Henry Thaddeus/Tandy Larson was born August 6, 1896, in
Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA, and died April 6, 1950, at the Napa State Hospital,
near Imola, Napa Co., CA, at age 53.
Buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 5, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland,
Yolo Co., CA. He is the son of Erik Larsson of
Frobbestorp, Kalmar Lan, Småland, Sweden,
and Mary Sophia Nelson of
Ruby Frances Handley was born August 22, 1917, in
Elk Co., KS, and died May 15, 1992, in Longview, Cowlitz Co., WA, at age 74.
Buried in Longview Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Longview, Cowlitz Co., WA. She
daughter of Samuel Franklin Handley of Crown Point. Lake Co., IN, and Mary
Frances McKee of Cambridge, Story Co., IA.
had two children:
- Robert Franklin Larson:
Born November 10, 1933, in Merced Co., CA. Changed name to Meyer about 1939; changed back to Larson about 1990. Married
August 13, 1955, in Kern Co., CA, to Annice Marie Kidd: Born March 24, 1933, in
Kern Co., CA. Divorced January 1968 in Kern Co., CA.
- LeRoy Stanley Larson:
Born April 22, 1935, in
Merced Co., CA.
December 16, 1956, in Santa Clara Co., CA, to Katherine Louise Berrett: Born Unknown. Divorced July 1959. Married (2) October 9, 1959, in Unknown to
Virginia Lee Downs: Born about 1937 in Indiana. Leory Meyer.
deserted his family about 1935 in California.
about 1936 - 1937.
then married Leroy Donald Meyer.
Leroy Donald Meyer was born October 8, 1909, in Cache
Twp., Comanche Co., OK,
and died October 29, 1993, in Belleview, Cowlitz Co., WA, at age 84. He
the son of
Joe J. Meyer of Alabama and Lizzie (Unknown) of Illinois.
Leroy Donald Meyer and
Leroy Donald Meyer and
had one child.
- Eileen Ladonna Meyer: Born
February 24, 1945, in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA. Married about 1969 to Ronald
Wayne "Ron" Jones: Born May 8, 1946, in Unknown. Kelso, WA.
Leroy Donald Meyer
never legally adopted the two Larson brothers, but
about 1939 legally changed their last name from Larson to Meyer.
Henry Thaddeus/Tandy Larson
is buried in Plot Block 20, Lot 3, Grave 5, in Woodland Cemetery, Woodland,
Yolo Co., CA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.
Henry Thaddeus/Tandy Larson was born August
6, 1896, in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA.
The 1900 U. S. Census
taken on June 6, 1900 shows Erick Larson (age 46) born November 1853 in Sweden
to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated from Sweden in 1873 and a
Naturalized citizen is a Day Laborer living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife
of twelve years, Mary S. Larson (age 45) born August 1867 in Finland to Finnish-born
parents and having emigrated from Finland in 1886, with all five of the children
born to her still alive. Also living there are his five sons, all born in California
to Swedish and Finnish-born parents:
Clarence O. Larson (age 11) born July 1888; Nels A. Larson (age 10) born April
1890; Myron E. Larson (age 8) born October 1891; Carl E. Larson (age 5) born
June 1894; and Henry T. Larson (age 3) born August 1896.
Leroy Donald Meyer was born October 8, 1909, in Cache
Twp., Comanche Co., OK.
The 1910 U. S. Census taken
May 6, 1910 shows
Harvey D. Stewart (age 45) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents and
married once is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in
Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife of one year, Mary S.
Stewart (age 42) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and married twice, with
all 3 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his two
unmarried stepsons, both born in California to Swedish-born parents: Clarence
Stewart (age 21) a House Carpenter; and Henry Stewart (age 14). Also
lining there is Clarence's unmarried sister, Clara Stewart (age 50) born in
Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, who is not working.
Leigh Larson note:
It shows that Mary had three children, and all were
living (she really by then had five, of which three were living). Some of the Mary S. data is obviously incorrect,
suggesting that someone other than Mary provided the census information, since
she was from Finland, not Sweden.
The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 19, 1910 shows S. F. Handley (age 36) born
in Indiana to Ohio-born parents is a Laborer at the City Water Works who rents
his home for $8/month and lives at 228 Circle Street, 6th Ward; City of Topeka,
Shawnee Co., KS. Living with him is his wife of 8 years, Frances Handley (age
27) born in Iowa to Iowa and Wisconsin-born parents, with all 3 children born to
her still living and born in Kansas: Bessie Handley (age 6); Leota Handley (age
5); and Hellen Handley (age 3). Also living there is his brother and family: H.
C. Handley (age 33) born in Indiana to Ohio-born parents is a Laborer at the
City Water Works. Also his wife of 8 years, Nettie Handley (age 34) born in Iowa
to Iowa and Wisconsin-born parents, with 4 of the 5 children born to her still
alive: Gilbert Handley (age 6) born in Kansas; Clair Handley (age 2) born in
Oklahoma; Claton Handley (age 7/12) born in Oklahoma; and Clifford Handley (age
7/12) born in Oklahoma.
The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 20, 1910 shows J.
