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Your Silent Neighbors: John T. Frye, Collins Company Employee

November 15, 2018 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff, Canton Town Historian

Called one of Collinsville’s “venerable and respected citizens,” John T. Frye (1832-1908) was born in Alleghany, Pennsylvania and came to Collinsville in his early twenties. He lived in the village the rest of his life, save for a year spent in East Douglas, Massachusetts. He worked in the Collins Company polishing department for 53 years.  In 1858, he married Laura Lee, a Collinsville woman. They had two sons who died very young and two daughters who lived into adulthood.

Frye was a devoted member of the Collinsville Congregational Church.  He was said to be “of a quiet, unassuming nature.” He was not much of a joiner and did not connect with any local organizations, but had “a large circle of friends.” Frye had been in poor health for months and had to give up working late in 1907.

The funeral was held at his home. It’s interesting to note that his last name is spelled two different ways on the monument in the cemetery.

John T. Frye is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville.

“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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