Ormsby v. Nolan

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtROTHROCK
Citation69 Iowa 130,28 N.W. 569
Decision Date15 June 1886
PartiesORMSBY AND OTHERS v. NOLAN, SHERIFF, AND ANOTHER.

69 Iowa 130
28 N.W. 569

ORMSBY AND OTHERS
v.
NOLAN, SHERIFF, AND ANOTHER.

Supreme Court of Iowa.

June 15, 1886.


Appeal from Palo Alto district court.

This is an action of replevin, in which the plaintiffs seek to recover certain personal property, the possession of which they claim they are entitled to by virtue of a chattel mortgage executed by one Wickham to one Conger, and assigned by Conger to the plaintiffs. The defendants answered by denying the plaintiffs' right to the property, and averring that the defendant Nolan is the sheriff, and the defendant McNally is the deputy-sheriff, of Palo Alto county, and that the defendant McNally levied an execution upon said property as the property of Wickham, said execution having been issued on a judgment against Wickham. There was a trial by jury, and a verdict and judgment for the defendant. Plaintiffs appeal.

[28 N.W. 570]

Soper, Crawford & Carr, for appellants.

Harrison & Jenswold, for appellees.


ROTHROCK, J.

1. The property in controversy was described in the mortgage as follows: “One open buggy, with fills new, made by Taylor Brothers, Emmetsburg, and bought of them; and one sulky, new, made by Taylor Brothers, Emmetsburg, Iowa.” There was no evidence that the defendants had any actual notice of the mortgage when the property was levied upon, and the court below held that the description of the property in the mortgage was too indefinite to charge the defendants with constructive notice, and that, as between these parties, extrinsic evidence was not admissible to identify the property as that intended by the parties to the mortgage to be included therein.

Appellants insist that these rulings of the court were erroneous. A number of cases have been determined by this court involving the question as to the sufficiency of the description of property in chattel mortgages to charge third persons with constructive notice of the rights of the mortgagee. See Smith v. McLean, 24 Iowa, 331; Ivins v. Hines, 45 Iowa, 73;Muir v. Blake, 57 Iowa, 665; S. C. 11 N. W. Rep. 621;Hayes v. Wilcox, 61 Iowa, 732;S. C. 17 N. W. Rep. 110;Everett v. Brown, 20 N. W. Rep. 743.

An examination of these cases leaves no doubt that the ruling of the court below was correct. The description of the property as contained in the mortgage must direct the mind to evidence whereby the precise thing conveyed may be ascertained, and if thereby absolute certainty may be attained, the instrument is valid; otherwise it is void as to the third...

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  • Bonanza Consolidated Mining Co. v. Golden Head Mining Co., 1612
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • April 11, 1905
    ...and, if thereby absolute certainty may be attained, the instrument is valid; otherwise it is void for uncertainty." (Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa 130, 28 N.W. 569; Tatum v. Croom, 60 Ark. 487, 30 S.W. 885; Tindall v. Wasson, 74 Ind. 495.) Third persons are not affected with constructive notice ......
  • Simon Casady & Co. v. German Sav. Bank of Des Moines
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • March 17, 1913
    ...void and of no effect. See Smith v. McLean, 24 Iowa, 331; Rhutasel v. Stephens, 68 Iowa, 628, 27 N. W. 786;Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N. W. 569;Hayes v. Wilcox, 61 Iowa, 732, 17 N. W. 110;Barrett v. Fisch, 76 Iowa, 553, 41 N. W. 310, 14 Am. St. Rep. 238;Plano Mfg. Co. v. Griffith, 75......
  • Community State Bank v. Martin, 20281.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • July 29, 1927
    ...if it directs an inquiring mind to evidence where the precise thing mortgaged may be ascertained. In Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N.W. 569, it is said: 'The description of the property as contained in mortgage must direct the mind to evidence whereby the precise thing conveyed, may be ......
  • Thompson v. Jackson
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • January 22, 1895
    ...for more than $100, the case is appealable, with the certificate required by section 3173 of the Code. Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N. W. 569;Madison v. Spitsnogle, 58 Iowa, 369, 12 N. W. 317. There is no doubt that the defendants had the right to appeal the case. 2. It appears from th......
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8 cases
  • Bonanza Consolidated Mining Co. v. Golden Head Mining Co., 1612
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Utah
    • April 11, 1905
    ...and, if thereby absolute certainty may be attained, the instrument is valid; otherwise it is void for uncertainty." (Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa 130, 28 N.W. 569; Tatum v. Croom, 60 Ark. 487, 30 S.W. 885; Tindall v. Wasson, 74 Ind. 495.) Third persons are not affected with constructive notice ......
  • Simon Casady & Co. v. German Sav. Bank of Des Moines
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • March 17, 1913
    ...void and of no effect. See Smith v. McLean, 24 Iowa, 331; Rhutasel v. Stephens, 68 Iowa, 628, 27 N. W. 786;Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N. W. 569;Hayes v. Wilcox, 61 Iowa, 732, 17 N. W. 110;Barrett v. Fisch, 76 Iowa, 553, 41 N. W. 310, 14 Am. St. Rep. 238;Plano Mfg. Co. v. Griffith, 75......
  • Community State Bank v. Martin, 20281.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • July 29, 1927
    ...if it directs an inquiring mind to evidence where the precise thing mortgaged may be ascertained. In Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N.W. 569, it is said: 'The description of the property as contained in mortgage must direct the mind to evidence whereby the precise thing conveyed, may be ......
  • Thompson v. Jackson
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • January 22, 1895
    ...for more than $100, the case is appealable, with the certificate required by section 3173 of the Code. Ormsby v. Nolan, 69 Iowa, 130, 28 N. W. 569;Madison v. Spitsnogle, 58 Iowa, 369, 12 N. W. 317. There is no doubt that the defendants had the right to appeal the case. 2. It appears from th......
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