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Harry E. Linton - Father of Nora Emily Linton

Ohio

Towns of :  Canton - New Berlin / North Canton - Wooster
Counties of:  Stark - Wayne - Columbiana

A Photographic Scrapbook Of Our Family History 

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Canton & Massillon Scenes

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  1. Postcard of Canton near McKinley Monument mailed 1908
  2. The Aultman Company factory, 1900 drawn image
  3. Gross Farm (East Ohio Gas Co.) Workers, 1908.
  4. Ohio Power Building - 1926
  5. Gibbs Ave School in 1929.
  6. 228 Hower St., North Canton, Ohio, 1929
  7. Church where Donald Erbland & Marion Brown were Married
  8. Cleveland Ave and 2nd St. N.W. in 1929
  9. After the Lefkovits Store Fire, 1929
  10. Home of President William McKinley, 1928
  11. Roush School, Student Photo in 1912
  12. "Arrowheads" found by Will and Terry Brown
  13. 432 Witwer St. NE, North Canton
  14. Canton Parade
  15. Vehicle with 1927 License Plate
  16. North Market between 6th & 8th St., Canton - 1928
  17. Court House, Canton - 1929
  18. Canton Public Square, 1929
  19. 1935 Flood, Canton
  20. Massillon, c. 1920s
  21. McKinley Hotel
  22. Price Farm Station of The East Ohio Gas Company
  23. Final site of the Canton Cutlery Co. as it appeared in Oct. 2003.

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A post card sent to Will Brown from his wife, Maude. The McKinley Monument is visible in the background. The card is postmarked at New Kensington, Pennsylvania and is dated "Aug.18, 1908".  The reverse side of the card reads: "Dear Will, Arrived OK - Everybody glad to see us. Wish you were here to. The children are having a fine time. All send love, Maude".
 Canton Pre-1910 with McKinley Monument in the background

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The outside, back cover of the Aultman Company catalogue for 1900 shows this view of their Canton factory.  This factory, as it existed 14 years earlier, is the location where August Erbland died  in 1886. The front cover of the catalogue reads, "The Seventieth Year / The Aultman Company, / Canton, Ohio. / Threshers and Engines. / 1900." (The slash marks indicate line breaks and the punctuation shown here is as it appears on the catalogue.) This image was supplied by Dr. Robert T. Rhode, professor of English at Northern Kentucky University and author on the steam-power era. Dr. Rhode is the owner of the original catalogue from which this image is taken.  "Many thanks" go out to Dr. Rhode for giving us his permission to use this image on our website. The artist's perspective is looking to the east from a point above the intersection of S. Market and Buckeye St. (now named Buckeye Pl. SW).  The "molding department" where August Erbland died is the long building to the extreme left centre of the aerial view; seen running to the upper left of the image from just 'behind' the two tall chimneys.  The moulding department building was approx 62 meters long by 33 meters wide. Sheet 11 of the Sanborn maps dated January, 1887, shows the location of the moulding building, which is labelled "Moulding Ho."  From this map, it appears that the factory layout that existed in 1886 closely matched this 1900 drawing.  The interior photos are also from the 1900 catalogue belonging to Dr. Rhode. They show machinery in the boiler shop.

This image is taken from the outside, back cover of the Aultman Company catalogue,1900.

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“Gross Farm” was a, East Ohio Gas Company station.  This image is from a picture post card and shows 18 who presumably worked at the station.  It was located in Jackson Twp., Stark County, Ohio.  Sam Morehead is the 2nd from the right, back row. Sam Morehead was the son-in-law of Marion Alice Brown, Will Brown’s sister.  Sam's wife was Anirah Agnes Hayward, known as "Nina". The back of the source postcard is dated 1908. This image is courtesy of Kathleen Morehead.
18 men at the East Ohio Gas Company’s “Gross Farm” compressor station, 1908.

