MORE, Alexander Peter

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Alexander P. More (1828-1893) c. 1880
Alexander P. More (1828-1893)
Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA


MORE, Alexander Peter (1828-1893), fourth of twelve children born to Peter (1797-1859) and Martha More who came to California in 1849. He became eventual sole owner of Santa Rosa Island, first acquiring the interests of Alpheus Basil Thompson, the heirs of Thompson, and his brother T. W. More for $24,001. He then sold one undivided half-interest to his brother Henry on June 15, 1870 for $100. The More brothers operated the island jointly for the next eleven years. In 1881, A. P. More acquired the interests of his brother Henry, and again he was sole island owner. In 1887, More was secretly married to Miss Greta Hughes of Keokuk, Iowa. A. P. More moved to the Midwest in 1888 and leased the island to his brother Lawrence. At the time of his death on October 21, 1893 in Chicago, A. P. More left his estate to his sole surviving brother, John F. More, four sisters, and ten nieces and nephews, children of his deceased siblings. Between his death in 1893 and 1901 when Vail & Vickers began purchasing fractional interests, some of the interests had changed hands. By 1902, 21/24ths of the island interests had been purchased by Vail & Vickers. The last fractional interest (3/24ths) was finally purchased by them in 1922. J. B. Quintero (J. B. Quintero de More, Santiago Quintero) is possibly the illegitimate and only child of Alexander P. More.


Alexander P. More heirs: % owned ~ sold to Vail & Vickers

  • Martha Jane (More) Orcutt, sister
3/24%
June 8, 1901


  • Cornelia A. (More) Baldwin, sister
3/24%
June 12, 1901


  • Martha A. Duval, niece: daughter of sister Eliza More Miller
3/24%
June 17, 1901
4/24%
June 22, 1901
sister
also acquired interest of niece, Helen K. Rowe, daughter of Andrew More
Mary S. [More] Duval)


  • George Sexton Edwards, interest of niece Mattie More Law, daughter of T. Wallace More
1/24%
July 9, 1901


  • H. Clifford More, Winfield R. More, & N. Rose More, children of brother Lawrence W. More
3/24%
July 12, 1901


  • Albert W. & John C. More, sons of brother Andrew More
2/24%
December 19, 1901


  • George Sexton Edwards, interest of nephew Wallace H. More, the son of T. Wallace More
1/24%
June 10, 1902


  • Hamersley & Richards & wife, interest of nephew T. R. More, the son of T. Wallace More
1/24%
October 21, 1902


  • Santa Rosa Island Company, estate of sister Elinor H. More who died in 1900
3/24%
March 4, 1922



In the News~

June 1, 1869 [letter in possession of Mrs. Williamson (?) from Albert F. Thompson to John F. Dana]: “I have this day sold to Alexander P. More, my right, title, and interest to the Santa Rosa Island, for the sum of $1000.00. I think that Charles will also sell for the same price very soon. If you want to dispose of your interest in the island I can negotiate it for you with Mr. More. I think that I was lucky to get that amount for the same. The island has never yielded us anything, could not sell it to nobody but More. Could not sustain an action, and if More did not want to purchase it he could enjoy the possession of the same for a life time without interruption. Salude a todos, Albert F. Thompson”


May 7, 1870 [SBT]: “County Court Proceedings… The Civil Calendar was then called: H. H. Linville vs. A. P. More…”


June 29, 1872 [SBPr]: “Notice. All persons are hereby forbidden against trespassing upon the Island of Santa Rosa or landing upon the same for any purpose whatever. Santa Barbara, December 23, 1871. A. P. More.”


May 7, 1873 [SBMP]: “A Picture of Santa Rosa Island. Professor James and a party left about 11 A.M. today (Thursday) in the schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Chase, for Santa Rosa Island. The Professor and his assistants will take a picture of the island and views of objects of interest thereon, under the auspices of the Press, this being the beginning of the proposed work heretofore announced. The accompanying party was quite large. Messrs. Henry and Alexander More, the owners of the island, have manifested a substantial interest in this enterprise of illustrating Southern California, and have shown their faith in the general and special good that will result from its accomplishment by their generous pecuniary aid. Santa Rosa Island, with its varied scenery, will make a beautiful picture. We hope to obtain views of the other islands.”


April 23, 1874 [SBDP]: “On Thursday last, Alexander More, Esq., while riding in one of the remotest parts of Santa Rosa Island, a dozen miles from assistance, was thrown quite heavily from his horse, his leg broken just below the knee, and his knee disjointed. Fortunately a rope was attached to the horse, and this was caught during the fall. Remounted as best he could, in his disabled condition, he rode at full speed the fifteen miles to camp, fainting all the way with pain. On arriving, he was more than fortunate in finding the Hassler in the little harbor. Captain Johnson very promptly and humanely sent the ship’s surgeon to his assistance. The doctor set the limb, bound up the wound and showed himself to be a most obliging and most skillful surgeon. Everything was done for the injured man that the surroundings would permit, and he is now doing exceedingly well, and it will not be long before he is on the street again, blessing his lucky star for his fortunate escape. Especial praise is due the captain and the surgeon for the humanity and consideration displayed.”


April 24, 1874 [SBSWT]: “A. P. More, a well-known citizen, had his leg broken by his horse falling with him, on Santa Rosa Island. The surgeon of the Hassler went ashore and set the broken limb and he is doing well.”


May 11, 1874 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Chase, brought fifty-seven bales of wool from Santa Rosa Island on Saturday. This wool is from the clipping made by Messrs. Henry and Alexander More.”


August 24, 1874 [SBDP]: “The Island of Santa Rosa by J. Ross Browne. A few weeks ago, while on a visit to Santa Barbara, it was my good fortune to meet one of the owners of Santa Rosa Island, Mr. H. H. More, who cordially invited me to make a voyage with him to that romantic retreat, of which so little is known even on this coast… Without a word of objection, I shouldered my knapsack and embarked with him on board the good schooner Star of Freedom, then lying at the Santa Barbara wharf. An extra supply of provisions having been secured by Captain Chase, that thoughtful mariner, shook loose his sails… Captain Chase promised that we would reach Santa Rosa in four hours—if the breeze held out... The property is owned by two brothers, Messes. A. P. More and H. H. More… It was not until the next day at noon that we were enabled to make a landing at More’s Harbor...”


November 20, 1876 [SBDP]: “A. P. More, of the firm More Brothers, Santa Barbara, begins an equity suit in the United States Circuit Court against Thomas A. Scott, Barker Gummere, H. M. Newhall, T. R. Bard and the Philadelphia & California Petroleum Company…”


April 17, 1878 [SBDP]: “A. P. More vs. Cavalleri et al. The case was submitted and judgment rendered in favor of plaintiff for possession of the premises in controversy, but without damages.”


November 12, 1878 [SBDP]: “William Percival and four others, master and crew of the schooner Laura, for an alleged trespass on Santa Rosa Island, the property of H. H. and A. P. More. Trial by jury. Case called at 10 o’clock. Several witnesses were called and examined, and after a plea by Gray for the prosecution, and by Dillard for the defense, the case was given to the jury at 3 o’clock P.M. After being out ten minutes a verdict of not guilty was returned.”


February 19, 1881 [SBWP]: “Mr. F. W. Frost was the owner of a couple of pet deer which last fall he gave to Mr. More who took them to Santa Rosa Island. The vaqueros have frequently been in the habit of lassoing the deer out of mere sport. The buck became thereby enraged, and meeting a horseman on one of the mountain trails, he made a fierce attack upon the horse. The rider was thrown off, and the deer pursued the horse with such venomous rage that he finally killed the animal, goring it frightfully with his antlers.”


April 4, 1881 [SBDP]: “A. P. More and his niece, Miss Nellie, are in town.”


April 11, 1881 [SBDP]: “This community was deeply grieved yesterday morning over the intelligence that Mr. H. H. More had died in Oakland… He was for many years the owner of Santa Rosa Island, one of the finest grazing tracts in Southern California. A few days prior to his death he parted with a half-interest in the island to his brother, A. P. More...”


May 17, 1881 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More of San Francisco, is stopping at the Arlington, awaiting the arrival of a schooner from Santa Rosa Island. He is the owner of this beautiful island, and is a part owner of Santa Cruz Island [?]. Mr. More is one of the pioneers of this county, and with his brothers, has been prominently connected with its history, and all its most important industries.”


May 18, 1881 [SBDP]: “A. P. More and C. F. McGlashan, editor of the Press, went over to Santa Rosa Island yesterday in the schooner Santa Rosa. They will be absent about three days.”


June 15, 1881 [SBDP]: “George Orcutt and family who arrived here by the Orizaba Monday evening are now at the Arlington. Some time this week they will go to Santa Rosa Island, where Mr. Orcutt is to take charge of the property of his brother-in-law, A. P. More. Mr. A. P. More, who represents the largest grazing interests in Santa Barbara County, is stopping at the Arlington for a few days. He returns to his home in San Francisco by the Orizaba tomorrow night.”


September 22, 1881 [SBDP]: “A. P. More and his nephew arrived yesterday on the Orizaba. They leave for the Island this morning.”


October 7, 1881 [SBDP]: “On the 16th of October B. T. Williams entered suit against A. P. More, to recover $500 balance due as counsel fees in the More murder case. And A. P. More answers by pleading the statute of limitation and enters a counter claim and cross complaint, suing for $200 alleged to have been overpaid.”


October 10, 1881 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More came over from Santa Rosa Island in his schooner Saturday to procure an additional force of workmen.”


November 4, 1881 [SBDP]: “A. P. More, Esq., came over from Santa Rosa Island last night, and leaves by next steamer for the city.”