J. Meyer (age 33) born in Alabama to French-born parents is a Farmer renting his
farm and living in Cache Twp., Comanche Co., OK. Living with him is his wife of
9 years, Lizzie Meyer (age 32) born in Illinois to Swiss-born parents, with 4 of
the 5 children born to her still alive. Also living there are his four children,
all born in Oklahoma to Alabama and Illinois-born parents: Cletus Meyer (age 6);
Carl Meyer (age 5); Jenette Meyer (age 2); and Lee Roy Meyer (age 7/12).
WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT,
August 28, 1911
The funeral of baby Hazel Stewart was held
Sunday at 2 p. m. from the family residence on Cemetery avenue. Rev. C. M.
Streeter conducted the services and was assisted by a choir consisting of Miss
Mabel Griffes and Mrs. Carl Nichols. There was a large attendance, both at the
home and at the cemetery, where the grave was marked with numerous beautiful
floral offerings. The pallbearers were Kennedy Stewart, Ferdinand Stewart,
Phillip Stewart and Henry Larson.
Ruby Frances Handley was born August 22,
1917, in Topeka, KS.
On June 5, 1918 the WWI Draft Registration Report shows
Henry calls himself Henry Tandy Larson (age 21) and his local draft board is in
Sutter Co., CA. His residence is RFD 1, Box 155A, Woodland, CA. He was born
August 6, 1896 in Woodland, CA. His father was born in Sweden. His nearest
relative is his mother, Mrs. H. B. Stewart, who lives in Woodland, CA. He is of
medium height, medium build, blue eyes and light brown hair. His employer is W.
H. Eager of Honcut, Butte Co., CA (north of Yuba City).
The 1920 U. S. Census
taken on January 26, 1920 shows Harvey D. Stewart (age 57) born in Pennsylvania
to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage
and living in Woodland Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him is his wife, Mary S.
Stewart (age 52) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated
from Finland in 1886 and naturalized in 1909. Also living there is his son,
Clark Stewart (age 7) born in California to Pennsylvania and Finnish-born
parents. Also living there are his two unmarried stepsons, both born in
California to Swedish and Finnish-born parents: Carl Larson (age 25) a Farm Laborer;
and Henry Larson (age 23) a Farm Laborer.
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 10, 1920 shows
Frank Handley (age 46) born in Indiana to U. S. and Ohio-born parents is a
Laborer renting his home on Noble Avenue, Precinct 2, Hinton, Waconda Twp.,
Caddo Co., OK. Living with him is his wife Francis Handley (age 37) born in Iowa
to Iowa and Wisconsin-born parents. Their five unmarried daughters are also
living there, all born in Kansas to Indiana and Iowa-born parents: Lizzie
Handley (age 16); Leota Handley (age 14); Helen Handley (age 13); Reda Handley
(age 8); and Francis Handley (age 2-6/12).
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on April 17, 1920 shows
J. J. Meyer (age 42) born in Alabama to French-born parents is a General Farm
Farmer renting his farm and living in Cache Twp., Cotton Co., OK. Living with
him is his wife, Elizabeth Meyer (age 42) born in Illinois to Swiss-born
parents. Also living there are his six children, all born in Oklahoma to Alabama
and Illinois-born parents: Cletus Meyer (age 15); Carl Meyer (age 14); Jennett
Meyer (age 12); Leroy Meyer (age 10); Beatrice Meyer (age 6); and Alvin Meyer
(age 1-7/12). The Monroe R. Nichols family lives on the next farm.
Henry T. Larson's 1923 Mug Picture, from the San Quentin,
CA, prison file. San Quentin State
Prison is located in unincorporated San Quentin, Marin Co., CA.
Woodland, CA Tuesday Evening, August 20, 1921
Larson Turned Hermit After Theft Is
Further details of the arrest of Henry
Larson of this city by Constable Isaac Clover yesterday upon a charge of auto
theft in Sacramento some time ago are given in a press dispatch from Sacramento,
where the alleged crime was committed, as follows:
In company with John Davis, Larson has
been living in seclusion for some time, he told Sacramento officers, following
his disappearance nearly a year ago after he had stolen an automobile and
abandoned it near Applegate. Larson stole the machine from Alameda Marciell, a
resident of the Stockton road, and in company of another youth, whose
whereabouts is unknown to the local officials, started toward Auburn. Near
Applegate, something went wrong with the motor and the boys were obliged to
stop. Larson walked into Applegate and sought to have a garage man repair the
machine, but was recognized through information of the theft telephoned to
Applegate by Marciel, and was forced to flee. Since then he has been a fugitive
from justice. The prisoner was brought to Sacramento by R. Hillhouse, a former
deputy sheriff of Yolo county. Davis, whom the Yolo county sheriff is holding,
was not implicated in the automobile theft.
Woodland, CA Monday Evening, August 29, 1921
Yolo Man Held for Auto Theft
Traced to their hiding place on
the Merritt ranch worked by Earnest Bourn, Constable Isaac Clover took into
custody this morning E. Larson, a Yolo county boy, charged under a complaint out
of the justice court of Sacramento county with grand larceny in the
alleged theft of a Ford truck belonging to a Sacramento firm the name of
which was not known to Clover. Young Larson was dispatched to Sacramento
immediately by Clover in charge of Roy Hillhouse, former deputy sheriff here.
Clover charges that young Larson is also wanted for the theft of certain
articles from the Al Hedding ranch, but Hedding refuses to make complaint
against the unfortunate young man. With Larson was another man, whose name is
unknown to the local officer, and is said to be wanted for army deserting.
