Flagpole!

A fantastic flagpole!

People passing through Scotch Plains might note a huge ugly-looking tower right in the middle of town. It is not, in fact, just there because the people of Scotch Plains enjoy huge ugly-looking towers.

It is part of a World War I monument (the entirety of which consists of the 80-foot flagpole [aka. “huge ugly-looking tower”], the traffic island on which it sits, a bronze plaque, and a cannon).

The cannon, which I unfortunately didn’t capture very well, has a slightly more interesting story:

The captured German cannon was a gift from the government, in appreciation of the fact that Scotch Plains had the largest percentage of over-subscription to the Victory Liberty Loan in any non-banking community in the Second Federal Reserve District. This subscription tallied to almost $700,000… against its quota of $25,500 (Bousquet and Bousquet, 1995, p. 124).

From what I understand, Scotch Plains now had a cannon on its hands and didn’t know what to do with it, so the Victory Celebration Committee said “Aha! Let’s make it part of a big memorial. With a flagpole and stuff! That would be so cool.”

So there it is.

Reference:

Bousquet, R. and Bousquet, S. (1995). Images of America: Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0738563188.

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3 Comments to “Flagpole!”

  1. So it’s like donating to a child’s cultural heritage trip fund and being rewarded upon return from said trip by an ugly-ass souvenir. Scotch Plains should have been firmer: they have so much stuff already, they’re just looking to get rid of things now, anyway. Too much to clean, and whatnot. And no food either, the residents are trying to lose weight. But I guess the hint was missed (notice how the town didn’t get rewarded for over-subscription after the next World War?)

  2. I wonder if that’s still on the town sign: Welcome to Scotch Plains, Population 23,510, the largest non-banking community in the Second Federal Reserve District / Willkommen zu den Scotch Plains, Bevölkerung 23.510, die größte non-banking Gemeinschaft im zweiten Zentralbank-Bezirk

  3. I wonder if that’s still on the town sign: Welcome to Scotch Plains, Population 23,510, the largest non-banking community in the Second Federal Reserve District / Willkommen zu den Scotch Plains, Bevölkerung 23.510, die größte nicht Bankverkehr Gemeinschaft im zweiten Zentralbank-Bezirk ?

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