That on June 19, 1959, the two corporations by a vote of the directors, defendants being the majority share holders, increased the salary or Wosepka from $7,000.00 to $15,000.00 per year, of Pronk and Chandler, each to $15,000.00 per year which has so continued since July 1, 1959; the salary of the plaintiff was not increased as provided in said agreement, Exhibit 'B'. Judgment is asked against the defendants and each of them in the amount of $33,333.33 with interest from November 1, 1962. Defendants motion to dismiss alleges, among other things that the petition shows that it is an action founded on a claim for wages or for liability or penalty for failure to pay wages and is barred by Section 614.1(9), Code of Iowa, I.C.A., the cause of action arising on June 19, 1959, when plaintiffs wages were not raised. It is also urged that the action is barred by the Statute of Limitations as against the principal debtor, namely, the corporations and is barred against the defendants who are...

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  • Hamilton v. Wosepka
    • United States
    • Iowa Supreme Court
    • November 14, 1967
    ...directors and officers. On a former appeal we held plaintiff's claim was not barred by the statute of limitations. Hamilton v. Wosepka, 255 Iowa 910, 124 N.W.2d 512. Plaintiff Hamilton now seeks to recover from the three defendants personally additional salary allegedly due under a written ......
  • Greenberg v. Alter Co.
    • United States
    • Iowa Supreme Court
    • November 12, 1963
  • Beeson v. Phelps, No. 9-393/08-1689 (Iowa App. 7/2/2009)
    • United States
    • Iowa Court of Appeals
    • July 2, 2009
    ...Code § 614.1(4) (emphasis added). Beeson additionally argues that her claim is not for wages. Beeson looks to Hamilton v. Wosepka, 255 Iowa 910, 913, 124 N.W.2d 512, 513 (1963), for the definition of wages as "compensation or reward agreed upon by the master to be paid to a servant or to an......

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