It is alleged by the officer that the two men had been hiding at the Bourn place
for some three weeks, coming to Woodland under cover of night, but remaining in
their sequestered tent by day. None of the details of the theft is known here,
the entire matter developing in Sacramento city. The truck was recovered, and a
number of bottles of plum juice found fermenting on the camp site, were taken.
Clover is busy this afternoon searching the premises of Larson and his companion
in the hope to throw some light on a number of petty burglaries.
Woodland, CA Wednesday Evening, April 18, 1923
H. LARSON, PROBATIONER, YOLO FARMHAND, ACCUSED
ASSAULTING GRAMMAR GIRL
Henry Larson, choreman on the C. D. Huff ranch
west of Yolo, is wanted under suspicion by Sheriff J. W. Monroe of being the man
who late yesterday afternoon assaulted and struck over the head with a hammer an
eleven-year-old Woodland grammar school girl, whom he lured in an automobile
from the city while she was on her way home to her parents in the northern
outskirts of Woodland. The girl was not seriously injured or assaulted. Sheriff
J. W. Monroe, called out about midnight last night on the case by the parents of
the girl, spent all of the night hunting for Larson, remaining from 3:30 o’clock
until 7 this morning in the cabin on the Huff place where Larson makes his home.
The automobile Larson used in his exploits with the school girl was standing
alongside of the Huff barn, but the accused had not returned. Constable Leroy
Hillhouse worked on the case earlier in the evening and remained with Monroe in
the all-night vigil.
Pictures brought here this afternoon by Sheriff
Monroe from the rogue’s gallery at Sacramento, were shown to the little girl and
partly identified. “Yes, that looks like him,” said the child to the officer. As
the photographs were taken four years ago and Larson was wearing different
clothing and also wore a light mustache, positive identification by the victim
of yesterday’s assault was not anticipated.
Another circumstance today tended to strengthen
Sheriff Monroe’s suspicions. The child stated that the man limped. Larson has
such a weakness. He told the little girl last night that a cow had stepped on
his foot. Notwithstanding her trying ordeal the child was able to attend school
today. The swelling on the back of her head where she had been hit with a hammer
was reduced, the eye discoloring had disappeared and a bruised lip was the only
outward mark left to show the results of the ill treatment accorded her.
According to the story of Sheriff J. W. Monroe, obtained from the girl and
scribed by her, Larson was traveling north along Walnut street after school
hours. He drove his Ford car to the side of the road and invited the girl to
jump in and ride with him, stating that he would take her home. The girl
demurred, according to Sheriff Monroe. “Oh, you needn't be frightened. I know
your parents,” Larson is credited with saying. The girl jumped in the car, which
failed to stop at her home, or in its vicinity, except at a place en route to
obtain some gasoline. Here, the story goes, the girl was cautioned to keep out
of sight and be still. The assault, which was not of the most serious nature, is
alleged by the girl to have begun in the car and to have continued until the two
reached the Huff place, where he was employed as a stockman, caring for
stock and generally caring for the ranch property during the absence of the
Huffs, who are now in Los Angeles looking after business affairs. At the Huff ranch at Yolo, according to the story given
Monroe and Hillhouse, Larson is alleged to have taken the girl into a large barn
which she graphically described to the officers, and there he tried to have her smell from a bottle, the
contents of which she did not know.
Stunned by Hammer.
Here the young complainant began to battle
fiercely, warding off the fumes from the phial, until Larson became infuriated
and to defeat any outcry, struck her, so she claims, over the head with a
hammer. There was an abrasion and lump on the back of her head, giving credence
to the story. She described to the officers where Larson threw the hammer, and
upon investigation it was found that her story tallied in every minute detail
with conditions as they were found at the barn where the main assault was
attempted. The hammer was found about where she stated it was placed by the
fugitive. It was apparent that the girl had been somewhat dazed or frightened by
her gruesome experience and there were details which she could not altogether
relate at her first interview with the officers, but generally the story
dovetailed together. She stated that Larson directed her to remain in a hay pile
until he finished doing his chores about the place. He threatened that he would
kill himself should she tell or make outcry. She claimed to be very timid from
her experience, but knew that after Larson did much work he returned to her
after dusk, took her to the automobile under cover of darkness and drove her to
within half a block of her home in this city. There the parents of the girl,
beside themselves with fear over her safety, began to quiz her closely and
little by little evolved the story which late in the night reached the ears of
Ranch Search Unavailing.
First of all Monroe and Hillhouse went to the
Huff place in the thought that Larson might have returned. He could not be
found, but the automobile in which he returned the girl to Woodland was parked
near the barn wherein the assault had taken place. This indicated that Larson
had returned to the ranch place. Search of the district was made for him, but he
could not be found. Monroe and Hillhouse remained in his room during the early
hours of the morning believing that he might return to do his chores and again
leave. His cot indicated that he had not occupied it, but left after returning
the automobile at the ranch. Larson is said to be on probation out of the
superior court of Sacramento, after pleading guilty to the crime of stealing an
automobile some four years ago. He was apprehended by Roy Hillhouse, when he was
a deputy sheriff under Monroe. He is a man about 27 years of age and has some
excellent connections in Yolo county. Those who know Larson claimed that he was
not really strong mentally, and was regarded as somewhat "light minded." Sheriff
Monroe has secured his photograph from the identification bureau at Sacramento
and plans to post the two valleys in the hope to locate the man, whom he
suspects of having assualted the small girl whose name is not made public out of
respect to her parents and herself.
