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Narcissis Augustus DORN

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Narcissis Augustus DORN was born 27 MAY 1852 in Council Bluffs, IA USA. He died 1 JUL 1926 in San Francisco, CA USA. He was the son of Nicodemus Andrew Jackson DORN (1829-1903) and Rebecca Ellen WALTERS (1833-1908). His siblings were Ellen DORN (1851-c1851), S. Henrietta DORN (1855-1919), Marcellus Americus DORN (1857-1900), Nicodemus Andrew Jackson DORN (1857-c1859), Diodemus Socrates DORN (1860-1913), Lulu Rebecca DORN (1861-1948), Fred Adolphus DORN (1865-1940), Dora Ida DORN (1868-1938), Walter Everett DORN (1870-1964), Effie Pacific DORN (1873-1942), Arthur Lemuel DORN (1875-1963).

Narcissis Augustus DORN's first wife was Josephine (Catherine?) (Theresa?) McCUSKER (1854-1946). They were married 1 OCT 1873 in Pacific Ocean Hotel, Santa Cruz, CA USA. They were divorced 29 JUL 1895. They had 7 known children named Mabel Teresa DORN (1875-1969), Narcissis Augustus Jr. DORN (1876-1876), Daniel DORN (1877-1896), Carl Delos DORN (1879-1964), Ethel J. DORN (1875-?), Elsie Evelyn DORN (1883-1905), and Marcella (Marcie) DORN (1887-1949).

His second wife was Sarah Jane (Jennie) de la MONTANYA (1859-1955). They were married 11 DEC 1902 in at the home of the bride, 1524 Taylor street, San Francisco, CA USA.

Events and Attributes

He was listed in a census 1870 in Salinas, CA USA. 1870 > CALIFORNIA > SANTA CRUZ > PAJARO TWP
Series: M593 Roll: 89 Page: 350

He was listed in a census 1880 in Salinas, CA USA. 1880 > CALIFORNIA > MONTEREY > SALINAS
Series: T9 Roll: 69 Page: 183

His occupation was Attorney/ Superior Court Judge.


Superior Judge N.A. DORN of Salinas has lived in California since he was a year old. He was born in
Iowa in 1852, and was taken by his parents across the plains and to Monterey county a year later. He
was admitted to the bar in 1874, after studying with Judge ARCHER of San Jose, whose office he
entered upon graduation from the public schools. He began practice in Salinas City and in 1875 was
elected district attorney of Monterey county, which office he held for 2 years. That his
administration was very successful was shown by his re-election in 1879, when he served for a term
of 3 years. Since retiring from public life he has continued to practice his profession at Salinas
City, where he is very popular. He was elected judge of the superior court of Monterey county in
1890, entering upon the discharge of the duties of that office in Jan., 1891, and he has already
earned for himself a reputation as a fearless, able and honest judge. He has a family consisting of
a wife & 6 children.

from Salinas Weekly Index
Thursday, 31 Dec 1891
The following sketches of Salinasites appeared in the Christmas 'Examiner' --

In practice with with brother Fred Adolphus (crockedest DA in San Luis Obispo), writing wills. When NA died, Fred Adolphus opened the safe deposit box and pronounced that there was "NO" will. Said he had a note that said everything was to go to his (Fred Adolphus') son, Doug.

Bought house next door for (one of) his girlfriend(s), cut a hole in the hedge for access... Wife divorced.

San Francisco Blue Book Directory, 1924

DORN, Judge and Mrs. N.A., 1802 Pacific Ave (West 1309).

Judge and Mrs. N.A. DORN, resided on San Luis Street, Salinas, CA.

Salinas Weekly Index
February 23 1893

"DORN/de la MONTANYA--The marriage of Miss Jennie de la MONTANYA, of
San Francisco, and Judge DORN of Monterey county, was announced to
take place yesterday, the ceremony to be performed at the home of the
bride, 1524 Taylor street, San Francisco. Only the immediate friends
of both parties being present. Miss de la MONTANYA is a daughter of
the late James de la MONTANYA. She has been abroad for the last 6
years. She was educated at Clarke's Academy, and subsequently went to
New York, where she attended Reed's School. Judge DORN has presided
over the Superior Court of Monterey county for many years and is well
and favorably known in this county."

Source: The Free Lance (Hollister, San Benito Co), 12 Dec 1902.

Death at age 73
Possably Cancer

Name: Dorn, Judge and Mrs. N. A.
Maiden name: Jane de la Montanya
Phone: 7939 Fil
Address: 1802 Pacific Avenue

San Francisco Social Register 1927

His estate was appraised at $458,236.00 (1926)

The De la Montanya residence at 1524 Taylor street was the scene of a very pretty home wedding last evening. Miss Jennie de la Montanya, daughter of the late James de la Montanya, and Judge N. A. Dorn, Superior Judge of Monterey County, were the principals. Sixty-five guests were bidden to the wedding festivities and the scene was a merry one. The handsome rooms were decorated with a profusion of flowers and foliage by the Misses Dorn and the effects were most artistic. The happy couple took their places beneath a bower of white chrysanthemum and foliage and were made husband and wife by the Rev. Mr. Foute. The groom was attended by Romie Jacks and Jesse Bryan. Misses Elsie and Ethel Dorn were bridesmaids. The bride was becomingly gowned in white satin and point lace, with veil of the same lace. She carried orchids and lilies of the valley. The bridesmaids wore dainty gowns of white chiffon over pink silk with garniture of pink chiffon roses. Many congratulations and good wishes followed the ceremony, after which an elaborate supper was served. After a year's sojourn in Paris and Egypt, Judge and Mrs. Dorn will reside in this city, where the groom will practice law. The bride is charming and accomplished and comes of excellent family. She was educated at Reed's school in New York and has been abroad for the last six years. Judge Dorn is a brother of Attorney D. S. Dorn of this city and stands high in his profession. The groom has presided over the Superior Court of Monterey County for many years, but, owing to his contemplated wedding trip, has tendered his resignation. Many   beautiful and costly presents were received.

The San Francisco Call
December 12, 1902

family residence at the corner of Pajaro and San Luis
streets Salinas 1893

District Attorney of Monterey county 1875 - 1879

Superior Court Judge of Monterey county 1890 - 1902


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Multimedia Links

  1. Picture: Judge Dorn
  2. Portable Document: NARCISSUS AUGUSTUS DORN 1852-1926
  3. Picture: Judge N.A. Dorn & Sarah Jane de la Montanya Dorn c. 1910