LARCHMONT YACHT CLUB SCRAPS GUNS; DRIVE LAGGING
War Cannons To Go To Uncle Sam - Ceremony To Take Place
Next Saturday - Much More Scrap Is Needed.
a salvo praise from Governor Herbert H. Lehman and from
Undersecretary of the Navy James Forrestal, the two
old civil war cannons now gracing the seawall of the
Larchmont Yacht Club will join the nation’s mounting
scrap heap Saturday in a ceremony open to visitors on
the club grounds
Larchmont’s civil, fraternal, and religious organizations
will be represented at the celebration Saturday at 4:00
PM when the Larchmont Yacht Club formally turns over
two old civil war cannons in answer to the nation’s
call for scrap to keep war industries humming.
were sent out yesterday by Mayor Harry E. Goeckler to
32 local innovations, asking that they send representatives
to the half-hour ceremony at the clubhouse, to which
all residents have also been invited.
for the celebration will be provided by the W. P. A.
orchestra of White Plains, it was announced today by
Mrs. Frederick G. Barnett, chairman of the Womens’
Participation Committee of the Larchmont Civilian Protection
Forces, who was arranging for the ceremonies.
civil war relics, donated to the 62-year-old club at
the turn of the century, will be formally presented
to Mayor Harry Goeckler, acting in the capacity of chairman
for the Larchmont War Council. The presentation will
be made by Commodlre Leroy Franz in behalf of the club
“sincere appreciation of the Navy for this manifestation
of patriotism” by the club (whose roster includes
army and navy officers active during the Spanish American
War, World War One, and the present conflict), Undersecretary
Forrestal’s letter, said:
Vincent Cullen has informed me that the Larchmont
Yacht Club is donating to the vitally important scrap
pile of the Village of Larchmont the old civil war
coast guns and the old round cannonballs which for
some time decorated the seawall of the club. May I
extend to you, and ask to pass on to the members of
your club, the sincere appreciation of the Navy for
this manifestation of their patriotism.
know that these historic pieces have come to be an
integral part of the club and a reduction of them
to scrap represents a genuine sense of sacrifice on
the part of your members. I am sure that you share
with me the thought that these old cannons, converted
into material from modern use, will be rededicated
to the purpose which they have long symbolized, the
preservation of the basic principles on which our
country is founded.
on behalf of the Navy may I add my congratulations
and thanks to the members of your club for this valuable
behalf of the State War Council of which he is chairman,
Governor Lehman called the club’s gift of cannon
and cannon balls “inspiring.” His letter
to Vommodore Frantz said in part:
view of the tradition and history surrounding these
old guns, I am very glad that there will be a ceremony
in connection with their presentation.
fact that the club is willing to sacrifice these historic
pieces makes the gift even more inspiring than would
usually be the case.
I ask you to express to the officers and members of
the Larchmont Yacht Club my very sincere thanks for
their fine cooperation in this vital undertaking of
collecting a sufficient amount of scrap metal for
our war effort.
statement from the club today said:
two cannons were given to the club at the turn of
the century. Among the interesting archives of the
club are old photographs of the landing of the cannon
alongside the seawall of the club.
two cans were relics of the Civil War and a grim reminder
of the days when this country was divided in its loyalties
and our coast was in need of protection against its
own citizens. Today the Larchmont Yacht Club gladly
sees its old cannons depart to the scrap heap to hasten
the end of the present world conflict.
going to take a lot of digging between now and October
17 if the Larchmont postal area is to meet its 700-ton
scrap quota, it was pointed out today by the Lee H.
Burton and Mrs. John Sweedler, co-chairmen of the salvage
campaign committees for the Village of Larchmont and
the unincorporated town district respectively.
total for the combined Larchmont-town area stands today
and 124 tons, representing only a little over one-fifth
of the quota.
a recent meeting in Mamaroneck, attended by Mayor Harry
E. Goeckler and other Larchmont and Town War Council
Members in charge of salvage activities that in view
of the fact that the Larchmont postal area is comprised
of homes for the great part, it faces a more difficult
task when compared with municipalities where commercial
establishments have contributed be blunt damages of
the local scrapheap will be greatly enlarged in tonnage
value on Saturday when the Larchmont Yacht Club is slated
to throw from nine to ten tons of war scrap into the
heap, in the shape of two civil war cannons, a small
rapid-fire cannon used in the Spanish American War,
and a number of cannon balls. These articles are to
be formally presented to Uncle Sam in a special ceremony.
adding materially to the tonnage totaled, but not figuring
within the October 17 national newspaper drive deadline,
will be approximately 100 tons of rail scrap coming
from the tracks of the New York and Stanford Railway
Company just deeded to the Village of Larchmont, but
which cannot be removed until a Federal agency has let
a contract for tearing up the rails on Chatsworth Avenue.
Burton and Mrs. Sweedler pointed out today that the
time has come for going over the ground again with an
eye to "sacrificing" metal articles and implements
for the war effort, if residents of the Larchmont postal
district hope to meet the 700-ton quota by October 17.
salvage officials and urged residents in this area to
call on Larchmont Village Engineer Arthur Richards or
Town Engineer J.E. Foote for street department trucks
and crews to aid them with any heavy articles which
they themselves are unable to handle.
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