I, M. D. Dobbins, a resident of the City of Marysville, County of Yuba, State of California, hereby Certify, that by an instrument in writing, now in my possession ( a copy of which is hereto appended) under the hand of Charles Lindley, County Judge of Yuba County, I was duly appointed to open a book for entering the names of persons desirous of forming a Volunteer Military Company, and to preside over a meeting of such persons so volunteering called for the 31st day of October A.D. 1859. That I did open such book and upon the signing of a sufficient number of names that such meeting was called on October 31st, 1859, and that at such meeting, myself presiding, the Company was duly organized according to law by the Election of One Captain, One First Lieutenant, Two Second Lieutenants, Four Sergeants and Four Corporals, one Drummer & one Fife.
I further Certify that the accompanying Muster Roll is correct, of my own knowledge, and that the accompanying paper marked “Extracts from Minutes,” are true and correct extracts from the Records of the several meetings held by the Company to perfect their organization.
I further Certify that the Company have adopted the name of the “Marysville Rifles,” and that the following are the Officers of the Company duly elected by the members of the Company, and under the law entitled to Commissions from His Excellency the Governor.
Captain, M. D. Dobbins 2nd Lieutenant, Theodore A. Coult
1st Lieutenant, I. C. McQuaid Bvt 2nd Lieutenant, S. B. Sawin
[Signed] M. D. Dobbins
Military ! Military !
ALL those who have signed the call for the organization of a Volunteer Military Company, for the city of Marysville, are requested to meet in the City Hall, on MONDAY EVENING, Oct. 31st, 1859, at 7 o’clock, for the purpose of electing officers and otherwise perfecting their organization. A full attendance is requested. Per order.
County Judge, Yuba Co., Cal.
In appearing to me that a sufficient number of persons, Citizens of the State of California, County of Yuba, have subscribed to a Call for the organization of a Volunteer Company, and in pursuance of the Act of this State in such cases made and provided, and upon application of the persons who have subscribed as above, I do hereby appoint M. D. Dobbins, a resident of said County to open a book in which he shall enter the names of the persons so volunteering, and I do hereby appoint the 31st day of October, A.D. 1859, at 7 O’Clock P.M. of said day in the City Hall of the City of Marysville was a time and the place at which said persons shall meet to perfect their organization under the laws of this State, and I do further order that published of said time and place of meeting be published in the “California Express,” at least ten days previous thereto.
[Signed] Charles Lindley
Muster Roll of the “Marysville Rifles”
Yuba County, 1st Brigade, 5th Division, State Militia
1. Captain, M. D. Dobbins 29. Private, Eldredge, T. R.
2. 1st Lieut., I. C. McQuaid 30. “ , Etter, Jos.
3. 2nd Lieut., Theo. A. Coult 31. “ , Foster, J. Q.
4. Bvt. 2nd Lieut., S. B. Sawin 32. “ , Fuller, O.
5. Surgeon, Dr. S. Lasvigues 33. “ , Gelzter, F.
6. 1st Sergt, B. Eilerman 34. “ , Harvey, D. H.
7. 2nd “ , J. H. Dougherty 35. “ , Holt, J. T.
8. 3rd “ , Chas. E. DeLong 36. “ , Hubbard, V. D.
9. 4th “ , W. H. Hamilton 37. “ , LaBoeuf, F.
10. Q.M. “, Chas. G. Hubbard 38. “ , Leaman, J. B.
11. 1st Corp, Jas. R. Vance 39. “ , Lowery, John
12. 2nd “ , A. Gibson 40. “ , Maguire, P.
13. 3rd “ , Frank Qualey 41. “ , McGlennon, E.
14. 4th “ , W. H. Chapman 42. “ , Monley, C. G.
15. Private, Baldwin, J. B. 43. “ , Murray, M. W.
16. “ , Belknap, F. G. 44. “ , Newberger, A.
17. “ , Bloor, G. W. 45. “ , O’Brien, John
18. “ , Bloor, W. T. 46. “ , O’Conner, Peter
19. “ , Blust, George 47. “ , O’Neal, W. T.
20. “ , Brow, Ezra 48. “ , Powers, Thos. J.
21. “ , Campbell, A. W. 49. “ , Quinn, Wm.
22. “ , Champlain, J. F. 50. “ , Reardon, J. McC.
23. “ , Chase, F. C. 51. “ , Sansoni, A. J. (“Fifer”)
24. “ , Coolidge, H. W. 52. “ , Steit, H.
25. “ , Cowan, W. S. 53. “ , Stuart, Chas.
26. “ , Curtis, J. W. 54. “ , Summerly, Saml
27. “ , Devine, John 55. “ , Syme, Jno.
28. “ , DeVolt, Jas. (“Drummer”) 56. “ , Wuine, D. H.
