Monday, October 29, 2007

Searching for more DHS Cannon history ~ Rev. 10/31/07

The first image (courtesy of the Deadwood Magazine and the Deadwood City Archives) is a 1899 letter from the Commander USN Inspector of Ordnance to Deadwood Mayor Sol Star. It describes the pedigree of what we call the DHS Cannon.

The second is an obscure web source picture of captured cannons in 1898. The picture is an Spanish American War image in the Cavite Amory on Manila Bay, Philippines. I believe that one of the two cannons in foreground is the DHS Cannon. In a frustrating search on the web I think that the second of the cannon twins went to Fort Wayne Indiana and installed in a park around 1900 which is the same time frame as the DHS Cannon.

The general DHS Cannon history is well researched by Laura Floyd and documented in the Deadwood Magazine

Andy Gomez DHS47 is looking in the SD State Archives but has no leads yet. If anyone has anything to offer in this information and history search please let me know.

~~~ Carole Rypkema Hillard DHS54 always found time to stay connected to friends. Her Memorial Service this Thursday will demonstrate those she touched directly and indirectly. She found my cannon information "fascinating" but did not have time for research.

A classmate and close friend observed of Carole, "At this point about all I keep thinking is that she is on the biggest "adventure" of all. Just too soon!!! "

Revised 10/31 In her own words posted on her refrigerator Carole states "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely at Heaven's gate in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways... with a wine glass in one hand and a tennis racket in the other, body thoroughly used up, and proclaiming, "WOO HOO, THANKS GOD, WHAT A RIDE""


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