Jay Allen Sanford 6:52 a.m., Dec. 5
Unforgettable: Long Ago San Diego
The first person executed by the state of California — José Gabriel — might have been an innocent man.
There was enough evidence to hang Indian Jose Gabriel for the killings of the Geyser family on Otay Mesa in 1892…at least by mob standards.
The quivering mound of crimson-streaked grime would be the prisoner.
Attempted reconstruction of the scene of a double murder on Otay Mesa in the 1890s. They blamed the Indian, José Rafael.
Double murder up on Otay Mesa, 1892. An old Indian laborer is blamed.
Sunday, October 16, 1892Thomas Smallcomb got the news around 11:00 p.m. Trouble up at the Geyser’s. A double murder. The deputy constable flicked the reins and steered his two-horse buckboard east on Otay Valley Road. ...
Tuna clipper becomes troop transporter
YP-346 Goes to WarVincent Battaglia, machinist mate of Yard Patrol boat 346, never wore dog-tags in the engine room. No one did. Tropical heat made them so white hot they’d brand you. But on the ...
The edge of a minefield is no place to procrastinate.
A recounting of the WII experiences of YP-346, a San Diego tuna boat known as the the Prospect before it was conscripted into the South Pacific war effort.
In the crosshairs of history, part threeYP-289 goes to war Hurry up and wait. San Diego’s tuna clippers conscripted for World War II saw far more downtime than action. Like the much larger Liberty ships ...
Adventures of San Diego tuna boats in WWII’s Pacific theater.
Tuna fishermen in San Diego were recruited along with their boats to function as supply vessels and mine-sweepers.