Steele County Minnesota
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Sunday, July 16, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
LUCAS IS LEGALLY DEAD.
Therefore He Is Not Entitled to Share of an Estate.
Owatonna, Minn., July 15.-A peculiar case developed in the probate court today, when William Lucas appeared and inquired concerning property which had been left him. The judge of probate found that, according to the records, Lucas was dead, and therefore could not lay claim to the property.
Lucas was rather staggered by the calm assertion that he was dead, but soon saw an explanation. He was a resident of this county about ten years ago, at which time his grandmother also lived here. The grandmother had considerable property. Lucas went to Iowa and from there to the east where he enlisted and served in the Spanish-American war and later in the Philippines.
Returning to the United States, he soon came west again and at Dubuque first learned of the death of his grandmother and was told that she had left her property to him. Lucas came to this city and found that the property had been left to him, but that, after a diligent search had been made for him and the necessary legal period of seven years had elapsed, he had been declared dead and the property had passed to a relative.
Lucas was told that he still had the privilege of proving identity, of which he will avail himself.
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