Here's 23 Horton Men Who Saw McKinley
Hayes Chamberlain started something when he voiced he inquiry in last Thursday's Headlight as to how many men are still living here who took part in the Rock Island excursion from Horton to Canton, Ohio, 38 years ago, to visit William McKinley, then the Republican nominee for President.
Casper Greb started making up a list shortly after he read the paper, and he figured out 20 persons still residing in Horton who made the trip. He also dug up the badge given to everyone, and brought it down to The Headlight office Monday. It is printed on heavy yellow ribbon, with a gilt clasp at the top to hold the pin in which it was attached to the coat of the wearer. Mr Greb says about 650 men were working at the shops in 1896 and at least 450 to 500 of them made the trip. He lists the following who still live in Horton today:
As a matter of fact, Charles Cahill really lives in Topeka, and Henry Nelson and John Rooney are both spending the winter in California. John Fern and Milt During also live south of Horton in the country. But it makes a good list as a starter list. Who can add to it?
Jules Bourquin wasn't satisfied with the list as he said it didn't contain the names of a single member of the Horton band, which took part in the trip. Jules was an aprentice at the shops at the time, but also played in the band. Rud Nadeau and Johnny Cobbs, still living in Horton, were also two bandsmen who were on the trip. Nadeau led the band in parade in Canton. J.A. Cobbs was distinguished by missing the train at Chicago on the return trip.
Casper Greb recalls that the late C.H. Schneider was one of the managers of the trip, while W.G. Kelley and Morris Cahill were two of the Rock Island employees on the committee that handled the excursion. Harry Monkhouse was then master mechanic at the shops, with Harry Cadott general car foreman and John Gill general locomotive foreman.
The train was made up of around nine tourist Pullmans and a baggage car, according to present recollections. The baggage car contained refreshments, for there were no stops made for meals. Leaving Horton early in the morning, the special train reached Chicagp about supper time. The run from there to Canton, Ohio was made at night and the Rock Island men arrived at McKinley's home at 7:30 the next morning and immediately paraded out to his residence. The entire day was spent in Canton with another night consumed on the run back to Chicago. The excursionists then were given a day to look over the Windy City. They left there about supper time and were back in Horton bright and early the next morning, ready to return to work.
The badge Mr. Greb has kept all these years as a memento of the campaign has a fine celluloid picture of Major Wm. McKinley and reads as follows:
From the Horton Headlight - December 24, 1934 p. 2