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Your Silent Neighbors

Take a tour through the past with “Your Silent Neighbors", which introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.

Readers are encouraged to visit these grave sites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today. Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Deputy Town Historian David Leff at

Choose a name from the list to begin your journey into Canton's Past:

1/16/2018 - Frederick J. Hough

Frederick J. Hough (1871-1952) was the classic Collins Company official of his era, long employed in the axe factory and civic-minded. He was born in Collinsville and spent his entire life here. He worked for the Collins Company for 60 years, the last 30 as superintendent. He represented Canton in the legislature for two terms, in 1927 and again in 1929. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and the oldest past master of the Village Lodge, AF & FM. Hough was also a member of the Collinsville Congregational Church.

A newspaper photo of Hough in his mid-30s shows a serious looking man with dark hair and a luxuriant mustache. He’s formally dressed in a suit and tie with an upturned collar. He died at home at age 80.

Frederick J. Hough is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville.

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Contact Us

Kathleen Taylor
Town Historian

David K. Leff
Deputy Town Historian

Office: (860) 693-5800(860) 693-5800(860) 693-5800Office: (860) 409-4205

Fax: (860) 693-5804(860) 693-5804(860) 693-5804Fax: (860) 693-0221


Location: 40 Dyer Ave, Canton, CT 06019