Dear Sun Spots: In the Looking Back column in August 2003, under 100 Years Ago, the Sun Journal published an item concerning my grandfather, Winslow S. Monk, who was being sued by his Granite Street neighbor for $200 because Grandpa Monk’s crowing rooster disturbed his sleep. I believe the case went to Superior Court and was heard in January 1904. The results of the case were printed in either the Sun or the Journal. Can you find anything in those January papers? The only thing I could find was his marriage. Thanking you in advance. – Meredith Dalessandro, Livermore Falls.

Thanks to the Sun Journal’s researcher for finding this for you. She discovered that the Supreme Court date was set for Saturday, Jan. 23, 1904, but due to the extended court cases of the day, it was postponed to Monday, Jan. 25. It was dubbed the famous “rooster case.”

According to a report in The Lewiston Daily Sun dated Jan. 26, 1904, some sport was anticipated from the case and the courtroom, especially in the afternoon, was crowded for the case of Frederick A. Reed against Winslow S. Monk.

Quoting from the article: “The plaintiff and his wife testified that they were awakened at early hours during the summers of 1902 and 1903 and that they stood it as long as they could.

The defendant claimed that there was no trouble or complaint until the plaintiff’s cat killed some of his chickens and he made some talk of killing it. He brought in all the neighbors in the vicinity to testify that they had never been disturbed by the defendant’s hens.

The case went to the jury at about four o’clock and they returned a verdict in favor of the rooster after only about (15) minutes deliberation. A motion for a new trial was also filed in this case. The attorneys in this case were Tascus Atwood for the plaintiff and McGillicuddy and Morey for the defendant.”

Dear Sun Spots: My family has had the misfortune to acquire a small collection of orthopedic stabilizers in the past year. We no longer need them, but don’t want to just put them out with the trash.

Can Sun Spots locate a place or organization that would accept a donation of two leg braces and a walking-cast boot? – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers who may very well need these items, try contacting your local Goodwill store to see if they will accept these donations.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to thank you for your help in the past and I would like to know if you could answer another one of my questions.

I would like to know if Nancy McKeon of Lifetimes Division is married and if she is pregnant? Thank you very much for your help. – A Loyal Reader in Lewiston.

According a Daily News article on June 21, McKeon married Marc Andrus, a key grip she had met while making a movie in Austin nine years ago. They kept in touch, became serious about each other about a year ago, (2002) and he proposed on Valentine’s Day 2003. They had a small ceremony for just family and close friends at Andrus’ property in Austin, with Nancy’s close friend, Beverly Hills hairstylist Phil Ackerman, as man of honor. The couple is expecting their first child in March and want the baby’s sex to be a surprise.

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