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True Tales from Canton’s Past: Coasting Back in Time

Mildred Morse Allen’s sled, which was purchased from Jordan Marsh Co. circa 1910 (In the collection of the Canton Historical Society)

The boys had done this exercise countless times. The weather was perfect and the early December freeze made for excellent conditions. Two old sleds were taken from the Aldrich barn in Ponkapoag. The metal skids had been repaired by the blacksmith and he didn’t charge a penny for work that cost him $4. The boys […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Naming Rights

Chief Fitzpatrick gazes at the names of the retired firemen that served under his command.

There was a moment this past Saturday, a quiet time at the end of the event, where Jim Fitzpatrick went over to the newly dedicated Fireman’s Memorial and just sat on the granite bench and paused. Everyone had left and the small park was deserted. Hardly anyone noticed as the venerable Chief looked over the […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Flowers at a Grave

The 300-year-old footstone of Gilburt Indicott (Photo by the author)

The leaves crunch underfoot, just as they did exactly 300 years ago in the same spot. There is a mossy bed that surrounds the head and footstone, and the October light dapples through the leaves of beautiful poplar. Much has changed beyond the walls of this place, but the reflections on life and sanctity are […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Walking in his Footsteps

A concept of the planned visitor center that would echo the original Revere house and bell tower (Joe Viamonte Design)

After five years of writing these stories, the sense that Canton has a far greater history than many comparable towns is now apparent. And when you take stock of what this town has become economically and socially and where it is going, we are in a remarkable position to memorialize and capitalize on some of […]

Brothers’ enlistment continues proud family tradition

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As he stood there in his service dress uniform under the hot July sun at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Master Sergeant Stephen Mulford was struck by how little and also how much things had changed. A former Marine himself, Mulford had gone through boot camp there 40 years earlier and it all looked […]

True Tales: Light the Corners of My Mind

The end of an era: the Blue Hill Street Trolley stuck in the snow (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

In 1972 the town of Canton celebrated the 175th anniversary of the founding of this community. There were the usual parades, costume balls, and even a mock town meeting to carry the history forward. An old movie from 1938 was presented for young and old to reflect upon how much had changed in town. There […]

CHS alumna follows her passion to Music City USA

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For Joanna Sugameli, failure was an important step on her road to success. After graduating from Canton High School in 2009, Sugameli went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in music education, planning to become an educator. For her, the decision was an easy one. “My mom is a teacher […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: A Jewel on Elm Street

The Reed House on Elm Street as it looked when Nancy and Edward Mayo owned the house circa 1880 (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

It is a small, unassuming house on Elm Street. Look closely and examine it from the street and you will see a low hip roof, an elegant yet simple porch, and a fanlight over the front door. This address, perhaps the finest and most sophisticated Italianate style house in Canton, is a national jewel beyond […]

Canton woman reflects on ‘eye-opening’ Olympic journey

Elaine Lovett and Chris Flynn in Olympic Park in Rio prior to a USA women's basketball game

When Elaine Lovett casually mentioned to a group of her friends at a social gathering earlier this summer that she was planning to go to Rio de Janeiro in August to attend the 2016 Olympic Games, they were genuinely excited for her but also understandably concerned. A few weeks later, while attending a USA women’s […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Devoted Servant

There is an old and little used adage that today, fortunately, has very little utility: Behind every man there is a woman. And indeed there was a time when it was entirely true. No truer than the woman that was behind Dr. Harvey Cushing — in his day the most famous neurosurgeon in the world. […]

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