Locating a Lynching in San Gabriel, January 1857

by Michael Ackerman At last August’s Curious Cases series presentation at the Homestead, The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865, Paul Spitzzeri briefly recounted the lynching of four Latino men following the killing of Sheriff James Barton and a three-man posse, though he'd given a more detailed account in a previous Curious Cases... Continue Reading →

Sharing History with the La Verne Historical Society on Curious Cases and District Court Judge Benjamin Hayes, 1852-1864

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Despite the rain, about 75 people showed up tonight at the Hillcrest retirement community for my presentation, the third for that group in recent years, to the La Verne Historical Society based on the Homestead's Curious Cases program on Judges in Los Angeles, 1850-1875, otherwise titled "Shoot Away, Damn You!" That... Continue Reading →

Curious Cases: Judges of Los Angeles, 1850-1875, Recap Featuring William G. Dryden

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This afternoon was the final installment of the Curious Cases presentations covering aspects of crime and criminal justice in Los Angeles from 1850-1875.  After four years, that sixteenth discussion covered judges in the several courts operating in the region during that quarter century. Many of the jurists were notable, including Agustín Olvera, Benjamin... Continue Reading →

Portrait Gallery: Felix Signoret, Los Angeles, ca. 1872

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In the rough-and-tumble world of frontier Los Angeles, one of the deeply rooted problems in the little city was crime and the difficulties the criminal justice system had in dealing with it.  Between 1850 and 1875, lynching was sometimes employed by citizens whose frustration with perceived and real ineffectiveness of the... Continue Reading →

Curious Cases: Lawyers of Los Angeles, 1850-1875, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Sunday's Curious Cases presentation on lawyers in greater Los Angeles during the period 1850-1875 covered many attorneys practicing in the town as it gradually grew from a remote frontier community to a nascent city.  During that quarter century, virtually all the practicing barristers in the area were Americans, though there were... Continue Reading →

Curious Cases: The Lynching of Isidro Alvitre, September 1853

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The fourth year of the Homestead's "Curious Cases" program launched today with a presentation titled "Vigilantes and Vengeance: The Alvitre Family and Community Justice, 1853-1861."  The Alvitres were among the earliest settlers of Spanish Alta California, with Sebastian Alvitre, a soldier, and his wife María Rufina Hernández settling after his mustering... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: