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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:


9/30/2020 - A. Idella Hugins

YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, A. Idella Hugins, Church Worker
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate and Deputy Town Historian  



Born in Granville, Massachusetts, A. Idella Hugins (1859-1933) came to Collinsville in 1881 after marrying Charles O. Hugins, the village undertaker. She was active in Trinity Church and the local branch of the Red Cross.  She was also a member of the Ruby Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. 

Hugins had two sons and a daughter.  Her son Harold succeeded her husband as an undertaker in Collinsville. 

Briefly ill, Hugins died in Hartford Hospital.  The funeral was held at the Maple Avenue home of her daughter, Sarah Parsons. 

Idella Hugins is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville. 

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  It will appear on or about 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 are welcome and should be addressed to Deputy Town Historian David Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net 





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