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Guide to the Wickham and Farr Law Firm Printed Cases and Briefs, 1888-1909

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Title: Wickham and Farr Law Firm Printed Cases and Briefs

Inclusive Dates: 1888-1909

Creators:

  • Wickham and Farr Law Firm (Eau Claire, Wis.)
  • Farr, Frank R., 1860-1932
  • Wickham, James, 1862-1944

Call Number: Eau Claire Mss BA

Quantity: 3.0 c.f. (24 volumes in 3 record center cartons)

Repository: Housed at the Area Research Center, William D. McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division

Archival Locations: UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library / Eau Claire Area Research Ctr.

Abstract: Printed Wisconsin Supreme Court cases and legal briefs prepared by the Eau Claire, Wisconsin law firm of Wickham and Farr, and by opposing attorneys. The cases span the dates of James Wickham's law practice from 1888 until 1909, when he was appointed circuit court judge for Wisconsin's newly-created 19th circuit. In 1889 Wickham was joined in practice by Frank R. Farr. Wickham and Farr undertook cases from all of the counties surrounding Eau Claire. The cases represented in the collection are comprised of appeals of all types to the Wisconsin Supreme Court with two to the U.S. Supreme Court, a few to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, and one each to the Minnesota and Illinois Supreme Courts.

Language: English

Subject Terms

  • Civil law—Wisconsin—Cases
  • Lawyers—Wisconsin
  • Farr, Frank R., 1860-1932
  • Wickham, James, 1862-1944

Biography/History

James Wickham was born to Patrick and Catherine (nee Quigley) Wickham, January 31, 1862 in Melancthon Creek section, Richland County, Wisconsin. His parents were natives of County Wexford, Ireland who married in New York and lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Whitewater, Wisconsin before settling on a Richland County farm in 1860.

Both died in 1894. James was the next to youngest of seven children. He was educated in Richland County and Richland Center schools, and after high school graduation taught school for several terms. Wickham began his law practice in 1886 after completing his law studies at the University of Wisconsin. He practiced alone in Eau Claire for 3 years, until forming a partnership with Frank R. Farr in 1889, and also was Eau Claire city attorney for 7 years, 1898, 1900-1905. The partnership continued until 1909, when Wickham was appointed circuit judge for Wisconsin's newly-created 19th circuit. Wickham served as judge until poor health forced him to leave the bench in 1942, having declined three offers of appointment to the Wisconsin Supreme Court during his career.

In 1891 Wickham was married to Ida Hoskin (d. 1904). They were the parents of James Arthur, a Milwaukee attorney; Walter; William; and Catherine (later Sister Mary Dominic or Sister Mary Kim), who graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and worked in church missions in the Far East. James Wickham married Helen Koppelberger in 1908; she died in 1920, and in 1923 he married Katherine Linley. Wickham died in 1944.

Frank Rufus Farr (1860-1932) was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, to Rufus and Ellen Farr. In 1879 the family moved to Eau Claire, where two years later Farr and his brother, Dr. J. F. Farr, opened a drug store on the city's north side. Farr later attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the law school in 1889. He returned to Eau Claire and went into practice with James Wickham. After Wickham's appointment to the bench, Farr went into partnership with L. M. Sturdevant, Wisconsin's attorney general, and later, with Arthur W. MacLeod until 1932. From 1890 to 1894 Farr was a receiver of the U.S. Land Office, and in 1894 and 1896 was elected Eau Claire County district attorney. He died in 1932 and was survived by his wife Irene (nee Heimbaugh), and sons Donald L., Merrill, and George M. Farr.

Scope and Content Note

The entire collection consists of 24 volumes of printed and bound Wisconsin Supreme Court cases and legal briefs prepared for those cases by Wickham and Farr, and by opposing attorneys. Wickham and Farr undertook general appeals cases from all of the counties surrounding Eau Claire. It appears that the volumes were maintained by Wickham, as his name and notes and citations are written on many of the individual briefs. The cases comprise appeals of all types to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with two to the U.S. Supreme Court, a few to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, and one each to the Minnesota and Illinois Supreme Courts. Though the order is generally chronological, there are many exceptions.

