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True Tales from Canton’s Past: Grey Boxes

A rare glimpse inside the textile room at the Canton Historical Society

As soon as you open the door, cool air sweeps across your face and you quickly enter the small room. This is a special place, and as your eyes adjust to the dim light, large stainless steel racks come into focus. Dozens of grey boxes, all neatly hand labeled, line the shelves. And inside many […]

Family’s chance discovery unlocks window into dad’s World War II days

Canton Historical Society President Paul Mitcheroney (2nd from right) accepts a donation from the Neal family. Also pictured are (l-r) Richard Neal, Geoffrey Neal, Jennifer McNulty, and Pamela Neal Katz. (Mary Ann Price photo)

Brothers Geoffrey and Richard Neal grew up on Spring Lane, where they played in the attic as children with a samurai sword and a Japanese flag that their father, the late Brigadier General Willis A. Neal, USMCR, brought back from his years of service in World War II. One of their father’s personal items that […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: The Western Wall

The shameful condition of our National Historic Site, hidden and overgrown (Photo by the author)

When the new condominiums on Walpole Street were built, a plan was conceived to help beautify Viaduct Park with privately planted trees and flowers. And for a while at least, it was a charmingly planted space. Flowers bloomed and the grass was tended. The town’s capable and talented Department of Public Works cleared the river […]

Father’s Day ceremony to honor ‘great dad’ Tom Gunning

The Gunning family on a recent trip to Ireland

This coming Sunday, June 19, as families around the world celebrate the fathers and father figures in their lives, the Canton community will gather at Windsor Woods field to celebrate the life and legacy of one of their own, Thomas J. Gunning, a dedicated community member and an adored father of three. Gunning, a lifelong […]

Resident’s new novel offers hope on path to recovery

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Author to visit Canton library June 7 Gerald and Linda Carmichael used to take their children on camping trips to Maine when they were young. Jerry Carmichael recalled that there was no television to watch or radio to listen to, so he used to make up stories to amuse his family. His children enjoyed going […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: 125 Years of Promise

The following is an excerpt from “125 Years of Promise,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau. Several years ago, this writer found himself heading for neurosurgery to correct a failed disc high up in the spine. As anyone who has been through major surgery knows, your […]

Canton opts for community-driven approach in fight against substance abuse


An extended version of this story appears in the May 26 print edition of the Canton Citizen. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has popularized the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child.” This quote, borrowed from a traditional African proverb, is analogous to what has occurred in Canton in the ongoing fight […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: The House Within

The historic Withington-Bird House is now tucked away near a modern subdivision on Lantern Lane. (Photo by the author)

The Canton we know today was once the wilds of Dorchester. This area, largely inhabited by the Ponkapoag tribe, became an attractive settlement for a handful of pioneering men and women leaving the relative congestion of larger towns. The idea of buying and selling land was a purely English notion; the natives had no concept […]

Canton woman pays it forward with kidney donation

Nancy Cahillane Connor

When Nancy Cahillane Connor made the decision to offer one of her healthy kidneys to Stephanie Glazer — a New Jersey woman who had only come into her life just months earlier — she made sure to do her homework and thought long and hard about the surgery and the recovery time and all that […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Crane Guards

The entire village of South Canton gathered to see the militia in their stunning uniforms at the house of the general. On that Friday in October 1823, the trees dripped with red and gold and an autumn sun cast long shadows across Washington Street. The force was made up of many of the sons of […]

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