November 21, 1881 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More is in the city. And we trust our city fathers will make arrangements for lighting the streets. It is a downright shame and disgrace that the principal streets should be left in darkness.” [Street lights were gas. A. P. More owned the Gas Works.]


November 30, 1881 [SBDN]: “Mr. A. P. More recently discovered seventy human skulls in one spot on Santa Rosa Island, the wind having removed the earth which covered them. These relics are part of the old aboriginal races who inhabited the island.”


November 30, 1881 [SBDN]: “A. P. More left by Ruiz’s stage for Newhall this morning.”


December 7, 1881 [LAT]: “A. P. More recently discovered seventy human skulls in one spot on Santa Rosa Island, the wind having removed the earth which covered them. The relics are of the aboriginal race who inhabited the island.”


December 30, 1881 [SBDP]: “A. P. More left for San Francisco on the Orizaba.”


January 4, 1882 [SBDP]: “George Orcutt and family have recently moved into Mrs. Russell’s house on Cota Street. Mr. Orcutt until recently has been in charge of Santa Rosa Island for his brother-in-law, A. P. More. The family will be a valuable acquisition to Santa Barbara society.”


February 10, 1882 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More and his nephew, Mr. A. H. Agard, arrived last evening and will remain in this city for a few days.”


February 16, 1882 [SBDP]: “A. P. More left for Santa Rosa Island today.”


February 17, 1882 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More contemplates sinking an oil well near the Gas House in this city. The evidence exists that a large bed of petroleum exists under the very site of Santa Barbara…”


March 4, 1882 [SBDP]: “March 3. Ramon Vasquez vs. A. P. More. The order heretofore made, striking this cause from the calendar is vacated and set aside, and permission is given to argue the matter upon which said decision was rendered.”


March 14, 1882 [SBDP]: “Ramon Vasquez vs. A. P. More; set for hearing the 8th inst.”


March 15, 1882 [SBDP]: “R. Vasquez vs. A. P. More. Continued until the 16th inst.”


March 22, 1882 [SBDP]: “R. Vasquez vs. A. P. More, continued until the 21st inst.”


April 8, 1882 [SBDP]: “April 6. R. Vasquez vs. A. P. More. The defendant moved the court to reinstate this cause on the calendar and proceed with the trial thereof. The court denied the motion on the ground that there is no appeal taken to this court whatever.”


June 20, 1882 [SBDP]: “Alex. P. More is in the city.”


August 3, 1882 [SBDP]: “A. P. More, one of the most active and enterprising businessmen of Santa Barbara county, is visiting his island rancho of Santa Rosa.”


June 22, 1883 [SBDP]: “A. P. More of Santa Rosa Island, is among the late arrivals from San Francisco.”


June 29, 1883 [SBDI]: “A. P. More has returned from the Islands.”


August 10, 1883 [SBDP]: “A. P. More is over at the island.”


August 23, 1883 [SBDP]: “A. P. More left on the Eureka for Monterey.”


September 28, 1883 [SBDI]: “Mr. A. P. More, owner of Santa Rosa Island, arrived yesterday from San Francisco, and will remain here several days.”


September 28, 1883 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More who recently arrived from San Francisco, is registered at the Arlington.”


October 26, 1883 [SBDI]: “A. P. More went to the island this morning.”


November 9, 1883 [SBDI]: “A. P. More returned from his island property today, and returns to San Francisco tonight. He reports his sheep pastures as looking a little dry, and that the rain is needed.”


November 10, 1883 [SBDI]: “A. P. More of the Santa Rosa Island, after a trip across the channel, left on the steamer last night for San Francisco.”


November 10, 1883 [SBDP]: “Mr. A. P. More, of Santa Rosa Island, left last night for San Francisco.”


November 19, 1883 [SFMC]: “An extensive sheep range on Santa Rosa Island. How 80,000 sheep are readily and thoroughly washed twice a year. A herd of goats. The little schooner Santa Rosa, registering thirty-one tons, arrived in port from Santa Barbara a few days ago. She is in command of Captain H. Higgins, and plies between Santa Rosa Island and the mainland, and comes up to this city [San Francisco] twice a year to secure provisions, clothing, lumber, etc. for use on the island. She being owned by the great sheep rancher, A. P. More, who owns the island and the 80,000 sheep that exist upon it… The owner of the island and sheep, A. P. More, a few years ago purchased the property from his deceased brother, Henry, for $600,000. Owing to ill health, he has rented it to his brother Lawrence for $140,000 a year, and soon starts for Boston where he will settle down for the rest of his life. He still retains an interest in the Santa Cruz Island ranch, which is about 25 miles southeast of Santa Barbara…”


November 27, 1883 [SBDI]: “Mr. A. P. More, of Santa Rosa Island, arrived on the Ancon last night and will leave for a visit to his Island property.”


February 12, 1884 [SBDP]: “The schooner belonging to Mr. A. P. More, running to the islands, is now loading at the wharf.”


February 14, 1884 [SBDI]: “A. P. More has gone to Santa Rosa Island.”


March 3, 1884 [SBDP]: “A. P. More came down on the Queen of the Pacific last night, and went over to the islands today.”


May 15, 1884 [SBDP]:Santa Rosa arrived yesterday May 14 from Santa Rosa Island via Santa Cruz Island, vessel and cargo commanded by Captain Sam Burtis Jr., having on board Mr. A. P. More and General R. H. Chittenden. The latter gentleman has for a week been enjoying the hospitality of Santa Rosa Island, the guest of its owner, Mr. A. P. More.”


June 30, 1884 [SBDI]: “Saturday about 11 o’clock A.M. as the schooner was leaving Santa Rosa Island for this place, a Chinaman assaulted A. P. More with a butcher knife in his hand, and Mr. More shot him. The Chinaman died this morning. Mr. More came over to this place and gave himself up to the Sheriff. His examination will take place tomorrow at 10 A.M.”


July 1, 1884 [SBWP]: “Yesterday, Sunday morning as the schooner Santa Rosa was about to leave the wharf at Santa Rosa Island, an altercation took place between Mr. A. P. More and a Chinaman by the name of Ah You, who had been employed on the island as a cook for about 16 months... Mr. More refused to let him go aboard the schooner. The Chinaman persisted in attempting to force his way on the boat, when a dispute arose which ended in the drawing of weapons and resulted in Mr. More’s shooting the Chinaman through the head with a pistol, inflicting a fatal wound...”


July 2, 1884 [SDRU]: “Santa Barbara, July 1. At the coroner’s inquest over the body of the Chinaman, Gee [Ah] You, both Dr. Winchester and Dr. Bradshaw, who made the post mortem examination, agree that the Chinaman came to his death from the effects of a pistol shot fired by Alex More. All of the witnesses agree that at the time More fired the shot the Chinaman was advancing upon More in a threatening manner, with a butcher knife in his hand. The jury returned a verdict that the Chinaman had come to his death by the hands of Alexander P. More. There is intense excitement. More was then brought before Judge Ord, who admitted him to bail in the sum of $15,000, to await examination, with Thomas B. Dibblee and Russell Heath as bondsmen. The examination, on the motion of the prosecuting attorney, and by consent, will take place on Monday at 9 o’clock.”


July 4, 1884 [SDRU]: “San Buenaventura, July 3. Santa Rosa Island Homicide. A. P. more, of Oakland, shot and killed a Chinaman at Santa Rosa Island Sunday. The Chinaman had been in his employ on the island for nearly a year and a half and wanted to come home. More refused, and strick the Chinaman twice, when the latter drew a knife to defend himself. More then shot him, the ball entering his brain. In the preliminary examination at Santa Barbara, More was held in $15,000 bail. Much indignation is expressed against More, who is greatly disliked for his overbearing disposition, and who is believed to have been in the fault. The Six Companies have signified their intention to prosecute More to the full extent of the law.”


July 7, 1884 [SBDP]: “Preliminary examination. In the examination of A. P. More this morning before Justice Ord, Drs. Bradshaw and Winchester testified substantially the same as at prior examination. Ah Lin testified that he knew Ah You; he went to the island to work for A. P. More about 14 months ago; had corresponded with him during that time; knew he had worked for Mr. Stoddard and Mr. Cassard; had loaned him $100, but had never received any of it back…”


July 8, 1884 [SBDP]: “Justice Ord’s court room has been densely crowded from opening to close both yesterday and today, the present trial having attracted general attention. The testimony has, as a rule, been verbose and lengthy, much of it given by Spanish sheep men through interpreters…”


July 9, 1884 [SBDP]: “The trial. Preliminary examination of A. P. More for the killing of Ah You… José Calderon, through an interpreter testified: was on the wharf of Santa Rosa Island week ago Sunday; saw More and Ah You there; More was standing near the steps; he told the Chinaman to go away; More went up to the Chinaman, who had his arms folded, and asked him what he had in his hand; Chinaman put his hand on his hip; More took hold of his arm; then Chinaman drew out a knife (identified the one in Court as the same one; Chinaman raised the knife when More hit him with a pistol; Chinaman spoke two or three words and advanced on More, who retreated 7 or 8 feet; and then fired. I did not interfere because it was none of my business; thought from their movements one or the other would be killed; Chinaman had the knife in left hand when I turned him over; More told me to take the knife away from him; Chinaman refused to give it up; I put my foot on the Chinaman’s hand and tried to take away the knife; could not do so, he held it too tight, Ah You did not speak a word while I was trying to take away the knife; Chinaman tried to stick me in the foot with the knife and said: “Me killee you;” Ah Min talked to Ah You and took the knife away from him; he has been in the habit of carrying another knife; did not know of any use he had to carry such a knife; he was employed to do general work; I asked Ah Min what Ah You said to him while he was talking to him; Ah Min said that Ah You said that if More had not killed him he would have killed More; I never heard Ah You say this. Here the court adjourned until 8 o’clock this morning…”


July 9, 1884 [SDRU]: “Santa Barbara, July 8. The Santa Rosa Island tragedy. In the case of the shooting of Ah You, a Chinaman, by A. P. More on Santa Rosa Island, the preliminary examination before Judge Ord was held in the City Hall yesterday and today. After the taking of considerable testimony the prosecution rested, and the court adjourned until tomorrow.”


