Captain Police A. W., Adelbert Wilson, 14k gold badge. On May 30, 1870 Adelbert Wilson joined the Oakland PD. On May 7, 1889, he was made captain, and for over sixteen years held that important position, being on December 20, 1905, appointed chief of police. Although different political administrations came and went, Mr. Wilson was retained as chief, which title was changed to that of superintendent of police, but under the new charter was again changed to chief. There is great credit due him for what he has achieved, for he rose from the ranks and by the faithful and fearless performance of duty and because of his natural ability became the head of the department.
14k gold Oakland Police Captain badge presented to Ira Reedy April 25, 1939. Reedy was appointed to the force on Feb.14,1921 and retired Dec. 1, 1945.
Mary L. Sanders lived with her cousin F. F. Clela who was a Oakland Police Matron at the City Prison in and who became her Assistant Matron and later the Matron. She was born in California in 1852 and died August 29, 1920.
Assistant Matron badge Presented to Mrs. M. L. Sanders by Friends in the Police Department July 1912. Badge is sterling silver, hand engraved and has her initials monogramed in the center.
Back of badge showing “Presented to Mrs. M. L. Sanders by Friends in the
Police Department July 1912”.
Oakland Tribune July 14, 1912
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