Portrait of Augustus Hemenway

Canton Local History Blog

Patty Ryburn, Local History Librarian at the Canton Public Library, will periodically share her research into town history, library history and genealogy.  Feel free to email her any questions you may have at caill@ocln.org!

May 06

1855 H. F. Walling map of Canton, donated by Edward D. Galvin

Posted on May 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM by Patty Ryburn

In the summer of 2011--ten years ago as I write this--Canton native Edward D. Galvin donated from his personal collection of Canton memorabilia and generously paid to have professionally framed a large wall map of emerging industrial Canton.  This now 165 year old early accurate sketch of our community provides a glimpse of the roads and rivers, locales and landmarks--including resources both natural and manmade--which create the backbone of a town that has since increased tenfold in population and now supports hundreds of businesses and organizations.

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Mar 20

Oliver Smith Chapman (18 Aug 1811 - 8 Feb 1877)

Posted on March 20, 2021 at 3:22 PM by Patty Ryburn

Born in Belchertown in western Massachusetts, Oliver Smith Chapman came to Canton in his early twenties as a result of his involvement in the construction of the Canton Viaduct, c. 1834.  Following his father’s occupation as a wheelwright, Oliver also established a sawmill and later found his mechanical proclivities well suited to the transportation industry of the age--the railroad.

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Jan 19

James J. “Jim” Hooley, Jr. (1913 - 2010)

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 3:04 PM by Patty Ryburn

It’s often said that an artist’s spirit and sense of self comes across in their work and in Jim Hooley’s case, this old adage may indeed prove true.

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