Robert A. Marshall, Drill Instructor of the
San Francisco Police Dept.
References from the San Francisco Library on Sgt. Robert A. Marshall of the SFPD:
1895 SF City Directory - Policeman residing at 20 1/2 Franklin
1896 SF City Directory - Sergeant Police residing at 20 1/2 Franklin
1897 SF City Directory - Sergeant Police residing at 20 1/2 Franklin
San Francisco Sergeant #82 made of sterling silver with 14k gold letters and inlay on each point.
Presented Dec 21, 1895 to Capt. Robert A. Marshall by the members of Co. D. 1st Inf'ty Reg't N.G.C.
The San Francisco Call December 22, 1895, page 7, mentions, "Company D, First Infantry Regiment, held its thirty-sixth annual banquet in the armory on Market street last night"
Badge #82 is featured on the cover of Badges of Law And Order by George Virgines published in 1987 and also on the cover of Badges of America's Finest by James Casey published in 2008.
S. F. Police Choral Society image circa 1895.
Sgt. Marshall is seated Row 2, 3rd from the left and to his right is Fred Esola who later became the U.S. Marshal for the
Northern District of California.
Image of Capt. Robert Marshall, Drillmaster of the San Francisco Police Dept. Native son of San Francisco, born Aug. 30, 1863. He joined the SFPD Oct. 16, 1894. He was at once appointed a Corporal, but on Dec. 1, 1895, he was promoted to be Sergeant.
San Francisco Call, May 6, 1897
(Headline) "Buried with All Honor Remains of Drillmaster Marshall at Rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery An Escort Furnished by the Police and the National Guard - Choral Service"
"Robert A. Marshall, the late senior captain of the First Infantry Regiment, N. G. C. , who died so suddenly Monday last was buried yesterday in Odd Fellows Cemetery. The funeral ceremonies were conducted by the Rev. Edgar Lyon of St. Stevens Episcopal Church.
At the time of his death Captain Marshall was drillmaster of the Police Department, and as such he was entitled the honors due to his rank.
Captain Wittman and his company of thirty-two policemen, the second battalion headed by Sergeant Nash, acted as escorts, while the members of the Police Choral Society and the members of the Widows' and Orphans' Aid Society were the mourners.
As a body the two companies and the two societies marched to the late home of deceased, 20 1/2 Franklin Street, and paid their last sad respects to their comrade.
The Choral Society sang, "Nearer, My God to Thee" and "The Soldier's Farewell."
The National Guard was represented by all the officers of the First Regiment excepting Lieutenant-Colonel Dubose, who is still walking on crutches.
Company M, Captain O'Neil, and Company D, Lieutenant Sullivan, escorted the remains to their last resting place.
The cozy little home, where deceased leaves a young widow and lovely child, was more than crowded with friends and sympathizers. Floral pieces and cut flowers had been sent as parting tokens with such profusion that it was impossible to get them into the flat. The Police Department and the two companies of the National Guard in attendance also sent immense floral tributes."
Enlisted in Company A, 1st Infantry, 2nd Brigade, August 22, 1881. Company A was organized March 7, 1871
Appointed Sergeant, June 8, 1885
Appointed 1st Lieutenant September 14, 1885
Appointed Captain March 14, 1887
Transferred to Company C, Third Infantry on July 23, 1985
Elected Captain of Company D, First Infantry, July 22, 1896
San Francisco Police Officers who volunteered for military service during WWI would receive a 14k gold presentation badge. For Army officers the bottom points of the badge would have USA and Navy officers would have USN.
San Francisco Police police badge 191 presentation: Presented to Richard W. Smith / By Members of Co. B. S.F.P.D. / July 1, 1917. Officer Smith returned to the S.F.P.D. on Sep. 29, 1919, two years and three months after joining the war effort. First appointed May 31, 1916.
San Francisco Police Inspector badge #681 made of 14k gold by San Francisco’s Morgen Jewelry.
San Francisco Police Captain badge #A968, made by Irvine & Jachens. 14k gold.
San Francisco Police Inspector badge #395, made by M. Sabatini. 14k gold. Issued to John M. Dyer who was appointed May 1, 1922.
San Francisco Police Presentation Retired Sergeant badge #A224, made by Irvine & Jachens. 14k gold. Obverse presentation reads: Presented to Sergeant Alfred J. Strei from his friends of Co. E. S.F.PD. June 1, 1934.
Notice the beautiful patina around the numbers where the polish cloth could not get in.
San Francisco Police hat badge, made by Irvine & Jachens. Gold front.
San Francisco Police Detective Sergeant badge #11. Badge is dated 1932 and hallmarked Irvine & Jachens Mission St. S.F. Sterling. Issue to
George P. Wafer who was appointed 7-2-1923.
Read Newspaper Accounts of Wafer’s Heroics.