Woodland, CA Thursday Evening, April 19, 1923
SHERIFF CAUTIONS AGAINST VIOLENCE IN ASSAULT CASE
Because of rash threats made by some members of a
citizens' posse seeking to capture Henry Larson, Yolo ranch choreman who has
disappeared since an alleged attack was made upon on an eleven-year-old
schoolgirl of Woodland, Sheriff J. W. Monroe today deemed it advisable to issue
a warning against mistreatment of Larson should he be found. "While there is
strong circumstantial evidence against Larson, we are by no means certain of
the details told by the little girl and I am warning all of the posse who are
interested in the case that Larson is to be dealt with the same as any other
prisoner and is to have the full protection of the authorities sworn by law to
handle his case," said Sheriff Monroe today.
Larson Seen, Report.
The sheriff stated that he had been told last
night that Fred Storz saw Larson on a pile of wood, in the bed of Cache creek,
not far from Yolo and where the posse and officers spent yesterday and last
night. Monroe was on the job again today, assisted by a band of volunteer
searchers. He believes that Larson has a hiding place along the creek bank and
may yet be found there.
Larson was described today as being 5 feet 8
inches tall, weighing 139 pounds, light complexioned with blue eyes and light
hair, with the tip of his nose slightly lifted, his eyebrows meeting, and
walking with a limp because of a trouble in his right hip. He is 27 years old.
Records at Sacramento showed that he was arrested August 29, 1921, for the theft
of a car. He was granted two years probation November 9, 1921. His probationary
term would not have expired until this coming November.
Woodland, CA Friday Evening, April 20, 1923
HUFF HOME; SAYS LARSON AN
Don Huff, whose ranch choreman,
Henry Larson, is being sought upon suspicion of being responsible for an attack
upon an eleven-year-old girl, returned home last night from a pleasure trip to
Hollywood. Huff reported that Larson had access to the home on the ranch one
mile west of Yolo, and it is Huff's theory that Larsen was in the house
when the officers arrived on the night of the alleged attempted assault. An
alarm clock in Larson's room was found running the next day. Huff said this
morning that this clock is barely an eight-hour contrivance and would have
been still had it not been wound up the night before. Huff declared that Larson
had worked on the ranch for three months. The employed described Larson as being
"eccentric" and possibly weak minded. The officers had not given up the man hunt
today, still believing that Larson will be starved out of his hiding place.
Woodland, CA Friday Evening, April 20, 1923
Larson Cornered, Believes Sheriff; Dog Leads to
Hiding Place in House
Barking of her dog attracted the attention Mrs.
Birdie Marston to a man crouched down and hiding behind the piano at her home,
north of Yolo, this morning. The man is believed to have been Henry Larson,
wanted here on the suspicion of attempting to assault a school girl three nights
ago. The stranger wore a cap similar to that of Larson. He pulled the cap down
over his face, preventing Mrs. Marston from getting a complete look at him. Mrs.
Marston ran to the home of her neighbor, Charles Fenton. The latter hurried to
the Marston home, but in the meanwhile the strange visitor had
disappeared. Fenton notified the sheriff’s office. Monroe and a posse of men
went to Yolo immediately. They picked up a trail early this afternoon and
believed that they would effect a capture by nightfall. An investigation of the
house disclosed that the man had eaten the cupboard bare. Mrs. Marston had been
away for the evening and the discovery of the stranger was made immediately upon
her return about 11 o'clock this morning. The new development spurred on the
authorities and their volunteer assistants to renew their efforts in the man
Circulars bearing the above photographs of Henry
Larson, sought by Sheriff J. W. Monroe, who has a felony warrant charging him
with an attempt to assault a school girl, will be in the hands of every police
officer in California. The pictures were taken three years ago before Larson was
granted probation, after admitting to the theft of an automobile. Larson’s
appearance since then has changed but little. It was the belief of Sheriff
Monroe today that the capture of Larson may come most any time. Confidence was
expressed that he would be found before darkness sets in.
Woodland, CA Saturday Evening, April 21, 1923
Farmhand Who Abused Girl Confesses; Made Break in
accused of luring an eleven-year-old grammar school girl residing in the Beamer
addition to Woodland, to a lonely barn on the Don Huff ranch west of Yolo, was
captured at 3:30 o’clock this morning, at the approach to the Southern Pacific
bridge over the Sacramento river, by officers of the Sacramento
police department. Larson stole the Huff car, hoping therein to make his escape.
He confessed his guilt, but stated that he did not injure the little girl,
according to the police. Larson will be returned to the county jail here
to stand trial upon the felony charge against him. It may be, however, that
before the current charge is urged against him, that he will be required to
finish out a sentence from which he was paroled out of Sacramento for the
alleged stealing of an automobile in 1920. That Larson had been hiding out in
the vicinity of Casch creek and near the Huff ranch, and that he was driven to
desperation through hunger and privation, is evident from the fact that the
fugitive arrived at the Huff place about 2:30 o’clock this morning, with a well
mapped out plan to steal the automobile and make his escape.
Steal Ford Car.
