Crimes & Criminals

(pre 1924)

If the walls of the Marysville City Jail and of the Yuba County Courthouse could speak, they could rehearse many sensational events of a criminal nature.  Crime started early to disturb the peace of the new settlement. 

One of the first crimes, a murder, is told of in a directory of Marysville compiled in 1856 by George Sturtevant and O. Amy.  During the summer of 1850, one Greenwood, a quarter-breed, killed one Holden, a gambler.  Much excitement prevailed, and Sheriff Twitchell with difficulty prevented the mob from taking Greenwood from his custody.

A few weeks later, one Keiger committed a cold-blooded murder in the street, in the daytime.  The populace was again aroused.  Passion prompted summary vengeance; but reason interposed, and the result was that a large volunteer guard watched the place used for a jail, then an adobe house at the foot of D Street, until Keiger could be examined before a magistrate, when he was committed and sent to a neighboring county jail to await his trial before a duly constituted court.

And so begins the history of our County's recorded crimes...  Others are listed below.

Ball, George
Bell, Tom
"Black Bart"
Brady, Jack & Browning, J. W.
Brice, Thomas
Brown, Tommie
Dufficy, Dennis
Gray, Dr. J. B.
Heenan, Francis M.
Manwell, Edward T. & Riordan, Thomas
McDaniel, John
Mock, James
Picard, Emile & Ellen
Pier, Julius
Rideout, N. D.
Schindler, Fred
Shanks, George
Sperbeck, John
Webster, Jim
Williams, Charles


History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles


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