It’s an election year so Somebodyisfromhere.com knows it’s time to start kissing up to Ohio. Earlier in the year, he wrote about the town of Defiance leading to the sweet General Wayne quote: “I defy the French, Indians, and all the devils of hell to take it.”
Now, he turns to Alliance.
Ominously, “Alliance is sometimes referred to as “The town where Main Street is a dead end.” This is because, “Main Street was originally laid out to bring traffic to the train station, the heart of the city’s transportation hub.”
Alliance is one of those towns that doesn’t quite appear to have an origin story. There are two ideas. “One holds that it was chosen because of the “alliance” of three small settlements into a larger entity.”
Meanwhile, the alliance between cat and human seems to have been consummated in town. It’s currently home to the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation’s Feline Historical Museum.
According to Wiki, “Alliance is commonly referred to as the Carnation City.” Although, it is unclear what “commonly” means. The origin of this is much easier.
Alliance gave Ohio its official state flower, the scarlet carnation. Alliance’s association with the carnation began in 1866 when an Alliance doctor, Levi L. Lamborn, purchased six potted carnation plants to grow in a greenhouse at his house. At that time this flower was rarely cultivated in the United States. In 1876 Lamborn ran against William McKinley for the Congressional seat from this district. The two men were personal friends, although they were political opponents. McKinley had expressed his admiration for Lamborn’s carnations, so before each of their political debates Lamborn gave McKinley a carnation to wear on his lapel. Mr. McKinley won the election and associated the carnation with his success, and wore carnations during his successful campaigns for Governor of Ohio and then President of the United States.
In 1884 Lamborn suggested that Ohio should make the carnation a state emblem. In 1904, three years after President McKinley’s assassination, the Ohio General Assembly designated the scarlet carnation as the official state flower as a “token of love and reverence to the memory of William McKinley”. On 29 January of each year (President McKinley’s birth anniversary), a bouquet of red carnations is placed in the hands of McKinley’s statue at the Capitol in Columbus.
Somebodyisfromhere.com hears the White House has a nice garden. What are the chances Obama gives Romney a flower to wear on his lapel during their debates.