The Lake County Historical Society & The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum Presents “How the Murder of Harry Floyd-Gopcevic Saved Clear Lake from being Drained by Yolo County” A History Talk Saturday, November 13th, 1 – 3 PM Free
In 1903, 30-year-old Lake County Heiress Harry “Hal” Floyd married a San Francisco cable car gripman, Milos Gopcevik, who claimed to be of European royal descent. Three months later she was dead, and her new husband inherited nearly all of a substantial estate. Officially, she died of an illness. Her family claimed she was murdered. The outcome of the trial that contested the will changed Lake County’s history forever. Was her husband a member of the Serbian Royal Family? Was she murdered? Did the event that may have triggered her alleged murder also set in motion the events that led to World War I?
Phil Smoley will explore the background of this bizarre chapter of Lake County history and try to get to the bottom of how Harry Floyd died. Smoley is a 40-year resident of Lake County, a former president of, and current director of the Lake County Historical Society.
We hope you can join us!
This presentation is at The Ely Stage Stop is open to the public. All ages and all levels of interest in history are welcome.