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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. R. Kaiser, 1895 April 17Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Gottschalk, L.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. J. G. Keller, 1895 May 27Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Crawford, H. J.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. Mike Kelly, 1895 April 24Save to your list.
Crime: Attempt to commit robbery
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. F. B. Kennett, No. 816, 1895 June 15Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Harris, W. A.; Goodrich, B.; Shinn, W. H.; Gibbon, T. E.; Conroy, J. F.
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.; Williams, M. T.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. F. B. Kennett, 1895 October 29Save to your list.
Crime: Manslaughter
Defending Attorney(s): Goodrich, B.; Harris, W. A.; Shinn, W. H.; Gibbons, T. E.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.; Holton, G. M.
Folder 6: People of the State of California vs. F. B. Kennett, 1895 October 24Save to your list.
Crime: Manslaughter
Defending Attorney(s): Goodrich, B.; Harris, W. A.; Shinn, W. H.; Gibbons, T. E.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.; Holton, G. M.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. P. S. Kersey, 1895 February 13Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Davis; Rush; Morse, H.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. Lee Kim, Luey Foo, and Ahn Young, No. 551, 1895 January 19Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with deadly weapons
Defending Attorney(s): Cheney, W. A.; Phibbs, G. P.
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.; Ling, R. A.; Appel, H. H.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. John E. Kingsburry, 1895 September 19Save to your list.
Crime: Rape
Defending Attorney(s): Jones, J.
Judge: Harrison, W. H.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. George Kirsch, 1895 May 16Save to your list.
Crime: Furnishing liquor to indians
Defending Attorney(s): Tonner, P. C.
Judge: Barnes, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Lewis C. Knell, 1895 August 22Save to your list.
Crime: Embezzlement
Defending Attorney(s): Adams, F. S.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. Edward Lang, J. H. Davis, Frank Moss, and Harry Williams, 1895 October 4Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Brulio Lavanthal, 1895 September 21Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. Fong Tong Len, 1895 May 29Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Nesbit
Judge: Barnes, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. Loo Leung, 1895 January 2Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Brooks, J. M.
Judge: Seaman, L. S.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rush
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. Loo Leung, 1895 February 11Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Jones, J.; Barnwell, R. H.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.; Phibbs, G. P.

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