Burned Bones Indicate Grim Fate of Missing Family

Aug. 4, 1910: The San Francisco Call. Isn’t that a great font? And two kinds of “Ms.”

Aug. 4, 1910, Kendall Murder

image Aug. 4-5, 1910: The Kendall family disappears from a ranch outside Santa Rosa and investigators find grisly evidence that they were slaughtered. Police are seeking a man identified in news stories as Harry or Henry Yamuchi, Yamagachi, Yamaguchi or Yamaguichi.

According to the San Francisco Call, the Kendall family were troublesome tenants and ranch owner Margaret Starbuck had taken them to court.

Yamaguchi was named as the killer at a coroner’s inquest, but it’s unclear whether he was ever caught or charged.

Results from the Library of Congress Chronicling America newspaper archive are here.

At right, Mrs. J.E. Givens, an African American missionary returning from a conference in Edinburgh, causes a stir on a transatlantic voyage by insisting on dining with white passengers. She refused to eat for two days until she was granted the amenities guaranteed by her ticket.

Aug. 4, 1910, Kendall Killings

Aug. 4, 1910, Kendall Killings

Aug. 5, 1910, Kendall Killings  
Aug. 5, 1910: The Times.

Aug. 5, 1910, Kendall Killings

Aug. 27, 1910, Kendal Killings
Aug. 27, 1910: The Times.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to Burned Bones Indicate Grim Fate of Missing Family

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Love the font too, it reminds me of some silent title card graphics.


  2. Ronald Emmis says:

    The Sonoma County sheriff reports that “The Governor of California offered a reward of $500 and the San Francisco Examiner added another $500. Yamaguchi fled to the East Bay and revealed the murders to an acquaintance. After being notified by the acquaintance the police arrived, but Yamaguchi had gone and was never found.”
    So a triple murderer got away with his crime. He died somewhere, free as a bird.


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