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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 onktaadn@comcast.net.

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


3/15/2019 - Birdsey E. Case

YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS
by David K. Leff
Canton Poet Laureate & Deputy Town Historian

Birdsey E. Case, Lawyer

Born and raised on a North Canton farm, Birdsey E. Case (1878-1943) attended the one-room schoolhouse in his native village and graduated from Collinsville High School in 1897’s class of eleven students. He was a classmate of historian and photographer Lewis S. Mills and the two spent a great deal of time together in Collinsville and at their respective homes studying Greek when not engaged in other school subjects or farm chores.

Case went on to Yale, though finances were precarious, continuing to study Greek as well as Hebrew. He became a lawyer in Hartford where he also taught school. He married Louise M. Sage, and died at their home in Hartford.

He was “a true friend, a scholar, and a lawyer” wrote his friend Mills in a tribute published in The Lure of the Litchfield Hills, “who ever strove for honesty and square dealing among his fellow men, and one who performed many a legal service free for those who were worthy but could only pay with difficulty.”

Birdsey E. Case, his wife Louise and their son Cedric are buried in the North Canton Cemetery on Cherry Brook Road.


“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past. It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month. Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites 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 Town Historian David Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net



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