Friday, May 3, 2013

Oregon McKinley Ribbon: Gold Standard & Corvallis Ladies Club

In response to the Bryan 1897 ribbon, who was a free silver man, I have found this McKinley Our Standard care of Old Politicals Auction # 8 in 2010. It was being offered at $595.00, but didn't attract any bids.

5" Silk Ribbon
A fantastic ribbon. The gold really stands out. 1896 saw the gold standard supporters wage ideological war with the free silver advocates. Here is a McKinley Hobart jugate ribbon from the collection of Oregon APIC member John Silvertooth. It is from the Ladies Club in Corvallis, Oregon.

Haven't been able to find out any information on what the event was for the Ladies McKinley Club. I bet a look through some archives at OSU or the Benton County Historical Society might shed some light on what happened at the event.

County Results Map from Wikipedia
As you can see from the above map, the election of 1896 was very close in Oregon, as we discovered in the Bryan post, McKinley won by some 2,000 votes.

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