CANTON STORY LINE
Cotton Mill Busy
The population shift from rural to urban America allowed men such
as Asaph Perry to capitalize by supplying a growing and concentrated
labor market with everyday goods and services. Asaph Perry did not
work for the Canton Cotton Mill,
but he did supply its workers. While the laborers rented their homes
from the company, Asaph purchased his downtown residence, and other
property as a means to secure his future well being. His eleven
room home was within easy walking distance to the downtown.
His store catered to the closely
clustered mill wage earners who had money to spend on the staples
Asaph sold and the tonsorial services his barber shop offered.
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Extending the Story: Historical
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