Michael B. Cain is a well known citizen of Columbus, where he has been prominent in labor circles for many years.
He was born in Wayne County, Indiana, September 23, 1875, a son of Michael and Rachel E. (Morrow) Cain.
The Cain family were early pioneers of Wayne County. Michael B. Cain lived on a farm there until he was seventeen
years of age and received a common school education. When he left home he entered a glass factory, learned the
trade of glass blower in which he became an expert. He came to Columbus in 1907 and entered the service of the
Winslow Glass Company. In December, 1916, he went to Glasgow, Scotland, to introduce the American system for the
North British Bottle Company. He was abroad when the United States entered the World War, and at once offered his
services to the American Consul at Glasgow. On his return to Columbus in February, 1918, he was assigned to work
as special investigator under Fred C. Croxton, state food administrator.
In 1919 Mr. Cain was elected president of the Columbus Federation of Labor. He has been identified with the labor
movement for a great many years. He resigned as president of the Federation in November, 1921, to associate himself
with the Central Securities Company. Subsequently he promoted the Arra Mortgage Bond and Abstract Company, and
the Columbus Securities and Realty Company, and was president of the latter. In February, 1924, he resigned as
president of the Columbus Securities and Realty Company to again take an active part in the labor movement. He
was again elected president and business representative of the Columbus Federation of Labor and continued in that
capacity until February, 1930. On March 3, 1924, he was appointed by the County Auditor, Mr. Thatcher, as one of
a committee of seven deputies for the reappraisal of Franklin County property. In the summer of 1923 Mr. Cain became
a candidate for the Columbus City Council, indorsed by the Federation of Labor and the Home Rule Association and
at the primaries in August he was one of the eight to receive the nomination. In the election following in spite
of the fact that he received 22,000 votes he was defeated.
Since 1928 he has been devoting his time to a "Modern Scientific Industrial Development" in Franklin
County, and it has been submitted to some of the greatest students of labor and high officials in the industrial
world and has been acclaimed a great piece of work.
On December 6, 1898, Mr. Cain married Mrs. Laura R. Wallace of Liberty, Indiana, and they have one adopted son,
Michael B. Cain, Jr., now a student of West High School in the class of 1931. Mrs. Cain had two children by her
first marriage, George E. and Edna M. Wallace. Mrs. Cain died in April, 1930, and is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery,
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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