In 1914, Attorney Clare A. Pickard of Jamestown appeared before County Judge A. B Ottaway in Mayville the previous day to argue a motion on an appeal from the conviction of 13 Lakewood boys before Justice A. L. Richardson the past fall. The boys were convicted of causing a disturbance at Ashville on Halloween night. Sentence was suspended. Attorney Pickard based his appeal on the contention of irregularity of the proceedings in the trial court. He claimed the boys had not been properly identified and that the son-in-law and son of one of the jurors were witnesses for the prosecution and finally that the justice of the peace and Attorney Grant E. Neil had offered to settle the case by improper methods.