BELL v. BOARD OF COM'RS OF CRAIG COUNTY

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BELL v. BOARD OF COM'RS OF CRAIG COUNTY
1938 OK 212
77 P.2d 1120
182 Okla. 390
Case Number: 27049
Decided: 03/29/1938
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Bell
v.
Board of Com'rs of Craig County

Syllabus by the Court.

¶0 1.Appeal and Error--Minutes of Court Clerk not Part of Record.
The minutes of the clerk constitute no part of the record lodged in this court on appeal.
2.Same--Defective Record of Order Denying New Trial.
Where the record does not contain an order of the court overruling a motion for a new trial, a mere recital therein transcribed from the clerk's minutes is not sufficient to bring the appeal before this court for review.

Appeal from District Court, Craig County; N. B. Johnson, Judge.

Suit by Sam Bell against the Board of Commissioners of Craig County, State of Oklahoma, on a claim, wherein the defendant filed a cross-petition pleading an assigned note as a counterclaim or set-off. From a judgment in favor of the defendant on its cross-petition, the plaintiff appeals.

Judgment affirmed.

Jack L. Rorschach and J. W. Bashore, both of Vinita, for plaintiff in error.
Frank L. Haymes, Co. Atty., and Edw. H. Brady, Asst. Co. Atty., both of Vinita, for defendant in error.

GIBSON, Justice.

¶1 On its cross-petition in a suit against it, Craig County was awarded judgment against Sam Bell for 80 cents, with interest. Bell sued for $54.80 alleged due him on an allowed claim. The county had paid this amount to a justice of the peace in response to garnishment process issued upon a judgment rendered against Bell in favor of a bank. It is contended, and the trial court so found, that the judgment of the justice was void because no nonusury affidavit was filed in that court. The county took an assignment of the note when it paid the money to the justice, and in this action pleaded the note as a counterclaim or set-off. A jury was waived and the court, after computing interest and attorney's fees, found 80 cents more due on the note than on Bell's claim; hence the judgment for the county.

¶2 Many of the assignments of error depend upon the testimony in the case and occurrences at the trial and are such as can be reviewed only by virtue of the overruling of a motion for new trial. The case-made contains a recital that a motion for new trial was overruled, but the matter constituting such purported order is obviously only an excerpt from the court clerk's minutes. It is not the solemn judgment of the court as shown by its journal, but shows on the face of the record to be taken from the clerk's minute book. This is no part of the record and presents nothing for review as to the evidence or proceedings at the trial. Bigpond v. Davis, 121 Okl. 44, 247 P. 676; Sandlin v. Deer, 122 Okl. 108, 251 P. 608; Lillard v. Meisberger, 113 Okl. 228, 240 P. 1067.

¶3 Demurrers were filed to the amended answer and to the cross-petition, attempting to raise the questions that a county cannot lawfully purchase a promissory note and that the nonusury affidavit attached to the cross-petition was made by a person without knowledge of the facts. On the latter proposition evidence was heard on a motion to strike. The ruling, if any thereon, is not properly here. It is doubtful that the question of ownership of the note could be raised. In Cook v. Redfield, 103 Okl. 77, 229 P. 588, a contention that the plaintiff did not have legal capacity to sue was held unavailing, since payment to the plaintiff would be a complete acquittance. And a holder of a negotiable instrument may sue in his own name, even if not the beneficial owner thereof. Turner v. Crowder, 134 Okl. 215, 273 P. 349.

¶4 But here again we are confronted with the fact that there is no proper record saving the questions involved. Although the case-made recites that a journal entry was filed, the case-made contains only the minutes of the clerk purporting to show what action was taken on the demurrer. For the reasons heretofore given, nothing is presented for review by such minutes.

¶5 The judgment accordingly is affirmed.