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Re: Destiny of Monumental Engine Co.'s bell

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Posted by Paul K. Sholar on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 00:02:42 :

In Reply to: Destiny of Monumental Engine Co.'s bell posted by Paul K. Sholar on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:11:31 :

: What happened to the famous bell housed in the Monumental Engine Company (Brenham Place, Portsmouth Sq.)? It was the bell used to rouse the Committee of Vigilance's members to action in 1851 and 1856.

This facsimile of an item in June 1873 HISTORICAL MAGAZINE says the Monument Engine Co bell used by 1851 Committee of Vigilance was presented to the Society of California Pioneers, and the 1856 committee's bell was found in storage among items from Fort Gunnybags ruins, bought, and taken to Petaluma, CA, to be placed in the tower of the town's Baptist Church.


Page 182ff in Thomas Jefferson Gregory's 'History of Sonoma County, California' (1911) also states that a Vigilance Committee bell (provenance not specified) was taken to Petaluma.


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