July 10, 1884 [SBDP]: “In the trial of A. P. More. José Calderon’s testimony continued: After the shooting I was alone with Chinaman, till Ah Min and Santiago returned with water; More was gone two or three minutes; don’t know who helped me to roll Chinaman over; the night before the shooting the Chinaman came to where I was sleeping, lit the candle and said in Spanish that he would go to Santa Barbara the next day if More would let him or not. A. P. More was sworn and testified as follows: On the morning of the occurrence got on my horse and went down to the wharf about 7 o’clock; I saw the Chinaman there hid in a box, but did not say anything to him; went back to the house, attended to some matters, and then went to the wharf again with An Min; Ah You was there standing near the crane with arms folded; ordered the men to bring the Chinaman’s things from the boat; Chinaman was standing back of me; told him to go to the house, that he could not go over this trip; he said he would go; I thought he had a knife in his hand; took hold of his arm and told him to give up the knife; he then drew his knife and I drew my revolver and hit him on the head; he drew his knife and came towards me; I retreated backwards about 15 steps; told the Chinaman to stop, he said “Me no care, me stick you.” He was advancing on me when I fired; he looked like an assassin; I believe he would have killed me if I had not shot him; I did not want the Chinaman to go over on that schooner as I had missed some things I suspected him of taking; and wanted first to make out the accounts between us; never heard of his making any threats against me; had ordered him not to carry a knife; he did not have any use for one; after the shooting, my first impression was to leave him there; but thought he might die and ordered him put aboard; the Captain did as I directed; after we arrived here I ordered a surgeon to go to the schooner and attend to him; directed the men on the boat to take care of him, and did so myself; told Long Hop to go and get a wagon and bring him up which he did. Cross examined. Ah You came to the island in May 1883; I owed him something at the time of the shooting; don’t know how much. Adjourned until 8 o’clock this morning. Mr. More was called and produced the pistol he used in shooting Ah You and testified that there was a boathouse on the island full of boats—sailing boats—a letter was produced by the defendant, but was not admitted as testimony. A motion was made by the defendant’s counsel to dismiss the charges on the following grounds: lst that the killing did not occur in this county, therefore the Court has no jurisdiction; 2nd that the killing was done in self defense. After conclusion of the testimony, the Court was addressed by Mr. Chittenden, counsel for the defense, in an able and eloquent plea. District attorney J. J. Boyce followed with a brilliant and most forcible argument. Mr. McNulta made the closing speech, an exhaustive and logical effort lasting a couple of hours. After the arguments closed, the Court overruled the motion and held the defendant to answer in the Superior Court to the charge of manslaughter, and released him on a bond in the sum of $50,000.”


July 10, 1884 [SBDI]: “Preliminary examination… My name is Alex P. More. I reside in San Francisco; am a ranchero and defendant in this case. On the morning of June 30, Sunday, I went down to the wharf 9 (on Santa Rosa Island) about 7:30. I saw this Chinaman hid in a dry goods box on the end of the wharf. I did not say anything to him, but went back to the house. I attended to some things there; then when the people brought the baggage down I came down and saw this Chinaman again, outside, about 30 feet from the end of the wharf, toward the crane, that is, the place where they lower goods down into the boat or vessel. The Chinaman stood there with his arms folded across his breast in a sulky sort of way. I did not say anything to him at that time, but gave some directions about things about the crane… I turned around and did not like his movements nor actions, and told him to stand back and I looked to see where the others were and saw the way was clear. I told him to stop as he was coming very rapidly. He did not stop and I fired and he fell with his face down…”


July 10, 1884 [SDU]: “Santa Barbara. July 9. The session of the Police Court was entirely taken up today with the testimony of Alexander P. More, who is charged with the killing of Ah You, a Chinaman on Santa Rosa Island. His evidence was completely in the line of self-defense. The case will close tomorrow.”


December 24, 1884 [SBDI]: “Judge Hatch today filed his opinion in the case of the People vs. A. P. More, setting aside the information filed by the District Attorney; wherein he holds that the water surrounding the islands belonging to Santa Barbara County are not within the territorial jurisdiction of the county.”


December 26, 1884 [SBDI]: “In the Superior Court, Santa Barbara… The People vs. A. P. More: The information in this case charges the defendant, A. P. More, with the crime of manslaughter, in the killing of one Ah You. The defendant moves the court to set aside the information upon two grounds: First, the evidence shows no reasonable or probable cause for holding the defendant to answer. Second, the Police Judge had no jurisdiction of the alleged offense for which the defendant was held to answer, and that this court has no jurisdiction to try such a cause. The killing of the deceased Ah You by the defendant, was admitted on the preliminary examination. The point is therefore disposed of by the Supreme Court… The reason assigned is that the offense was committed without the County of Santa Barbara. The facts are admitted to be these. The place where the fatal shot was fired, from which Ah You died, was on the wharf running out seaward from Santa Rosa Island three hundred feet below low water mark, and therefore not within this County, as constituted, bounded and described by sec. 3946 of the Political Code of this State… It therefore follows that Police Judge had no jurisdiction of the offense, neither has this court. The motion is granted. Dated December 24, 1884. D. P. Hatch, Judge.”


October 16, 1884 [SBDI]: “A. P. More has left for his island.”


October 21, 1884 [SBDI]: “A. P. More has returned from his island, The Santa Rosa.”


November 11, 1884 [SBDP]: “The steamer Santa Rosa left San Francisco yesterday with the following passengers for Santa Barbara… A. P. More…”


November 12, 1884 [SBDI]: “Arlington… A. P. More, San Francisco…”


November 12, 1884 [SBDI]: “In the matter of the application of A. P. More, for a writ of review, continued.”


December 24, 1884 [SBDI]: “Judge Hatch today filed his opinion in the case of the People vs. A. P. More, setting aside the information filed by the District Attorney; wherein he holds that the water surrounding the islands belonging to Santa Barbara County are not within the territorial jurisdiction of the county.”


December 26, 1884 [SBDI]: “In the Superior Court, Santa Barbara… The People vs. A. P. More: The information in this case charges the defendant, A. P. More, with the crime of manslaughter, in the killing of one Ah You. The defendant moves the court to set aside the information upon two grounds: First, the evidence shows no reasonable or probable cause for holding the defendant to answer. Second, the Police Judge had no jurisdiction of the alleged offense for which the defendant was held to answer, and that this court has no jurisdiction to try such a cause. The killing of the deceased Ah You by the defendant, was admitted on the preliminary examination. The point is therefore disposed of by the Supreme Court… The reason assigned is that the offense was committed without the County of Santa Barbara. The facts are admitted to be these. The place where the fatal shot was fired, from which Ah You died, was on the wharf running out seaward from Santa Rosa Island three hundred feet below low water mark, and therefore not within this County, as constituted, bounded and described by sec. 3946 of the Political Code of this State… It therefore follows that Police Judge had no jurisdiction of the offense, neither has this court. The motion is granted. Dated December 24, 1884. D. P. Hatch, Judge.”


January 3, 1885 [SBDI]: “In the matter of the People vs. A. P. More, It is hereby ordered that the District Attorney be directed to perfect and conduct an appeal to the Supreme Court in the matter of the application of A. P. More for a writ of review…”


January 5, 1885 [SBDI]: “Heroism displayed. Santa Rosa’s adventurous and stormy trip. Our harbor never looked prettier with her four schooners and several otter boats, with flags and streamers floated lazily through the soft zephyrs, than she did yesterday morning… We jumped into a small rowboat that conveyed us to the Santa Rosa, the property of A. P. More of this city. On boarding the vessel we were greeted by the captain in a cordial manner, who was pleased at our coming aboard. In a few words, Mr. Orderhof, the Master, related his recent adventurous trip. One week ago yesterday, while lying in the stream at San Francisco, he received orders from Mr. More to set sail for Santa Rosa Island, with a cargo amounting in all to forty-five tons… The sailors aboard owing to the strong gale that was blowing at the time, together with the boat being loaded top heavy, did not like the idea of venturing out during the stormy weather, and fear prevailed among the crew, but the Captain, assuring them that he would pilot them through safely, dispelled the fear that at first existed. Long before the Heads were reached, it was plainly to be seen that their undertaking was a perilous one, for the bar which they had to cross was one mass of white caps, indicating that the waters were troublesome… For thirty-two consecutive hours the Captain never relinquished his hold upon the wheel, and all he had taken during that period to sustain life was a little coffee. Had not the crew been lashed to the ship, they certainly would have been drowned…”


March 19, 1885 [LAT]: “San Francisco. On application of John J. Boyce of Santa Barbara, the Supreme Court granted a writ of error in the case of the people vs. A. P. More. This is the case in which More, a wealthy resident of Oakland and owner of Santa Rosa Island, shot and killed a Chinaman last June. The demurrer interposed was that as the killing took place on the wharf at the island, more than three hundred feet outside of low water mark, the county had no jurisdiction. The court concluded in this view and More was discharged. The District Attorney at once filed a notice of an appeal from the decision of the Superior Court.” [also LAT]


March 19, 1885 [LAT]: “The Supreme Court had very properly granted a writ of error in the case of A. P. More, the murderer of a Chinaman at the island of Santa Rosa last June. More was discharged by the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County (Judge Hatch) on the curious and evidently insufficient ground that the killing took place on a wharf at the island, more than three hundred feet outside of low water mark, wherefore the county had no jurisdiction. Santa Rosa Island is declared and known to be within the territory of Santa Barbara County, and it is a reasonable FINISH


April 6, 1885 [SBDP]: “Dr. Knox was summoned to Santa Rosa Island last Saturday morning to attend A. P. More who was reported to have been seriously injured by a fall from his horse. The captain of the schooner, who returned with the doctor this morning, reports that Mr. More’s injury was simply a sprain of one of his ankles and that he left yesterday for San Francisco on the steamer Bonita.”


