Bennie Ambrose Emerson


Bennie Ambrose Emerson

California, USA
Death 14 Oct 1914 (aged 34)
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11308448 View Source
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Few recognize the name and face of the man who once controlled crime and vice in San Bernardino. Background information on Emerson is sketchy with his place of birth listed as both Sacramento and Illinois. He arrived in San Bernardino in 1902 and became a fixture in the local underworld. Emerson met and married Mrs. Lillie Marshall one of the soiled doves working Hells Half acre. Mr. Emerson's engaged in gambling "the most prominent games were held at the Stewart and Westminster Hotels," prostitution, boxing promotion and politics.

Mr. Emerson was also a member of the Gatecity cortet which often performed at local political functions. Mr. Emerson was appointed to the San Bernardino Police Department in May 1905 and participated in several raids of his own establishments. His death in October 1914 came at the hand of a political rival who was later acquitted at trial.

More Emerson information can be found in a series of articals I have written under the title "the Gatecity Project."

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Buried Next to his wife Lillie Marshall (Effie Emerson Kelly).

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  • Created by: Ty
  • Added: 7 Jul 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11308448
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bennie Ambrose Emerson (13 Apr 1880–14 Oct 1914), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11308448, citing Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ty (contributor 46601627) .