Administrative/Restriction Information

Acquisition Information

Presented by Eau Claire County via Judge Thomas Barland, 1975. Accession Number: M75-497

Processing Information

Processed by Menzi Behrnd-Klodt, January 1985.

Contents List

Wisconsin Supreme Court
January Term, 1888
Box 1 Valley Lumber Co. vs. Absalom Smith and William White
Volume 1
August Term, 1888
Box 1 Cristena Bergland vs. M.S. Frawley and T.F. Frawley
Volume 1
January Term, 1889
Box 1 In Re Julius H. Opdale
Volume 1
Box 1 Otto Streisssguth and Harry T. Drake vs. B. Bessinger and Samuel Reigelman
Volume 1
Box 1 Mathias Frisk, Edward H. Turner and Frank E. Fallants vs. B. Bessinger and Samuel Reigelman
Volume 1
January Term, 1892
Box 1 Martin J. Argard vs. Robert Parker
Volume 1
Box 1 Second National Bank of St. Paul vs. Ole Larson and Bertha Larson
Volume 1
January Term, 1891
Box 1 D.F. Gibbons vs. John Grinsel
Volume 1
August Term, 1890
Box 1 Absalom Smith vs. The City of Eau Claire
Volume 1
January Term, 1891
Box 1 David Drummond vs. The City of Eau Claire
Volume 1
Box 1 Anna May Farr and J.F. Farr vs. The Trustees of the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen of the State of Wisconsin and Mary E. Peck
Volume 1
Box 1 J.R. Farr vs. The State Bank of Phillips and A.M. Hunt
Volume 1
August Term, 1893
Box 1 The City of Eau Claire vs. Maria Matzke
Volume 1
Box 1 State of Wisconsin ex rel., Alex. McPhee vs. John Erickson
Volume 1
Box 1 State of Wisconsin ex rel., Mike Wold vs. Ole Hanson
Volume 1
Box 1 In the Matter of the Voluntary Assignment of Edward D.
Rankin to Arthur Smith for the Benefit of His Creditors
Volume 1
Box 1 W.H. Frawley vs. P.J. Cosgrove
Volume 1
Box 1 Ole Larson vs. The Aultman and Taylor Co.
Volume 1
Box 1 Ole Larson vs. S.G. Cook and W.W. Huntington
Volume 1
Box 1 Louis A. Shakman vs. Charles W.E. Sommermeyer, Lena
Brimi and Anna Huebener, Caroline Schwartz et al.
Volume 1
Box 1 Sophia C. Sommermeyer vs. Charles W.E. Sommermeyer,
Lena Brimi and Anna Huebener, Caroline Schwartz et al.
Volume 1
Box 1 Albert S. Gage and Eliphalet B. Gage vs. Edward W. Allen
et al.
Volume 1
Box 1 Ryan Drug Co. vs. Carl M. Hvambsahl
Volume 1
Box 1 John Becker, as Assignee of H.G. Talbot vs. Nils Holm,
John S. Smith and L.C. Garrison
Volume 1
Box 1 Nils Holm vs. A.E. Mills and C.L. Colman
Volume 1
Box 1 James Wickham vs. S.G. Cook and C.H. Maxey, and South
Shore Lumber Co.
Volume 1
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, October Term,
1895
Box 1 Atlas National Bank vs. Andrew Holm, Gunder Thompson,
Nils Holm and W.W. Winterbotham
Volume 1
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Date unknown
Box 1 Jerome Jones et al. vs. Adolph Kellar et al.
Volume 1
Box 1 Ryan Drug Co. vs. Carl M. Hvambsahl
Volume 1
August Term, 1895
Box 1 James Stewart vs. Absalom Smith
Volume 1
Box 1 John Groundwater vs. Town of Washington
Volume 1
Box 1 Charles E. Button vs. American Mutual Accident
Association
Volume 2
Box 1 J. Marshall Miller vs. James Donahue
Volume 2
Box 1 John H. Foley vs. J.F. Ellis, Southwestern Land Co., and
A.A. Goff
Volume 2
August Term, 1896
Box 1 J.F. Ellis vs. American Building and Loan Assn., James H.
Bishop, Thomas E. Bishop, C. Wright Davidson, and
