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The cannon at Woods Road Park

Few things said "Solvay" more than the cannon at the World War I memorial at Woods Road Park. The Solvay Process limestone pile was probably at the top of the list, but too dangerous to approach. The cannon, on the other hand, was a popular, albeit inappropriate, toy, used by countless young visitors who created their own war game. Here Jack Major sits on the cannon (1939 or '40). The white house in the background belonged to Wanda Smolinski Kaldowski and her husband, Peter.

Bobby Smolinski and his cousin Jack Major play on the cannon, probably sometime in 1940. Squeezed out of the picture is Bimby Smolinski. The dog on the right belong to our Aunt Wanda, who lived nearby.

It's many years later, the cannon has been painted black,, but it's still attracting youngsters, such as Danielle and Brian Chard, children of Fred and Mary Major Chard.

 
For more on Solvay way back when, check out
the Solvay-Geddes Historical Society
 
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