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Old 11-09-2006, 09:22 PM
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Default Banging good time to commemorate end of WWI

89th annual anvil shoot commemorates end of WWI

Or how a metal worker fabricated a quick loud and legendary wake up call for the town in a time of good news and great joy.

The American Legion Cunningham Post 222 in Hamilton will hold the 89th Annual Anvil Shoot at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Legion Post on U.S. Highway 281 north of Hamilton.

The tradition of the anvil shoot started in 1918 at the end of World War I, which was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”

The armistice to end the war had been rumored and local residents gathered in the early morning hours at the telegraph office to receive confirmation. When word was received, Frank Holmes, who had a blacksmith business next to the telegraphy office, had the idea to fire the anvil to notify the rest of the sleeping town.

Returning local veterans heard of this and asked that it be repeated in 1919 and it has continued ever since.

The armistice was signed into effect in Versailles, France on the 11th month, 11th day at the 11th hour. Thus, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in France is 5 a.m. Texas time, which is the reason the anvil shoot starts at 5 a.m. Nov. 11 is observed nation-wide as Veterans Day.

The anvil shoot consists of taking two anvils, placing black powder on one, then placing the other anvil upside down on the first anvil and setting off the black powder with a red-hot rod. The top anvil is blasted several feet into the air.

“As you can imagine, this makes a lot of noise,” said Post members Robert Jackson.

Local blacksmiths continued this tradition for some time until the American Legion Post 222 in Hamilton took over and has continued the tradition.

The anvil shoot has traditionally been the post’s largest fundraiser. Breakfast consisting of gravy, sausage and biscuits will be served.

“The breakfast is free, although donations will be deeply appreciated,” said Jackson.

The event is the oldest anvil shoot in Texas celebrating the end of World War One, “the war to end all wars.”

This year the post is raffling a Remington Express Model 870 12 gauge shotgun, a 50th year anniversary decanter and as set of stainless steel pots and pans

Raffle tickets are available for the shotgun and decanter at a cost of $2 each or three for $5 and for the pots and pans $1 each or six for $5.

The drawings will be held after breakfast. Tickets may be purchased until just prior to the drawing.
Running away is the coward's way out of war.
Appeasement is the coward's way into one.

Biden & Harris is our enemies favorite candidates

In time the right project will find the scrap pile, no need for the scrap pile to go out looking for a project.

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