Dayton’s ‘Night Watchman’ to be topic of discussion at Feb. 26 meeting

The next meeting of the Dayton Historical Society will be Monday evening, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., at Parker Hall (located behind The Old School Museum).  The program was be presented by Larry Wadzeck and others who will tell the history of the Dayton Police Department, from before it was officially established in 1956. 

Organized law enforcement began in 1930 with a city marshall and a night watchman.  The Dayton Police Department was officially organized in 1956, with Joe Caballero as its first police chief.  

The program will tell about many of the men who served in those roles, including Night Watchman Louis “Frenchy” Cashat, who was killed in action, to date being the only officer killed in Dayton’s history. 

At the program’s conclusion, new Police Chief Robert Vine will be introduced.  The public is cordially invited to attend.  

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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