German-Speaking Stark County The History of Canton Series
Learn our history as Canton Historian Richard Haldi recounts how by the end of the 19th century, Canton's population was made up predominantly of people from German-speaking countries.
This was a time when Stark County had numerous German newspapers available to keep its bi-lingual population happy. And then came WWI when New Berlin became North Canton and Osnaburg became East Canton, and the German language was no longer even permitted to be taught in the public schools. In America today, there are over 46 million ancestral Germans who form our nation's largest original, national ethnic group. Learn of Stark County’s extensive ‘German’ background.