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Alma Florence Bell
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Birth: May 1, 1885
Auburn
Placer County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1952
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Nov. 13, 1909
On June 5, Alma Bell killed Joe Armes. She said he'd wronged her by backing out of engagement. She was arrested following day. Her case started last week with Judge Arnot from Placerville sitting in for Prewett. Problems getting jurors as most people prejudiced in her favor. Reporters from all over converge on Auburn. Pictures of principals in trial, including attorneys.
Placer Herald-front and editorial pages

Nov. 20, 1909
Bell case continues. 132 men examined to get 12 for jury. Special prosecutor, George W. Hamilton, opened case. L.L. Chamberlain for defense. Young girl, one of 12 children of father Pike Bell who went on sprees and died when Alma very young. Mother went to work, and older children ran ranch.
Placer Herald-front and editorial pages

Nov. 27, 1909
Alma Bell acquitted. "Not guilty, by reason of insanity." Jury out 1-1/2 hours. Third ballot. Story of her unfortunate father given by mother. Case over, she is free to go.
Placer Herald 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Owen Bell (1832 - 1895)
  Mary Smith Bell (1844 - 1921)
 
 Siblings:
  John Bell (1870 - 1871)*
  Joseph W. Bell (1871 - 1937)*
  Arizona Bell (1872 - 1873)*
  Samuel A. Bell (1873 - 1883)*
  Liola Bell (1874 - 1883)*
  Benjamin Barry Bell (1875 - 1946)*
  Maggie M. Bell (1877 - 1883)*
  Edward Atkins Bell (1878 - 1949)*
  George Bell (1880 - 1883)*
  Alma Florence Bell (1885 - 1952)
  Lester James Bell (1886 - 1960)*
  Annie Bell Stone (1889 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Auburn Cemetery
Auburn
Placer County
California, USA
Plot: W-1/2-248-2
 
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Oct 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42657901
Alma Florence Bell
Added by: Glenda Ragan
 
Alma Florence Bell
Added by: Glenda Ragan
 
Alma Florence Bell
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I was on Jury Duty today, saw the newspaper article posted outside the courthouse about your trial back in November of 1909. A sad affair all around.....
- V
 Added: Jun. 23, 2015

- Glenda Ragan
 Added: May. 29, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day!
- Glenda Ragan
 Added: Feb. 14, 2011
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