HISTORY OF ARTHUR E. CANTY
1927 - 1935
Irvingwood School of River Grove
1935 - 1949
Moved to current location and renamed Grace Street School
1949 - present
Renamed Arthur E. Canty school in honor of Mr. Arthur E. Canty
Arthur E. Canty was an engineer/custodian in the Henderson School for many years.
Mr. Canty was a leader and held numerous positions of trust, including president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143-143B, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Civilian Defense for the City of Chicago during WWII, and officer of the American Legion, a fraternal organization for military veterans. Mr. Canty served as a United States Army sergeant in France in World War I. As a civilian during World War II he spearheaded innovative campaigns to help the war effort such as collecting thousands of used razor blades to fabricate military vehicles.
Arthur E. Canty died of a heart attack in his home on Chicago's south side on August 9, 1946. He was 55 years old. He and his wife Alice had two daughters: Alice Marie and Jean.
Grace Street School was renamed Arthur E. Canty in 1949 and continues to honor him today.