YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, Charles B. Harrington, Photographer & Shopkeeper
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate and Deputy Town Historian
A native of Collinsville, Charles B. Harrington (1886-1945) was known as a photographer and antique collector. His father, Henry Harrington, started a store on Maple Avenue with his brother around 1860. Charles served as a clerk and later ran the business. The Maple Avenue store carried a variety of groceries, dry goods, footwear, glassware, and animal feed. He also served as a bookkeeper in the scale building of the Collins Company.
In addition to taking photos of Collinsville people and places, Harrington sold photographic supplies and developed and printed photos for the public. Many of his images are displayed in Collinsville businesses and institutions. His original glass plate negatives are located at the Canton Historical Museum.
Harrington and his wife Lillian Faunce lived on Maple Avenue. The couple had a son and a daughter. He was a member of the Collinsville Congregational Church and a Mason. Harrington died in his house with a funeral at the C. H. Vincent Funeral Home.
Charles B. Harrington is buried in Southwest Cemetery, Canton.
“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.