Herpin v. Webb, 5-27

Decision Date23 March 1953
Docket NumberNo. 5-27,5-27
Citation256 S.W.2d 44,221 Ark. 798
PartiesHERPIN et al. v. WEBB.
CourtArkansas Supreme Court

Hebert & Dobbs, Hot Springs, for appellants.

Richard M. Ryan, H. A. Tucker and M. C. Lewis, Jr., Hot Springs, for appellee.


The appellee brought this suit in ejectment after an unsuccessful attempt to recover possession by unlawful detainer. Webb v. Herpin, 217 Ark. 826, 233 S.W.2d 385. In her complaint the plaintiff deraigns title from the estate of her deceased husband, John L. Webb. By answer the defendants asserted that they had contracted to buy the land from John L. Webb, that all payments had been made, and that they were entitled to a deed from the plaintiff in her capacity as executrix.

To this answer the plaintiff filed a reply alleging (a) that Webb's contract with the defendants was not signed by the plaintiff and is not binding on her, (b) that the contract was terminated by agreement in 1943, and thereafter the Herpins occupied the land as tenants, and (c) that if it be found that the contract was not terminated in 1943 the defendants breached the agreement in 1950 by refusing to make payments that were due, thereby forfeiting their rights. To this reply the defendants filed a plea of limitations, averring that even though the plaintiff did not sign the contract her right to assert a dower interest was barred seven years after her husband executed the agreement.

At the beginning of the trial the defendants requested a ruling upon their plea of limitations. The judgment recites that 'certain stipulations having been made between the parties as to title and other matters, the court overruled defendants' plea of the statute of limitations.' The attorneys who were then representing the Herpins elected to stand upon the plea and refused to defend the case. Judgment was entered for the plaintiff, but there was no motion for a new trial.

In the absence of such a motion we consider only errors appearing on the face of the record. Hence we are limited in this case to an examination of the pleadings and the judgment. Since the judgment recites that the plea of limitations was overruled after certain stipulations had been made as to the title, we may assume that these stipulations included matters of fact that eliminated the question of limitations. And, apart from the stipulations, the defendants' insistence that the court rule upon their plea at the beginning of the trial was in effect a request...

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  • Williams v. Purdy
    • United States
    • Arkansas Supreme Court
    • 8 Marzo 1954
    ...Ark.Stats. § 37-211. It has repeatedly been held by this court that the statute of limitations may be raised by demurrer. Herpin v. Webb, Ark., 256 S.W.2d 44. However, this rule has certain qualifications, for in State, to Use of Glover v. McIlroy, 196 Ark. 63, 116 S.W.2d 601, 603, it is sa......
  • Gibson v. Gibson, 5--4471
    • United States
    • Arkansas Supreme Court
    • 11 Marzo 1968
    ...raised by demurrer only when the pleading to which the demurrer is taken clearly shows that the cause of action is barred. Herpin v. Webb, 221 Ark. 798, 256 S.W.2d 44. Where the bar of the statute of limitation does not appear upon the face of a complaint, the issue cannot be raised by demu......
  • Pierce v. Lowe, 5-21
    • United States
    • Arkansas Supreme Court
    • 23 Marzo 1953
  • Henry v. Citibank, N.A., CA 07-1109 (Ark. App. 4/23/2008)
    • United States
    • Arkansas Court of Appeals
    • 23 Abril 2008
    ...that an action in unlawful detainer does not have res judicata effect on a subsequent action in ejectment. See Herpin v. Webb, 221 Ark. 798, 256 S.W.2d 44 (1953). ...

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