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ADDRESS BY GOVERNOR A. V. DONAHEY
At the annual meeting of the Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society the audience was favored by the presence and encouraging words of Governor A. V. Donahey. A most cordial reception was accorded to the Governor and he responded with the following address:
Governor Campbell, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I came here this afternoon to loan my presence for a few minutes and to say that I am deeply interested in the archæological and historical work of our state. I might say that when I served as auditor of state I always aided this organization in every way I could, believing, as I did, that the work you are leaving to posterity will be most valuable. I have often thought that no public official is fully qualified, and no citizen is fit to exercise the power of voting, until he or she has studied the past.
You have here a great collection. Ohio far excels many states of our union in its collection of antiquities. I remember visiting Minnesota, in company with Dr. Thompson and other educators, a few years ago. I investigated that feature there and found that Ohio can well be proud of its work in that line and of the splendid work done by this Society in the past.
When I moved into the Governor's mansion I found there a number of splendid bookcases, built into that home, but I found that save about twenty volumes dealing with history we had little in that line. We did not have even a set of the reports of the Ohio State Archäological and Historical Society. I would like to suggest that a set of those reports be sent to the mansion and placed there, as a part of its library. I want to assure you that the set I have in private life I have taken great pleasure in reading.
I remember when I became auditor of state I wanted to know what other auditors of state had said. I struggled with reports covering fifty or sixty years, and finally I came across a report that stood out the report of old John Brough, afterwards Governor of Ohio. His report shows that he under
stood affairs of state. He presented his report in a splendid manner. Being further interested in this great statesman I looked into the annuals of your Society, and I found there two articles on John Brough, as Governor and as Auditor of State. The more I studied that character the more I realized that he was one of the outstanding statesmen of our state. His
record as Governor stands along with that of our friend here [Governor Campbell]. Yesterday a prominent citizen of Cleveland visited me, and I said to him, "Do you know that John Brough lies buried in Cleveland?" He said, "I do not." There are probably not five dozen among the citizens of Cleveland who know that John Brough's body lies there.
I want to say that as long as I am Governor of Ohio, and always as a private citizen of Ohio, I shall be interested in your work in every possible way. I believe that this Society is doing a splendid work, and there is ever more work to do. I want you to command me, either in public or private life, whenever I can be of service to this organization. [Applause).
The village of Milan, Erie County, Ohio, has acquired nation-wide and world-wide fame as the birthplace of one of the great inventors of the age. Thomas Alva Edison was born there February 11, 1847. A more extended sketch of this famous son of Ohio is reserved for the future. It is the purpose here to record briefly a recent visit of Edison to the place of his birth on Saturday, August 11, 1923. He came in company with Henry Ford and Harvey S. Firestone, the wellknown manufacturers and successful business men, the latter also a native Ohioan and identified with the
great rubber industry of Akron.
The village of Milan, we are told by the local paper, was in holiday attire. Announcement of the proposed visit had been made a short time previous and the people crowded to the public park not only from the village but the surrounding country. It was almost four o'clock in the afternoon when the arrival of the guests was announced. They came by automobile and repaired at once to the old home of Edison, where his cousin, Miss Metta Wadsworth, and friends were waiting to greet and receive them. “The ubiquitous camera-men,” we are told, had taken up positions most favorable for obtaining good pictures of the visitors. While the party was on the front porch the click of the cameras was noticeable. One of the camera-men seemingly anxious to secure a good picture of Mr. Edison, suggested to Mrs. Edison who accompanied him that she attract his attention towards the trees in front of the house. Pointing to the trees, Mrs. Edison said, 'We want the tree doctors to take care of these trees, we don't want them
* The Milan Ledger of August 16, 1923.
to go.' Mr. Edison looked up towards the trees and nodded his head. The camera-man snapped the picture.”
We do not have a copy of this picture for the QUARTERLY. In its stead we reproduce a cut from a fine photograph of Mr. Edison in the possession of the Society. Milan has an excellent brass band which of