June 26, 1886 [SBDI]: “Order dismissing action in the Superior Court, Santa Barbara County, State of California: The People, etc. vs. A. P. More. It is hereby ordered that the above entitled action be and the same is hereby dismissed, for the following reason: That at the preliminary examination, the evidence both for the prosecution and the defendant was fully taken and it clearly appears from said evidence that the defendant acted in self-defense, and the Attorney prosecuting said cause, when asked by the Court to point out such portion of said evidence as he relied upon for conviction, could not do so, for the reason that there was none, and the prosecution do not claim to have any additional testimony. That a verdict based upon the evidence as above could not support a verdict of manslaughter or of any other crime whatever, for which the defendant is charged… Dated June 25th, 1886. D. P. Hatch, Judge.”


August 25, 1886 [SBDP]: “On Monday, according to a stipulation, the attorneys appeared before ex-Judge Hatch, now residing in this city, to argue a bill of exceptions in the case of A. P. More, who killed a Chinaman on Santa Rosa Island in June 1884. J. J. Boyce appeared for the People and Thomas McNulta for More, and presented their arguments. The matter was partly settled and the attorneys met again before Hatch when the matter was practically settled, and is now being engrossed in long hand by the reporter. It will take a few days to do this, when no doubt the bill will be signed.”


January 13, 1887 [SBDP]: “The Supreme Court has taken under advisement the appeal in the case of the People versus Alexander P. More, after arguments made by District Attorney J. J. Boyce for the People and R. B. Canfield for the defendant. More killed a Chinaman on Santa Rosa Island on the 29th of June, 1884. In June of last year Judge Hatch of Santa Barbara dismissed the case. The arguments today were upon the motion to set aside the order of Judge Hatch.”


March 22, 1887 [SBDI]: “Among the passengers on the steamer Santa Rosa which sailed for Santa Barbara this afternoon was J. J. Boyce, District Attorney of Santa Barbara, who has been engaged here in the case of the People vs. A. P. More. A. P. More, the defendant in the same case, was also among the passengers.”


October 22, 1887 [SBDI]: “It will be a surprising piece of intelligence to the friends of the family in this city to know that Miss Greta Hughes is, and has been for a month, Mrs. Alex. More, and is en route with her mother to join her husband at his home in Santa Barbara. Last winter Miss Hughes visited friends in Santa Barbara, and while there she formed the acquaintance of Mr. More, who is a millionaire ranch-owner… A proposal and acceptance followed, but Miss Hughes did not desire a hasty marriage… For reasons best known to the family, the ceremony was kept a profound secret until now, when the cards announcing the marriage have been sent out… Miss Hughes was one of the most popular society ladies of Keokuk, and was well-known in this city, having attended Miss Cuthbert’s Academy for several years. Mrs. More will join her husband in a few days in her new palatial home in Santa Barbara…”


April 5, 1888 [LAT]: “A. P. More of Santa Barbara, the owner of Santa [Rosa] Island, is in San Francisco.”


April 11, 1888 [SBDI]: “The steamer Coos Bay left this morning for Goleta, where she will convey A. P. More and his brother’s family over to Santa Rosa Island.”


April 15, 1888 [SBMP]: “The steamer Coos Bay returned last Friday to Goleta from Santa Rosa Island with A. P. More and John F. More and family.”


April 24, 1888 [SBMP]: “A party consisting of Alex More, George Hall, Charles Hall, John B. Ward and J. Delaney, who have been over to Santa Cruz Island on a short visit, returned in the sloop Brisk last Sunday. Mr. Delaney reports that while prospecting about on the island, they found the remains of a man about half a mile from Lady Harbor. The body had evidently been in the water for some time and could not possibly have been recognized by any body who might know the unfortunate man. The party buried the remains on the island near the spot where they were found.”


April 25, 1888 [SBDI]: “Alex. P. More has purchased the sloop Brisk, and will use her for cruising back and forth from the islands. The sloop will be taken over to Santa Cruz Island and repainted.”


April 26, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk, formerly owned by F. F. Botillier, has been purchased by Alex. More, Jr. The price paid was $400.”


April 30, 1888 [SBDI]: “Alex. P. More and Joseph Delaney have gone to San Pedro on the sloop Brisk.”


May 14, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk returned from San Pedro Sunday morning, bringing Alex. P. More and Joseph Delaney.”


May 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “Sailing parties. The sloop Brisk can now be chartered for sailing parties and trips to the islands. For particulars apply to A. P. More.”


May 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk has been chartered by some gentlemen and will leave tonight for Santa Rosa Island, returning on Monday. Walter Cope, W. W. Burton, Mr. Keyes, Fred Grundy, F. A. Blake, Sr., P. Law, L. L. Cowles, C. D. Galvin, F. A. Blake, Jr., Alex. More, David Wolfe and Paul Cowles will comprise the party.”


May 31, 1888 [SBDI]: “Santa Cruz. Santa Barbara’s bold mariners visit the islands… Alex. More, the owner of the sloop Brisk was hunted up and he informed the anxious gentlemen that he would take them over that night at 9 o’clock. A bargain was made on the spot… On board the sloop was the genial Captain José Espinosa, who proved himself an expert in everything pertaining to a cruise and camp life… There was an unusually heavy swell on, but not a breath of wind, and that little sloop stood first on her head, then sat down. They she would lay on one side, and after trying that for a while would roll over on the other… to be continued.”


July 11, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived last Monday afternoon from Santa Rosa Island with A. P. More on board.”


September 26, 1888 [SBMP]: “A. P. More last week shipped from Santa Barbara to San Francisco 125 tons of wool, being a single clip of his sheep on Santa Rosa Island. Mr. More is now the largest single producer of wool in the United States.”


January 4, 1889 [DAC]: “A. P. More, a prominent sheep-raiser of Santa Rosa Island, is at the Palace.”


May 10, 1889 [SBMP]: “Contrary to expectations no news was brought from Santa Rosa Island yesterday in regard to the rumored fight between sheep herders. A schooner was expected during the day, but had not arrived last night. It was said on the streets that a fishing boat from Santa Cruz Island brought the news from Santa Rosa that the trouble was a race war between Mexican, Italian and Chinese herders. News may be expected today.”


May 11, 1889 [SBMP]: “A. P. More’s accident. The owner of Santa Rosa beaten by his shearers. Dr. R. F. Winchester returned yesterday morning from Santa Rosa Island and brought the first authentic news in regard to the trouble at that place, about which so many rumors have been floating about. The doctor stated that he had been informed on the island that Alex P. More fell from a rock while driving sheep Tuesday night and had three ribs broken and his arm fractured in two places. Captain Thompson, who arrived at the island the same night, was unable to land, owing to the bad condition of the wharf and the rough weather, and the few words he heard shouted from the shore, started the stories about a desperate fight on the island. Mr. More’s wounds were carefully dressed by Dr. Winchester, but the sea was too rough to permit his removal and he was left on the island. There is no danger whatever of a fatal result of his injuries, in the doctor’s opinion. John More will probably start for the island this morning, and will bring his brother back as soon as he is able to be removed. The True Story. From another source the true story of the case was learned. It appears that there was some dispute about the tally of one of the sheep shearers, who is a large and powerful Spaniard, but whose name is not known, called him an ugly name. Mr. More made a movement as though to draw a pistol from his hip pocket, when the Spaniard sprang upon him and struck him with his fists. Two or three others assisted him and finally ten or a dozen were engaged in the melee. J. B. Joyaux, the superintendent of the island, assisted Mr. More to the best of his ability, but before the fight could be stopped, Mr. More was injured as stated by Dr. Winchester. The ‘fall from a rock’ story was invented to hide the real facts. Santa Rosa Island is now the largest sheep ranch in the world. On it find subsistence more than 75,000 sheep, which require the entire time of 75 shearers for one month in every year. These men are mostly rough Mexicans, who are likely to resent any imposition. A. P. More has been keeping count of the number of sheep sheared by each man, and disputes over the tally have been of almost daily occurrence, the shearers claiming that the number they were credited with fell short of the actual amount. It is understood that the shearers made an agreement to test the case and put the big Mexican up to represent them. During the fight the shearers searched More’s clothes for the pistol which he seemed about to pull, and had they found it, they probably would not have stopped short of manslaughter. The day following the trouble, the superintendent of the ranch kept the tally and six hundred more sheep were sheared than had ever been handled during the time Mr. More was superintending the work.”


May 12, 1889 [SBMP]: “John More started for Santa Rosa Island in the sloop Santa Rosa yesterday, to bring his brother Alex. P. More to this city.”


May 14, 1889 [SBMP]: “Captain Thompson of the schooner Santa Rosa returned from the islands yesterday, having left John and Lawrence More with their brother. A. P. More is still very ill from the results of his beating at the hands of the shearers and could not be moved.”


May 21, 1889 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa arrived from Santa Rosa Island yesterday, bringing John More, the brother of the injured ranch owner. When the schooner left, A. P. More was doing well and able to move about on the island. Dr. Winchester returned yesterday to his patient to set the broken arm, which was too badly swollen on his previous visit to admit of being touched.”


