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Meighen Property 1958
dur anc e ' convention municipal Joseph,"also are invalid. Preston Man, in Land Dispute PRESTON, Minn. - Joseph F. Meighen, a local businessman and 'arm o'perator, was on the stand n District Court here all day Wednesday in an action brought jy his sister, Mrs. Margaret Dempsey, Boston, who is trying to get a share in 250 acres of Viesola f a r m land Meighen has operated since 1936. The jury was selected Tuesday morning following a two-week continuance granted by Judge John F. Cahill, Waseca, for pre-trial conferences. Meighen was on the stand all,afternoon and returned when court convened' Wednesday morning. The properly in question was in holdings of the late Thomas J. Meighen and his wife; Mary* which years ago included more than 4,000 acres of southern Minnesota farm land, but now, following the depression 'and a bank failure number between 700 and 800 acres. MRS. DEMPSEY wanlt thÂ« land redistributed among the three surviving children of her father. She contends that the 22-year-old deed transferring the land from the elder Meighen to herself is invalid and two deeds made by her mother ascribing the land to Her broth- a.m. 50- gymnasium, Madsen 700; Rochester, Winona, She is seeking lo have all the deeds set aside putting the land back into her mother's estate which Mrs. Meighen's'will portioned out among her three children. The elder Meighen died In 1936 leaving no will. However, before his death, he deeded two parcels of land of 170 and 80 acres lo Mrs. Dempsey. Before his death, Mrs. Dempsey contends, she deeded the laud to her mother as a convenience to her father, and that this transfer was not recorded. Joseph said he purchased the land' 12 years ago from his mother, but -never recorded the first deed. Later, Mrs. Meighen became ill. Partly at his mother's suggestion, Joseph said, he went with an atlorney lo visit her at the hospital to have another deed made and witnessed. High chaperons today bus the 0. THIS WAS DONE thÂ« d.y prior to her death in February 1956. Mrs. Dempsey maintains that her mother was ill and not competenl at Ihe time the deed was made. The suit was filed by Mrs. Dempsey and another brother, Thomas J. Meighen Jr., by William Nierengartcn, an Austin attorney. Joseph Meighen is reprc- \ senled by Patrick Foley, Mantor villo, and Harry Stearns, St. Paul. | Mrs - Dempsey was scheduled tc a u l c s l i r y t h i s - m o r n i n g when \ convened at 10 a.m. Court wai adjourned al noon and will recon vene at 10 a.m. Monday. Ker e s t e r and Utility Metal, Adair a . . nath Hall, clerk of court, 3aic this morning that the case prob ably will continue for another three days before it goes to jÂ«0'. , , Jurors arc: Harry Sisson at Leslie Isensec, Chatfield; Clinton Jones. Harmony; Selmer Johnsrud. Preble; Palmer Gullickson, Amlwrst; Leo Plcnge, Jordan; Howard Banks, Beaver; DonalJ'" i a l - King and Henry Hockema, Sum- 1 ' 0 mcr; Olaf Sledje. Arcndahl, and Laurence Hudson, Canton.