Canton vs. Massillon: A rivalry long before football

Published in "The Canton Repository"
The score in the Massillon vs. Canton rivalry is actually a 1 to 1 stalemate.

This competition has nothing to do with high school football. The gridiron rivalry between the two cities, just eight miles apart, may have begun in 1894, but the locales had already done battle for more than a half-century prior.

"The lowly mosquito is the origin," Richard Haldi announced to a crowd of about 75 people in a conference room at Stark Parks' Stark County District Library's Exploration Gateway one evening last week.

The Perry Township location was appropriate — it's sort of the Switzerland located between the two cities.

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