Mr. and Mrs. Huff were asleep in their home on
the ranch. Huff heard a noise as of the vibration of the engine of the
automobile. He looked out of the window and saw the lights of his car lit.
Immediately Huff notified Constable Roy Hillhouse at his home in this city, and
in short order police officers, north and south, covering Vallejo, Sacramento,
Marysville and other valley points were urged to be on the lookout for Larson.
Seeking to avoid the regularly traveled roads, Larson took a detour, hoping to
make Sacramento via the Knights Landing highway. It was here the first sight of
him was obtained and the general alarm given that he was making his escape. Last
night a number of Woodlanders were guests at the Fred Snavely place, enjoying a
mah jongg party and house-warming. About 2 o’clock the party at Snavely’s which
included among others Dr. F. I. Reese, and George Kirk and W. S. Webster, broke
up and all sought their cars to return to Woodland.
Guests Sight Larson.
George A. Kirk discovered that he was unable to
turn on the battery in his car, having taken the wrong transmission key. Dr. and
Mrs. Reese brought Mr. and Mrs. Kirk to Woodland, that Kirk might obtain the key
to his auto. It was while on the trip to Woodland with the Kirks that Reese
noticed the stolen Huff car parked on the highway opposite the Sam Grigsby
Larson Takes to Brush.
It was apparent that Larson became frightened at
the light of approaching machines, parked his car and took to the brush and tall
grain in the vicinity of the car. When Kirk and Reese came back on their return
from the Snavely place to Woodland, the Huff car was gone, indicating that
Larson returned to it after the cars had passed, and started on his wild and
last ride back to Sacramento, where he hoped to gain liberty. When in Woodland,
after recognizing the Huff car, Dr. Reese gave the alarm, notifying Hillhouse a
second time of his adventure and the prospects of capturing Larson.
Five Make Arrest.
It was then
that all main highways out of Yolo county were guarded, the capture finally
taking place about 3:30
on the Southern Pacific bridge over the Sacramento river into the capital city.
Patrolmen Cameron, Gorman, Redding, Pearl and Warren took Larson into custody.
To the arresting officers Larson surrendered and
confessed that he was the man wanted. He claimed in mitigation, however, that he
did not seriously harm the little girl in question. The Huff car was taken into
possession by the officers and will be returned to the owner. The offense of
which Larson is charged took place last Tuesday afternoon. Larson had been left
in charge of the C. D. Huff ranch, west of Yolo, during the absence of the
Huffs, who were visiting and resting in Southern California.
Larson came to Woodland in the Huff car and in
passing along Walnut street he noticed a young Woodland girl traveling toward
her home. He invited her into his car, so she told the officers. He said he
would take her home. The girl said she demurred, whereupon Larson is alleged to
have stated that she need not be alarmed and that he knew her parents. Once in
the car Larson proceeded to Yolo, stopping, according to the girl, only to
obtain gasoline. When he stopped, according to the girl, he told her to get into
the bottom of the car and make no noise, hiding her under a strip of canvas. At
Yolo he is accused of taking her into a barn on the Huff place. Here, so the
girl stated to Sheriff J. W. Monroe, Larson attempted to have her smell from a
small bottle he held under her nostrils. This she claims, frightened her and she
fought. She told the officers that Larson thereupon struck her over the head
with a hammer. Her head showed sign of an abrasion. Her description of the ranch
tallied with subsequent investigations made by the authorities.
Threatens To Kill.
Larson is then alleged to have thrown the girl on
a stack of hay and told her to remain there, threatening to kill himself if she
made outcry or otherwise attracted attention. The girl followed instructions,
remaining in the hay until Larson had completed the chores about the Huff ranch.
Late in the evening he told her to jump into the Huff car, which she did, and
Larson drove her to Woodland, within a half a block of her home in the Beamer
addition. Late that night the story of the girl reached the sheriff’s office and
the man hunt began, Larson going into hiding immediately he left the girl.
Ends Exciting Man Hunt.
Sheriff J. W. Monroe, Constable Roy Hillhouse and
an army of men spent much time at the Huff place expecting the fugitive to
return. Last night was the first known appearance at the ranch since the
commission of the offense with which he is to be charged. Early yesterday Larson
was frightened away from behind a piano in the Birdie Marston home, north of
Yolo. Mrs. Marston had been away and when she returned her dog attracted her to
Larson’s hiding place.
Woodland, CA, Saturday Evening, April 21, 1923
Larson Admits Using Chloroform To Dope Victim
Henry Larson, held in the Sacramento county jail,
admitted to a “Democrat” reporter this afternoon that he lured the girl to the
Huff place near Yolo, but denies either hitting her with a hammer or greatly
mistreating her. He admits her story of holding a bottle under her nose, and
states that it contained chloroform, but not enough to injure any person or
render them senseless. He stated that he struck the girl with his knuckles,
instead of a hammer, and that his knuckle is still sore from the blow that
caused an abrasion on the back of her head. Larson states that he slept in the
Huff house the night of the escapade with the girl, leaving around 3 o’clock in
the morning while the officers were lying in wait for him.
Monroe to Return Larson.
Sheriff J. W. Monroe left for Sacramento on the
1:20 train today to return Larson to the county jail here for safe keeping
pending his trial.
