- Associated Press - Sunday, September 24, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Officials with Billings Catholic Schools say they have to get permission from 434 potential stakeholders before selling a former middle school building.

The Billings Gazette reports https://goo.gl/BZzp5e a peculiar deed on the former site of St. Francis Upper, signed nearly 100 years ago, led attorneys to identify hundreds of people who might have a small claim on the property. They are descendants of those granted interest in the property a century ago.

The deed says that if the building isn’t used as a school, heirs and other stakeholders could gain interest. Billings Catholic Schools is seeking full ownership of the site in order to sell it and keep the money.


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Janyce Haider, president of the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, says a Billings doctor interested in genealogy found 434 potential heirs who span five generations.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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