YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, Annette Pyatt Case, Church Worker
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate and Deputy Town Historian
Annette Pyatt Case (1860-1923) was born in the West District of Farmington and was a member of the Farmington Congregational Church. She was married in her native town in 1885 to Asa L. Case. She then moved to Canton where her husband made his home.
She became devoted to the Canton Baptist Church “ever ready to assist in all church work and especially in the Sunday School and Young People’s Society,” according to the Farmington Valley Herald. She attended church regularly.
Apparently quite gregarious, she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society and secretary of the Cawasa Grange in Collinsville for many years. She was a member of the state grange and other related organizations.
Case died after several months of poor health, and in the last two weeks endured much suffering. She was survived by a daughter, two sons, and her husband. Her family “cannot but feel that she has done her life work well and faithful wherever she was placed,” wrote the Herald.
The funeral was held at the Baptist Church. Her friends from the grange sang “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Lead Kindly Light,” and “Abide with Me.” About 40 grange members attended. The church was filled with floral arrangements.
Annette Pyatt Case is buried in the Baptist Cemetery on Canton Springs Road, 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.