Oakland, CA, Tuesday, April 24, 1923
Man Faces Charge Of Child Stealing
WOODLAND, April 24. - A charge of child
stealing is to be placed against Henry Larson, Yolo county farm hand, arrested
Saturday on a charge of luring from home and abusing an 11-year-old Woodland
grammar school girl. Larson was captured in a car he had stolen from his
employer, Doon Huff, a rancher living five miles from Woodland. District
Attorney George T. Kern obtained a confession from Larson and a statement from
the girl in which she agreed that Larson did nothing more than lure her from her
home in Woodland to the Huff ranch. The girl frightened Huff away when he tried
to chloroform her by holding phial to her nostrils. The kidnapping charge will
be sworn out tomorrow before Justice of the Peace R. W. Harrison.
Woodland, CA, Monday Evening, April 23, 1923
LARSON WILL BE CHARGED WITH
KIDNAPPING, PLAN TO SHIELD SCHOOL GIRL
Kidnapping may be the charge filed
against Henry Larson, the choreman from the Huff ranch, near Yolo, who was
brought to the Yolo county jail from Sacramento early Saturday evening. District
Attorney Geo. T. Kern stated this morning that while no complaint had yet been
filed against the man, he believed the charge would be that of child stealing.
"There is a maximum penalty of twenty years provided for such offense and it
appears that such complaint can be proved." said Kern. "In fact, I am told that
Larson has already implicated himself by his own confession to the extent that
he carried the little girl away in his automobile." By filing a charge of
kidnapping, it will not be necessary to go into the accusations of an assault.
Larson's story confirms that told by the 11-year-old girl in nearly every
detail. In the presence of Sheriff J. W. Monroe of Yolo county, Captain of
Detectives Arthur Ryan of Sacramento, Don Huff, his former employer, and a
"Democrat" reporter, Larson told his story, following the recital of which
he was removed from the Sacramento jail and brought here to remain in custody at
the Yolo county jail. Larson insisted that he did not mistreat the girl, but he
subsequently admitted trying to render her unconscious by placing a bottle of
chloroform to her nose and he also confessed to slugging her over the head with
his bare knuckles. "My hand is sore yet," he added, at the same time denying the
little girl's story that Larson had hit her over the head with a hammer, causing
the swelling which was noticeable on the night of her horrifying experience. The
prisoner admitted the truth of the child's statement that he had picked her up
in Huff's automobile while she was on her way home from school, telling her that
he knew her family and would give her a ride home. Larson also confessed that
after getting to the outskirts of town, he shoved the child to the floor of the
car and covered her up with a strip of canvas so that she would be hidden
from view. The girl's assailant denied having threatened her life or his own
while at the ranch. He admitted the attempt to assault but protested that he did
not carry out his intentions. Regarding his whereabouts after the attack, Larson
said that after bringing the girl to within a short distance of her home he went
back to the Huff ranch and went to sleep, choosing a bed inside the residence
instead of at the bunk house. He was in the house, he said, when the officers
came late that night. He left about 2:30 o'clock. Larson stated that had he
recognized Sheriff J. W. Monroe as being one of the officers, he would have
surrendered that night. According to his story, at no time did he get away ___
Larson had tuned up the Huff automobile
for a speedy escape. He had cleaned it up and oiled it and had it running to
perfection, enabling him to make the trip to Sacramento Sunday morning in record
time. One carload of Sacramento police was outdistanced by Larson, but the other
machine was too fast. Seeing that he was cornered, Larson sped out of
Washington, Yolo county, on the new highway leading to Elkhorn but his captors
caught up with him and Larson surrendered without further difficulty. Huff drove
home Saturday night in his stolen car. He found his own 22-rifle and
Larson's blankets and clothes in the machine. Huff had wrapped up Larson's
belongings the day before and Larson found them upon his return to the ranch.
Woodland, CA Wednesday Evening, April 25, 1923
Larson Formally Charged With Child Stealing; One
To 20 Years is Penalty
Formal charges were made this morning against
Henry Larson, choreman on the Don Huff ranch at Yolo, wherein he was accused of
a series of offenses which amount to child stealing, alleged to have been
directed against a twelve-year-old grammar school girl of Woodland, whom Larson
lured into an automobile to a barn on the Huff ranch. The complaint was sworn to
by the father of the girl involved. The punishment upon conviction for such an
offense is from one to twenty years in state prison. The complaint was filed by
District Attorney George T. Kern, with Justice of the Peace R. W. Harrison, who
placed the warrant of arrest in the hands of Sheriff J. W. Monroe. Just as soon
as Court Reporter W. E. Combrink is available Larson will be arraigned and have
his preliminary hearing. The nature of the case is such that Justice Harrison
plans to take the testimony behind closed doors. Larson, who was a fugitive for
five days after the commission of the alleged offense, will not be admitted to
bail, according to Harrison, because of the seriousness of the offense. It is
understood that he will waive trial in the superior court and plead guilty.
Larson is a second-time loser, having been sentenced to prison in Sacramento
county for stealing an automobile. He was admitted to probation and was under
probation when he committed his latest offense.
Woodland, CA Thursday Evening, April 26, 1923
Larson Held To Answer Before Superior Court
Henry Larson, former choreman on the Don Huff
ranch at Yolo, was held to answer before the superior court yesterday by Justice
of the Peace R. W. Harrison to answer a charge of child stealing, committed in
luring a Woodland grammar school girl from Woodland to an old barn in Yolo. The
preliminary examination took place yesterday afternoon. District Attorney George
T. Kern stated today that Larson would be taken before the superior court as
soon as an information is filed against him. The accused has expressed a desire
to have the matter over with at as early a date as possible. The little girl was
the chief witness against Larson.
