Canton Township is 175 years old this year. Formerly known as the "Sweet Corn Capital of Michigan", Canton has moved from a rural community to a bustling surburban township. Whether you are a genealogist looking for relatives or just interested in local history, the library has several books about the history of Canton. Cornerstones: a History of Canton Township Families by Diane Follmer Wilson is a great source for the earliest settlers of the township. Canton Township Agricultural Survey has photos and histories of many of Canton's earliest farms and homes. Additonally, the library has cemetery records from some of Canton's oldest cemeteries.
By Diane Gale
A stream of visitors flooded Canton's new library on opening day Monday.
And responses about the new digs glowed.
"It's absolutely gorgeous," said Mary Giera, a Westland resident at the library Monday. Her husband, Chuck, said he was surprised by the large collection of computer related books.
"The layout is great," Mary said. "A lot of planning went into it."
The 31,500-square-foot library, next to township hall on Canton Center south of Proctor, features reading areas with a fireplace and tapestry, study areas, meeting rooms and an expansive children's section.
"It's a lot bigger than I expected," said Michelle McGrail, who was researching astrology in preparation for a speech.
Library gets rave reviews
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"We wanted to come down here and see what we're paying for," said Lee Schulte, a Canton resident, referring to a 1-mill tax approved in 1986. "It looks like they made plans for expansions."
He was on a self-guided tour Monday with his wife, Mary Ann, who said she was "eager to go home and tell" their two daughters in high school and college "that they have a great place to study."
MARY LINK of Canton compared the new with the old location, 12,000 square feet on the third floor of township hall. "It's nice and roomy" as opposed to "crowded and noisy," she said. "It's a lot easier to find things."