I currently have columns running in 3 newspapers;
- Tri-Valley Herald : Looking Back
- Valley Times : Do You Remember?
- The Independent : Do You Remember?
The Articles appear in the Herald and Independent on Thursdays,
and the Times on Sundays.
They will also be found on this page each week as well.
If you've missed any please follow the links on the dates to catch up.
Livermore had its own National Guard unit
By Barry Schrader.................................September
Many people gather for picnics, art shows, concerts and even the weekly
Farmers Market in Carnegie Park between Third and Fourth streets in
Livermore, but few probably take much notice of the unobtrusive cement monument
that stands on the southeast side of the old Carnegie Library.
After this weekend more people will begin noticing it, as the community
rededicated the remaining piece of the towns original 116 foot flagpole
Friday afternoon, now relocated directly behind the monument. This ceremony
took place exactly 100 years since the poles first installation at
First and South Livermore on Admission Day in 1905. The pole, now shortened
to 56 feet, is topped by its original brass ball and reinforced by a steel
rod the length of its core.
The new flag that was donated by the Josefa Higuera chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution. It should be noted though that the original
flagpole that stood beside the monument was presented in memory of R.A.
Hansen by his son H. Ross Hansen. Hopefully the city will return it to the
Hansen family or VFW so it can be relocated elsewhere.
The monument was dedicated in 1966 as a tribute to Company I, Fifth
Infantry of the California National Guard, as well as to recognize the communitys
war dead from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and lastly, the
Company I was formally organized on April 20, 1900 with 52 young men
in its original unit. The Companys first captain was the Rev. Carl
M. Warner, the local Methodist minister. Among its membership over the years
were many who gained later prominence--such as Captain Joseph S. Concannon
who later fought as a regular under Gen. John Pershing, being a part of
the US 1st Cavalry; Carl F. Wente, who became president of the Bank of America;
Superior Court Judge Harold Louderback; Rev. Arthur Hicks, local Presbyterian
minister; Arthur Henry and his son Maitland Henry, both publishers of the
Livermore Herald; San Jose police chief William Brown; Contra Costa County
Sheriff John Miller; Chester and Philip Langan, grandsons of Livermores
founder William Mendenhall; Dennis Bernal of the Amador Valleys pioneer
family; and Robert Livermore, great-grandson of the towns namesake.
The Livermore unit was first called to duty in the aftermath of the
1906 earthquake. They patrolled the ruins of San Francisco from April 17
to May 19. Then came the Mt. Tamalpais fire in 1911 when they were activated
again. The 1916 Mexican border clashes with Pancho Villa near Nogales, Arizona
were next and the Guard unit saw action from June to October, chasing Villa
and his troops into a canyon near San Juan, then losing him. At the outset
of World War I the Livermore Guard was merged with Company A of the 159th
Infantry, then becoming a part of the 40th Division in 1917. Livermore had
been the smallest town in the state to have its own guard unit during that
17 year period. Company I also promoted community eventsparticularly
the Thanksgiving Eve military ball and the homegrown talent shows and plays,
which continued many years after the disbanding of the local unit.
It was Maitland Henry who got me involved in the Company I reunions
in 1968. He called me at home in May of that year saying their annual reunion
was taking place next Sunday and would I come down and take a photo of them
around the monument, a traditional meeting place for the surviving veterans,
who would then adjourn to the home of Shirley Hahn who always prepared them
a sumptuous meal while they continued their reminiscing. I took photos for
two or three years that I remember and made sure they got published in the
Their last reunion on record was in 1981 when only three veterans were
able to gather for the 52nd time. Those last three were Jack Jensen, Chester
Andersen and Robert Livermore. Now their record books, photos and other
memorabilia are held by the Livermore Heritage Guild in the Carnegie History
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Now for this weeks tricky question: What does the bizarre killing
of Michael Malloy in 1933 have to do with a fellow who hangs around the
Pleasanton courthouse today, some 72 years later? You may have to go on
the Internet to find that tie-in. By the way, Malloy was no relation to
Michael Maloney, former local press photographer now with the San Francisco
Chronicle, but his mother Marian Maloney is now my neighbor.
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