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Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection

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Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection, 1885-1904 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection, 1885-1904Save to your list.

ID: SC/LACT

Extent: 17.48 Linear Feet

Subjects: Crime - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources, Criminals - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources, Los Angeles (Calif.) - History

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection (1885-1904) consists of transcripts of court cases in Los Angeles, California from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection contains some transcripts of trials, but the majority of documents are transcripts of the testimony for preliminary examinations. The court cases in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including fraud, burglary, grand larceny, rape, incest, murder, assault with a deadly weapon, embezzlement, perjury, bribery, and libel. The various crimes and court proceedings take place throughout the Los Angeles area including Redondo, Covina, San Dimas, Compton, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Pomona.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection (1885-1904) consists of transcripts of court cases in Los Angeles, California from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection contains some transcripts of trials, but the majority of documents are transcripts of the testimony for preliminary examinations. The court cases in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including fraud, burglary, grand larceny, rape, incest, murder, assault with a deadly weapon, embezzlement, perjury, bribery, and libel. The various crimes and court proceedings take place throughout the Los Angeles area including Redondo, Covina, San Dimas, Compton, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Pomona.

Featuring the recorded testimonies of many former local residents, this collection offers a glimpse into life in Los Angeles at the turn of the last century. Many of the burglary charges are for the theft of horses, cows, and bicycles, with one man accused of assault with a deadly weapon after a dispute over a card game in a saloon. There are also several instances of now archaic charges including several "infamous crime[s] against nature," cases dealing with homosexuality, and one case of a man, George Kirsch, being charged with "furnishing liquor to Indians" in May of 1895. The collection includes testimony from a particularly notorious case in its time: The People of the State of California vs. Hattie Woolsteen. Woolsteen was accused of murdering her lover Charles Harlan in a barn, and setting the barn on fire in order to conceal her crime.

Also documented in the collection is the jurisdiction of different courts within the various townships in Los Angeles County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These include the Justice's Court of Compton Township, the Justice's Court of Santa Monica Township, the Justice's Court of Los Angeles Township, and the Justice's Court of San Jose Township which represented an area containing Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne. This collection is arranged chronologically.

Subject/Index Terms

Crime - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources
Criminals - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources
Los Angeles (Calif.) - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.


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Folder 1: People of the State of California vs. Patrick Lehart, 1892 February 16Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit rape
Judge: Morton, W. D.
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. Ah Loy, No. 9782, 1892 August 9Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Phibbs, G. P.
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. Louis Etting and Burt Hadley, 1892 September 20Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Dupuy, J. R.
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Blades, E. K.
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. L. Etting and Burt Hadley, 1892 November 1Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Dupuy, J. R.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Blades, E. K.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. James McDondald, 1892 January 5Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Stanton, L.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Diehl, B. W.
Folder 6: People of the State of California vs. George Munroe, No. 9762, 1892 March 10Save to your list.
Crime: Forgery
Defending Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Marble, B. M.; Diehl, B. W.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. Joaquin Monroy, 1892 July 14Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Bell, W. A.
Judge: Morton, W. D.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Blades, E. K.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. T. R. Norris, 1892 November 10Save to your list.
Crime: Seduction
Judge: Barnes, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Diehl, B. W.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. T. R. Norris, 1892 December 27Save to your list.
Crime: Rape
Defending Attorney(s): Moore, J. T.; Holcomb, W. W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Blades, E. K.
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. C. E. Norton and Lyman Ayers, No. 1035, 1892 March 1Save to your list.
Crime: Fraud
Defending Attorney(s): Ling; Peck
Judge: Shaw, L.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Lymen Ayer, No. 1035, 1892 April 27Save to your list.
Crime: Fraud
Defending Attorney(s): Ling; Williams
Judge: McKinley, J. W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McLachlan; Blades
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. Henry Bentley, 1893 April 26Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Denis
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Goodrich
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Henry Bentley, 1893 April 25Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Denis
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Goodrich
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. Charles Elgin, 1893 June 24Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Reed, F. B.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Dillon
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. Alta Eckert, 1893 March 4Save to your list.
Crime: Threats to kill
Defending Attorney(s): Stanton, L.
Judge: Bartholomew, C. S.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Satterwhite, J. W.
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. William Dwyer, No. 9828, 1893 March 16Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Conkling, M. W.
Folder 17: People of the State of California vs. James Dunn and Frank Pierce, 1893 September 4Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Judge: Seaman, L. S.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Davis, L.

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