Southwestern Land Co.
Volume 2
Box 1 Thomas McDermott vs. Andrew Jackson
Volume 2
August Term, 1897
Box 1 Henry Laycock vs. D.R. Moon
Volume 2
Box 1 John S. Owen vs. George S. Long
Volume 2
Box 1 J.W. Salter and F. Parrett vs. E.N. Smith, Pioneer
Furniture Co. and Bank of Eau Claire
Volume 2
Box 1 D.J. McKenzie vs. Peter Lego and Joseph Grandmaitre
Volume 3
Box 1 Elizabeth A. Ellis vs. E.W. Allen, C.L. Allen, and
Southwestern Land Co.
Volume 3
January Term, 1898
Box 1 John W. Becker vs. Nils Holm
Volume 3
Box 1 R.T. Breitengross vs. Ed Ensign and J.R. Farr
Volume 3
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, October Term, 1896
Box 1 Andrew Holm, Nils Holm, and W.W. Winterbotham vs.
Atlas National Bank
Volume 3
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Date unknown
Box 1 In the Matter of the Voluntary Assignment of the
Wisconsin Odd Fellows' Mutual Life Insurance Co. to J.L.
Fulton, Assignee - Frances Kahn vs. John L. Fulton
Volume 3
Box 1 John H. Christianson, as Administrator of the Estate of
Peter C. Christianson, Deceased vs. Pioneer Furniture Co.
Volume 3
August Term, 1898
Box 1 Eau Claire National Bank vs. T.A. Johnson and Robert
Macaulay
Volume 4
Box 1 James Wickham and Frank Farr vs. T.A. Johnson and
Robert Macaulay
Volume 4
Box 1 Sarah M. Hale vs. T.A. Johnson and Robert Macaulay
Volume 4
Box 1 J.M. Winterbotham vs. T.A. Johnson and Robert Macaulay
Volume 4
Box 1 O.E. Stevens vs. Charles M. Coates and Charles E. Corlett,
Impleaded with O.F. Freeman
Volume 4
Box 1 C.W. Davis vs. Pioneer Furniture Co.
Volume 4
Box 1 J.F. Ellis vs. Southwestern Land Co.
Volume 4
Box 1 H.C. Ellis vs. Southwestern Land Co., Impleaded with J.F. Ellis and Mrs. H.M. Young
Volume 4
Box 1 Troy Carriage Co. vs. William Bonell and William Bonell, Jr.
Volume 4
Box 1 Northwestern Fuel Co. vs. Eau Claire Fuel and Supply Co. and C.S. Lee
Volume 4
Box 1 Thomas McDermott vs. Andrew Jackson
Volume 4
January Term, 1899
Box 1 George W. Whereatt vs. Samuel Ellis and Peter Hanson, impleaded with J.F. Ellis
Volume 5
Box 1 George Ritzinger vs. Mathias Schlosser et al.
Volume 5
Box 1 In the Matter of the Voluntary Assignment of Henry E. Converse to L.A. Brace - James W. Tufts vs. L.A. Brace
Volume 5
Box 1 L.A. Doolittle and A.H Shoemaker vs. Henry Laycock
Volume 5
August Term, 1899
Box 1 Southwestern Land Co. vs. M. Swihart et al.
Volume 5
August Term, 1898
Box 1 Esther Shafer vs. City of Eau Claire
Volume 5
August Term, 1899
Box 1 Charles Veitch and Elizabeth Veitch vs. Albert Cebell and Augusta Bank
Volume 6
Box 1 D.H. Galusha and Henrietta Galusha vs. Bradley B. Sherman, J.H. Langdon, A.J. Sutherland, and H.V. Scallon
Volume 6
January Term, 1900
Box 1 Absalom Smith vs. H.C. Putnam, George T. Thompson and E.B. Putnam
Volume 6
August Term, 1900
Box 1 William A. Cernahan vs. Austin Chrisler
Volume 6
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, October Term, 1899
Box 1 City of Eau Claire vs. Herbert Payson et al.
Volume 7
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Date unknown
Box 1 L.J. Mueller, D.J. Van Hovenberg and Elbert Stockwell vs. Eau Claire County et al.
Volume 7
Box 1 John D. Stannard and R.L. Meader vs. Clarion A. Youmans
