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The Canton Independent Sentinel
130 Years Ago-1889 8/22/2019
So much rain seems to be detrimental to everything around Roaring Branch except the tobacco crop, which is flourishing nicely through it all. The potato crop is almost a failure.
George Tebo, enterprising butcher, is reconstructing his residence at Carpenter, putting on a fine large addition.
E W Sweet has the foundations ready for two new houses to be erected on Washington Street.
Twenty-five couples came up from Williamsport last Friday to enjoy the hop at Minnequa.
Frost last Sunday night in Ellenton. (August 15 paper).
Allen Baker, Charlie Selden and Frank Snell made a trip to Towanda and back in bicycles Sunday.
John Vroman has certainly made a very cosy opera house out of his rink building. It has been entirely rebuilt, ceiled, and fitted up in handsome shape. It will comfortably seat 500, and can be properly warmed.
The first annual ball, banquet and fair of Innes Hose No. 1 will be held on September 18.
120 Years Ago-1899 8/22/2019
The recent outbreak of anthrax near Canton has excited considerable interest. It was found that four cows had died with the disease and one cow had recovered. Matthew Fitzwater and his son contracted the carbuncular form from skinning the first cow that had died. Both men are convalescing rapidly under Dr. Lewis's treatment. The only possible source of the infection was from the grave of a horse which had been buried by gypsies in one of Mr. Fitzwater's pastures six weeks before.
An elderly man named Van Kueren was killed by the cars near Fassett. He was walking on the track from his home in Elmira to Fassett to visit his son.
Bricklayers began work on the new Catholic church on Monday, and a good start has been made.
Will Foster and his cousin Russell, of Wilmington NC, were coasting on their bicycles down the steep hill below the Presbyterian church at East Canton. Will, in his effort to avoid a collision with his cousin, ran off the bridge abutment and dropped about ten feet to the creek bank below. He was still astride when he landed and strange to relate the only injury sustained was to the rim of his wheel, which was broken.
The seven-year old daughter of Will West, who lives about a mile below LeRoy, was kicked in the face by a horse and severely injured.
Edwin F. Mato's Pudd'nhead Wilson company commences rehearsals in Canton September 1 and will open at the Lewis pera House September 14 before beginning its tour at Elmira on the 15th.
100 Years Ago-1919 8/22/2019
The first air plane that ever landed in Canton swept gracefully down to earth in a field on the Al Collins farm, just at the foot of Armenia Mountain, about a mile and a quarter from the post-office last Thursday. It was a Curtis bi-plane, in charge of William Cox, a discharged officer from the United States Aviation Corps. He was on his way from Toronto, Canada to Philadelphia with one of six similar planes which a firm with which he is connected had purchased in Toronto. This was Mr Cox's second trip and he had four more to deliver. he landing was made to replenish the supply of gasolene and to telegraph his firm in Philadelphia for funds. He came to town in Burgess Stull's car, made his purchase of gasolene, sent his telegram, got a reply and cashed his telegraph draft. John Innes, Jr., of this place, inspected the Willys-Overland engine when it was assembled at the Elmira plant last year and carefully went over it Thursday and reported it was still in splendid condition. Mr. Cox took fifteen gallons of gasolene and said he expected to get ten miles out of each gallon. The keys to our city were presented by Burgess Stull.
A subscription is being taken up among the Canton business men for the purposes of putting the finishing touches on the baseball diamond on the playground.
Canton was visited by one of the hardest storms within the memory of man on Friday afternoon last. It began about half past three when it became so dark that the electric lights were turned on in all of the businesses and many residences. The storm soon broke in a deluge of water, accompanied by hail stones that pounded the roof like a bombardment of artillery. The rain fell in such torrents that for half an hour one could not see across the street, while the gutters ran regular rivers. On Troy street, at the intersection with Main, but a foot or two of the crown of the street was visible on account of the muddy waters running on both sides. A Ford car in front of Newman's drug store, was in water up to its running boards. Peal after peal of thunder, accompanied by blinding flashes of lightning, added to the terrifying situation. When the storm cleared away no serious damage was reported, beyond the killing of two yearling colt's on Postmaster Davison's farm a a mile south of town. The storm was strictly local. No rain at all was reported from Troy and very little at points south and east of us.
