121 Kan. 469

No. 26,784.

William Wilson, Appellee, v. M. D. Gonder, Appellant.

Opinion filed July 10, 1926.

Carl Van Riper, of Dodge City, for the appellant.

H. O. Trinkle, of Garden City, for the appellee.

The opinion of the court was delivered by

Johnston, C. J.:

William Wilson sued M. D. Gonder upon a claim for drilling a well, installing a pump in it and erecting a tower and windmill over it, on a tract of land then owned by Gonder. The only part of the claim in dispute was the item of $120 for the tower. That the tower was furnished and erected was conceded. Defendant says he told plaintiff he preferred a wood tower, but that plaintiff had insisted that the steel one was preferable, and that it could be erected sooner. It was agreed he said that a steel tower might be erected, but that if it was not satisfactory to defendant it was to be taken down and a wood one substituted. After the erection of the steel tower defendant declared that it was unsatisfactory to him, and demanded that it be taken down and a wood tower substituted as the plaintiff had agreed to do. This was not done for reasons stated by the plaintiff, but as the case is to be disposed of on the defendant’s testimony it is unnecessary to state the position of the plaintiff.

*470In his testimony defendant admitted that the land on which the tower was erected had been conveyed by him to another without any reservation respecting the tower. On the admission of the transfer of the land including the tower, the court directed a verdict for plaintiff. Defendant appeals.

There was ím dispute as to any part of the bill, as defendant admitted that he owed the amounts claimed for the well and pump. The tower was a fixture attached to the land and became a part of the realty, and when the transfer of 'the land by defendant was made without excepting the tower from the operation of the deed it passed to the grantee and neither plaintiff nor defendant could remove it. The grantee is not a party to the action and no claim is made in his behalf. When the land including the tower was conveyed by defendant, he as a necessary consequence accepted the tower as built and disabled himself to insist that another should be substituted. Upon his own testimony, which must be accepted, only a question of law was left for decision, and the court was therefore at liberty to direct the verdict. Defendant’s admission as to transfer without reservations is conclusive in the matter of acceptance and precludes him from insisting that a wood tower should be substituted for a steel one and from denying liability for the tower accepted.

The judgment is affirmed.

Wilson v. Gonder
121 Kan. 469

Case Details

Wilson v. Gonder
Decision Date
Jul 10, 1926

121 Kan. 469




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