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San Nicolas Island, [1930?]
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
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Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Possibly related to the article “Desert Island’s Repute is Grim, San Nicolas Tragedy Carries on Bloody History, Life on Channel Island Ever Bleak and Perilous, Sheep Tender’s Family Sole Inhabitants Now.” Los Angeles Times, 18 May 1930. The article states: “A desert island of cruel history … San Nicolas Island … again has lived up to its ill-omened reputation with the conviction and sentence last week of 18-year-old Milton Prentice for the murder of Steve Semerenko, a fisherman, who was thought to have been stealing sheep from the island’s flocks. … It is not only the quarrel between the fishermen and shepherds but more of a contest between the island and those brave enough to attempt to subdue it, to which interest attaches. … all stockmen on the islands are quite willing to give … but the story of the shepherds is that the fishermen are not content with one mutton but continue shooting … The first Indian inhabitants undoubtedly led an equally isolated and difficult existence … In 1830 a lone Indian woman was left on the island when the mission fathers from Santa Barbara sent an expedition to rescue the survivors who had escaped the raids of the Russians. This woman was in turn taken from the island in 1852, but died shortly after her rescue. The island remained unoccupied then for years wielding its evil influence only in the occasional wreck of a schooner or fishing boat until taken over for sheep ranching--with its destiny of native warfare and murder to be continued in the grim battles of a sheep rustlers’ war.”
San Nicolas Island, photograhed from ocean, with hills in background, small group of buildings at center, rocky shore and ocean in midground, man in jacket and sailor hat, back to camera, and boat equipment in foreground
At lower left corner of negative: 12
Text from nitrate negative sleeve: California, San Nicholas
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
San Nicolas Island (Calif.)
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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