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

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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. Frank Delgarns, 1900 March 10Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. C. J. Dimond, 1900 May 9Save to your list.
Crime: Felony
Defending Attorney(s): Allender, F. W.
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, J.
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. Frank Dolan, No. 11824, 1900 May 24Save to your list.
Crime: Petit larceny after a prior conviction
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. Sevariano Gonzales, 1902 December 5Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Blakely, W. T.
Judge: Smith, B. N.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. Jesus Echeverria, No. 1555, 1903 May 15Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Beebe, G. B.
Folder 6: People of the Staet of California vs. George W. Fisher, 1903 August 7Save to your list.
Crime: Forgery
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. Frank Fisher, No. 12180, 1903 April 27Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. Eble Clarence, No. 1665, 1903 October 27Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Cattern, F. A.
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. George W. Fischer, No. 12224, 1903 August 7Save to your list.
Crime: Fictitious Check
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. William Forsythe, No. 200, 1903 July 20Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Donnell, J. A.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Frank Freeman, No. 1667, 1903 October 26Save to your list.
Crime: Extortion
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose H. H.
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. Harry Freeman, No. 12182, 1903 May 4Save to your list.
Crime: Rape
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Harry Freeman and E. F. Van Ness. No. 259, 1903 December 14Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Keyes, A.; Allen, D.
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. R.S. Garcia, No. 12254, 1903 October 3Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Reymert; Widaman
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. Louis George, No. 12183, 1903 May 11Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit the infamous crime
Defending Attorney(s): Dockweiler, I. B.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. John Andrew Gordon, No. 12218, 1903 July 29Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Beebe, G. B.
Folder 17: People of the State of California vs. Feliz Granada, 1903 August 17Save to your list.
Crime: Infamous crime against nature
Judge: Barnes, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fleming, E. J.
Folder 18: People of the State of California vs. B. E. Gunther, 1903 December 30Save to your list.
Crime: Obtaining money under false pretenses
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Keyes, A.
Folder 19: People of the State of California vs. M. R. Hadley, 1903 August 13Save to your list.
Crime: Resisting an officer
Defending Attorney(s): Cooper, E
Judge: Gidley, S. S.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Donnell, J. A.
Folder 20: People of the State of California vs. Thomas Hagerman, No. 1618, 1903 July 13Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 21: People of the State of California vs. Walter P. Hancock, No. 1421, 1903 January 14Save to your list.
Crime: Child molestation or contributing to delinquency
Defending Attorney(s): Scott, J
Judge: Downing, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Beebe, G. B.
Folder 22: People of the State of California vs. Walter Harvey, No. 12241, 1903 August 28Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 23: People of the State of California vs. Walter Harvey, No. 12248, 1903 September 1Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 24: People of the State of California vs. Hiram Hass, No. 1672, 1903 November 12Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Adams, G. P.
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 25: People of the State of California vs. Agustin Herrera and Juan Sanchez, No. 1556, 1903 April 16Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Judge: Chambers, J. F.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Rose, H. H.
Folder 26: People of the State of California vs. Domingo Hirigoyen, No. 12126, 1903 Jan 15Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Rogers, E.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Frederickson, W,

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