From Abraham Lincoln''s visit in 1861 to President McKinley''s campaign trail, Alliance entertained many notables, such as: Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Garfield.
During the Civil War, Alliance was headquarters for a military district and home to J. Ridgeway Haines who founded an underground haven for runaway slaves.
In 1871, the Alliance Review was born; and Morgan Engineering, then the Marchand and Morgan Company, moved to Alliance from Pittsburgh. But all was not well...
An economic panic hit Alliance in 1873 and was prolonged by the great railroad strike, forcing more than half of the merchants out of business and many families out of their homes.
It was during the second year of economic recovery that Joshua and William opened J.S. Cassaday & Sons. facilities.
Alliance was changing...the first meetings of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Knights of Columbus took place and Mount Union was incorporated as part of Alliance.
In 1903, just three years after the horseless carriage appeared in Alliance, Samuel Ervin Cassaday became a partner with his brother Daniel. Two years later, Edgar H. Turkle, Sr., Daniel''s son-in-law, also joined the firm.