May 24, 1889 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa started to Santa Rosa Island yesterday, having come over Wednesday afternoon. She will probably bring A. P. More to the city tomorrow.”


May 28, 1889 [SBMP]: “One of A. P. More’s assailants in the recent trouble on Santa Rosa Island, has secured an attorney to defend him.”


June 9, 1889 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa arrived from Santa Rosa Island Friday night with A. P. More, L. W. More and J. B. Joyaux. A. P. More shows no signs of his recent disaster, except a sprained arm which he still keeps in a bandage. The schooner brought over 440 sacks of abalone shells and 197 abalones, which will be unloaded at Goleta.”


August 14, 1889 [DAC]: “Alexander P. More of Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara, is at the Palace. Mr. More has fully recovered from the injuries he received in the mutiny on the island about a year ago.”


July 20, 1890 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa arrived from Santa Rosa Island yesterday, bringing over A. P. More, the owner of the island, who was suffering from a broken leg. On Friday, Mr. More was in a corral directing a man who was lassoing a horse, when he was violently kicked by a horse and his right leg broken between the knee and hip. He was brought across the channel as soon as possible and taken to the residence of his brother, John F. More, where several physicians were summoned and the broken bone set. Mr. More was last evening doing as well as could be expected.”


June 18, 1891 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa arrived from Santa Rosa Island yesterday morning, bringing over A. P. More, John More and family. Miss Alice Colt and Samuel Colt, who have been spending a couple of weeks on the island. Nothing was known on the island of the loss of a sailor from the sloop Liberty on June 15th, and he had not been washed ashore there. This disposed of the last chance of his safety and Ybarra was undoubtedly drowned.”


November 19, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The steamer Farallon of San Francisco came into port yesterday at noon. This vessel is on the way to Santa Rosa Island to secure the wool clip of A. P. More, said to be the largest of any clip on earth from one band of sheep.”


November 23, 1891 [SFCall]: “Arrived. Sunday, November 22. Steamer Farallon, [Captain] Bonifield, 30 hours from Santa Rosa Island; 758-1/2 sacks wool; 17 bundles pelts; 100 hogs, to A. P. More.”


April 13, 1893 [SDU]: “San Diego, April 12. The steamer Bonita brings the news of the rescue of the sailor, William Spence, who went ashore on the 3rd at Santa Rosa Island from a small boat of the burned King James to seek water, and who had to be left. The story is that he became so exhausted that he fell asleep and did not wake for twelve hours. He then started on a search and reached a camp of six sheepherders working for A. P. More, who owns the island. The tug Fearless took him away on the 8th.”


September 12, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The funeral of Lawrence More took place Saturday afternoon from John F. More’s residence. A. P. More came down from San Francisco to attend the funeral.”


October 21, 1893 [SBDI]: “Death of Alex. More, the owner of Santa Rosa Island passes away. A telegram received today from Chicago announces the death of Alexander P. More at Englewood. He breathed his last at 3:45 o’clock this morning. His sister, Mrs. Miller, was with him during his brief illness. John F. More and Miss Eleanor More, brother and sister respectively of the deceased, expected to leave this morning for Chicago, but received the dispatch telling them that death had come… Alexander More was one of twelve brothers and sisters…T. Wallace More and Alexander P. More were the first to strike across the continent in 1849 and make their residence in California… They rapidly made money, and in 1852 were joined by another and a younger brother Henry H. Then the three under the name of the More Brothers for 16 years dealt extensively in lands and stock in Southern California. At one time the brothers owned more than two hundred thousand acres of what is now the cream of Southern California, comprising Lompoc, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Sespe, and Santa Rosa Island. The dry year of 1864 left them in debt… They dissolved their partnership in 1868, and A. P. More received the island of Santa Rosa as his portion of the assets of the partnership. Shortly afterward he and his brother, H. H. More formed a partnership and directed their attention to making the island of Santa Rosa a vast sheep farm, and with such success that during the palmy days of high wool it produced a princely income under the wise management of the two brothers who were probably the best posted of wool men on the coast. In 1872 they were reinforced by another and younger brother, John F. More, who entered heartily into their work, and proved a very valuable auxiliary to them…All the brothers are dead now save John F. More, who alone is left to represent the energy of a very remarkable family. Alexander P. More was a man of positive character, with many warm friends and some bitter enemies. He concealed a warm heart under the cloak of a rough exterior, and it was necessary to know him well to understand him well.”


October 22, 1893 [SBMP]: “Alexander P. More, who has been identified with the city of Santa Barbara since early in the fifties, and with California since 1849, died yesterday, while visiting the Chicago Fair… A. P. More received as his portion of the assets of the firm Santa Rosa Island, and in a couple of years took his brother Henry into partnership. They conducted the sheep business on the island with marked success until the death of Henry in 1881, since which time Alex P. More has alone carried on the business, save when the same was leased to his brother, John F. More…”


October 22, 1893 [SFCall]: “Alex More Dead. He was a man noted in diverse ways. Hating the race of men. Brief story of a most remarkable life. Ruler of an island ranch. He shot down ruthlessly a Chinese servant who sought to leave his domain. A telegram received today from Chicago announces the death at Englewood of Alexander P. More, one of the pioneers of California and owner of a large amount of property, including Santa Rosa Island, one of the largest of the Santa Barbara group. More was a bachelor. One brother, John More, of this city, and several sisters, including Mrs. E. M. Miller of Oakland, survive him, and his wealth will probably go to these relatives. For more reasons than one, the name of Alex More, for so he will be known always wherever he is known at all, will live in the annals of Southern California. In the old days, when California was just passing from a pastoral to an agricultural commonwealth, when the native land owners were giving place to the shrewd Yankees, who knew the value of the broad acres that the old Spanish were more willing to barter for a handful of shining gold pieces to hazard on a horse race or cock fight, the More brothers—Alex, Henry and Tom, all dead now, and the last named a victim to the vengeance of sellers whose homes he sought to claim under the Sespe grant in Ventura County—acquired vast tracts in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and what is now Ventura counties. One of these domains, of proportions so magnificent that it came to be known as ‘From Sunrise to Sunset Rancho,’ stretched right down the heart of the Santa Clara Valley in Ventura County, the richest land southwest of Tehachapi Mountain, and the home of thousands of prosperous farmers, and another was the Island of Santa Rosa, a principality in itself, and giving its owners a princely revenue of $500,000 per year. On Santa Rosa Island, in later years, Alex More was absolute sovereign, with an absolute sovereign‘s rights, even to the taking of life. This island goes to his heirs, and there are other broad acres on the mainland that will go to them, also, for what passed into the clutches of the older Mores, Alex and Henry never was released. Only the Ventura County properties have gone, but they were Tom More’s, for the most part, and he was a younger brother and not so provident. Even the Sespe ranch, for which he lost his life, is gone, but that passed to his heirs and they were not provident at all. That, however, has nothing to do with Alex More, now dead. He was provident enough, too provident. Possibly Alex More may have begun life with all the generous impulses common to youth. If he did they fell from him, for in his old age he was hard, stern, cold—a demoniac in his hate and seemingly animated by a destination of is kind. Possibly the fact that he was a martyr to dyspepsia accounted for this, at least in part. To his physician and the men in whom, rarely, he confided, it was known that he suffered physically the most excruciating tortures, and no man can do that without having his sufferings in time affect his mentality and his conduct toward his fellows. He had been known and feared and hated in Santa Barbara, where he lived, long before his name was heralded through the State as the incarnation of the avenger. That fame came to him in March 1876, in the year after his brother, Thomas Wallace More, called to this day Tom More, had been murdered by settlers, claiming adversely their homes upon what had been claimed also as a part of the Sespe grant. The story of the murder is an old one… It was in 1884 that Alex More had his next great bout with the law, but this time he beat it… On the Island of Santa Rosa there are sheep and cattle. More kept employed a small army of men, among them a number of Chinese. The anti-Chinese sentiment never touched him. That is a popular sentiment. He had also several small schooners running between the island and the town of Santa Barbara to bring off wool and pelts and hides and to carry supplies to the island, and it was customary for the men employed on the island to go back and forth to the mainland on these schooners. One day when More was on the island, one of the Chinese employees, a cook, expressed a desire to go to the mainland. It was in the spring—shearing time. More was not willing that the man should go, and forbade it. The Chinese was going anyway, and he went to the ranchhouse for his bundle. More walked up quietly, secured a rifle and stationed himself upon the wharf. The Chinaman came down and attempted to board the schooner, and Alex More shot him dead. Twenty men saw the murder, and when More went to Santa Barbara he was arrested for the crime. The District Attorney prepared for a bitter fight, for he know More would spend money like water to be free. The Superior Judge was D. P. Hatch, now of Los Angeles. It was claimed on behalf of More that the murder, having been committed on the wharf, was a murder on the high seas, and so was without jurisdiction of the State courts, and this claim the District Attorney fought in the Supreme Court, and finally defeated, and the case was remanded to Santa Barbara for trial. Judge Hatch at the time was preparing to resign from the bench and remove to Los Angeles, where he had formed a law partnership. He had not resigned, though he was then in Los Angeles. One night a steamer came into Santa Barbara from San Pedro, and a carriage was driven up to the courthouse. Judge Hatch was in the carriage. The officers of the court were hastily summoned and the charge of murder against Alex More was dismissed. The attorney for the people protested strenuously but to no purpose, and before proceedings of any sort could be had, for there was talk of impeachment, Hatch had resigned. Alex More lived quietly, and a great deal in the East, after that, rarely coming into public notice. But once in a great while he would flit like a specter through the sunny streets of Santa Barbara.”


