Alcatraz Island and the Workman and Temple Families, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri If President Millard Fillmore's executive order of December 1850 stipulating that Alcatraz Island, along with other California parcels, was government property was truly the last word about the legal status of the island, this post would have been limited to yesterday's part one. But, over five years later, a newspaper article... Continue Reading →

On This Day: A Letter from Hiram A. Unruh to Walter P. Temple, 20 December 1909

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the controversial and colorful capitalist whose eight years were filled with remarkable events, evidently earned his nickname when he left San Francisco during a rapidly rising bubble in Virginia City, Nevada silver mine stock.  The story goes that he'd left instructions to sell the stock when it... Continue Reading →

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