Thiel v. Jahns

In Thiel v. Jahns, 252 Wis. 27, 30 N.W.2d 189 (1947), the supreme court held inadequate a description identifying the land conveyed as the "house at Little Chicago." 252 Wis. at 30. The seller not only owned a house enclosed by a fence but also additional land adjacent to it. See id. at 28. The court concluded that the description did not sufficiently describe the property to be conveyed with the house. See 252 Wis. at 30-31. The court stated: "'house' could include the inclosed lawn and garden or even less than that or that it could include the balance of the acreage." Id. at 30. There was no link in the deed to extrinsic evidence that would permit a person to determine the property's boundaries. See id.