YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, James Shamper, Collins Company Watchman
“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past. Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.
A Collins Company night watchman for 21 years, James Shamper (1857-1910) later worked for a time in the polishing department. Born in St. Johns New Brunswick, he came to Collinsville in 1881. He was married in the city of his birth to Susan C. Splane. The couple had a son and two daughters.
Shamper died at his Main Street home. He had been ill for a long time, but the immediate cause of death was reported as a hemorrhage of the bowels. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the funeral was held at his home, conducted by church rector John W. Burras.
James Shamper is buried in the Village Cemetery, Collinsville.