Thanks for the Douglas bell, cannon program

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Douglas Fourth of July Committee would like to thank the following people for working on the Douglas Bell and Cannon Program on Nov. 8.

A special thank you from the Douglas community to Niels Finn Larsen, Kristian Ritter and Trevor Larson for renovating the Bell and Cannon, building new concrete pads, new mounts and reinstalling them in front of the Douglas U.S. Post Office.

Thank you to Tony McCormick for the correct history of the bell which was hung in 1914 in the original Douglas School and Efrida Dor for telling about ringing and school days inside the old building.

Thank you to Douglas Community United Methodist Church for furnishing extra chairs.

Thank you to Joy Baker for making bells and cannon ball decorations for the gymnasium and to Kollean Gouyton for illustrating the Old Douglas School as a background.

Thank you to downtown McDonald's for the punch and Chef Stef 'Custom Catering for the bell and cannon ball cookies for refreshments.

Thank you to our Douglas U.S. Post Office postmasters Lee and Dean for their years of great, cheerful service to the Douglas community.

A great thank you to Mark Whitman for his detailed and far-ranging research on the cannon. We learned that it is a carronade - a short light gun designed to fire heavy charges against enemy ships at very short range. He found that it was made by Bailey, Pegg and Co. in England about 1820. His quest took inquires around the state, Oregon and California. He showed copies of the company's written records from England. He presented a fascinating program with great pictures from England and Alaska at Mt. Jumbo Gym. We recommend Mark's talk to any group interested in new information on Alaska's history.

Susanne Williams

Secretary, Douglas Fourth of July Committee


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