California Militia and National
Guard Unit Histories
Alturas Home Guard
(5th Company, California Home
The following article was copied from
the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News
Organized in April, 1917, with W. M. Brown, Captain, and P.
Callaghan, First Lieutenant. Members of this company deserve
much credit for doing patrol duty in October at time of incendiary
fires in three sawmills. Without a doubt these fires were caused
by I. W. W. (International Workers of the World) and their sympathizers.
From Irma W. Laird's, "The
Modoc Country" pg. 40
"The 5th Company, California Military
Reserves, was organized in Alturas on May 1, 1917. The members
were honorably discharged by direction of Governor William D.
Stephens after the close of World War I. William S. (Billy) Brown,
who had seen service in the Philippines, was its captain. Others
who had served in the army were O. D. Morgan, W. K. Hutten and
W. W. Ahl. Two others, E. C. Bonner and S. A. Billick had served
in the California National Guard.
Its mascot, John R. Bonner, was too young for actual service,
but after election as mascot, at his request, he was allowed
to drill with the company from its inception to discharge.
In addition to those mentioned, others in the guard were M. G.
Belli, C. S. Baldwin, C. A. Ballard, Robert Billick, J. P. Callaghan,
A. R. Close, Charles M. Carter, H. M. center, H. P. Carr, W.
T. Clark, R. A. Crook, S. E. Elledge, E. E. Elliot, L. M. Estes,
G. F. Fong, H. M. Foss, R.A. French, F. S. Gould, F. L. Gesford,
J. J, Gloster, C. T. Godfrey, Charles Herring, A. L. Ingraham,
F. B. Ingraham, D. H. James, George M. Kemble, F. L. Keser, F.
W. Kauffman, J. R. Laird, Walter Mathews, W. J. Meyer, Glenn
D. Moore, J. C. Morley, Henry Pengelly, Anthony Rose, L. G. Renshaw,
A. Rachford, D. Rachford, LeRoy Smith, Leland S. Smith, Bert
E. Smith, Mark C. Smith, W. A. Sherlock, W. S. Scott, H. Stephens,
John Stiles, Al R. Taylor, P. A. Woodward, T. F. Wilbur, and
L. C. Westfall.
A large number of the above still reside
in Alturas, others have moved from the city and some have gone
to a just reward. Taken as a whole, we are sure Alturas had a
guard company to be proud of in 1917