Volume 7
January Term, 1901
Box 1 Rufus W. Robinson vs. Eau Claire Book and Stationery Co. and George C. Witherby
Volume 7
August Term, 1900
Box 1 Laura A. Allen et al. vs. Otto Boberg
Volume 7
Box 1 H.C. Ellis vs. Southwestern Land Co., impleaded with J.F. Ellis
Volume 7
January Term, 1901
Box 1 Robert K. Boyd, as Receiver of the Mutual Fire Association of Eau Claire et al. vs. Mutual Fire Association of Eau Claire et al.
Volume 7
Minnesota Supreme Court, April Term 1902
Box 1 Ole Halvorsen vs. Moon and Kerr Lumber Co.
Volume 8
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Date unknown
Box 1 State of Wisconsin, ex rel. City of Augusta et al. vs. George J. Losby et al.
Volume 8
Box 1 Rose McQuillan vs. Mutual Reserve Fund Life Association
Volume 8
August Term, 1901
Box 1 James Crate vs. Frank Pettepher
Volume 8
Box 2 Bentley S. Phillips vs. John Hunner, John L. Gilman and Lawrence G. Moon
Volume 9
Box 2 James L. Gates vs. Charles Austin Avery
Volume 9
Box 2 Charles S. Lee vs. E.S. Hammond
Volume 9
August Term, 1902
Box 2 State of Wisconsin on Relation of C.C. Kelleher vs. Elizabeth H. Fordyce and Elizabeth H. Fordyce vs. State of Wisconsin on Relation of C.C. Kelleher
Volume 9
Box 2 Montpelier Savings Bank and Trust Co. vs. School District Number Five of Town of Ludington
Volume 10
Box 2 Peter B. Morrison vs. City of Eau Claire
Volume 10
Box 2 Jesse Lowe vs. Merritt C. Ring
Volume 10
Box 2 Bentley S. Phillips, William Rowe, and George Johnson vs. Lawrence G. Moon, impleaded with John Hunner and John L. Gilman
Volume 10
Box 2 State of Wisconsin, on Relation of Jacob Garrett vs. William H. Froehlich, Secretary of State
Volume 11
August Term, 1903
Box 2 Alonzo Ruscher vs. City of Stanley
Volume 11
January Term, 1903
Box 2 H.A. Bright and James Bryden vs. E.D. Carter and Robert Clark
Volume 11
Box 2 H.A. Bright and James Bryden vs. E.D. Carter
Volume 11
January Term, 1904
Box 2 R.O. Stoll, as Executor of the Will of John Pearl, Deceased vs. Kate Pearl, Mary Pearl and Margaret Pearl
Volume 11
August Term, 1904
Box 2 C.L. Roberts vs. John Francis
Volume 11
January Term, 1904
Box 2 Isabelle Wilson vs. Chippewa Valley Electric Railroad Co.
Volume 12
August Term, 1904
Box 2 State of Wisconsin, ex rel. Grace Foster vs. Harry Williams, Village Clerk of the Village of Fairchild
Volume 12
Box 2 State of Wisconsin, ex rel. N.C. Foster Lumber Co. vs. Harry Williams
Volume 12
Box 2 Alicia Horan vs. City of Eau Claire
Volume 12
Box 2 Jesse Lowe vs. Anthony Reddan
Volume 12
Box 2 Frank L. Buell et al. vs. Ernest A. Arnold
Volume 12
Box 2 Jesse Lowe vs. Merritt C. Ring
Volume 12
January Term, 1905
Box 2 Eau Claire National Bank vs. Madison Street Manufacturing Co. et al.
Volume 13
Box 2 Eau Claire National Bank vs. John T. Friend et al.
Volume 13
Box 2 Ralph W. Jackman vs. Eau Claire National Bank
Volume 13
Box 2 John B. Fleming and Daniel Donnellan vs. A.F. Ellison
Volume 13
August Term, 1905
Box 2 Hiram L. Hart vs. City of Neillsville
Volume 13
Illinois Supreme Court, June Term, 1905
Box 2 Benjamin F. Thompson and Homer Root vs. Charles F. Hemenway et al.
Volume 14
Wisconsin Supreme Court
August Term, 1905
Box 2 Edward W. Allen vs. J.F. Ellis, Samuel Ellis and W.H. Ellis
