Alcatraz Island and the Workman and Temple Families, Part Five

by Paul R. Spitzzeri After a brief flurry of activity in 1874 concerning the possible advancement of a claim by John C. Frémont and John G. Downey for Alcatraz Island, the matter went silent for another four years.  In their correspondence, Frémont asked Downey suggested that "bringing forward Mr. Workman" would strengthen their case, because... Continue Reading →

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 →

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