Woodland, CA Monday Evening, April 30, 1923
Larson Goes To Quentin, Year To Life
Life imprisonment in San Quentin prison is
possible for Henry Larson under the judgement passed this morning by Superior
Judge W. A. Anderson when the 27-year-old prisoner appeared in court for
arraignment. Larson pleaded guilty without comment to mistreating an
eleven-year-old Woodland grammar school girl, whom he lured to the Don Huff
ranch at Yolo two weeks ago in an automobile, striking her on the head with his
bare knuckles when she fought her assailant as he tried to dull her
sensibilities with fumes from a small phial which he admitted contained
chloroform. Larson escaped after he returned the girl to within a half a block
of her home in Beamer Park and after five days hiding on Cache creek was
captured when he made a dash for liberty in a car belonging to his former
employer, C. D. Huff. The charge, prepared by District Atorney George T. Kern,
alleging improper conduct toward the schoolgirl, was read by Deputy County Clerk
Chester L. Hiddleson. When asked by Judge Anderson whether or not the prisoner
desired to plead at this time, Larson assented with a nod of the head. He waived
the right of representation by atorney and asked that sentence be immediately
passed. Larson stated that he had nothing to say for himself or in mitigation of
his crime, the most serious outside of murder, on the statute books. He accepted
his sentence without a twitch of a muscle to indicate either remorse or regret.
Judge Anderson advised the prisoner that the board of prisoner parole would hear
the facts in his case and within a year would fix the punishment to be meted out
for crimes of the kind. Larson will leave for San Quentin within the next few
days to take up his future life there.
Woodland, CA Tuesday Evening, May 1, 1923
Winters’ Bank Bandits Plead Guilty; To Serve Year
To Life San Quentin
William Crum and Hamilton Merritt, Winters bank
bandits, pleaded guilty to first degree robbery before Superior Judge W. A.
Anderson this morning and were each sentenced to serve terms in San Quentin
prison. The statute provides that the sentence shall not be less than one year
and leaves the term open to the discretion of the board of prison parole which
might fix the term to life imprisonment if it found that the facts justified
such a punishment. Crum and Merritt left today with Henry Larson for San Quentin
in charge of Sheriff J. W. Monroe and Lee R. Sinkey. All three are young, in
their twenties, and all are charges with serious crimes, Larson having pleaded
guilty to child stealing.
Woodland, CA Friday Evening, May 4, 1923
Henry Larson, charged with child
stealing in connection with luring an eleven-year-old Woodland grammar school
girl to the Don Huff ranch several weeks ago, was the third member of the prison
party taken to San Quentin by Monroe and Lee R. Sinkey, who assisted in
capturing Crum and Merritt. Larson was apparently unconcerned and rather
accepted the affair with a degree of curiosity.
Woodland, CA, Wednesday, December 12, 1923
LARSON GIVEN 12 YEARS BY PRISON
Twelve years in prison confront
Henry Larson, convicted of an attempted assault upon a little girl here. The San Quentin
prison board meted out such a penalty to Larson at its meeting last night. A
fifty-year term was possible. For four days and nights, Larson eluded the
officers here, finally being captured at Washington, Yolo county, after a
midnight dash in the stolen automobile of his former employer, Don Huff.
Here are the San Quentin Prison records for
Henry T. Larson.
The San Quentin Prison records for Henry T.
Woodland, CA, Friday, January 3, 1930
YOLO PRISONER WINS PAROLE
Two Yolo county men now serving
time in State penitentiaries have applied for parole and a third prisoner from
Woodland has been granted his release providing he can obtain a job. Henry Y.
Larson, Woodland youth, convicted of an attempted assault upon a young girl, has
been granted his parole, his release to date from the time that he secures
employment. Larson has been serving time in San Quentin since May 1, 1923. He
was given a sentence of 1 to 50 years by the State Prison Board of Directors.
His conduct has been good and he has tried for several weeks to obtain a job,
but thus far he has been unsuccessful. He has written to Sheriff J. W. Monroe
for assistance. Larson is believed to have the best chance for freedom. The
prison authorities believe that he will live up to the terms of the parole
already granted him if he is given a job.
The basis of Henry T. Larson's parole from
San Quentin Prison was that he secure employment before release. The 1930 U. S.
Census shows that he is a Helper in the home of William S. Longdon (a
landscape gardener at a private place), who lives near Chowchilla, Ashview Twp.,
Madera Co., CA.
The 1930 U. S. Census taken on May 10, 1930
shows Henry T. Larson (age 32) born in California of Swedish-born parents is an
unmarried Farm Laborer living near Chowchilla in Ashview Twp., Madera Co., CA.
He is listed as a Helper
in the home of William S. Longdon (a
landscape gardener at a private place).
The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 4, 1930 shows
Joe J. Meyer (age 53) born in Alabama to French-born parents and first married
at age 23 is a General Farm Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and
living in Strauss Twp., Cotton Co., OK. Living with him is his wife, Elizabeth
Meyer (age 52) born in Illinois to Swiss-born parents and first married at age
22. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born in Oklahoma to
Alabama and Illinois-born parents: Jeanette Meyer (age 22); Le Roy Meyer (age
20), a General Farm Farmer; Beatrice Meyer (age 17); and Alvin Meyer (age 11).