Volume 14
Box 2 Eau Claire Water Co. vs. City of Eau Claire and William Rowe
Volume 14
Box 2 E.M. Fish Co. vs. John H. Young et al.
Volume 14
August Term, 1906
Box 2 W.F. Bailey vs. R.L. McCormick
Volume 15
Box 2 Ole Odegard vs. North Wisconsin Lumber Co.
Volume 15
Illinois Supreme Court, February Term, 1907
Box 2 Charles F. Hemenway et al. vs. Benjamin F. Thompson and Homer Root
Volume 16
Wisconsin Supreme Court
August Term, 1907
Box 2 State of Wisconsin vs. O.E. Pederson et al.
Volume 16
January Term, 1908
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. C. Krumenauer et al.
Volume 17
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. F. Florin et al
Volume 17
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. W.W. Johnson et al.
Volume 17
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. Herman Berlin et al.
Volume 17
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. R.C. Hine et al.
Volume 17
Box 3 State of Wisconsin ex rel. William Rowe vs. A.C. Minto et al.
Volume 17
August Term, 1906
Box 3 Albert Anderson vs. Arpin Hardwood Lumber Co.
Volume 17
Box 3 Emilie Eisentraut vs. Charles Cornelius and Theresa Cornelius
Volume 17
Box 3 N.C. Foster vs. William Rowe, impleaded with Ralph Arnold
Volume 17
January Term, 1907
Box 3 John Engeldinger vs. A.H. Stevens
Volume 18
Box 3 N.C. Foster vs. William Rowe, impleaded with Ralph Arnold
Volume 18
Box 3 Eau Claire Water Co. vs. City of Eau Claire and William Rowe, Mayor
Volume 18
August Term, 1907
Box 3 Eau Claire Dells Improvement Co. and Dells Paper and Pulp Co. vs. City of Eau Claire
Volume 18
January Term, 1907
Box 3 Dora D. Rust et al. vs. Daniel Fitzhugh
Volume 19
August Term, 1907
Box 3 Isabelle Wilson vs. Chippewa Valley Electric Railway
Volume 19
August Term, 1906
Box 3 Eddie Ferguson, an Infant, by F.W. Ferguson vs. Peter Truax, impleaded with John Herbert
Volume 20
January Term, 1907
Box 3 Frank Pierce, Frank Carter and C.K. Averill vs. John C. Signor, John S. Crisler and Oscar Hooey
Volume 20
Box 3 William Giblin vs. North Wisconsin Lumber Co.
Volume 20
U.S. Supreme Court
October Term, 1906
Box 3 Eau Claire National Bank vs. Ralph W. Jackman, as Trustee of the Estate of John H. Young, a Bankrupt
Volume 21
October Term, 1907
Box 3 Nathaniel C. Foster vs. William Rowe, impleaded with Ralph Arnold, as Village Clerk of the Village of Fairchild, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Volume 21
Wisconsin Supreme Court
August Term, 1908
Box 3 City of Eau Claire vs. Eau Claire Water Co. and Farmers' Loan and Trust Co.
Volume 22
Box 3 Town of Emery vs. Town of Worcester
Volume 23
Box 3 Eddie Ferguson, by F.W. Ferguson vs. Peter Truax, impleaded with John Herbert
Volume 23
Box 3 L.V. Ripley vs. Sage Land and Improvement Co.
Volume 23
January Term, 1909
Box 3 Badger State Lumber Co. vs. G.W. Jones Lumber Co.
Volume 23
August Term, 1909
Box 3 Hiram L. Hart vs. City of Neillsville
Volume 24
January Term, 1909
Box 3 Martin B. Hubbard vs. John G. Ferry
Volume 24
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, October Term, 1908
Box 3 J.R. Farr et al. vs. Hobe-Peters Land Co.
Volume 24

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