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 the Political History of the Rowland and Workman Expedition with the Covina Valley Historical Society

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Tonight it was my pleasure to return for what I believe is my fifth or sixth presentation to the local Covina Valley Historical Society, this time to share some of the history dealing with political motivations of the move of John Rowland and William Workman from New Mexico to California in... Continue Reading →

On This Day: William Workman’s Commemoration of His Family’s Arrival in Los Angeles, 5 November 1841

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Surviving accounts of the arrival of the so-called Rowland and Workman Expedition to greater Los Angeles vary as to date. Teenage naturalist William Gambel wrote to his mother in January 1842 that it arrived in Los Angeles "the last of November."  Benjamin D. Wilson, in an 1877 interview, recalled that the... Continue Reading →

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