This photo from the North Canton Historical Society was taken on September 20, 1917 at a farewell reception for soldiers departing for World War I. The reception was held in a park in New Berlin, Ohio, a town soon to be renamed North Canton. During the war there was a rise in anti-German sentiment in America which put pressure on local governments, businesses, and organizations to end ties to any German cultural associations. Customers of the Hoover Company, one of the main employers of New Berlin, urged the company to use its influence to change the name of the town in which it was located. Caving in to the demands, the Hoover Company convinced the residents of New Berlin to change the name of the village to North Canton in 1918.