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FIRE WAGON
James Edward Parmelee 1849-1923
Albert A., John Howard, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John

This photo was taken Jan. 13, 1901, in front of the old Yuba County, Calif., Courthouse on the day Yuba City accepted this Racine combination chemical and hose fire wagon. Pictured are I. Brown, left, J. Knorsa, Chief J. Bradley and Policeman James Edward Parmelee.

James was a member of the nearby Marysville Police Department. He was born in Michigan and lived there as late as 1880. The 1890 California Great Register voters list puts him in San Francisco, at 120 26th St. The register compiled six years later has the family at 3172 23rd St.

On June 9, 1899, a Yuba County Superior Court judge found Officer Parmelee guilty of battery on a prisoner. Just ten days later, the Marysville City Council dismissed the charges. These clippings are from the June 13 and 21 editions of the San Francisco Call Bulletin.

Yet it appears James' days with policing were over: The 1900 and '10 censuses of San Francisco give his occupation as janitor.

 

 


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