We have had no response to the message that Alvin Jones so
kindly posted for us, concerning a series of murders at the
house known as "Cornish Lou" in Rocky Bar sometime in
the misty past. We thought, before we listed the photo on
Ebay, we would make one last effort to find someone who might
be interested in this mystery, or one who could shed some light
on it. The photo is a real photo, not a post card, and shows
two people lying outside a small house. The back of the photo
reads: "Lillian May Riley, Charlie Moreno Half Breed Killed at
Rocky Bar at house known as Cornish Lou. In 10 years before,
David Steele killed Richard Chappell in same house. Six years
before Herreman fatally stabbed Wm. Searls". Bad Luck House!
If you know of any of these names, or have the ability to look
up the information, please let us know. There is no reason
for us to keep this card, except that we are curious if the
house still exists, and just what happened.
Thanks from Montana.
Hi I could find out for you. I have read the story in a book. I could look it up at the state library in the archives if you want.
shawna in boise with father born in glenns ferry.
I am very interested in your photo of the "Murder at Rocky Bar", since I have done considerable research about Rocky Bar and its early days. My ancestor, B.J. Nichols lived there from 1864 to 1886, and his son, Newt Nichols, lived in the area until his death in 1927. Then my grandfather was in the area from 1904 until the 1950's. They were gold miners and the Nichols owned and operated the toll road from Pine to Rocky Bar, and would probably have known the victims in your photograph.
I have read many of the old newspapers of the area that have stories of Rocky Bar, but have not (yet) found one about your victims. I think it is unlikely the house is still there, because there are just a few buildings remaining the last time I visited in 2002. I have photos of most of the remaining buildings, and will compare them to the one in your picture.
Please contact me by direct e-mail if you have more questions that I might be able to help you with. It has been my goal to someday write up the stories of some of the many who traveled that toll road. It was the only route to Rocky Bar for many years--until the road was extended on to Altanta, which is still even more remote.
I found the following in the following newspaper:
San Francisco Call, Volume 86, Number 71, 10 August 1899 — Page
NEVADA, Aug. 9.— The bodies of the suicide, Charles Moreno, and Mrs. Lillian May Riley, whom he murdered yesterday at Rocky Bar. were brought to this city and buried to-day in the potter's field of Pine Grove Cemetery. John C. Howard and wife, who are working In the orchards around Healdsburg. are Mrs. Riley's parents and have with them her two children.
Hope I'm not too late in getting the information to you!