Wednesday, December 6, 2023

This Day in MendoHistory: September 16, 1910- Mendocino Hotel Owner Arrested for Selling Liquor in a Dry Town


In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

Photo: Joseph Borgna and his dog, Bob, c. 1910. Written on back: “The mother was brought over from the Alps [Italy] – this was one of the pups from the litter. It used to pull my brother and I in a little wagon. His home was a piano box.” (W. W. Fairbanks (photographer), Gift of Rene Borgna Tanner, The Rene Borgna Tanner and Ann Borgna Pesula Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

September 16, 1910- Joseph Borgna, owner of the Sempione Hotel on Ukiah Street, was arrested and hauled into the Big River Justice Court for violating the ordinance prohibiting liquor sales in the “dry” town of Mendocino. Borgna pled Not Guilty to the charge of selling liquor without a license, and his trial was set for Monday, September 26.

On the Thursday afternoon before Borgna’s trial was set to begin, attorney Louis Gonsalves appeared before Justice John Francis Murray on behalf of Borgna. Gonsalves requested a change of venue on the grounds that a fair trial could not be obtained in Mendocino, introducing 8 or 9 affidavits in support of his claim. Judge Murray granted the request and transferred Borgna’s case to Willits.

A delay caused by Borgna’s attorney postponed the Willits trial for an additional month. On October 29, Borgna finally got his day in court, and the case was dismissed.

𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘌𝘹𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵! 𝘑𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘳𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘴 – 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘴 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘢𝘸𝘺𝘦𝘳 & 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘺𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 11 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 3 𝘱𝘮. https://www.kelleyhousemuseum.org/jewelry-for-doors/

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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