Alliance History Stories

Alliance History Stories

Alliance History Stories

Alliance’s Worst Disaster – The Orr Block Explosion

At 4 o’clock in the afternoon of February 1, 1884, Alliance experienced its worst disaster. Seven people lost their lives and at least 15 others were seriously injured as the fumes from a gasoline spill inside the Orr Block ignited, causing the three-story building to...

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Carnation Festival rooted in Chautauqua Movement

by Jack Weber Long before there was a festival celebrating Alliance as the Carnation City, there was the annual weeklong Chautauqua. Usually held in late July or early August in the early part of the 20th century, residents from throughout the area would flock to the...

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Alliance Municipal Court Mural

The Alliance Municipal Court Mural, located in the stairwell of the Alliance Courthouse features images of local landmarks found throughout the court district. The Alliance Municipal Court serves approximately 50,000 people in Eastern Stark County. The Court District...

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T. R. Morgan, Sr. put Alliance on industrial map

T. R. Morgan, Sr. put Alliance on industrial map

by Jack Weber Col. William Henry Morgan is known for building Alliance’s iconic landmark — Glamorgan Castle. However, years before that magnificent structure was erected, its was W.H. Morgan’s father —  Thomas Rees Morgan, Sr. — who built Morgan Engineering, invented...

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The earliest Alliance telephone book

The earliest Alliance telephone book

The earliest Alliance telephone book owned by Rodman Public Library is the October 1923 edition. In addition to Alliance, listings for Atwater, Marlboro, and Sebring are also included. As the cover declares, “Station-to-station service with low evening and night rates...

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Alliance’s Freedom Trail Walk

Join us for a walk on the Stark Parks Iron Horse Trail from Rodman Public Library through the former village of Freedom to the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home on Sunday, May 16. In case of rain, the walk will take place on May 23. We encourage social distancing while...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Goat Hill

#25. Goat Hill Neighborhood Located at the corner of Morgan Avenue and Garwood Street, in the Goat Hill neighborhood, a marker pays tribute to the many sports teams who played for the Goat Hill Athletic Club. The memorial reads, “Dedicated to an era of Goat Hill...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Caboose

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Caboose

#24. Main Street Caboose and the Lake Erie, Alliance, and Wheeling Railroad If you've visited Downtown Alliance, you may have wondered, "Why is there a caboose in the parking lot?" The caboose is a reminder of days gone by when the Lake Erie, Alliance, and Wheeling...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Aviators

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Aviators

#22. Alliance City Schools Adopt the Aviators as Their Mascot After Charles Lindbergh Flies over the City On September 20, 1991, the Navy A-7 Corsair Jet that adorns the front lawn of Alliance High School was officially dedicated in a program before the student body....

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Glamorgan

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Glamorgan

#21. Glamorgan Castle, Col. Morgan's Home Alliance’s most magnificent home is Glamorgan, the residence built by Colonel William H. Morgan, president of the Morgan Engineering Company. It is named for the historic county in Wales where the Morgan family originated. ...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Levi Lamborn

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Levi Lamborn

#19. Levi Lamborn  and the Scarlet Carnation. The scarlet carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) was adopted as Ohio’s state flower on Feb. 3, 1904 in memory of President William McKinley. McKinley often wore a red carnation in his lapel, thanks to Alliance’s own Levi...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Mabel Hartzell

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Mabel Hartzell

#18. Mabel Hartzell Helps to Shape the Community Mabel Hartzell was not only a founder and benefactor of the Alliance Historical Society, she also helped to shape the Alliance community through a life dedicated to civil service and education.  The daughter of Dallas...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Olive Poisoning

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – The Olive Poisoning

#17. The Olive Poisoning Kills Seven Col. Charles C. Weybrecht was a big man physically with a warm and winning personality to match. He was liked by all who knew him and one could not imagine his having an enemy. From an early age, the military had a strong appeal to...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Curvis Rhyne

#16. Curvis Rhyne Curvis Rhyne (1922-2007) served as a city councilman in Alliance for 48 consecutive years, being first elected in 1951. Curvis was born and raised in Georgia and then moved to the Alliance area in 1942. He attended Akron University Law School for six...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Buckeye Jack

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Buckeye Jack

#15. Buckeye Jack Company Produces Jacks for the Growing Auto Industry and Railroads The Buckeye Jack Company produced jacks for the railroads and the growing auto industry.  The initial products of the company were heavy lifting jacks for railroads and industries. As...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – McCaskey Register

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – McCaskey Register

#14. The McCaskey Register Company Revolutionized the Way Shopkeepers Handled the Accounts of Their Customers The McCaskey Register Company manufactured systems for keeping track of cash and credit accounts, revolutionizing the way shopkeepers and businesses handled...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Famous Visitors

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Famous Visitors

#13. Lincoln, Chase, and McKinley President-Elect Abraham Lincoln made a brief 20 minute stop at the original Sourbeck House located on the north side of the railroad tracks at the Crossing, on February 15, 1861, as he traveled from Illinois to Washington, DC for his...

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25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Village of Mt. Union

25 Top Historical Events in Alliance – Village of Mt. Union

#12.The Village of Mt. Union Jobsville was the first community founded in Washington Township at the intersection of Main Street (now State Street) and Mt. Union Avenue (now Union Avenue). The community requested a post office but the name they wanted, Johnsonville,...

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