What Happened to The Cannon Wheels?

The Cannon, which was presented to the Township in honor of the efforts of citizen's during WWI, is now missing its wheels.

The cannon located on the lawn next the municipal building is missing its wheels.

According to the Township's Zoning Officer Bob LaCosta, the township is currently repairing the cannon (check back with scotchplains.patch.com on Monday for more on that) but, the question remains, where have the wheels gone?

Do you know where the cannon wheels have gone? Tell us in the comments.


Holden MaGroin February 01, 2013 at 07:29 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and this is just wrong. Has anyone checked Cranford?
Lenapee Tree February 01, 2013 at 09:51 PM
If you want to identify a town that might remove historic properties, you need look no farther than Westfield. Although they do not have our wheels, they do have one of Scotch Plains more colorful objects of the Revolution. I refer to the captured canon named “Old One Horn” After a century of back and forth among the men of the two towns, Westfield played dirty and cemented it in place in Fairview cemetery. There it has stayed for some 80 years. Many Scotch Plain folk are not even aware of the trick played on us. Yet some of us remember. So, here are a few unkind words for pleasant Cranford from the Holden account poster I call 'snarky'. You may notice that each person who posts as Holden has a particular style. Yet they all work together. Can anyone count them all?
Holden MaGroin February 01, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and I hate to have to explain a joke. My "snarky" comment was not directed at the town of Cranford, but rather at the former mayor who moved there. But that's ok, most likely only about 10 people or so would have gotten that joke. I do have a question for you though, tree. If old one horn was cemented 80 years ago and you say you remeber it, are you like 96? I assumed I was one of the older people posting on here, but I was taught to respect my elders and if you are that close to the century mark, I will certainly tailor my replies to you accordingly. I'm sorry if each time I post you are caused to analyze my cadence, check my style, and then try to decide which character you think I am at that moment. I was going to play along with you, but I do not want to mock the old.
Builda Wall February 02, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Democrats get elected and the wheels start coming off immediately!
JEFF STEIN February 02, 2013 at 01:41 PM
The wheels were dropped off in Pennsylvania, and the Amish there are fixing them. They were in disrepair.....
Lenapee Tree February 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Thanks for using my perceived age for the rather formulaic sidestep of the real problem, that of public employees posting online comments during working hours.
Lenapee Tree February 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Thanks for the info Mr. Stein. The cannon wheels were in real need of repair. It looked like they were twisted and had some wood rot but I did not know who to contact about it.
JEFF STEIN February 02, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Thanks Lenapee Tree. Yes, indeed... you are right about that. You are quite observant. It is important to maintain iconic symbols like this, and things in our community that hold great meaning, and reflect our town's identity and image. I had heard that Mayor Glover recently talked about the history of the cannon at a recent Rotary Club... and that he had made arrangements to take care of this issue. Kudos to him for doing so.
Holden MaGroin February 02, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and I love double-time Saturdays. Thanks for solving the mystery Mr Stein.
Been Around February 03, 2013 at 10:27 PM
The restoration of the canon wheels started as a project through the Sons of the American Legion and the Scotch Plains Legion Post more than 3 years ago. One of the SAL members locatedd a restoration company that did this kind of work, received pricing, deliveries etc. and several proposals and updates were presented to The town over the years with no action taken. Last Memorial Day, then Councilman Glover and then Acting Township Manager LaCosta were made aware of the project. As the saying goes, The wheels of Municipal Government move slowly but they do move. The gentleman in charge of the wheel project for the SAL is also a member of the SP Public Works and removed the wheels to the restoration company near Lancaster PA last Thur. The wheels should be re-built and on the canon by this coming Memorial Day.
Builda Wall February 04, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Kudos to everyone involved, especially the SAL member who got things rolling, so to speak. We've lost a lot of our history downtown over the years and I'm happy to read about preservation efforts. Next up: the Frazee house...
klubkleb February 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
How 'bout getting rid of that tacky hand-globe sculpture in front of town hall?
Lenapee Tree February 07, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Please look closely at the hand sculpture; you may notice it is actually a hand holding a baseball with the top of the ball cut off. Then someone put some metal scraps on it and sold it to us. I was startled when this was pointed out to me but it sure seems correct. Why the town seems to want to avoid its real colonial charm and put tack up is mystifying.
JEFF STEIN February 07, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I looks like we got all of the info on the cannon's wheels for now... With regards to the Frazee House and the Hand Sculpture, well now, that's another story.... and a long one at that.
Jay Jones February 11, 2013 at 01:39 AM
We have your Cannon Wheels and in about eight weeks you will have a set of Cannon Wheels that will look just like the wheels that came with the cannon when it was new. You can see our Cannon Wheel work at; http://www.customwagons.com/cannon_wheels.htm Custom Wagons www.customwagons.com
JEFF STEIN February 11, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I thought the Amish were working on this in Pennsylvania? That's what I was told.


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