Legal documents from 1908 regarding the control of Punderson Lake.
This is a copy of the 1908 court papers in which W. B. Cleveland
took legal control of Punderson Lake after having purchased most of the lakefront
property. It is my belief that my Grandfather's actions initiated a community bias that is
reflected in the State's historical perspective. This bias is confirmed by the newspaper
articles of 1907. I do not know the legal facts of this case yet, but I suspect that the
verdict was based in part on the Inter-Urban's right of way running between the shoreline
and the Defendant's property. Any information clarifying this would be appreciated.
There was also reportedly a confrontation with local residents regarding an annual community picnic held on the lake. It has been said that W. B. Cleveland had an open invitation to the community to use the property as long as he could agreed to the date. The residents felt that they had full rights to the lake, which may have prompted these legal actions.
This page was last edited by WBCIII on 09/28/08.