October 28, 1893 [LAT]: “The late Alexander P. More. Death of the Santa Barbara Pioneer at Englewood. A telegram received today from Chicago announces the death of Alexander P. More at Englewood. He breathed his last at 3:45 o’clock this morning. His sister, Mrs. Miller, was with him during his brief illness. …”


November 8, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “John F. More of this city has applied in San Francisco in Judge Coffey’s department of the Superior Court for the letters of administration on the estate of his brother, Alexander More, who died recently in Chicago.”


December 28, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The San Francisco Chronicle devotes several columns of space to a write-up of the content over the appointment of an administrator on the Alex More estate, and states that Alex More was worth at least $5,000,000. Mr. More lived for many years in this county, but had few friends, and almost no intimates, so that it is a difficult matter to find out just what his estate is worth. John F. More, his brother, has a lease of Santa Rosa Island, which contains 60,000 acres of land, the stock which is pastured on it bringing A. P. More a yearly income of $40,000. The share of Wallace More in the estate has been transferred to his brother T. R. [?] More, and deeds are on record here to that effect. Before the estate is settled up and divided, there promises to be a merry time. The statement that A. P. more left two illegitimate children here is denied by the heirs.”


January 9, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “A dispatch announced Saturday evening that Judge Coffey had appointed John F. More administrator of the estate of Alexander P. More, the cattle king of Santa Rosa Island. So ends the scuffle among the relatives of the dead man, over an estate that was worth fighting for. A. P. More left neither wife nor child behind him to mourn his loss, but an estate which in rents alone yields some $30,000 a year, and a horde of relatives. Those who applied for letters of administration were two sisters, Mrs. Eliza M. Miller of Chicago, and Miss Eleanor H. More of Oakland; also a brother John F. More, who has finally come out on top in the squabble. From the first it seemed likely that this gentleman would be appointed administrator, but the contending relatives and their lawyers united to make common cause against John, on the grounds that he had been engaged in monetary transactions with the dead man a little previous to the latter’s death. There were a host of other relatives interested in addition to those named above.”


January 18, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “A document affecting the estate of A. P. More was filed in the Recorder’s office Tuesday, by the Los Angeles attorneys M. W. Conklin and J. R. Dupuy, wherein J. B. Quintero agrees to convey to the above-named parties half of whatever is recovered by them from said estate. Quintero is reported to be an illegitimate son of A. P. More.”


January 19, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “J. B. Quintero, a blacksmith by trade, claims to be the sole heir to the estate of A. P. More, as the illegitimate son of the late sheep king. The other heirs roundly assert that there is no foundation to the pretension, and, without disputing the irregularity of the man’s birth, hold that his existence was in no way due to the deceased. The agreement made between Quintero and Los Angeles lawyers is in substance as follows: Messrs. Dupuy and Conklin agree to go to whatever court it may be necessary to defend this claim, and to bring whatever action or actions may be required to secure said heir the estate mentioned. In consideration of their services the attorneys are to receive one-half of whatever is recovered, but are to pay all expenses incurred in this behalf. Quintero is also to receive in sixty days a written opinion thereon, which, if adverse to him, ends the agreement, otherwise remaining in full force and effect. If nothing is recovered, the Los Angeles firm do not receive a cent for their services. A deed was also filed late on Tuesday evening transferring from M. W. Conklin et ux to J. R. Dupuy one-fourth of the estate of A. P. More claimed by Quintero. The property is variously estimated as being worth all the way from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000.”


March 9, 1894 [LAT]: “San Francisco. When John F. More applied recently to Judge Coffee to be appointed the executor of the estate of his deceased brother, Alexander P. More, owner of Santa Rosa Island, objection was made that he held advance claims, and, therefore, should not be permitted to act. This contention however, failed, as it was shown that the executor could not pass upon his own claims, as they came solely under the purview of the Probate Court. John F. More was appointed executor…”


May 28, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “John F. More and a party from San Francisco, who were appointed appraisers of the estate of the late Alexander P. More, have just arrived on the schooner Santa Rosa from a trip to Santa Rosa Island, which comprises a large portion of the estate.”


June 17, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Alexander P. More’s estate. The appraisers make the total value thereof $880,063.49. The inventory and appraisement of the estate of Alexander P. More, the Santa Rosa Island capitalist, was filed in the Probate Court yesterday by the appraisers, Samuel Braunhart, S. P. Middleton and J. W. Reay. The personal property of the deceased is found to be of the value of $244, 528.84, while the real estate reaches $635,633.65, giving the whole estate the respectable total of $880,062.49. Several claims and judgments in favor of the deceased are appraised at no value whatever, otherwise the balance of the estate appears to be in remarkably healthy condition. John F. More, brother of the deceased, is the administrator. In the property of the deceased, there is a cash deposit in the Bank of California of $83,675.79 and one in the London, Paris and Amsterdam Bank of $12,199.34. Twenty-six bonds of the California Water and Mining Company of New York of the value of $1000 each are appraised at $10,400. A one-forth interest in the Harkness Gold-mining Company is valued at $2000. The livestock quartered on the More ranches on Santa Rosa Island the appraisers value as follows: forty thousand sheep, $60,000; 1500 head of cattle $18,000; 100 horses, $2000. The real estate of the deceased capitalist is found to consist chiefly of his two islands in Santa Barbara county, Santa Rosa Island and Mescalitan Island. The former, consisting of 63,696.49 acres, is appraised at $10 an acre, realizing $626,964.90. The small island, sixty acres, is valued at $5400. The appraisers were engaged in their work twenty-nine days, and they put in bills as follows: Samuel Braunhart $138.20, S. P. Middleton $200.25 while $195.15 is claimed by J. W. Reay.”


July 27, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The case of ‘the Monte Cristo of Santa Rosa Island.’ Alexander P. More, which has been in the court ever since his death, is up again in another phase. More died intestate, and now his nephews, Albert W. More of Idaho and John C. More of San Francisco, want the estate distributed under the provisions of section 1386 of the Civil Code. They claim that under that they are justly entitled, and they now ask Executor John F. More to pay them a one twenty-seventh of the estate, which the last inventory appraises at $880,062. It is expected that other heirs will soon begin similar action against the estate. More, the executor, and one of the heirs, has already sued to get $33,287, aside from his share as one of the legal heirs.”


August 10, 1894 [SBDI]: “Concerning the estate of A. P. More for the past six months ending July 31st, John F. More, executor, states the income to be $94,689.24, expenditure $5,885.50. The estate is valued at $874,915.”


September 13, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The heirs of the late Alexander P. More are not satisfied with the appointment of John F. More, brother of the deceased, as administrator of the estate. They filed a petition today, asking that some competent person be appointed by the court to receive certain property belonging to the estate, which the administrator will soon be compelled to turn over to him, for otherwise he, in his individual capacity, will turn over to himself as the representative of his brother’s estate thousands of dollars’ worth of property. On October 1, 1891 Alexander P. More leased to his brother, John F. More, Santa Rosa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel, together with certain provisions, supplies, implements and stock. The lease was for three years at a rental of $10,000 a year. At the expiration of the lease, John F. More is to turn over supplies equal in quantity and quality to those left on the island. The cattle were to be increased and kept up to 1500 head, and the sheep to 40,000 head, all of which are to be turned over on October 1. The heirs say in their petitions: “As the interests of John F. More are antagonistic to the interests of the estate, and he is obliged to account in a representative capacity and also individually, it is possible and probable that some serious questions of fact may subsequently arise as to the faithful performance of the covenants of the lease.”


October 11, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The $1,000,000 estate of A. P. More, once ‘king of Santa Rosa Island,’ will now have to be sliced up. Judge Coffey today granted the petition of Mrs. C. A. Baldwin and Mrs. E. M. Miller for a partial distribution of the estate. Under the order they will now get $5377.50 in cash, and an undivided one-ninth interest in a large amount of mining and water stock. Executor John H. More objected to the distribution, but the court overruled his protests.”


December 12, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Superior Judge Hebbard was engaged today in hearing the suit brought by John F. More against the estate of his brother, the late A. P. More, the Santa Rosa Island millionaire. John F. More is executor of the More estate and is in the peculiar position of suing himself for $33,000 for services rendered. As this sort of thing involves several intricate law-points, the attorneys are making a vigorous fight.”


December 24, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “In regard to the claim of J. B. Quintero to the estate of the late A. P. More on the ground that he is an illegitimate son of the deceased, the heirs will have little to say, but it is stated that a thorough investigation of the facts has been made: It is alleged that A. P. More left San Francisco by the steamer Constitution, Captain J. T. Watkins, on November 23, 1963, and his name was published in the list of intended departures in the Bulletin of November 21, 1863. He did not return to the State until December, 1865, and the contestant is said to have been born August 6, 1865, when A. P. More had been absent from the State more than twenty months. If this statement is correct, the claim of the contestant is plainly seen to be of little consequence.”


February 27, 1895 [LAT]: ”The More estate. County Clerk Curry has just come into possession of papers which lend added interest to the pending litigation over the estate of Alexander P. More. The stake for which there is to be bitter contention between the brother and sisters of the dead capitalist on one side, and an alleged illegitimate son on the other, amounts to $1,500,000…”


September 1, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The three boats which regularly ply between Santa Barbara and the islands… the Santa Rosa, belonging to the More estate, and plying back and forth between the island of the same name and the mainland… all came in yesterday afternoon.”


March 2, 1896 [SFCall]: “John F. More, a Santa Barbara rancher and brother of the late Alexander More, the millionaire owner of Santa Rosa Island, is registered at the Palace with his wife.”


