Wallace L. Ware, Santa Rosa, California

"Story of Tong War

Wallace Ware (a colorful lawyer and resident of Santa Rosa) was Chief
Prosecutor in the D.A.'s office when a Tong War of major proportions
erupted in San Francisco. The Hop Sing and Suey Sing Tongs had ganged up
against the powerful Bing Kong Tong Society. The cruel killing activities
of these Tongs were usually confined to San Francisco's Chinatown but this
one erupted on our ranch. Tho we had Japanese to plant and "string up" our
hops we had Chinese to weed the fields. The Jap Cabin was on the creek and
the China Cabin was in a grove of pine trees near where Larkfield is now.
The two groups never mingled. Hom Hong was the boss of 7 Chinese who lived
in the cabin and weeded the fields. On a Sunday in March 1916 when the
coolies were doing their weekly chores about the cabin 3 Chinese arrived in
a taxi cab. Hom Hong was chopping kindling on a chopping block when one of
the new arrivals, Willie Yee, fired 5 pistol shots thru the head and heart
of Hom Hong. He then turned to the 6 surviving workers and said, "There's
one shot left for anyone who testifies against us." Then he threw the
pistol into the hop field. The frightened workers refused to identify the
killers and it took many weeks and careful strategy on the part of the DA's
office to catch and convict them but eventually they all went to San
Quentin. The story of the trial is fantastic - Read it in Wallace Ware's
book - The Unforgettables."

Source:   RAMBLING REMINISCENCES By Helen Finley Comstock, 1970, 



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