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William Canuff Harton, 1890
AHS Principal, 1924-1955

    Died October 22, 1959

Albion College Graduate
Class of 1913

Biography
Following the death of Emil Holtz in 1954, William Canuff Harton assumed the position of president of the Homestead Savings and Loan Association. Harton was a well-known Albion educator who had served as principal of Albion High School for thirty-oneyears before his retirement in 1955. Born May 25, 1890, in Albion, Harton had been graduated from Albion High School in 1908, and from Albion College in 1913. He later earned a masters degree from the University of Michigan. After teaching elsewhere and serving in World War I, Harton returned toAlbion in 1921 and taught history and government at Albion High School before being named principal of the school. He retired in June 1955, after thirty-four years of service at the school. Hisappointment in 1955 as Homestead’s fourth president reflected the diversity and commitment ofthe Association; Harton had been from the field of education, rather than from the world of industry or business. With his death on October 22, 1959, the presidency of Homestead was again vacant. (Passic, 65)

Source: Frank Passic. Homestead Savings and Loan and the Builders of Albion: One Hundred Years of Service, 1889-1989. Albion, MI: Homestead Savings and Loan Association. 1988.


William Cannuff Harton, Albion’s longest serving high school principal, began his duties early in Harrington’s administration. Harrington was born in Albion, the son of Henry and Corintha Harton, and attended the Albion Public Schools. He graduated from Albion High School in 1908. Harton attended Albion College, receiving his degree in 1913. He received a masters degree from the University of Michigan in 1927. After teaching at Nebraska Central Academy from 1914 to 1915. Harton served in the army during World War I. He returned to Albion in the fall of 1921 to teach history and government, and inSeptember 1924, he became principal of Albion High School. Harton served in that position for thirty-one years, retiring in June 1955, after thirty-four years of service at the school.

Harton was active in civic and business affairs. He was president of the Albion Boy Scoutcouncil, a member of the Albion RotaryClub, Albion Historical Society, First United Methodist Church, on the board of directors of the Commercial & Savings Bank, and director of the Calhoun County branch of the Michigan Children’s Aid Society. 

Source: Frank Passic. A History of the Albion Public Schools. Albion, Michigan: E. Weil Publishing Services. 1991.

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