Samuel Franklin Handley
died June 21, 1934, in Sacramento Co., CA.
The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April
1940, shows Donald Meyer (age 31) born in Oklahoma, and 5 years ago was living
in Merced Co., CA, and with 2 years of High School, is a married Laborer for a
Building Contractor, who owns his home worth $888 and is living at 44 Twelfth
Street, City of Merced, Merced Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife, Francis
Meyer (age 22) born in Kansas, and 5 years ago was living in Merced Co., CA, and
with 8 years of School; his son, Bobbie Meyer (age 6) born in California, and 5
years ago was living in Merced Co., CA, and with 0 years of School; and his son,
LeRoy Meyer (age 5) born in California, and 5 years ago was living in Merced
Co., CA, and with 0 years of School.
The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April
1940, shows Clarence Larson (age 51) born in California, and 5 years ago was
living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School, is a married Carpenter
Foreman of Home Construction, who owns his home worth $2,000 and is living at
515 North, City of Woodland, Yolo Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife,
Georgie E. Larson (age 48) born in Texas, and 5 years ago was living in the Same
House, and with 8 years of School; and his married brother, Henry Larson (age
42) born in California, and 5 years ago was living in Merced Co., CA, and with 8
years of School.
Henry Thaddeus/Tandy Larson died April 6, 1950, at the Napa State Hospital,
Napa Co., CA, at age 53.
died May 15, 1992, in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA, at age 74.
Leroy Donald Meyer died October 29, 1993, in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA, at age 84.
Handley, Handly, Hanley Collection, by Randall J. Handly
John Handley - Nov 11, 1819 - Oct 04, 1881 m. Nov 16, 1848
Mary Bishop - Feb 20, 1832 - Aug 21, 1917 12c.
He was born in Knox Co. and she in Richland Co., Ohio. The 1880 census dated
June 16, 1880 states that he was a farmer in Walker township, Jasper Co., Ind.
His father is believed to be James born in Virginia and mother in Penn. After
his death, the family moved to Formosa, Jewell Co., Ks. in 1893 by covered
wagon, starting from Crown Point, Ind. Mary was a daughter of John and Mary
Bishop. She second married a Disken and 3rd married a Hicks. She died in Elk
1. Rachel Jane Handley - Jul 26, 1850 - May 31, 1929
2. James Handley - Jan 02, 1852 - Jan 28, 1935
3. Margaret Ann Handley - Feb 18, 1854 - Dec 26, 1924
4. Sarah Rebecca Handley - May 05, 1856 - Oct 13, 1873
5. William Handley - Mar 30, 1858 - Mar 23, 1911
6. John Douglas Handley - Jan 26, 1861 - Jan 29, 1936
7. George Washington Handley - Mar 14, 1863 - Jan 29, 1936
8. Susan Saphronia Handley - Mar 30, 1865 - May 22, 1936
9. Mayetta Handley - Dec 11, 1867 - May 27, 1888
10. Leora May Handley - Aug 02, 1870 - May 27, 1934
11. Samuel Franklin Handley - Aug 12, 1873 - Jun 21, 1934
12. Henry Clayton Handley - Jun 01, 1876 - Dec 08, 1960
Rachel Jane Handley - Jul 26, 1850 - May 31, 1929 m.
William Patrick - -
James Handley - Jan 02, 1852 - Jan 28, 1935 m.
Mary J. - -
Margaret Ann Handley - Feb 18, 1854 - Dec 26, 1924 m.
Castelman - -
William Handley - Mar 30, 1858 - Mar 23, 1911 m.
Ellen A. - -
Susan Saphronia Handley - Mar 30, 1865 - May 22, 1936 m.
Omer - -
Leora May Handley - Aug 02, 1870 - Apr 13, 1928 m.
Green - -
Samuel Franklin Handley - Aug 12, 1873 - Jun 21, 1934 m.
Francis McKee - -
Henry Clayton Handley - Jun 01, 1876 - Dec 08, 1960 m. Aug 08, 1901
Jeanette Elizabeth McKee - Jul 19, 1875 - Jan 06, 1965 2c.
He was born at Crown Point, Ind. They were married in Formosa, Ks. "Nettie", as
she was known, was born near Ames, Ia., the daughter of Davis Charles McKee and
Emeline C. Finch. Both Henry and Nettie died in Topeka, Ks. and are buried in
1. Handley - -
2. Gilbert Douglas Handley - Jan 07, 1904 -
Gilbert Douglas Handley - Jan 07, 1904 - m. Aug 15, 1925
Lila Laverne George - Nov 29, 1907 - Dec 09, 1966 1c.
He was born in Jewell Co., Ks. and she in Soldier, Ks. She was a daughter of
Frances Marion George and Annie Laurie Brewer. She died in Campbell, Calif.
1. Gilbert Norman Handley - May 18, 1926 -
Gilbert Norman Handley - May 18, 1926 - m.
Vera May McKinley - Jul 19, 1929 -
He was born in Topeka, Ks. and she in San Jose, Calif. He is the researcher for
this lineage and currently resides at 16120 Azalea Way, Los Gatos, Ca. 95030.