Powell v. Schultz
Court of Appeals of Washington
4 Wash. App. 213 (1971)
In 1910, the southern half of the subject property was sold to Erickstad. The deed defined the dividing line as “the Creek running through said Lot.” However, there were two creeks running through the lot: North Creek and South Creek. A dispute arose between Schultz (defendant), the current owner of the southern half, and Powell (plaintiff), the current owner of the northern half. Schultz argued that at the time of the deed, North Creek was the only creek in existence and that a subsequent avulsion caused the creek to become split. Powell argued that the avulsion occurred before 1910. The trial court determined South Creek to be the boundary as it would give each party closer to half the lot than would a North Creek boundary.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pearson, J.)
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