Senior classes at Monmouth College often leave a senior class gift before their graduation. The senior class of 1903 wanted to give a gift unlike no other. The class of 1903 planned to donate a cannon as their senior class gift and place the cannon in front of a flagpole on Broadway street. The cannon was received from the Rock Island Arsenal and was supposed to be stored at the CB&Q railroad depot, which used to be located on South Fifth Street in Monmouth, Illinois, until it was delivered to Monmouth College. This senior class gift would have been remarkable, but the class of 1904 had a different plan for the cannon.
Daniel Meyer and Jeffrey D. Rankin, "A Thousand Hearts Devotion: A History of Monmouth College", 2002
Jeff Rankin, "The Great Cannon Caper", A Slide Presentation, 2001