consolidation with the Lawrence Rifles.
The conference committee agreed that the new company should be called Co. E, 5th Regt., M. V. M., and should bear the name Lawrence Light Guard, but that the captain and 1st lieutenant of the Rifles, Warren W. Manning and Fred. W. Dorr, should head the new organization.
Lieut. Jophanus H. Whitney, of the Light Guard, was made 2d lieutenant.
The consolidated company was organized May 5, 1874. Lieut. Dorr resigned the following September, and J. H. Whitney and Charles M. Green were commissioned 1st and 2d lieutenants.
Capt. Manning resigned in 1876, and J. H. Whitney became captain.
Rifle practice was inaugurated during his term of service.
Through a combination of circumstances, the interest in the State militia began to wane about 1880, and the Light Guard suffered with the whole.
In 1881, it is recorded under the date of September 6, the celebrated yellow day, that eight men and one officer answered roll call and started for muster.