OP 15362-656

(Documentary Artifact): Two b/w photographic prints of the remains of the house of Chat Helm (also spelled Chatham Helm).

Notes on verso of prints:
Image 1: OP 15362-656/ 86:15900-1640/79/ IN REF BOOK/ENV #165/ [Written by Davis:] Old Chat Helm house/ San Ysidro Res./ Dec 8 1923
Image 2: OP 15362-656/ 86:15900-1640/Chat Helms old house/ San Ysidro/[Stamped:] ED. H. DAVIS/ Mesa Grande, Calif.

According to additional information provided on 12/2011 by Richard Carrico, a member of the E.H. Davis Project Scholar Advisory Committee: Chat Helm was an early pioneer in the San Ysidro area circa the early 1870s. He had a reputation as a violent man who was accused, although never convicted, of killing at least three Indians in the area. He was feared by the Cahuillas and Luisenos who lived in the region. See Richard L. Carrico, Strangers in a Stolen Land.