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Canton hosts fundraiser to save train depot

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CANTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Canton's Historical Society is hosting a rummage sale to benefit the old train depot.  Like Irene Rice, who's family bought a one-way ticket to Canton more than 90 years ago.

"Well, that's about the only time I think I rode on the train in or out of here," said Irene Rice.

Like many 19th century towns, Canton was founded by the railroad and sustained by the farmers who made a livelihood here.

"If it wasn't for the train, Canton probably wouldn't be here," said Kathie Haynes.  "It was extremely important to our beginning and we'd like to honor that."

As rich of a history as Canton has, it has only recently formed a historical society a little over a year ago.   In fact, it was because of a man by the name of Larry Huber that residents were encouraged to form the group so they could receive grants to fund the restoration of the depot.

"He loves trains and he loves history and he discovered this little depot," said LeRoy Haynes, Trustee of Canton's Historical Society.  "He realized it was the last depot that had never been used and never been used for small gauge trains, so he bought it."

Huber also happens to be one of the original animators of some famous faces.  He donated a few of his original celluloid paintings to be auctioned off at the fundraiser.

"There's something here for everyone," said Dorothy Coons, one of the event's organizers.  "We've got quite a mix of items and there's going to be a lot of people around and it's going to be a fun day."

The day will start early on Saturday but that hasn't stopped some early bird shoppers from getting a head start.

"It's just nice to see it being all kept up and not destroyed all the time," said Diane Culbertson of Harmony.

"Little towns need to be built back up," said Vicki Christianson of Rochester.  "They were popular at one time, they've gone down hill, now they need to come back again."

The rummage sale will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and end at 4 p.m.

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