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Your Silent Neighbors: Margaret Dyer, Candy Maker

June 1, 2018 History No Comments

By David K. Leff 
Canton Town Historian 

Born in Canton, Margaret Dyer (1893-1963) lived her entire life on the Dyer Farm in a rambling center chimney colonial house built in 1789.  For most of her adult life she operated a small roadside candy shop beside her home along what was then Albany Turnpike (now Dyer Cemetery Road).  She was famous for her fudge, salted nuts and handkerchiefs.  Customers delighted in her confections and the shop was a magnet for travelers and a regular stop for people from nearby towns.

A member of the Canton Center Congregational Church, Dyer never married and died at age 69.  Her funeral was held at Vincent Funeral Home on Albany Turnpike with Reverend Evans Sealand of her church officiating.

Margaret Dyer is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.

“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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