Daniel J. Hoffman, St. Louis Browns

A Real Connecticut Yankee’s Baseball Career Cut Short

April 17, 2016

Danny Hoffman’s story reminds sports fans of the fragile nature of a professional athlete’s career. An up-and-coming baseball star discovered... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Canton, Sports and Recreation

Trade card for Hill’s Archimedean Lawn Mower Co

Selling Connecticut Products Abroad

January 23, 2015

In the mid-1800s manufacturers from cities and towns across the state found new overseas markets for everything from clocks and firearms to lawn mowers and machetes.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Canton, Popular Culture, Samuel Colt

William E. Simonds

William Edgar Simonds: A Schoolteacher Turned Civil War Hero

April 20, 2014

Born into a destitute family, William Edgar Simonds originally set his sights on a career as a school teacher. Service... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Canton, Civil War, Education, Politics and Government, Work

Over Time: Canton’s Historical Population

January 8, 2014

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.  …[more]

Categories: Canton

The Collins Company Dry Grinding Department, Collinsville

World-renowned Maker of Axes: The Collins Company of Canton

September 14, 2012

The New England factory town of Collinsville, which can still be toured today, once supplied the world with axes, machetes, and other edge tools. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Canton, Expansion and Reform, Invention and Technology

Elisha K Root, President of Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company

Elisha Root Changes Industry – Who Knew?

August 25, 2012

…that  Elisha Root invented die casting that revolutionized the mechanization of factory operations. Elisha Root was 24 years old when... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Canton, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Invention and Technology, Who Knew?

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