At the meeting of the VIA, called to consider the moving of the band stand to the playground, the proposition was rejected.
80 Years Ago-1939 8/22/2019
After more than a week of "strikes" resulting from the union demand of $2.35 for local milk, the union producers of the Canton area voted to accept the $2.15 per hundred price. Locally the strike proved exciting and somewhat annoying to borough residents, but actual property damage was limited to a possible hundred cans of milk which were "dumped" during the week of strife.
Robert, the 20-year old son of Mr. & Mrs. George Goff of Canton, sustained fatal injuries when the car he was driving plunged over a small embankment and into a telephone pole on Route 14 in Grover. In the car with him was Gordon Johnson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Claude Johnson, also of Canton. Johnson suffered painful but not serious injuries. Both boys graduated from Canton High School in the spring of 1938.
Mrs. Sara Moskovitz, of Canton, was one of a number who were granted final papers in Naturalization court held in Towanda on Tuesday.
70 Years Ago 1929 8/22/2019
Frank Walk Jr. has been elected to teach English and social studies in the Canton High School. Miss Edna Kniffin of Canton has been elected as a teacher in the elementary school.
Word has been received of the death of Harry Davenport of Hollywood, at the age of 83 years. The silver-haired actor, who lived in Canton for many years, had spent 78 of his 83 years in show business.
On Friday night, the Williamsport Lakes-To-Sea Softball team played a doubleheader with Canton at the VIA grounds. The first game went to Williamsport 5-0 and the second game went to Canton 4-0.
Plans are being worked out between Canton businessmen and the Baptist Camp at Canton for the use of the Camp swimming pool by local residents.
60 Years Ago-1959 8/22/2019
A truck accident occurred on Troy Street last Sunday evening near the Walter Gardner Service Station. Two trucks were traveling close together and as the first truck stopped quickly to avoid striking a dog, the second truck could not stop in time and sheared off a telephone pole. It was some time before the telephone men had the lines repaired and long distance service restored.
The annual Collins Valve Family Picnic will be held at Lambs Lookout on Saturday.
Canton's rejuvenated Merchants continued their pursuit of the league championship last Sunday by humiliating league -leading Owego by the score of 11 to 2. Alden Fitzwater, 16-year old righthander, twirled what might have been the best game of his young career, He scattered six singles and in only one inning was the opposition able to get more than one hit.
50 Years Ago-1969 8/22/2019
A Horse-Pony show will be held August 10 at the Canton Firemen's Fair Grounds. The event is sponsored by the East Canton 4-H Club.
Police Chief Michael Dieffenbach reports that three juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct for creating a disturbance at midnight, awakening people in the area. Meter collections from the streets were $507.60 in July and $22 from the municipal lot.
Much interest has been aroused here this past week by developments between the Canton Borough Authority and a water consumer and property owner. Customer E W Johnson placed his fork lift over a shut-off valve which serves the laundromat. He paid his water bill but refuses to pay the sewer charge, saying it was excessive. Property owner Paul Terry has refused the Authority's offer of $100 for a right-of-way across his land to lay sewer pipe from the new elementary school to the sewer plant. He refuses to let contractors on the land. Both matters are at a stand-off as the county judge is on vacation and it is not possible to get an injunction.
Mr. & Mrs. Don Baldwin accompanied their son Deb to the Chemung County Airport. He left by plane enroute to Stockholm, Sweden, where he will be a Rotary Exchange Student.
A severe electrical storm hit the area Friday causing heavy rainfall and tree damage. Lightning struck in several places. Francis Leggett was stunned by a bolt which entered the Esso gas station, knocking Mr. Leggett against a wall.