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Mojave Desert History - Pioneer of the Mojave
Lane Versus Andrews

Andrews Counter-sues

On September 18, 1865, Andrews received Highmoor's letter regarding ownership of the property. At that point he backed out of the sale, and two months later, on November 18th, he claimed 160 acres of his own, described as "East of what is generally Known as the old 'Hymore Claim,' at the first crossing of the Mohave River on the road from San Bernardino to Camp Cady, or great Salt Lake City."

Over a year elapsed before Lane filed his suit, time probably spent trying to resolve the issue with Andrews. As part of his response, Andrews went on the offensive, asserting that Lane owed him money, and submitted a bill for $362:
    Boarding ............10 weeks at $9.00 per week.......$90.00
    Boarding boy.....10 weeks at $4.50 per week.........45.00
    Board cook..............................$9.00 per week.........18.00
    Pasturing horses....12 head.....................................24.00
    30 head cattle ...........................................................54.00
    Storage of grain....2 months......................................6.00
    Storage of hides & farming utensils...3 m.............15.00
    Use of sheep cor[r]al................................................10.00
    Lumber taken from cor[r]al......................................25.00
    6 bee hives & hay press..........................................50.00
    2 ploughs.... $12.50.................................................. 25.00
    Total........................................................ ...............$362.00
Although it is not stated what the circumstances were surrounding this invoice, it would appear that Andrews was requesting remuneration for the time Lane shared the property at the upper crossing. The tally of stock being pastured matches fairly closely with Lane's 1865 tax assessment, and his holdings were growing, since this is about double his inventory from the previous year.

Lane apparently also was building his new home down the river at this time, which is indicated by the charge for $25 worth of lumber taken from the corral. He finished his new home and moved sometime during 1865, as the Delinquent Tax Book for that year shows two separate entries assessing him for land improvements and personal property both at the upper crossing and at his new ranch.

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