Neeley v. Town of Mapleton

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Citation139 Iowa 582,117 N.W. 981
Decision Date21 October 1908

139 Iowa 582
117 N.W. 981


Supreme Court of Iowa.

Oct. 21, 1908.

Appeal from District Court, Monona County; David Mould, Judge.

Action for damages for personal injuries resulting from a fall upon a defective sidewalk. Judgment for plaintiff in the sum of $550, and defendant appeals. Affirmed.

[117 N.W. 981]

T. B. Lutz and A. Kendall, for appellant.

Prichard & Newby and H. Chrisman, for appellee.


On March 9, 1906, while going toward her home in the defendant town, in company with her son, the plaintiff fell upon a sidewalk and received the injuries of which she complains. Her fall was the result of tripping over a loose board, her son having stepped upon one end of it and thrown the other end of it in such a way as to catch the feet of the plaintiff.

1. This action was not commenced until after the expiration of 90 days from the date of the alleged injury. The defendant pleads the statute of limitations, and avers that no written notice was served on defendant specifying the time, place, and circumstances of the injury within 60 days from the happening thereof, as required by section 3447 of the Code. It appears from the plaintiff's petition and from the evidence that on March 17, 1906, eight days after the accident, one Chapman, acting on behalf of the plaintiff, delivered to G. G. Harris, the town clerk, a writing as follows: “Mapleton, Iowa. March 17, 1906. The Incorporated Town of Mapleton, Iowa, Debtor to Mrs. Jennie Neeley. March 9, 1906, Damages $1,000. Said damages having been sustained by reason of a fall (or falling) of the said Jennie Neeley on a defective sidewalk on Third street in front of lot one in block twenty-two in said town, on the 9th day of March, 1906; said fall having severely cut and bruised the said Jennie Neeley and endangering her life.” This writing was not signed by any person. At the first regular meeting of the council in April, the clerk presented this paper to the town council, and a record thereof was made in the minutes of the council proceedings in the following words: “The bill of damages to the amount of $1,000 was presented on behalf of Mrs. Jennie Neeley. On motion Hammond and Scott and City Attorney Lutz were appointed to investigate the same.” Members of the council called upon the plaintiff and investigated her injuries, and investigated the place of the accident, having first called upon plaintiff's husband to point out the place more definitely. The defendant now urges the insufficiency of the written notice referred to, having urged proper objections to it at all stages of the trial, and having saved exceptions to the adverse rulings of the court. Its principal contention is that the notice is fatally defective for want of signature, and this presents the most doubtful question in the case. This court has heretofore held that the absence of signature to an original notice was fatal to the notice as such. Hoitt v. Skinner, 99 Iowa, 360, 68 N. W. 788. It has applied the same rule to a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court. Doerr v. Life Ass'n, 92 Iowa, 39, 60 N. W. 225...

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  • Patton v. City of Grafton
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • May 28, 1935
    ...... the results of her fall, citing Chapman v. Town of. Milton, 31 W.Va. 384, 7 S.E. 22; Biggs v. City of. Huntington, 32 W.Va. 55, 9 S.E. 51; ... v. St. Louis & S. F. Ry. Co., 184 Mo.App. 106, 168 S.W. 323; Neeley v. Incorporated Town of Mapleton, 139. Iowa 582, 117 N.W. 981; Herkey v. Agar Mfg. Co., 90. Misc. ......
  • Heck v. City of Knoxville, 49331
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • February 11, 1958
    ......City of Winterset, 144 Iowa 260, 262, 122 N.W. 915; Pardey v. Incorporated Town of Mechanicsville, 101 Iowa 266, 269, 70 N.W. 189.         However, the notice required by ...City of Council Bluffs, 193 Iowa 620, 623, 187 N.W. 447; Howe v. Sioux County, supra; Neeley v. Incorporated Town of Mapleton, 139 Iowa 582, 584, 117 N.W. 981.         Some of our ......
  • Patton v. City Of Grafton., (No. 8106)
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • May 28, 1935
    ......That duty is not performed "if either an obstruction, excavation or hole be permitted by a town to exist, though not actually within one of the public streets of the town, yet so close to such a ...Restatement, Torts, sec. 473; Morris v. Ry. Co., 184 Mo. App. 106, 168 S. W. 323; Neeley v. Mapleton, 139 Iowa 582, 117 N. W. 981; Herkey v. Agar Co., 153 N. Y. Supp. ......
  • Glasgo v. City of Spokane
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • April 27, 1926
    ...... proceed over it. In Neeley v. Town of Mapleton, 117. N.W. 981, 139 Iowa, 582, a similar problem was presented to. ......
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