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Ohio Power Building, Canton, Ohio - 1926.  This image shows the corner of Cleveland Ave. & 3rd SW, Canton, Ohio as it appeared in 1926.  Printed on the source negative is a notation that reads, "1926 OHIO POWER CLEV & 3RD SW CANTON O"
Ohio Power Building, Canton, Ohio - 1926

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Gibbs Ave School is where Donald Erbland attended class from 1915 - 1919. These pictures were taken in 1929, a decade after Don attended there. It is located on Gibbs Ave. NE, just a short distance from the house where Donald was then living with his father, Charles Erbland, and his step-mother, Anna Erbland nee Loeppke, at 1449 Gibbs Ave. NE. The location of this school is: N40º 48.602' W081º 21.753' ( WGS84).  Printed in Donald Erbland's 'handwriting', on the source negative for the right-hand image, is a notation that reads, "4TH to 8TH GRADE DON ERBLAND" and "GIBBS SCHOOL CANTON 1929"
Gibbs Ave Shcool in 1929
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228 Hower St., North Canton, 1929.  This negative is labeled: "8-15-29" and "JULY-AUG 1929 No. Canton." The street number on the front of the house is "228". This is the house that Donald and Marion Erbland moved into for a short time just after they were married.  Donna Leyda (nee Erbland) has a letter dated 8-20-29 that was sent to Marion Erbland (nee Brown) at this address from Marion's father, Will Brown.
228 Hower St., North Canton, Ohio - 1929-08-15
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North Canton Church where Donald Erbland and Marion Brown were married on 20-JUN-1929. Printed on the source negative, in Donald Erbland's 'handwriting', is a notation that reads, "NO CANTON CHURCH MARRIED".
North Canton Church where Donald Erbland and Marion Brown were married on 20-JUN-1929
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1929 Photo of the NE Corner of Cleveland Ave. and 2nd St. N.W.  The reverse side of the source photo reads "July 31, 1929 / N.E. Corner Cleveland Ave / And 2nd St N.W. / Canton Ohio". This shows the jewellery store of "E.T. Cusack" and the "Hotel Delmont" next door.. The car in the lower right has a cover over its spare tire that reads, "STANSBERY For MAYOR".
NE Corner of Cleveland Ave. and 2nd St. N.W. in 1929 in Canton, Ohio

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After the Lefkovits Store Fire, 1929 - Looking at the east side of Market Ave. North, second store south of 3rd St. No.
After the Lefkovits Store Fire, 1929
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The home of President William McKinley.  The house has since been demolished.  The reverse side of the source photo reads, "August 2,nd 1928, President Wm. McKinley - Home, on S.W. corner of 8th St. and Market Ave. North, Canton Ohio"
Home of President William McKinley
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Roush School was attended by the children of Will and Maude Brown after the family moved into their home in 1906 near what is now Lake-O-Springs in Jackson Twp., Stark County, Ohio.  This picture was taken Feb 13, 1912.  Roush school was in District 7 and located in the SE 1/4 of Section 11, Twp. 11, Range 9 (Jackson Twp) Stark County, Ohio. Written on the back of the source photograph is: "New Berlin Ohio 1912 / Roush School. / Clark Swatrz Teacher / Marion A. Brown - Second Girl from right standing. / Kingsley T. Brown - 2nd Row 3rd from left".Notice the coal pail on the right side of the image.  Some of this same students are listed in the Class List for the 1907-08 school year.
Roush School students in February 1912
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Ohio "arrowheads" were found from time to time by Will Brown and his son Terry and a few have been kept in the family. The term "arrowheads" was used by the Brown family to describe them. They are actually flint artifacts. Will found them by 'accident' but Terry's 'expeditions' would occasionally take him to parts of Ohio where he thought these items could be located and he would then actively search for them.  This occurred many years before there was a public awareness of the need to protect such items.  Shown here are three samples. The light brown flint is 8.5cm from base to tip. The dark flint in the centre is 7.0cm from base to tip.   They are probably examples of either Raccoon Notched Points or Mantanzas Points.  The flint on the right is 3.5cm from base to tip. It is probably a Brewerton Corner-Notched Point

