Modest Bee and News- Herald, December 28, 1959
This two story Mariposa County home of the famed circuit court judge of
days gone by will become a historic relic on the death of his widow if
chamber of commerce plans materialize-
OF FAMED JUDGE MAY BECOME A MUSEUM
Mariposa Co- The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce has agreed to
initiate action to preserve the family home of the late Judge J J
Trabucco, who during his 36 years on the bench became known as the
"state's champion circuit rider."
The home was
left vacant on the death of his widow, Mrs. Edith Trabucco. Both
died on December 13th, 21 years apart.
Trabucco's will, filed for probate, leaves the home to her sons, Louis
of Piedmont, Alameda County, Eugene of Hillsborough, San Mateo County.
chamber president, said several persons already have inquired about the
purchase or rental of the two story, frame building, constructed
in 1901. Although the residence is not as old as many other
structures in this history conscious community, Kelly said the "home
should be preserved as an historic site or museum because of the
significance of the Trabucco family".
TRABUCCO, born in Bear Valley of pioneering parents who settled in this
part of the Mother Lode in 1850, served on the superior court
bench in Mariposa from 1903 until his death in 1938. He attended
school in Bear Valley and as a boy worked in a grocery store and
delivered supplies to miners on pack mules.
his elevation to the judgeship he was the county assessor and district
attorney. Assigned to handle cases in 40 different counties, he became
known as one of the outstanding trial judges in the state, handling
many which attracted national attention.
over the famous William Edward Hickman murder case in Los Angeles and
the David Lamson trial in San Jose. He was called to preside over
the latter after two hung juries. He presided over the boundary
line case between the cities of Oakland and Alameda, which
involved $40,000,000 in property.
life was threatened in San Francisco by an angry litigant, displeased
with the judgement awarded. The quick action of a court clerk
prevented what could have been a fatal shooting.
chamber of commerced voted to contact the two heirs, requesting they
did not sell or rent the family dwelling until plans are made to
acquire the property. Kelley said the Mariposa County Historical
Society and all other county organizations will be informed of the
project to preserve the home.
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