Incidents of the Ohio Canvas

Among the points of interest in Steubenville, Ohio, is Phillips's founder, now owned by the James Means Foundry and Machine Company. In this foundry the father of Major McKinley, the Republican nominee for Governor, was employed in 1827. On a recent campaign visit to Steubenville the major referred to this fact, and said that his father had requested him to look up the place and see if any trace of it could be found. "I visited the spot," he added, "and found the building still standing." The structure was erected in 1820, being built of oak, and wooden pins being used instead of nails. It is in a good state of preservation, and is used by its present owners as a warehouse for obsolete patterns. We give a picture of the former moulding-room.
During his visit to Steubenville on the 10th of September, Major McKinley was escorted to and from the railway station and the rostrum from which he spoke by a juvenile drum corps of ten pieces. The drums used were made solely of American tin plate. Major McKinley personally congratulated each drummer lad upon his excellent music. The boys were from five to twelve years of age, and they seemed to be especially proud of the opportunity to do honor to the coming Governor of Ohio.
Source: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Monthly, vol.73,1891-92, p. 201