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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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Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 1: People of the State of California vs. Earnest Lynwood, 1896 May 1Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. S. G. Neal, No. 2228, 1896 December 22Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Oliver, B. L.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. Tom Renard, No. 845, 1896 December 28Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. Pablo Rochero, 1896 December 31Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit murder
Defending Attorney(s): Loucks, R.
Judge: Barnes, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. Frank Dow, 1897 September 30Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Ladd; Hester; Jones, J. C.
Judge: Bouldin, T. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 6: People of the State of California vs. Alfred Gallardo, No. 850, 1897 January 8Save to your list.
Crime: Petty larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Montano, A. A.
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. Clarence Gibbs and Claude Hill, 1897 July 8Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Bartholomew, G. S.; Copeland, J. L.
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. Robert Gilmore, 1897 May 27Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. Wilford S. Glover, No. 943, 1897 November 29Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit murder
Defending Attorney(s): Burch, N. C.; Helm, L.
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.; Gould, W. D.
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. T. J. Golden, 1897 November 5Save to your list.
Defending Attorney(s): Mundy, M. E. C.
Judge: Downing, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Fred R. Graap, No. 858, 1897 February 3Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. John Grant, 1897 April 30Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Rossiter, J. G.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Jim Hall, 1897 April 19Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. John Hall, 1897 November 9Save to your list.
Crime: Exposing strychnine maliciously with intent same
Defending Attorney(s): Stephens, W. D.
Judge: Wilson, M. S.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. Frederick R. Haskins, 1897 September 1Save to your list.
Crime: Adultery
Defending Attorney(s): Harmon, E. D.
Judge: Rossiter, J. G.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. Harry Henshaw and Frank Graham, 1897 July 30Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Halfhill, W. D.
Judge: Bouldin, T. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 17: People of the State of California vs. Harry Henshaw and Frank Graham, 1897 September 23Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Shinn
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 18: People of the State of California vs. Harry Henshaw and Frank Graham, 1897 September 23Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Shinn
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 19: People of the State of California vs. Edward Hesse, No. 842, 1897 January 2Save to your list.
Crime: Passing a fictitious check
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 20: People of the State of California vs. Louis Hildenbrand, 1897 May 10Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Burke, S. W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 21: People of the State of California vs. Harry Horner, 1897 September 7Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 22: People of the State of California vs. Harry Horner, 1897 September 7Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 23: People of the State of California vs. Harry Horner, 1897 September 3Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 24: People of the State of California vs. James Hunt, 1897 August 27Save to your list.
Crime: Resisting an officer
Judge: Downing
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 25: People of the State of California vs. Ed McCamish, 1897 September 1Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Davis; Rush
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.

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