Thomas H. Kane

Thomas was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 15, 1872 to Henry and Elizabeth (Mack) Kane. He attended public high school in Toledo, but did not go on to college. He gained his experience first hand in the steel industry from the time he was 15 years old. He came to Youngstown in 1908 to work for Truscon Steel Company. He received a number of related patents and rose to become Vice-President before 1921. He married Alice R. Bumgardner, also from Toledo, and they had four children: Frederick C., Thomas Carlton, Alice Rachel, and Thomas Henry. Fredrick served in the first world war.[1] Kane was active in civic life. In addition to being a YMCA Trustee and Vice-President, he was active in the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He served three years as the President of the federated churches. In 1926 he became President of Berger Manufacturing in Canton. Thomas Kane died of a heart attack at St. Elizabeth's Hospital waiting for the results of an operation on his wife on October 11, 1926.[2] On September 30, 1930, Camp Fitch dedicated the $16,000 Kane Lodge, the new dining hall in Kane's memory for his “vital interest” in the camp.[3]


1. a Butler, Joseph G. Jr., 1921. History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Ohio; Volume 2. Chicago and New York, American Historical Society, pp.367.
2. a The Vindicator, October 11, 1926. Thos. H. Kane Dies Suddenly. Youngstown Vindicator, pp.1.
3. a The Vindicator, September 8, 1930. Dedicate Fitch Memorials. Youngstown Vindicator, pp.4.