Beautiful scarce certificate from the Hotel Arcadia
in 1886. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the Hotel Arcadia. This item is hand signed by Jesup W. Scott. The certificate has been folded in forths and is in EF Condition.
This is rare stock certificate and one of the earliest we have seen from Santa Monica. The Hotel Arcadia was an elaborate four story seaside resort overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. The hotel was named after Arcadia Bandini Stearns de Baker, daughter of a leading family during Mexican rule, who married two of the richest American Settlers in California, one whom owned part of Santa Monica. The hotel opened in 1887 and was torn down in 1909.
The Hotel Arcadia was located where the current Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel stands at 1700 Ocean Avenue. It is by the Santa Monica Pier.
Below is an article form the the Los Angeles Examiner, November 5, 1904:
The last act in the Griffith divorce case closed yesterday when Judge M. T. Allen . . . granted Mrs. Mary A.C. Griffith an interlocutory decree divorcing her from Col Griffith J. Griffith on the grounds of cruelty.
Over a year had elapsed since the curtain was raised on the first act of the tragedy when Mrs. Griffith was shot by her husband at the Hotel Arcadia, Santa Monica . . . .
Mrs. Griffith, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. C.L. Whipple, and her attorney, Isidore B. Dockweiler, entered the court room and took their places inside the railing.
Col. Griffith was not present. He was in the county jail. . . .
Mrs. Griffith stated that she was married January 27, 1887, and had lived in Los Angeles for about thirty-five years. Attorney Dockweiler then asked:
“Was there any issue resulting from your marriage?”
“Yes, a son, now 16 years of age.”
“Kindly state what happened on September 3, 1903.”
Mrs. Griffith, pale and somewhat nervous, then stated that her husband shot her while she was upon her knees and after she was allowed to pray.
“Did you have any quarrel?”
“No, sir, not one word.”
Shooting Was Deliberate
Judge Allen then interrupted and inquired more closely concerning the act of shooting itself.
“It was deliberate,” said Mrs. Griffith emphatically. “He made me get down on my knees. I asked to pray.”
Judge Allen: “He then fired?”
Mrs. Griffith: “Yes, sir.”
Judge Allen: “Divorce granted.”
The testimony of Dr. Moore, who went on the stand first, was as follows:
Attorney Dockweiler: . . . “There was a bullet hole in her eye brow. . . . I discovered that a part of the bullet had been deflected upward into the forehead. She was given stimulants. The next morning she was driven to the California Hospital. The eye was removed and the bullet extracted from the socket.”
Major John T. Jones, representing Col Griffith, called the attention of the court to the fact that Mrs. Griffith had consented to have her son, Vandel, continue his education in Leland Stanford University at the expense of the son’s father.
Mrs. Griffith will retain the custody of Vandel . . . .