Under date of August 18, 1855, a petition was presented to the board of delegates by J. M. Van Syckle, setting forth the formation of a fire company under the title of The Pandolphins. It stated that the company had organized in the regular order, elected their officers (the names of the officers do not appear in the minutes of the board) adopted a constitution and by-laws, and requested admission into the Stockton Fire Department. The board recommended their admission and the petition so endorsed was ordered sent to the Council for their consideration. One week later the board met and the secretary was instructed to request the Fire and Water Committee of the Council to refer the petition back to the board of delegates for further action. No further mention is made of the company in the records. We learn from a pioneer resident that the company was brought together by Mr. Van Syckle after the fire of July 30, 1855. Having no apparatus other than a small engine owned by Wells, Fargo & Co., which had been used by that corporation to protect its building, lack of interest soon became manifest and the company dissolved. The engine was subsequently presented to the Eurekas by Chief Van Syckle. It was newly painted and the name of the donor placed on each side of the box in gold letters.
THE VAN SYCKLES AND YOUNG AMERICAS
A company of about twenty boys was formed and the Eurekas furnished them with uniforms of red shirts, black pants and straw hats. These youngsters were between the ages of 8 and 12 years and became very popular, making a fine appearance on parades. They elected their own officers, R. Fisher being their Foreman. Among the members were the following:
George H. Tinkham
Another company of boys formed later under the title of the Young Americas. Their uniforms differed from the Van Syckles, or Junior Eurekas, only in the color of the shirts worn, those of the Americas being white. The engine drawn by them in parades was built by Mr. George Kroh and, through a small machine, performed good service in saving property on a number of occasions.
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