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Title: A Harrison Pole Raising
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The custom of liberty pole raising was one dating back to Andrew Jackson's day and was kept up, off and on, in Warren county till recent years. The Warren Republican of October, 1888, had the following concerning one of the last occasions like this: "Last Saturday afternoon, the Republicans of Steuben township had a gathering at Marshfield for the purpose of raising a Harrison and Morton flag pole and speech making. Hon. J. F. Hanly, of Lafayette [later governor], was present and spoke. At four o'clock in the afternoon the raising of the pole began, the power being furnished by a steam traction engine. The pole was one hundred and nine feet long, and required two splices. Everything progressed nicely until the first splice broke, occasioning more than an hour's delay. But the 'boys' were not discouraged and would have been content splicing and re-splicing all night, but what they would have raised the pole. Finally about eight o'clock the work was accomplished and the stars and stripes of Old Glory floated proudly out from the top of the pole, and it can be seen many miles around. The pole breaking was no ill omen of results as to the success of the Republican party this fall, because another pole had been raised on the same spot in the campaign of 1860 when Lincoln and Hannibal were the standard-bearers, and wre elected, though that pole broke in raising." The may here be added that Warren county gave Benjamin Harrison a majority in 1888 of 829 votes.

Warren county gave William McKinley a majority of 945 in 1896.

So, it will be observed that Warren county had been either Whig or Republican, on national issues, from its earliest election down to 1880. While this is true, it should be stated that many from opposition political organizations have been elected to county and state positions, aided by the Republican votes of this county, on the true theory of good government (locally) to vote for the most competent man, regardless of party, but stick to the platform of your national party, if that platform suits your political and honest belief. Since 1880 the vote of Warren county has stood usually Republican, but it is of little interest to attempt to give the results in figures, concerning the many election periods, save to give the vote at the last Presidential election, that of 1908, when the vote in the various precincts in Warren county was as follows:

...................Taft Republican.......Bryan Democratic
East Adams............86.......................34
West Adams............101......................23
Jordan................155......................67
Kent..................82.......................77
East Liberty..........129......................86
West Liberty..........137......................55
Medina................134......................17
Mound.................78.......................51
East Pike.............125......................34
West Pike.............100......................30
Pine..................106......................102
Prairie...............133......................99
North Steuben.........95.......................33
South Steuben.........70.......................42
East Warren...........118......................70
West Warren...........83.......................49
Washington (district 1)..115...................58
Washington (district 2)..104...................51
Washington (district 3)..141...................50

Total..................2,092...................1,017

There were also seventy votes in the county for the Prohibition ticket and four for the People's Party ticket, making a total vote in the county in 1908 of 3,183.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Warren and Fountain Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001442
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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