Niles Daily News article excerpt February 5, 1910

Since 2015 marks the centennial of the groundbreaking and cornerstone laying of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, here are some excerpts from an article in the February 5, 1910 Niles Daily News. This article covered the Niles Board of Trade Banquet during which Joseph Butler spoke and first suggested his idea of building a memorial to William McKinley in his birthplace, Niles, Ohio.

The Board of Trade Entertains its Friends

A Sumptuous Banquet Tendered to those who Assisted in Securing the Fostoria Glass Specialty Co. – A Royal Good time

Lots Awarded Subscribers

Movement Started by J.G. Butler, Jr. To Erect a Suitable Monument in This City to the Memory of Ex-President William McKinley. (excerpts from Butler’s speech)

“Mr. Toastmaster and Niles Friends

Although I had not the good fortune to be born in Niles, my first recollection is here, having been brought here when an infant. I lived here until my twenty-third year and have no hesitation in saying that at least a good portion of those twenty-three years were the happiest of my life. I have always retained a kindly feeling for the town and have never lost an opportunity of saying a good word for Niles and its people. In fact, I feel that I am still one of you…

I hope it will be overlooked if I do not stick very close to the text. Whenever I am in Niles my thoughts turn backward, and I am liable to think and say some things that might not be exactly pertinent to the text.”

From the rest of the article:

“Mr. Butler then gave some reminiscences about his school days at the old White school house…”

“…told of the organization of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, mentioned a number of places of historical interest around Niles, then paid a tribute to the memory of President McKinley, and advocated the erection of a suitable monument to his memory here in Niles and stated that he intended taking up the matter personally and heading the subscription list with a most substantial sum. This sentiment was loudly cheered and the suggestion made by the speaker will without doubt take definite form within a very short time.”

(Niles Daily News, Feb. 5, 1910, p 1 retrieved 3.2.2015 from http://mckinley.advantage-preservation.com/document/niles-daily-news-1910-02-05-page-1)

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