California Militia and National
Guard Unit Histories
Turlock Home Guard
(47th Company, California Home
The following article was copied from
the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News
Captain, L. FERRELL
First Lieutenant, Lou NEWFIELD
Acting Second Lieut, F. H. WILSON
Bugler, C. S. KIRKMAN
No effort necessary to keep the company filled up with 60 of
the best class of men with a spirit of determination to make
a good showing. Monday evening is drill night at Pentecostal
Hall. Friday evenings an officers' school of instruction is held.
A study of battalion movement has been taken up and Turlock is
out to make the best showing against Modesto
and Ceres. Captain Ferrell knows how,
for he has seen service in Uncle Sam's Army; efficiency is paramount
with him. It is common practice to drill on the streets and highways,
build a campfire and enjoy an open-air meal of "dog"
sandwiches and coffee from the canteen. Good fellowship prevails
when the moon is high and the songs begin.
K. Caldwell was recently appointed from the 47th Company as Sergeant
Major of the battalion which has just been made up of the San
Joaquin Valley companies. They expect to hold the next drill
on January 12th at Stockton, this making the fourth company of
The 47th is fully uniformed and equipped with Springfield rifles,
caliber 45. Nothing is too good for Captain Ferrell and he knows
how to get it-he is for good service all the time or none.
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