California Militia and National
Guard Unit Histories
Modesto Home Guard
(33d Company, California Home
The following articles was copied from
the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News
Captain, J. T. TOWNSON
First Lieutenant, W. H. KIRK
Second Lieutenant, J. W. GUYLER
Much activity is reported and a full
membership of the company is sustained. They have lost many members
through the draft and enlistment, but continue enlisting, and
the ranks are full at the present time. Captain Townson is not
only a capable official, but popular and well known, being associated
with Geo. F . Davis, sheriff of Stanislaus County, as his chief
deputy. The company is fully uniformed and equipped ready for
On Thanksgiving afternoon the company won out on the rifle range,
getting well acquainted with their "guns" and the ammunition.
It is reported that not a single cartridge missed fire, but some
of the targets were not in line with the fire of the men behind
the guns. Deputy Sheriff Geo. Vogelman and Sergeant Ralph Hastings
target from the pit and pulled through the fire uninjured. Captain
Townson made high score, while Sergeant De Mille Morse and A.
Carlson came in for second and third honors. Fred Cashman was
high man at 200 yards and walked away with the "turkey"
given by Lieutenant J. W. Guyler.
On December 2d three companies,Modesto,
Turlock and Ceres-practiced as a battalion under command of Major
D. P. Booth, former student instructor of the University of California.
Home Guard boys appreciate the favors extended to them by judge
W. H. Langdon.
Modesto Company, No. 33, now has an
armory, thanks to the city and the local Defense Council. They
will meet at Rodgers Hall for the first time tomorrow night and
get down to real, active drill work
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