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More New Postcards Added to the Collection!

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. We are excited to share the news that we recently acquired 9 new postcards to add to the collection. They have now been digitized and are available to view on our Flickr Page.


The new post cards include street views of some of the main roads in Canton, like this one of East Tuscarawas St.  It also includes images from Water Works Park, the McKinley Monument and St. Johns’ Parochial School.


To see the collection visit our Flickr Page until next time Happy Ancestor Hunting!


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Out of the Box: Central Fire Station No.1


Postcard of Central Fire Station No. 1 in Canton, Ohio. This is most likely the station that was added onto and redesigned in 1908. *Postmark on the back is dated 1914.



The Central Fire Station No. 1  was built in 1882 and was located on the NW corner of 3rd St. and Court SW, in the same block as the City Hall in downtown Canton. The station was equipped with a bell that would trip the stalls where the horses were ready for duty. Over the years some remodeling took place of the original 1882 building, however it remained at the same location until sometime between 1957-1959. It was then torn down to make room for the new City Hall that was dedicated in 1960. Currently the No.1 Fire station is located at 110 7th St. SW. in Canton.



1914 Sanborn Map showing the details of the Central Fire Station No. 1 on Third St. and Court Ave SW



For more information about the history of the Canton Fire Department see:


Canton Fire Department-History

IAFF Local 249-Canton, Ohio


At the Library:

Canton Fire Department 1822-1997 by John Cespedes and Scott D. Walton

The Stark County Story by Edward Thornton Heald

Canton City Directory

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Canton Fire Department News Clipping File

Canton Sesquicentennial

Genealogy News: New Map of Canton in Genealogy




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Genealogy News: New Map of Canton in Genealogy

New Map of Canton in Genealogy

By Lauren Landis The Genealogy Department welcomed a new piece of Canton History last week. An aerial-view lithograph of Canton in 1884, entitled “The Panoramic View of The City of Canton, Ohio” is now on display.  The map is a replica of the original, which is held at the McKinley Museum. With the generosity of the Museum and financial support from the FOL, the map was duplicated, framed, and hung on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. Stop by to take a look, and see if you can find the site of the present-day Library and other Canton landmarks.


Until next week: Happy Ancestor Hunting!


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October 2015 Family History Month Programs

Welcome to this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. It is the first of the month and that’s when we like to update you on programs happening around the area for the month. Not only are the many programs happening this month here at the library, but it’s also Family History Month.TH_Genealogy_callout

Stark County District Library: For more information or to register click on the links.

10 October 2015 @ Perry Sippo Branch

1-2:30pm Introduction to Genealogy

3-4:30pm Organizing Your Genealogy Research

17 October 2015 @ Perry Sippo Branch

1-2:30pm Genealogy Databases

3-4:30 pm Social Media for Genealogists

24 October 2015 @ Perry Sippo Branch

1-2:30pm Effectively Using the Federal Census

3-4:30pm Courthouse Records

29 October 2015 @ Plain Community Branch

10-11:30am Effectively Using Ancestry.com

SA_GEN_Diggin in the Dark_callout31 October 2015Main Library

6pm-Midnight 5th Annual Diggin’ in the Dark: Genealogy After Hours

Alliance Genealogical Society

8 October 2015 @ Trinity Episcopla Church on South Union Avenue in Alliance.

7 pm: Cindy Bresson will present a program on DNA and genealogy.

Massillon Genealogical Society

7 October 2015 @ Lillian Bean Center

6:30pm: Cindy Rudy will talk about Newport, Rhode Island and the famous Purtian Death Head grave stone, carved by

slave Slingo.

Stark County Chapter OGS

8 October 2015, 7pm @ Trinity United Church of Christ

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June Genealogy Programs

Thanks for stopping by SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. It’s the first of June and at the beginning of each month we like to focus on Genealogy Programs that are being offered here at the library  and in the community. So with out further adieu here they are.

Stark County District Library

June 15, 2015

6-7:30pm @ Jackson Branch

Effectively Using Ancestry.com: Join Stephanie Houck from the Genealogy Dept. of the SCDL as she shares tips and tricks for using the Ancestry.com database to climb your family tree.

Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

June 11, 2015

7:00pm @ Trinity United Church of Christ

History of Walsh University: Presented by Richard Jusseaume the President of Walsh University

Alliance Genealogical Society

June 11, 2014

7:00pm @ Trinity Episcopal Church on South Union Avenue

Scotland and Scottish Research: Presented by Carolyn Miller 


Massillon Genealogical Society

June 3, 2015

6:30pm @ Lillie Beane Community Center

World War II Pilot: M. L. Weaver will be sharing his experience as a World War II Pilot

McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

June 18, 2015

2:30pm @ McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

Free Newspaper Workshop: Join Jenni Salamon of the Ohio History Connection on June 18th at 2:30 PM to learn how you can access and use Ohio’s historic newspapers through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America.

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Remembering the Avalon



Today on the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog, we are taking a trip down Memory Lane. Enjoy!

Many long time Canton residents will remember the Avalon Restaurant at 3232 Cleveland Ave. NW and its sister establishment the Avalon Drive In on the corner of West Tuscarawas St. and Dueber Ave.  Both were popular hangouts for Canton’s youth.  Clubs and other organizations would hold their meetings at the Cleveland Ave. location, and many wedding parties had their receptions there.  The Cleveland Ave. Avalon first appears in the Canton City Directories in 1938. On January 9, 1938, an advertisement in the Repository tempted diners with the week’s special of a hamburger, fries, coffee and a sundae for $.25. The second location, on West Tusc. opened in May of 1940.  It cost $15,000 to build, including all the equipment, and was open 24 hours a day.  Sadly both stores are gone now, but the memories remain.  We would like to hear them.  Please share you memories of the Avalon Restaurants in the comments below. 

Canton Repository 22 May 1940. Pg. 19

Canton Repository 22 May 1940. Pg. 10

Canton Repository  22 May 1940 Pg. 19

Canton Repository
22 May 1940
Pg. 19



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May Genealogy Programs

May Genealogy Programs

Welcome to this week’s SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog. It’s the first of the month and the means it times to share upcoming Genealogy Programs in the area. So here we go…

The Alliance Genealogy Society: Genealogy Fair

May 9, 2015.

1:00-4:00pm @ Rodman Public Library

“Are you unsure about how to research you family’s history? Are you looking for new resources to investigate your family tree? The Alliance Genealogical Society with be holding a Genealogy Fair on Saturday, May 9th in the library auditorium from 1-4 p.m.

There will be sessions on using Rodman Library’s genealogy databases, sources that can be utilized at the Stark County District Library, county courthouses, and more. T.A.G.S will also be selling books from the Alliance, Stark County, and Columbiana County genealogical societies.”

Massillon Genealogical Society: Murder in the Presidents Family

May 6, 2015 6:30pm @ Lillian Bean Center

Richard Haldi will be presenting at program about the murder of George D. Saxton, President McKinely’s brother in law.

 Media for Genealogists

May 14,  2015. 7:00pm @ Trinity United Church of Christ

In today’s world is full of pinning, tweeting, hash tagging, status updating, checking in and surfing. How does that fit into the genealogists world? Stephanie Houck from the Genealogy Department at the Stark County District Library will be sharing how it can.

Until Next Week. Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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