Category Archives: Judge John Pitcher

County Jail, 1870s, Judge Pitcher's HMB "Courtroom" and Plans (1931) for a Prison South of Town

This is a wonderful drawing of the county jail in Redwood City, circa 1872. Has some institutional feel to it but it also looks like a country home; what do you think? From “The Illustrated History of San Mateo County,” … Continue reading

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1918 HMB Election: John Pitcher Was A Shoo-In, Conclusion

(Photo: Judge John Pitcher and his Half Moon Bay office. In the left corner (accidentally cropped out by me), it reads: “Where The Speed Cop Takes You”). It didn’t hurt Judge John Pitcher’s image that he also held an excellent … Continue reading

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1918 HMB Election: John Pitcher Was A Shoo-In, Part III

In 1861 John Pitcher and wife, Louise, came to Half Moon Bay where they farmed and became well known and admired. Almost 20 years later in 1879 John was elected as Half Moon Bay’s Justice of the Peace–and for forty … Continue reading

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1918 HMB Election: John Pitcher Was A Shoo-In, "Back Story" Part II

Born in Indiana in 1827, John Pitcher came to California during the Gold Rush. He earned his informal, legal education while living and working in the shanty-town atmosphere of the Yuba mines. There was no sense of permanence here–and in … Continue reading

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1918 Historic HMB Election: Justice Of The Peace John Pitcher Was A Shoo-In, Part I

(Photo: Judge John Pitcher) (Photo: E.E. “Red’” Kerrick’s cafe stood on the right side of Main Street.) “Are you crazy?” E.E. “Red” Kerrick’s friends asked him. “Nobody runs against ‘Old Man Pitcher’”. It took heaps of optimism–great courage and fortitude–to … Continue reading

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