Category Archives: 1910 L.A. Times bombing

A Notable Absence – Updated

  Note: A bloodless bullfight at Schuetzen Park. [Update: Schuetzen Park was renamed Rose Hills Park about 1923.] Sept. 16, 1910: Many writers have noted that Gen. Harrison Gray Otis wasn’t in Los Angeles when The Times was bombed but … Continue reading

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Pages of History

  “Los Angeles – The Chemically Pure” by Willard Huntington Wright/S.S. Van Dine in the March 1913 issue of “The Smart Set” is frequently cited, but almost never quoted. I tracked down the article (which also appears in “The Smart … Continue reading

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An Important Visitor

Sept. 16, 1910: And what could possibly be interesting about a bankers’ convention? Notice the dates: Oct. 3-7. So if William J. Burns, head of the Burns National Detective Agency, comes to Los Angeles for the convention and arrives a … Continue reading

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Charles Lummis, Columnist

  Sept. 13, 1917: I thought I’d take a little detour to 1917 after visiting the Southwest Museum the other day to go through Charles Lummis’ materials on the 1910 bombing of The Times. You may recall that “Charlie” Lummis … Continue reading

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We’re Searching For …

I’m looking for Pauline Jacobson’s “Otis: Jehovah of Industrial Freedom,” which appeared in the Dec. 9, 1911, issue of the San Francisco Bulletin. It was also reprinted in “The Struggles of Organized Labor in Los Angeles.” Does anyone happen to … Continue reading

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Pages of History – Harrison Gray Otis and His Fight for the Open Shop

Most of the articles I have found dealing with Gen. Harrison Gray Otis were written after the 1910 bombing. Here’s a 1908 article that is shockingly positive given the current view of the old boy. Otis is a polarizing figure. … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt. Bassett

  Sept. 27, 1978: James Bassett dies. am climbing Mount Bassett. It’s as if I’m halfway up and have come across the abandoned camp of an expedition that vanished many years ago while trying to conquer some snowy, fog-shrouded peak. … Continue reading

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Pages of History – The Walrus of Moron-Land

  came across this article from the February 1928 issue of “The American Mercury” while researching the 1910 bombing of The Times. It’s a bit difficult to determine from ProQuest precisely when Louis Sherwin [Hugo Louis Sherwin Golitz] worked for … Continue reading

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Explosions Destroy Nonunion Plant

Sept. 5, 1910: At 10:30 p.m., a series of blasts destroyed the Lucas Bridge and Iron Co. plant, a nonunion firm in Peoria, Ill. "Three explosions reduced the building to kindling wood and four buildings adjacent to the property were … Continue reading

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San Francisco Labor Leaders Accuse The Times of Libel

July 19, 1910: "Jailbird" … "pinhead" …  A typical Times editorial about labor. Sept. 4, 1910: San Francisco labor leaders file a libel suit against Times Editor and General Manager Gen. Harrison Gray Otis and Assistant Manager Harry Chandler. It’s … Continue reading

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The Well-Informed Public, 1911

Los Angeles Times file photo 1911: James B. McNamara’s defense team leaves the courthouse. At left, Samuel Gompers, famous head of the American Federation of Labor, is eating a snack and holding a cigar. The fellow on the right is … Continue reading

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Police Quell Labor Riot Over Body of Ironworker Killed at Alexandria Hotel

  Sept. 2, 1910, the Herald publishes its version of the incident. Sept. 2, 1910: Louis Jeffries, a Baker Iron Works employee, is crushed by a steel girder during construction of the Alexandra Hotel Annex. Workers carrying his body to … Continue reading

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Pages of History

Isn’t this a great cover? I love the lettering. I’m going through the transcripts of jury selection in the McNamara trial, which is dull, tedious,  fascinating work. It’s difficult to convey the experience of having a 1911 typewritten manuscript – … Continue reading

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On Assignment

Los Angeles Times file photo Clarence Darrow addresses jurors during his trial on charges of jury tampering. have spent the last few days at the Huntington Library going through transcripts of the trial of James B. McNamara in the 1910 … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Gen. Otis’ Armored Car [2nd Update]

  Behold the war machine of Gen. Harrison Gray Otis! A 1910 Franklin Model H landaulet! Virtually no one who writes about The Times and Gen. Harrison Gray Otis can resist referring to a cannon mounted on his car. Otis … Continue reading

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San Francisco Labor Leaders Visit Los Angeles

Aug. 25, 1910: In vastly different ways, The Times and the Herald report the arrival of San Francisco labor leaders. The Times said: "The worthies registered at the Hayward, and almost immediately the big boss who pulls the strings which … Continue reading

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On Assignment

Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times  A Memorial Day ceremony at the monument in 1938. I visited Hollywood Forever Cemetery over the weekend to see the memorial to victims of the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times. … Continue reading

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On Assignment

Los Angeles Times file photo The trial of Clarence Darrow. Do you recognize the young Jerry Giesler to Darrow’s left?  riends … I have spent this week at the Huntington Library going through material on the 1910 bombing of the … Continue reading

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On Assignment

Los Angeles Times file photo Clarence Darrow addresses the jury during his 1912 trial in Los Angeles on charges of attempting to bribe jurors while defending the McNamara brothers in the 1910 bombing of The Times. [Update: This photo was … Continue reading

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Little Nemo

Aug. 14, 1910: Although the content has changed dramatically, the selection of Sunday newspaper features hasn’t changed much in a century: There was an emphasis on the performing and visual arts, books, and things for children, like the comics pages. … Continue reading

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