The Trial of "Indian Joe": Race and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century West

By Clare V. McKanna Jr. | Go to book overview

San Diego, had become the main promoter of the region, and in glowing terms he advertised Otay as the “Magic City” and Otay Mesa as the frost-free “Garden of the World.”

A. J. Jenkins, editor of the Otay Press, also championed the area with numerous reports about the marvelous weather, the long growing season, and the variety of crops that could be cultivated on Otay Mesa. On March 21, 1889, Jenkins reported that fifteen railroad cars containing seventy-five thousand bricks had arrived on the side track where an eighteen-man construction crew was hard at work on the watch factory. 1 Soon after the completion of the factory Jenkins and other townspeople toured the building. From the third floor they could see Otay Mesa, about four or five miles to the east, and, according to the editor's account, a “scene magnificent beyond description. Spread out beyond us for fifteen miles is a rich and fertile valley, where . . . crops never fail.” 2 By October 1890 the Otay Watch Company, with one hundred workers, was busy manufacturing thirty watches per day. The local newspaper carried a variety of news items, advertisements, and promotional statements claiming the company was producing the “best timing watch in the world” and soon reported that the Otay Watch Company had earned a gold medal at the Escondido exposition fair. 3

In 1892 if you approached Otay town from the east along Otay Valley Road you would pass by Guatelli's winery just a couple of miles outside of town. Anton Guatelli offered his customers red wine by the glass and was glad to fill their demijohns for about two bits. As you traveled westward,

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  • The Trial of “indian Joe” - Race and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century West *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations *
  • Preface *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Prologue - Murder on Otay Mesa *
  • 1 - The Prosecution *
  • 2 - The Defense *
  • 3 - The Judge and Jury *
  • 4 - The Crime Scene *
  • 5 - The Illusion of “indian Joe” *
  • 6 - The Scales of Justice *
  • Epilogue - Gabriel'sfate *
  • Appendix - Trial Exhibits *
  • Notes *
  • Selected Bibliography *
  • Index *
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