March 27, 1896 [SFCall]: “The celebrated Santa Rosa Island case has assumed a new and sensational phase. It is charged that gross fraud was perpetrated by parties connected with the A. P. More estate. For several days past Messrs. Gunnison, Booth and Barnett and J. B. Mhoon have been taking depositions in the $50,000 suit brought against the estate of A. P. More by M. Watson, and many startling revelations have been made. In those depositions it is admitted by Watson and John P. More, brother of A. P. More, deceased, who owned Santa Rosa Island, that they went to his apartment in the Palace Hotel and took certain papers. Among those papers the attorneys say they have reason to believe is the last will of the island's owner. Said Mr. Mhoon: 'They admit abstracting certain papers, and it is more than probable a will was among them. When it is understood that A. P. More was supposed to have died intestate, and that his brother, J. F. More, secured letters of administration in the face of great opposition from fifteen of the heirs, this suspicion is given much color. The island includes 62,000 acres, several thousand head of sheep and extensive improvements. Its value is nearly $1,000,000. After A. P. More, the owner, was acquitted of the charge of murder for shooting a Chinaman in 1888, he went to Chicago and left the island in the hands of his brother, John F. More. The latter continued in the management and control of the property up to the time of his brother's death, when as administrator his executive authority was more exclusive. 'After securing letters of administration', continued Mr. Mhoon, 'John presented a claim for $100,000. He was granted about $60,000. While prosecuting his claim, Watson was his most important witness. And in turn More became Watson's chief reliance in his first suit for $30,000. The principal item in Watson's $30,000 claim was a charge of $18,000 for advice. He advised Mr. More not to sell a certain load of wool.' In the deposition taken by Messrs. Gunnison, Booth and Barnett yesterday, John F. More corroborated the statement of Watson concerning the taking of papers from A. P. More's rooms at the palace. 'It is a rank case of fraud,' said Mr. Barnett last night, 'and the evidence obtained in the depositions gives promise of great sensational developments in the near future. You see, there is $900,000 and a little Pacific principality at stake.”


May 10, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “An outcome of the examination of Expert Sherman before Judge Coffey, a week ago, in the matter of the estate of Alexander P. More, is a complaint which will be filed Monday in the Superior Court, against John F, More, administrator of the estate. Albert W. More, John C. More and Helen W. Rowe, heirs at law, wish to have John More removed from the place. He is charged with having made way with 15,000 sheep and 500 head of cattle and with having sold $26,000 worth of cattle without making an accounting. The estate consists of the land on Santa Rosa Island and the stock thereon, worth originally $880,000. The heirs accuse More of paying to himself $35,000 without any consideration, and with selling property of the estate to laborers and appropriating the proceeds.”


May 10, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “An outcome of the examination of Expert Sherman before Judge Coffey, a week ago, in the matter of the estate of Alexander P. More, is a complaint which will be filed Monday in the Superior Court, against John F, More, administrator of the estate. Albert W. More, John C. More and Helen W. Rowe, heirs at law, wish to have John More removed from the place. He is charged with having made way with 15,000 sheep and 500 head of cattle and with having sold $26,000 worth of cattle without making an accounting. The estate consists of the land on Santa Rosa Island and the stock thereon, worth originally $880,000. The heirs accuse More of paying to himself $35,000 without any consideration, and with selling property of the estate to laborers and appropriating the proceeds.”


May 12, 1896 [SFCall]: “A Petty Island King. John F. More is so called by his dead brother's heirs. Trying hard to depose him. The joint heirs demand an accounting for $85,000 and odd dollars. Sensational happenings are looked for in the estate of the late Alexander P. More. Mr. More was a sovereign in his own right and reigned supreme over the isle known as Santa Rosa. He had a brother named John F. More, who enjoyed his confidence to an almost unlimited degree. When Alexander More wanted to take a trip of two or three years for his health John F. ruled the little principality, and after Alexander's death John F. continued in authority by virtue of his appointment as administrator. That his administration of affairs has not been satisfactory to the other heirs of the deceased Alexander P. More is attested by the repeated efforts made to secure from him a complete accounting. But all attempts were apparently uncrowned by success, and the heirs finally determined to bring John up with a rapid legal turn. He filed what purported to be an accounting, and in Judge Coffey's court yesterday began the hearing of numerous exceptions on the part of the several heirs to the ingenious bookkeeping of the administrator. What may follow can only be hinted at, though it was openly stated by those interested that unless John F. makes a showing for $80,000 or $100,000 which the heirs think he has handled to their financial undoing, the court will be asked to remove him from his island sovereignty instanter. Attorney Mboon [?], representing two of the heirs, will file exceptions today governing the same points brought out by Messrs. Gunnison, Booth & Bartnett in behalf of their clients, also heirs of the deceased island king. The interests of the heirs are identical. They allege that John F. has rendered a false accounting and that he has appropriated $85,000 to his own use. In some of the papers to be filed this sum will be enlarged by the addition of moneys paid out for personal taxation from the funds of the estate. The heirs say More disposed of $30,000 worth of sheep, $1000 in cattle, $28,000 in products of the little principality, besides being in collusion with a man named Watson, to whom he is paying $125 a month to keep him company on the island and look wise when they both come to San Francisco to meet the heirs in the legal arena. Watson has a suit now pending against the estate for $30,000 for services rendered the deceased Alexander P. More. Among other modest charges is one of $18,000 for advice as to the state of the wool market. The heirs think postal cards were as cheap at that time as ever, and they would willingly have performed the same service for 2 cents and no commission. On the resumption of the case today additional exceptions to the strange accounting will come up for argument, and it may be three or four days before the hearing is brought to a close. After that, other measures will be adopted to dispose of and dispossess the island ruler.”


May 13, 1896 [SFCall]: “The hearing of the amended exceptions in the Santa Rosa Island case was continued before Judge Coffey yesterday. The additional exceptions filed by the heirs represented by Major Mhoon, as well as those presented by Messrs. Gunnison, Booth and Bartnett, show up in John F. More's administration of the island's affairs in detail. The heirs of Alexander P. More, who left his little principality in the hands of his brother, as administrator, are determined to get the facts and something like $85,000 or $100,000. The heirs say he received $14,000 from the Western Meat Company and failed to render an accounting thereof; next on the list is $500 received from the California Iron and Wrecking Company, for supplies furnished from the island, including shoes, tobacco, meat, etc., and following this sale of goods not belonging to him, are others of a similar character, wherein certain laborers, occasionally visiting the island, left $750 with Mr. More. He also, it is alleged, failed to account for $800 in rents, and did not turn over to the estate $10,000 due as rent from himself under the lease entered into with his deceased brother. Next on the list is an item of $1056 for freight on his own wool, claimed to have been paid out of the funds of the estate. It is also recounted in the newly filed papers that John F. More failed to turn over to the estate the 40,000 sheep entrusted to him, and that the number was 15,000 short, and further that he shipped 6000 head of sheep from the island at a time when he knew the total number on the island, including those shipped, did not exceed 32,000. The heirs think it is highly improbable that John F. More will be able to account for the discrepancies enumerated and they are determined to rid the island of themselves of his official domination as administrator.”


June 12, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “City Attorney Thomas McNulta has returned from San Francisco where he was retained the past month as an attorney for the defense in the now famous A. P. More estate case. His side of the case naturally differs somewhat from the prosecution, and up to the present time his client, John F. More seems to have the worst of the legal squabble…”


June 12, 1896 [SBDI]: “Seventy sheep shearers will leave Sunday morning for Santa Rosa Island, in charge of Mr. T. R. More. Mrs. Miller, the administratrix of the estate of A. P. More, will also personally visit the islands.”


June 19, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “More and More. There is trouble in sight for the A. P. More estate and all parties concerned. It looks as if Mr. McNulta’s statement that trouble had only just begun would prove too true. No sooner had the newly appointed special administrator, Mrs. Eliza M. Miller, arrived in Santa Barbara and taken possession of her late brother’s estate than along came a dispatch from the deposed J. F. More to his attorney, Thomas McNulta, dated San Francisco, June 15, and reading as follows: ‘All the property is in my possession and must not be touched by them until properly receipted for. Such is the order. I forbid the use of the schooner or any other property until that is done. Act at once. J. F. More.’ Upon receipt of this dispatch, McNulta proceeded to the Arlington Hotel where Mrs. Miller is staying, and read the dispatch to her. Mr. Storke, her attorney, was also present, and declared for her, that so far as the schooner was concerned, it would sail for the island in the morning. The boat did sail and took over about seventy sheep shearers and other laborers. Telegrams flew thick and fast…”


June 19, 1896 [SFCall]: “D. P. Hatch, an attorney of Los Angeles, is registered at the Grand. Mr. Hatch was the Superior Court Judge of Santa Barbara County, who several years ago acquitted the late Alexander More of the charge of murdering his Chinese cook on Santa Rosa Island, the property over which there has recently been so much legal difficulty in the San Francisco courts. Judge Hatch resigned his office immediately after giving that decision and left for Los Angeles, where he has resided since.”


June 26, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Mayor Whitney says that unless the special commission to render an accounting of property on Santa Rosa Island belonging to the A. P. More estate should act at once, he cannot take part, as he is obliged to meet with the Board of Equalization next month.”


July 1, 1896 [SBDN]: “Mrs. Miller, administratrix of the More estate, and C. A. Storke her attorney, are at Santa Rosa Island for business pertaining to the estate. Mr. Thomas More is also on the island.”


July 22, 1896 [SBDI]: “The Restless with Winfied Moore on board came in this morning from Santa Rosa Island. Mrs. Miller the administratrix of the A. P. More estate and Attorney Storke will remain on the island till next trip, which will be the latter part of the week.”


July 28, 1896 [SBDI]: “Mrs. Miller and C. A. Storke returned yesterday from Santa Rosa Island where they had been for two weeks past in the interest of the heirs of the A. P. More estate.”


