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 →

All in the Family/Beyond the Grave Two-Fer: The Death and Funeral of David Workman, 1855

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The last two posts concerning the arrival of the David Workman family to Los Angeles in 1854 drew heavily from the 1908 reminiscence of William Henry, the youngest of the three sons in the family, of the trip.  Yesterday's entry concluded with the statement that the joy of the October reunion... Continue Reading →

The Workman and Temple Families and Civil War Politics in Greater Los Angeles

by Paul R. Spitzzeri On Sunday the 6th, an editorial appeared in the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times titled "In L.A., love and support for the rebel South" by Kevin Waite, an assistant professor of history at Durham University in England. Waite wrote that there was a largely unknown monument to former Confederate soldiers buried... Continue Reading →

Read All About It in the Los Angeles Star, 7 January 1860

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Another new feature in Museum Director Musings is Read All About It focusing on interesting examples from the Homestead's collection of historic newspapers. This inaugural entry concerns the earliest Los Angeles area newspaper in the collection, the 7 January 1860 edition of the town's first paper, the Los Angeles Star.  Established in... Continue Reading →

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