February 15, 2011
The exact age of the old time clock carried by the California nightwatchman on his rounds is not known, but it was given to Floyd Wise as he left the position of City Clerk 60 years ago.
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For many years, law enforcement in California was provided by a City Marshal who also served as City Collector. At night, protection was provided by two nightwatchmen hired by the businesses in town. The nightwatchman would make the rounds of the businesses carrying a time clock around his neck and shoulder on a strap. At each of the businesses, or at last at enough to make certain he was making his rounds, he would insert a key at the business in the time clock, and turn it. That recorded the visit and the time.
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