Carnation Day Commemorates Birth of William McKinley
There is every indication that Carnation
Day, which commemorates the birth of William McKinley, will be more
widely observed than ever throughout the United States today. The
Carnation Day observance was originated by the late Joseph Adams,
of Kalamazoo, Mich., who, after the death of the “martyr president,”
suggested that on each January 29th every one wear a carnation,
the favorite flower of the slain statesman. The suggestion was taken
up by the entire country, and each year has witnessed an extension
of the observance. The Carnation league [sic] of America was formed
to foster the movement, and its efforts have been attended with
Interest in the McKinley Day celebration
naturally centers in the Ohio cities of Niles and Canton. The body
of the former President rests in the tomb on Monument Hill in Canton,
where McKinley long resided. At Niles, where he was born, the cornerstone
was recently laid for a National McKinley Birthplace Memorial. This
edifice, when completed, will be a two-story building, severely
colonial in architecture, flanked by wings, and with a marble figure
of McKinley, twelve feet in height, in front of the structure. Ionic
columns will support the main portico. The Niles memorial project
was initiated by J. G. Butler, Jr., of Youngstown, O., who was largely
responsible for raising the funds to carry it through. Henry C.
Frick was the largest contributor to the fund, giving $50,000.
The house in which the future chief
executive was born was a frame structure of two stories which stood
on the main street in Niles. The site is now occupied by a bank.
The house was removed to another site, where it was permitted to
fall into ruin, vandals helping in its demolition. A few years ago
the building was purchased by a public-spirited woman, but it was
then only the crumbling shell of the house which was the first home
of one of Ohio’s most distinguished sons.