O'Mara v. Jensma

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtLADD, J.
Citation121 N.W. 518,143 Iowa 297
PartiesJERRY O'MARA, Appellant, v. JAMES JENSMA
Decision Date03 June 1909

121 N.W. 518

143 Iowa 297

JERRY O'MARA, Appellant,
v.

JAMES JENSMA

Supreme Court of Iowa, Des Moines

June 3, 1909


Appeal from Jasper District Court.--HON. BYRON W. PRESTON, Judge.

ACTION for damages, in which the defendant set up a counterclaim. Judgment was entered for the defendant, from which the plaintiff appeals.

Affirmed.

Tripp & Tripp, for appellant.

Mowry & Cross, for appellee.

OPINION

[143 Iowa 298] LADD, J.

The plaintiff owned the N. 1/2 of S.W. 1/4 of section 12, and the defendant the N. 1/2 of S. E. 1/4 of the same section. There was a depression or a swale through the plaintiff's land and on through that of the defendant to the southeast. Previous to the defendant's acquisition of the land, a ditch had been excavated in the plaintiff's land through that of defendant which appears to have carried the water off. Prior to that a ditch had been dug under the fence [121 N.W. 519] about two rods north [143 Iowa 299] by the plaintiff and the then owner of defendant's land, Lavelleur. This, according to Lavelleur, was filled up when the ditch first mentioned was excavated, though plaintiff says it was left open. Both testified it was a failure. There may have been a swale still farther north, but no evidence of injury therefrom was adduced. In excavating the ditch last made in plaintiff's land, the earth was thrown on both sides, but only on the north side on defendant's land, with the design of preventing the water from flowing on the low ground north of the ditch. Also defendant's grantors back-furrowed from the ditch to the north line, creating a rise of several inches. This was reversed by defendant, who turned the furrows toward the line to level the land. Plaintiff testified that this tended to stop the free passage of the water and in connection with other testimony that defendant by back-furrowing and by the use of the spade constructed a levee from ten to twenty or thirty feet east of the line, and also filled up the ditch under the fence, thereby throwing the surface water back on plaintiff's land to his damage; while evidence of defendant explained how he had turned the furrow toward the line, that he had not filled the ditch, and, if clogged, this was due to the accumulation of debris therein without fault on his part, and that the water had not backed up on plaintiff's land as alleged, but stood there naturally. In support of his counterclaim, the evidence tended to show that openings through the north bank of the ditch had been cut letting the water through on defendant's land to his damage. The evidence was such as to carry the several issues to the jury.

I. In stating the issues to the jury, and in several instructions, the court referred to the embankment or levee as alleged by plaintiff to have been located and maintained "along or on" the west line of defendant's land, and appellant insists that this was erroneous, as the petition described levee as "along or near," and the evidence [143 Iowa 300] disclosed that it was ten or twenty feet east of the line fence. There was no evidence of any embankment on the line, and the only evidence of any embankment or levee constructed by defendant pointed to that mentioned by the witness as some distance east of the line. The jury could not have understood the court's statements to have had reference to any other levee, and no prejudice could have resulted even were the description...

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  • Shuttlefield v. Neil
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • January 21, 1914
    ...As stated, this evidence was not all before the court when the ruling was made. The ruling was correct when made. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa 297, 303, 121 N.W. 518. We do not find in the record that defendant moved to strike this evidence after the evidence on this point was all in. The sit......
  • James v. Fairall, 29473
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • October 6, 1914
    ...evidence was [168 Iowa 433] introduced from which it might be determined that he had no interest in the estate. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa 297, 121 N.W. 518. As to the alleged estoppel, that must be pleaded. There is no such plea in this case, and probably could not be as to this matter. If......
  • Hatcher v. Farber (In re Hoyt's Estate), No. 31311.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 23, 1917
    ...correct, and there was subsequently no motion made to exclude the evidence we have just set out. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa, 297, at 303, 121 N. W. 518. We think the evidence of Bradford before set out was competent, and that he was competent to testify thereto, and that appellant's objecti......
  • Forest View Land Co. Inc v. Atl. Coast Line R. Co. *
    • United States
    • Virginia Supreme Court of Virginia
    • January 11, 1917
    ...street, road, or stream. This latitude in the use of the word is recognized in law. See 29 Cyc. 1484; O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa, 297, 121 N. W. 518, 519; Burnam v. Banks, 45 Mo. 349, 351; 6 Words and Phrases, p. 4963. There is no error in the judgment complained of, and it is affirmed. Aff......
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5 cases
  • Shuttlefield v. Neil
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • January 21, 1914
    ...As stated, this evidence was not all before the court when the ruling was made. The ruling was correct when made. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa 297, 303, 121 N.W. 518. We do not find in the record that defendant moved to strike this evidence after the evidence on this point was all in. The sit......
  • James v. Fairall, 29473
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • October 6, 1914
    ...evidence was [168 Iowa 433] introduced from which it might be determined that he had no interest in the estate. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa 297, 121 N.W. 518. As to the alleged estoppel, that must be pleaded. There is no such plea in this case, and probably could not be as to this matter. If......
  • Hatcher v. Farber (In re Hoyt's Estate), No. 31311.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 23, 1917
    ...correct, and there was subsequently no motion made to exclude the evidence we have just set out. O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa, 297, at 303, 121 N. W. 518. We think the evidence of Bradford before set out was competent, and that he was competent to testify thereto, and that appellant's objecti......
  • Forest View Land Co. Inc v. Atl. Coast Line R. Co. *
    • United States
    • Virginia Supreme Court of Virginia
    • January 11, 1917
    ...street, road, or stream. This latitude in the use of the word is recognized in law. See 29 Cyc. 1484; O'Mara v. Jensma, 143 Iowa, 297, 121 N. W. 518, 519; Burnam v. Banks, 45 Mo. 349, 351; 6 Words and Phrases, p. 4963. There is no error in the judgment complained of, and it is affirmed. Aff......
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