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Caldwell Public Library Local History Collection

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Speer Oil Company
John November 7, 2013 at 10:13 am
I have lived on oak grove road all my life. I was 11 years old at the time. It was a huge explosion.Read More The lid to the tank went for a ride and wound up over were the turn-around for the train was in essex fells. Dan Espy remembers more about it than I do. He made a documentary video about Henry Becker and his famous train. Great info about the Henry Becker dairy farm in roseland.
Wow! That must have been something to see! Thank you for the recommendation. - We have just orderedRead More Dan Espy's documentary and it will be available to borrow from the Caldwell Public Library soon .
The Decatur Cannon that used to stand on the Caldwell Green
gregory l. mitchell August 13, 2013 at 07:02 pm
In regards to the cannon,it was other than the bore solid brass or bronze and extremely heavy(100'sRead More of lbs.)one man COULD NOT HAVE HANDLED IT!They either carried it from it's granite mount where because of it's weight only sat in the groove without,because of it's weight,didn't need to be strapped or bolted down.The thieves had to carry it down to their truck in the parking lot along side of the library or if bold enough right to the truck at the curb.Now let it be known that I am not making any accusation but it's been said by many that it found it's way to either the junk dealer in town/N.Cald or down neck to be cut up.It was a shame to lose that wonderful piece of history.I wish I knew more of the history of who Col.Decatur was if he himself ever lived here or just had relatives etc. Respectfully,Gregory L.Mitchell,West Cald. p.s. I am sure our police detectives have followed up any leads or rumors that were of that time.
Thank you so much for sharing these memories! In answer to your question about Col. Decatur:Read More --Neither Col. John Decatur who presented the cannon to Caldwell or his more famous brother Commodore Stephen Decatur ( to whom the cannon was originally given ) actually lived in Caldwell. The story of Col. Decatur’s visit to Caldwell is told on the Caldwell Merchants’ Association Website (on the page relating the history of The Caldwell Green: http://www.caldwellmerchants.com/section/caldwell-green ). For more information about the family: The Decatur Genealogy by William Decatur Parsons is available online as a free Google eBook ( http://tiny.cc/zq6u1w )
gregory l. mitchell August 15, 2013 at 03:38 pm
Well thank you so much for the info getting started folks.I have many fond memories of walking up toRead More the library after school in the 4th grade to get a book before going home.This was the old "Central School"now defunct.I will check out this info you have provided for me this evening,once again thank you,I really never expected to be contacted by the library with this info-it says something for the efficient operation of the library and our town as well.Respectfully,G.L.Mitchell
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