From the Los Angeles Evening Express, October 1, 1900



Official Announcement Made by the Census Bureau at Washington — Will Make Necessary Reorganization of Police Courts


Washington, Oct. 1. — The Census Bureau today announced the population of Los Angeles, Cal. The total is 102,479, as against 50,395 in 1890. the increase is 52,084, or 103.35 per cent.

The agony is over at last, and Los Angeles is the second-largest city on the Pacific Coast. The local census figures reached here today in an official form, the bulletin having been this morning issued from Washington and telegraphed to the Express by Associated Press. . . .

The result, while it will cause something of a disappointment, does not come as a surprise, as the Express announced in a special dispatch from the national capital two months ago that the figure would not go much beyond the 100,000 mark.

Since that time, however, a supplemental list of nearly 200 names was sent forward, and it has been the verification of those additional lists which undoubtedly delayed the making public of the population of the city, as Los Angeles is the last of the cities containing over 100,000 persons to have that result officially declared.

The new figures mean a great deal in Los Angeles. They establish the actual size of the city at Washington, where the result will now tend to hurry the completion of the proposed addition  to the local government building and will also secure the necessary added postal facilities which have to be fought for from time to time.

The result also puts an end to the two police courts in the city as such, transferring their jurisdiction to the township courts of the county. . . .

The new figures will also increase the legislative representation from the city and county at Sacramento between 30 and 40 per cent and may give to Los Angeles County a separate Congressman. . . .

It is expected that the new census may give to California two additional Congressmen, and if this is done, Los Angeles County is certain to obtain one of the seats.  . . .

From the Los Angeles Evening Express, October 31, 1900



If anybody wonders why the fruit dealers are today making a specialty of that gold fruit known as the pumpkin, they have forgotten the day of the month and need to be reminded that tonight will be Halloween, the time when the pumpkin, made over into the jack o’ lantern, has its inning and occupies a place of honor wherever a party of young people is gathered together for such a good time as can only be enjoyed among the weird appointments of the Halloween party.

 AT THE WORKMAN PLACE: Halloween parties will be numerous this evening, and in all cases the weird ceremonies peculiar to the night will be observed.

Perhaps there will not be, however, a more noteworthy Halloween gathering in the city than that which is to take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Workman of Boyle Avenue.

The old Workman place is admirably situated for such an event. It is a relic of the days when houses were not crowded so close together as to forfeit even sufficient breathing room, and the large, comfortable house is surrounded by commodious grounds that are covered with shrubbery and trees.

The Workman home in Boyle Heights,

from the Los Angeles Public Library collection.

William H. Workman was mayor of Los Angeles from 1886 to 1888. The photographer must have used a green filter to lighten the green tones of the garden.

The sighing of the wind among the leaves and the startled cry of some night bird as it suddenly takes flight from among the foliage are things that can add immeasurably to the delight of the Halloween party, at least that part of it that is observed out of doors.

Ample opportunity is afforded at the Workman home for these phases of entertainment, and those in charge of tonight’s party have taken these things into consideration and planned outdoor as well as indoor games for the evening. . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Workman and Miss Charlotte Workman are to be assisted by the Misses Workman, Mr. and Mrs. Boyle Workman, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Homes and Dr. and Mrs. E.W. Fleming.

Seventy-five invitations have been issued for the affair.

AT THE Y.W.C.A.: Nearly 200 persons attended the Halloween party given last evening at the Young Women’s Christian Association rooms for the members of the association and for the Y.M.C.A.

The approved Halloween decorations of pumpkins, corn stalks and gourds were used in abundance, and there were witches’ corners and fortune telling booths at every turn, the popular jack o’lantern adding its weird light to the scene.

The “kitchen band,” made up of kitchen utensils, furnished the music . . . .


The Circus Advertisement

{The drawings show the five Ringling Brothers and five elephants playing horns, led by an elephant wearing dark glasses and waving a baton with his trunk.)

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10. The biggest circus in the world.

Ringling Bros. World’s Greatest Shows.

The invincible monarch of the amusement world. 1,000 people. 500 horses. 300 performers. 5 big arenas. 1 aerial enclave. 1/4-mile track. 65 railroad cars. 25 elephants. 100 dens and cages. 12 acres of tents. $3,700,000 invested. $7,400 daily expenses.

A Majestic, imposing, ideal, patriotic spectacle.

Last Days of the Century,

or the Light of Liberty! Over 1,000 people and hundreds of horses in the cast.

The only exhibition in the world presenting John O’Brien’s famous ?----- show,

the 61-horse act.

61 purebred horses in the ring at one time, performed by one man


famous acrobatic, dancing, play-acting elephant comedians.

The Big 20-ton brass band. Louder than a thousand human band men. A great new feature. The biggest band out. Herr Souder’s Sonderfuly funny elephant brass band.

Big new free street parade in 30 sections,

Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. One 50c ticket to everything. Children under 12 years old, half price. Special excursions on all railroads. Two complete exhibitions daily, at 2 and 8 p.m. Doors open one hour earlier.

The acknowledged greatest show on earth will exhibit at exhibition grounds, Grand Avenue and Washington Street,

Los Angeles, two days, Tues. & Wed., Oct. 9-10.

Reserved numbered seats and admission show days at Fitzgerald’s music house, 112 and 112 1/2 South Spring Street. ?? other shows, prices at down-town office are the same as charged at ticket wagon on show grounds.

“The Ringling Brothers Circus was founded by five of the seven Ringling brothers. Albert C. (1852-1916), Otto (1858-1911), Alfred T. (1861-1919), and Charles Edward (1863-1926) were all born in Mcgregor, IA. John (1866-1936) was born in Baraboo, WI. The two other brothers were never associated with the circus.

“While in Baraboo, the brothers started performing amateur musical concerts. As they learned other entertainment skills they bought trained animals and started a wagon show in 1884”

From the Edward Weigert Web site (no link provided because of the annoying popup ad).

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