By: Kelsey Paulus
Where would our world be without the changes that have been made in the past? To hear about progression in our world is eye-opening, but to hear it in the context of our own community is remarkable, a memory that you can never trade for any moment in your life. This holds true for Terry Green, who has gone through big changes in his life, which have all made him into who he is today.
North Canton has gone through tremendous changes throughout the town, neighborhoods, sports, and the people. Terry Green grew up on Mount Pleasant with two brothers and three sisters, Bill’s Diner had the best burgers and fries, and the YMCA was a community building with sock hop dances! West Maple Street had everything from a shoe store, a dry cleaner, and a hardware store. A drive-in theater held the place where the Trailer Park by Mama Guzzardi’s is now. Talking about the memories of the city, Green can still visualize the businesses in town and what everything looked like. The city seemed like it was everyone’s hometown; everybody knew everybody. People walking on the streets would be stopped by others just to have a conversation, which eventually turned into friendships. North Canton was such a small community back then, and since then it has grown into something exceptional. Although we probably cannot name everyone in the town, let alone the neighbors on our street, we have a mutual love for one another.
When people think of North Canton, many people immediately think of the athletics. Terry claims that before the merger with Greentown, Hoover wasn’t all that great with sports. When the two consolidated in 1957, he was a Freshman at the new high school. During games and scrimmages, Greentown always beat Hoover. Terry only participated in Freshman football and Junior Varsity baseball and basketball. Although, he says that he wished he continued baseball further though because he really enjoyed playing on the field.
Academics are also one of North Canton’s best qualities. Terry was involved in College Prep classes throughout high school and did a program called DECA: Distributive Education Club of America. He would be able to leave school and go to work, although he did throw jokes around about his trigonometry class during Senior year. The course was the period after lunch; he and his friend would have to come back to school just for the one period. However, the principal would not let them drop the course, so they did what every teenager would probably do…purposefully flunk out of it. After this stunt, the principal finally came through and let the two drop the class. Regardless of any silly trigonometry classes, the teachers at Hoover were (and still are) phenomenal. Terry remembers the support that the teachers continued to give the students after graduation, and that overall the support in North Canton is one of its best traits.
Through all of the shenanigans of school, one outstanding moment came out of it all. When Terry was sixteen he met a girl named Sharyn, who was fourteen at the time. Terry’s dad often times would take her home from the ice skating rink and the two knew each other mutually. They dated on and off again throughout school, and still to this day have never had a good argument! Terry, along with all of us, could probably see Sharyn’s dimples from a mile away. He said that was the first trait that drew him into her, and says he’s been trapped ever since. However, the two didn’t see each other for a strand of time when Terry went off to the army. He would be stationed in France for eleven months, and in California for 21 months. Through writing letters, the two would still keep in contact while he was away. When he returned back to Ohio, the two married on February 26, 1965 at Zion United Church of Christ, which is where they used to go as kids and still continue to attend today. Through the challenges of having four sons all in five years, the two have had a successful life together through love and compassion. The children, Stacey, Michael, Tim, and T.G, all attended North Canton schools as did their parents. However, times grew sorrowful when T.G. passed away from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease almost two years ago. The family will always remember him as they made a mark in their lives and on their hearts.
Once Terry was out of the armed forces, he began planning to start a business. He co-owned what used to be Parr/Green Mold and Machine, which was open for 37 years until it came to an end due to bankruptcy. Sharyn did the Payroll at the company but left a few years in. Overall, there were around 25 employees when the company closed. Parr/Green is just one small aspect of what makes North Canton what it is today, a community of success and support.
When leaving the Green household, I couldn’t help but keep a smile spread across my face. These two individuals have shaped the town into the greatness that it has become. Without all of the silly memories of trigonometry class and the sweet high school sweethearts love stories, we would not be where we are today, in a community that is constantly changing for the better.