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5/13/2014 1:59:00 PM
Dodge County Historical Society to hold book unveiling on Saturday

By Tara Lindquist

The Dodge County Historical Society will unveil their latest book on May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Historical Society in Mantorville.

The Historical Society's latest publication is the Minnesota Supreme Court Transcript of the Anna Gobbles Slingerland v. Tuenis S. Slingerland, from 1910. Tuenis Slingerland was a wealthy landowner in Dodge County, owning more than 15,000 acres between Dodge, Fillmore and Goodhue Counties.

The court case revolves around Anna signing a ante nuptial agreement where she agreed to be paid $5,000 in the event of her husband's death instead of her marital rights to her husband's estate.

The suit was the first case in the country where a wife successfully had an ante nuptial agreement overturned while her husband was still living. The couple was living together with their children at the time of the court trial and continued to do so after Anna won the suit.

The historical society received the court transcripts from the West Concord Historical Society and decided to have it printed into a book because of Slingerland's large land wealth.

Slingerland died on January 28, 1914 in Kasson, at the time of his death, his estate was worth $1,157,695.11. His wife Anna received $385,886.34 from his estate and his five heirs received $154,354.54 each. Anna quickly remarried after his death and moved to California and lived until her death on June 23, 1923. They are both buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

The book will be for sale at the Dodge County Historical Society and will retail for $15. "We're really excited about this book," Mary Ann Bucher said. "It's a fun story to read and it's real history." She also added that the case was a landmark case in Minnesota and started in Dodge County.

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