Extracts from “Minutes”
Marysville, October 31st, 1859
In pursuance of the notice and call for a meeting published in the “Daily California Express,” and in pursuance of the order signed by the County Judge of Yuba County and the law of this State in such cases made and provided, M. D. Dobbins presiding and upon a call of the roll and a sufficient number of persons who had subscribed to the call for a meeting for the purpose of organizing a Volunteer Military Company in and for the City of Marysville, being present, Charles G. Hubbard was elected Secretary of said meeting, pre tempore. And upon motion meeting proceeded to the Election of Officers and the following named persons having received the highest number of votes after ballots had, were declared to be the Officers of the Company for the ensuing year:
Captain, M. D. Dobbins
1st Lieut., I. C. McQuaid
2nd “ , Theo. A. Coult
Bvt 2nd “, Chas. G. Hubbard
1st Sergt., P. J. Jocelyn
2nd “ , B. Eilerman
3rd “ , C. E. DeLong
4th “ , D. H. Harvey
1st Corporal, Jas. R. Vance
2nd “ , A. Gibson
3rd “ , Frank Qualey
4th “ , W. H. Chapman
I. C. McQuaid, C. E. DeLong, P. J. Jocelyn, C. G. Hubbard and J. H. Dougherty were appointed a Committee to draught a Constitution, By Laws and Resolutions for the Government of the Company, and to submit the said at the next meeting.
C. E. DeLong, W. H. Chapman and A. Gibson were appointed a committee to wait upon the Common Council of the City of Marysville to procure the use of the Pavilion for company purposes.
The meeting then adjourned to meet on Monday Nov. 7th, 1859 at 7 O’Clock P.M. at the City Hall.
[Signed] Charles G. Hubbard
Secretary pro tem
[Signed] M. D. Dobbins
Marysville, Nov. 7th, 1859
At the adjourned meeting held this night the resignation of P. J. Jocelyn as Orderly Sergt. was had and received.
[Signed] M. D. Dobbins
Marysville, Nov. 10th, 1859
At an adjourned meeting held this night a Constitution and By Laws were adopted by the Company and the name of “Marysville Rifles” selected and adopted.
The resignation of Brevet 2nd Lieutenant C. G. Hubbard was read and received and the vacancy filled by the Election of Alphonse Sutter.
The vacancy occasioned by the resignation of P. J. Jocelyn as 1st. Sergt. was filled by the Election of A. H. French.
The resignation of D. H. Harvey Fourth Sergt. was read and received and the vacancy filled by the Election of W. H. Hamilton.
C. G. Hubbard was unanimously elected Quarter Master Sergeant of the Corps.
[Signed] M. D. Dobbins
Transcribed from original handwritten documents, © Kathy Sedler
The Daily Express
County Official Press
Monday morning......Oct. 31st. [1859 - page 2]
MILITARY COMPANY. - To-night there is a meeting called for the purpose of organizing a volunteer military company for this city. We hope, for the credit of this place, that the organization may be successfully completed. Marysville is the third city in size in this State, and many other places in California, inferior to this in size, population and wealth, are now supporting from one to two military companies. There should be public spirit enough to sustain such an effort, and there is no good reason why Marysville should not have at least one well regulated company. There are plenty of persons qualified to command and enough of material in this city to compose such a company, that would stand second to none on this coast, and of which we might all be proud. Let Marysville be represented at the next Encammpment.
Daily California Express
Nov. 1, 1859, page 2
Organization of a Military Company.
At a meeting held in the City Hall for the purpose of organizing a Volunteer Military Company for the city of Marysville, M. D. Dobbins presiding, C. G. Hubbard, Secretary.
On motion the meeting proceeded to elect officers. C. E. DeLong and P. J. Jocelyn were appointed tellers.
On ballot the following were elected officers of the Company for the ensuing year: Captain, M. D. Dobbins; 1st Lieutenant, I. C. McQuaid; 2d Lieutenant, Theo. A. Coult; Brevet 2d Lieutenant, C. G. Hubbard; 1st Sergeant, P. J. Jocelyn; 2d Sergeant, B. Eilerman; 3d Sergeant, C. E. DeLong; 4th Sergeant, D. H. Harney; 1st Corporal, James R. Vance; 2d Corporal, A. Gibson; 3d Corporal, Frank Qualey; 4th Corporal, W. H. Chapman.
On motion, I. C. McQuaid, C. E. DeLong, P. J. Jocelyn, C. G. Hubbard, and J. H. Dougherty, were appointed a committee to draft Constitution, By-Laws and Resolutions for the government of the Company, and to report the same at the next meeting.
C. E. DeLong, W. H. Chapman and A. Gibson, were appointed a committee to visit upon the Common Council and procure the use of the Pavilion for the purpose of drilling.
Meeting then adjourned to meet one week from date.
Secretary requested to publish the call for the meeting.
Chas. G. Hubbard, Sec'y.
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