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432 Witwer St. NE in North Canton was the home of the Donald Erbland family until they moved to Wooster in 1946.  Donald subsequently moved the garage that is seen in the right foreground of the top image from the backyard to the side of the house. This made a larger backyard which he landscaped nicely. 
432 Witwer St. NE, North Canton, Ohio - Erbland Home
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This Canton Parade image is from a source photo included in the Erbland / Brown family photos.  The date and exact location is unknown. 
Canton Parade
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This Vehicle has a license plate that reads "c1-716 OHIO 1927". The source photo is part of the Brown / Erbland family photos. It is not known who owned this vehicle.
Vehicle With 1927 License Plate
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North Market between 6th St. & 8th St. from photos believed to have been taken in 1928. The image on the left is reproduced from a negative that contains the hand-printed notation: "1925 - 700 BLOCK NO MARKET CANTON OHIO" however, a print produced from this negative is marked with the date 1928. The source photo for the image on the right reads, "1928 EAST SIDE NORTH MARKET STREET BETWEEN 6 & 8 ST. CANTON OHIO".  It is believed that 1928 is the correct date.  The house seen in the image on the left can also be seen on the left side of the image on the right. It is not known if there is any special reason that this house is the subject of photos saved in the Erbland family photo collection. This location is very near President McKinley's house.
East side of North Market St, Between 6th & 8th St. Canton, Ohio East side of North Market St, Between 6th & 8th St. Canton, Ohio
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Court House in Canton - 1929.  This image was scanned from a negative. The negative is marked with a hand-printed notation that reads: "1929 - CANTON OHIO COURT HOUSE".  1929 was the year that Donald and Marion Erbland were married.
Court House in Canton - 1929 Court House in Canton - 1929
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This is the Canton public square as it appeared in 1929.
Canton, Ohio public square, 1929
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A 1935 flood covered much of Massillon. The top two images show the area around the intersection of Charles SE and 1st SE. The source photos for these images are marked 1935.  The source photo for the bottom image has no identification markings but based upon the similarity of its source photo with the others (for example, the appearance and quality of the photographic paper used), it is almost certainly from the same group of photos and depicts the 1935 flood.

1935 Flood at the intersection of Charles SE & 1st SE

1935 Flood looking toward the intersection of Charles SE & 1st SE

Canton flood showing the East Ohio Gas Company office.  Thought to be August 1935.


Canton, Ohio - Thought to b the flood of 1935.

Two Men Standing in Water, Canton, Ohio - Thought to b the flood of 1935.

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Massillon, Ohio.Year unknown, probably circa 1920s. The Lincoln Theatre, which is partially visible in the lower left, is located at 156 Lincoln Way East. It opened on November 23, 1915. Today (2003) the theatre is owned by the Massillon Lions Club and is occasionally still used for showing movies. This view is looking ENE. The road in the center of the image is Lincoln Way East, looking toward Canton. Terry and Ruth Brown lived in Massillon when they first got married.  They later moved to the NE part of Canton, where they lived in several different houses.
Massillon, Ohio. circa 1920s

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The McKinley Hotel of Canton, Ohio, is shown here. The old postcard on the left is circa 1920.  It was purchased in 2003 by Will's granddaughter, Marsha Smith (nee Erbland), for the express purpose of displaying it on this website. The letterhead on the right is from the year 1949 and is stationary that was used by Will Brown.. Notice how there appears to have been additional rooms added to the east and south sides of the hotel during the period between when these two images were drawn. Written on the reverse side of the sheet of stationary is Will's travel itinerary from 1929 through 1949.  The hotel was located at 310 Market Ave. S. at the location where the Marriott Canton McKinley Grand stands in 2003, although the McKinley Grand uses the address of 320 Market Ave. S.  This hotel is where Will Lincoln Brown roomed for many years.  He moved in as a permanent resident on 23-NOV-1945.  He stayed in a single room, with no bath; sharing a common bath with the other hotel guests who resided on his floor.  Will had an interior room, which meant that his window looked into a 'hollow area' and down upon the ground floor roof that covered the bottom of the hollow. The door to his room had a manually operated transom above it, to allow for ventilation.  The American Memory Collection has a good 1913 Bird's Eye View of Canton taken from the McKinley Hotel.  The McKinley Hotel was centered on N40° 47.808' W81° 22.499' WGS84.
Letterhead portion of the stationary from the McKinley Hotel as it appeared in 1949. This is where Will Lincoln Brown lived for many years beginning on 23-NOV-1945.
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Price Farm Station of The East Ohio Gas Company is shown in these photos. The reverse side of the source photo for the image on the left reads: "Office Price Farm Station". The reverse side of the source photo for the image on the right reads: "1920 The East Ohio Gas Co. Residence, power house and barn at Price Farm Sta."

Office Price Farm Station 1920 The East Ohio Gas Co. Residence, power house and barn at Price Farm Sta.

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What is thought to have been the final site of the Canton Cutlery Co. was located on the south side of 5th St., east of the railway tracks, between the addresses of 1212-1224 5th St. S.W.  Canton Cutlery was occupying a portion of this site by 1902 and all of City Lot Nos. 3777, 3778 & 3779 by the time that the 1914 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps were produced. In the end, the cutlery works consisted of two buildings along 5th St. S.W. plus 2 smaller buildings behind these. The site is now known as 1202 5th St. SW.  This image is shows the location as it appeared in Oct. 2003.
Former site of the Canton Cutlery Co.; photo taken in 2003.
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