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!

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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Nov 17

Sergeant Edward J. Beatty (10 Apr 1892 - 20 Apr 1918)

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 4:05 PM by Patty Ryburn

Much has been written about Canton native U.S. Army Sergeant Edward J. Beatty in the slightly more than one hundred years since his death at the Battle of Seicheprey, France, the location of the first significant infantry battle of World War I.

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Oct 17

Robert W. Lesieur (1918 - 2008)

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 3:35 PM by Patty Ryburn

Sixty years of Bob Lesieur’s prolific artistic life of nine decades were spent in Canton and many of the hundreds of paintings that he left as a legacy memorialize both the surroundings and the individuals that make up this community as well as the neighboring natural refuges that he so enjoyed.

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