Canton City Directory

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Canton City Directory

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City Directory




A page from the 1958 City Directory for Canton, New York. The directory lists the names of the head of the household and in the case of a married man, the name of his wife. The directory also gives shorthand descriptions of the occupation and place of employment of the head of the household as well as their address. Advertisements from local businesses are also included.

A notable individual listed is Nelson Phelps (1899-1989). Born on August 4, 1899, in Gouverneur, New York, Phelps served in the United States Navy during World War I after enlisting on January 28, 1918. He served as a Landsman for Electrician General Training at the Naval Training Station in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval Operating Station in Hampton Roads, Virginia. After the war, he returned to New York, marrying Marguerite Magdaline Burkhard, and fathering two daughters: Margaretta and Catherine. He spent much of his working life as a superintendent and inspector at the Sheffield Farms Milk Company. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Hillsborough County, Florida. Phelps died on March 22, 1989, and is buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.



Digital reproduction of original city directory.


Date Created

ca. 1958




1.10 MB


1 city directory






Canton, New York

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Originally created and produced by the City of Canton.

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.


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City of Canton. “Canton City Directory.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed November 28, 2022,



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