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POLYGAMISTS FILE ACTION TO REGAIN MOBILE HOME

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A battle over ownership of a mobile home went a step further when leaders of a polygamist group filed a 5th District Court action to oust a family from the premises.

Plaintiffs Kenneth Steed, who formerly resided at the four-bedroom mobile home, and United Effort Plan trustee Rulon T. Jeffs, with residences in Hildale and Sandy, filed for forcible detainer against defendants Cora Fischer and David L. Stubbs.The UEP claims it paid property taxes on both the land and the mobile home since receiving the property in 1963 from David Stubbs' father, Loyd R. Stubbs Jr., through a warranty and quit claim deeds.

The suit claims the Stubbs unlawfully took possession of the property Aug. 28 and unlawfully removed and damaged personal property belonging to Steed. On Aug. 29, the UEP sent a notice to quit to both David and Cora Stubbs, which was served by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

On Sept. 2, the defendants were again served with a demand to surrender the residence to the UEP and Steed, but refused to comply, court documents allege.

Cora Stubbs, who has been cooking on an outside pit grill and until Tuesday afternoon was without electricity, claims her husband bought and paid for the mobile home and the property, not Steed.

David Stubbs said when his plural wife, Cora, moved into the premises, it had been abandoned and was deteriorated. The roof leaked and the fences around an adjacent barn were all torn down.

Stubbs said they intended to stay because "it`s our place."