September 24, 1896 [SFCall]: “Judge Coffey yesterday removed John F. More from his position as administrator of the estate of A. P. More, and incidentally remarked that the ex-administrator has been guilty, among other misdeeds, of embezzling $12,000 belonging to the estate. A. P. More was a wealthy owner of livestock, and died October 23, 1893, leaving no will. On February 24, 1894, John F. More was appointed administrator of his estate, part of which consisted of 1500 head of cattle and 40,000 sheep at pasture on Santa Rosa Island. John F. More continued in complete charge of the affairs of the immense property until a few months ago, when Mrs. Eliza Miller, one of the heirs at law of the deceased, became convinced that all was not as it should be, and made application to have More ousted. He was temporarily suspended by Judge Coffey and Mrs. Miller granted special letters of administration. As a result of the investigation which followed, Judge Coffey made the order filed yesterday. His Honor says, in part: ‘I find that between October 1, 1895 and January 1, 1896, John F. More embezzled from the funds trusted to him $12,000. During the period named he sold a number of cattle to the Western Meat Company, from which concern he received over $14,000, $12,000 of which he has failed to account for.’ When the estate was turned over to Mr. More, there were on Santa Rosa Island 40,000 sheep and 1500 head of cattle. A commissioner sent to investigate has reported that there are now on the island 25,389 sheep. Mr. More reported to this court that the full number was there, when he knew there were less than 31,000 on hand. ‘A lot of abalone shells, etc., have also been sold and the proceeds appropriated by the administrator. The land has also been depastured by stock belonging to John F. More personally.’ Judge Coffey further recites how Mr. More has time and again failed to be present in court when cited to appear and how other judicial orders have been disregarded, and concludes by ordering his removal from the administrationship. Mrs. Eliza Miller is appointed in More’s stead, and proceedings to recover the missing funds will probably be at once instituted.”


September 25, 1896 [SBH]: “Albert W. More arrived from San Francisco this weekend to take charge of Santa Rosa Island in the name of Mrs. Ellen Miller, administratrix of the More estate. He was taken to the island by the schooner Santa Rosa yesterday.”


December 2, 1896 [SBDN]: “Schooner Santa Rosa came over from the islands last evening having on board Mrs. Miller, administratrix of the More estate and C. A. Storke, Esq., her counsel.”


March 20, 1897 [SBDN]: “A. W. More and J. C. More, who are heirs to interests in the More estates, are in the city from Santa Rosa Island and registered at the Mascarel.” [They are sons of Andrew B. More and nephews to Alexander P. More.]


July 22, 1897 [SBMP]: “E. R. Den returned from Santa Rosa Island yesterday where he has been to look at one hundred head of horses that the estate of A. P. More have for sale. The stock for sale includes mares, geldings and colts, all well-bred, good size and finely broken.”


September 8, 1897 [SFC]: “More Estate Litigation. Mrs. Eliza More Miller has been appointed administratrix of the estate of A. P. More, deceased, with bonds fixed at $200,000.”


September 18, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The hearing of the final account in the A. P. More estate matters has been set for the 22nd inst., in San Francisco. The present management has been enabled to remain in possession through their fine business showing.”


January 28, 1898 [LAT]: “San Francisco. The appraisement of the estate of the late A. P. More was today filed in the Superior Court. The total valuation is $741,094. The principal item is Santa Rosa Island, in Santa Barbara Channel, which embraces 62,696 acres, and is valued at $501,568. Other tracts of land, livestock and personal property constitute the remainder of the estate.”


February 19, 1898 [SN]: “The estate of the late A. P. More of Santa Barbara has been appraised at $741,094.62. The principal item of the property is Santa Rosa Island, embracing 62,691 acres, valued at $501,568.”


July 1, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The case of Louise J. More et al. Vs. Thomas B. More et al., was commenced yesterday in the Superior Court before Judge W. S. Day…The interest of Wallace More in the estate of his millionaire uncle, Alexander P. More, deceased, late owner of Santa Rosa Island, is involved in this suit, which the defendants are alleged to have procured by conspiracy from Wallace More. Louise More is the wife of Wallace More, and Thomas More is his brother…”


October 2, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “In the case of More vs. More, Judge Day of the Superior Court rendered a final decision yesterday, reversing the verdict of the jury, rejecting the conspiracy finding as to defendants, E. F. Rogers and H. J. Finger, and disregarding the finding of the jury as to $1700 damages…”


December 2, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “An agreement has at last been reached between John F. More and the other heirs to the estate of A. P. More, most of which is in this county, for a compromise of all subjects in controversy…”


January 20, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “H. J. Finger filed papers yesterday in a suit for the foreclosure of three mortgages against Thomas R. More, Alfonso L. Den, Mary Den More, Louisa J. More, W. H. More and seventeen others named in the complaint. The sum involved amounts to nearly $10,000, and is secured by a one-twenty-seventh interest in the estate of the late A. P. More, which is mainly composed of the Island of Santa Rosa… This is a continuation of a contest that has been pending in the courts for the last four years…”


August 20, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “C. A. Storke, manager of the A. P. More estate, of which Santa Rosa Island is a part, left here for the island this morning. There is talk that the island is to be sold.”


December 2, 1899 [SFC]: “More’s estate must be settled at once. Executrix ordered to file her account. Heirs object to property being absorbed in attorney’s fees and administration commissions. Judge Coffey has issued an order directing Eliza M. Miller, executrix of the estate of the late A. P. More, who left an estate valued at $900,000, to file her final accounting on or before December 15. A few days ago the heirs of the deceased made an appeal to Judge Coffey to rush the settlement of the estate, as they said that the assets were gradually falling into the hands of the lawyers and the estate would soon be absorbed. Mr. Rowe, husband of Helen K. Rowe of The Dalles, OR., who is heir to one twenty-fourth of the estate, took the stand and gave evidence as to the loss daily resulting to the heirs. The attorneys indulged in more comment and the court did likewise, after which the order was made. The administratrix is represented by Major Mhoon, while the heirs are represented by A. B. Booth, Van R. Patterson, O. J. Evans and Michael Mullaney.”


December 16, 1899 [LAT]: “San Francisco. A. P. More’s estate. Litigation compromised. The troublesome litigation over the estate of Alexander P. More of Santa Rosa Island is nearing the end. Probate Judge Coffey this morning removed the last obstacle in the way of final distribution of the estate by authorizing the compromise of the claim of Clifford More, a brother [nephew] of the deceased. Clifford More’s attorney said he was authorized to accept a compromise of $6500. In this way the matter was settled. Wednesday afternoon next proceedings will be held in the way of final distribution.”


January 6, 1900 [OC]: “The More heirs are going to sell Santa Rosa Island in small tracts to colonists in order to secure a fair division of the property. This throwing open of the island to the public will be beneficial to the towns on the mainland.”


March 14, 1900 [LAT/SF]: “Judge Coffey has ordered the sale of all marketable livestock and personal property belonging to the estate of A. P. More. An understanding has been reached among the heirs by which it is proposed to see what is known as the Little Island, near Santa Rosa Island, and to apply the proceeds to the payments of debts of the estate. The principal property of the estate is Santa Rosa Island, near the California coast, which is used as a stock range. The claim of Clifford More for $18,000 was reported today to be still unsettled.”


April 10, 1900 [SBMP]: “The first transactions of interest in connection with the sale and development of Santa Rosa Island, as rumored for several months, was recorded yesterday, when a deed from Elinor H. More, one of the heirs holding an undivided eighth interest, was filed, transferring to the Santa Rosa Island Company such interest, and receiving as payment, therefore, 2995 shares of the capital stock of the corporation. At the same time there was filed the articles of incorporation of the Santa Rosa Island Company. The directors and stockholders are Knox Maddox, Milton S. Hamilton, Mark Lane and A. Loessel, all of San Francisco, and C. D. Stewart of Santa Clara. The capital stock is $300,000 with 30,000 shares of $10 each. Each of the directors holds five shares of stock. The articles are dated February 10th, and bear the certificate of C. F. Curry, Secretary of State, under date of March 31. Further than this the transaction is not explained, but it is a step in the consolidation of the several interests with the evident intention of keeping the property intact.”


December 6, 1900 [SBMP]: “Closing More estate. Final distribution has been ordered by Judge Coffey. The value of the estate is said to be fully up to original worth. Final distribution of the Alexander P. More estate has been ordered by Judge Coffey, all the heirs agreeing to a close of the litigation. The estate was worth about $1,250,000 when it was brought into Superior Court about eight years ago. It is stated that the value is now fully up to that amount, but the many eminent attorneys in the case have not yet received their fees. The signing of the distribution decree has been withheld until the close of this month, in order that the executors may raise money for the payment of the minor legacies. In order to obtain the needed funds, the managers of the estate will sell 30,000 head of sheep now on Santa Rosa Island, which is part of the estate.”


May 23, 1901 [SBMP]: “Judge Coffey has ordered that Santa Rosa Island be divided among the dozen heirs to the A. P. More estate. The property has been in litigation since 1893.”


March 23, 1904 [SBMP]: “…Santa Rosa lies about thirty miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. At present it is used as a cattle and sheep ranch by Vail & Vickers, who bought it about three years ago from the More estate for $300,000…”


February 28, 1908 [SBMP]: “Pacific totem poles. Santiago Quintero, an old Mexican who lives most of the time on Santa Rosa Island, stated last time he was in town that he remembers an immense pole quaintly carved standing on the island... Quintero was for carrying the pole off 45 years ago and setting it up somewhere in Santa Barbara, but the late Alexander More, then owner of the island, would not hear of such a thing...”

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