Dorothy Eloise Seymour was bom January 17,1918, to Ernest and Grace (Meade) Seymour, she
has two brothers and a sister. Kenneth Frank (Bud) was bom December 29, 1919, Hubert Keith,
born May 15, 1922, and Idabelle, bom January 19, 1929.
Her father, Ernest Seymour, was bom April 12, 1896, to Richard and Hulda Belle (Longstreth)
Seymour. Ernest had one brother, Russell, who was born October 23, 1897. Richard Seymour’s
parents were Abraham Hutton Seymour and Eveline (Allen) Seymour.
Her mother, Grace Meade, was born August 9, 1895, and married Ernest in 1917. Grace’s
parents were Delbert and Ida Ellen (Smith) Meade. Grace had two sisters and four brothers; Ruth,
Mary, Leo, John, Bill, and Robert. Delbert Meade had two brothers; Robert and Ervin. They were
the sons of William Meade.
Dorothy attended Oak wood Grade and High School and worked at Oak wood High School for 20
years as a secretaiy. She also worked at the Texaco Oil Station in Oakwood and the Crystal Springs
Gas Station. She married Leland G. Cannon July 4,1935. Leland’s parents were Jay Leroy Cannon
and Minnie (Craig) Cannon. Leland attended Fithian Grade School and Oakwood High School.
Leland and Dorothy worked at Willow Run Power Plant during World War II at Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Leland and Dorothy have three sons; Larry Joe, bom April 13, 1937, Stephen Alan, bom October
28, 1940, and Mikel Jay, born February 1, 1943. Leland passed away October 18, 1946.
Dorothy married Frank Dalbey on December 29, 1951. Frank’s parents were Ora Dalbey and
Minnie Sperry Dalbey. He attended grade school in Muncie and high school at Oakwood. He served
in the U.S. Army for 55 months, worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Danville, the Muncie Post
Office, and for over 30 years at Lauhoff Grain Company in Danville in the Laboratory, Control and
Research. Frank died June 19, 1989.
Larry Joe Cannon married Linda Lee Fogleman October 1957, and they have two daughters,
Jodie Lee, bom May 1958, and Jill Lynn, born January 1965. Larry works as a barber in Danville
and is the former Vermilion County Recorder of Deeds. Jodie Lee married Jeffrey Slavik in 1980,
and has two children, Brock Aaron, born 1981, and Brooke, in 1986. Jodie and Jill are hair stylists.
Stephen Alan Cannon married Sherry Downing in 1962 and have two children, Pamela Lynn,
born 1962, and Stephen A. Jr., bom 1967. Stephen has worked for over 26 years for the Danville
Fire Department. Pamela is a music teacher in Springfield, Illinois, and Stephen Jr. is a salesman
for Access Graphics in Boulder, Colorado, and is also a tennis instructor.
Mikel Jay Cannon married Maiy Kay Dodson in 1963 and they have two children, Christine
Michelle, born 1969, and Catherine Suzanne, born 1971. Mikel works as a barber and hair stylist.
Catherine married David Fritz in 1994.
Dorothy Dalbey keeps busy with church, school, and family activities which include golfing at
the Vermilion Hills Country Club and travel.
Larry Cannon, born April 13, 1937, son of
Leland G. Cannon and Dorothy E. (Seymour)
(Cannon) Dalbey, is a life long resident of
Oakwood, except for four years between the ages
of five and nine when the family lived in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. His father was killed in an
auto accident October of 1946. Dorothy and the
three sons, Larry, Mikel, and Stephen returned
Larry attended Oakwood Grade and High
Schools graduating in 1955. He attended
Central Illinois Barber College in Decatur,
Illinois, graduating in 1956, and on October 5,
1957 married Linda L. Fogleman from Westville.
He served his apprenticeship and bought out the
Personality Shop on west Main Street in Danville on September 1, 1959. Three years later he
moved one-half block west on Main and owned and operated that shop until April 1975.
In the fall of 1964 he was a write-in candidate for the Vermilion County Recorder of Deeds as a
Democrat. He won the nomination over three other candidates.
In the fall of 1964 General Election, he won by 106 votes over the incumbent. In 1968 he was reelected
and received more votes than any other Democrat on the ballot. In 1972 he won his third
four year term. He didn’t like the way state government dictated to the people so he filed as a
candidate for state senator in the 53rd District. He lost by just over 900 votes to the States Attorney
who had just won a murder trial, convicting a man of shooting fifteen year old David Grindstaff
while robbing a gas station. That ended his career in politics, but he still had strong political beliefs
that have become more conservative over the years.
In 1958, just after their first daughter, Jodie, was born, he bought a ’46’ Ford convertible and
started racing at the old Vermilion County Fairgrounds, just south of Voorhees Street in Danville.
The next year he moved to the
modified division and ran as many
as five nights a week in 1966. His
daughter, Jill, was bom January 24,
In 1969 he built a sprint car
in the garage of his home at 501
South Oakwood Street and
competed in the United States Auto
Club Sprint Car Division. U.S.A.C.
is the racing organization that
sanctions the famed “Indianapolis
500″. He qualified five times for the
“Indy 500”. but was bumped two
times from the starting field. He
was the last relief driver to drive in
the “500” in 1977. He started 33rd
in 1974, 10th in 1976, and 26th in
During his career he raced in
over twenty states, Argentina, and Mexico. He competed in over 800 racing events. He won 135
feature races plus many heat races, trophy dashes, and special races. His last time in a race was in
a refresher test in 1984. He spun in turn two and brushed the wall. The car was damaged enough
that it was decided that it was a waste of time and money to repair.
On May 1, 1971, Larry and his youngest brother Mike, went together and opened Cannon
Brothers Barber Stylists, a five chair salon one block north on the comer of Franklin and North. On
September 18, 1978, they opened Cannon Brothers Hair Stylists, a five chair salon one block north
on the comer of Franklin and North Streets. On September 18, 1978, they opened Cannon Brother
Hair Stylists on the comer of Logan and North Streets. It is a new building with eleven styling
booths and a private room for hair replacement services. He built a strong reputation in the hair
In 1986 he saw the opportunity to go into the Real Estate Investment business. Using creative
financing and no money down deals, he built a portfolio of sixty single family houses, 30 apartment
buildings and one office building through January 1995. Of the 91 pieces of real-estate he only made
a cash dow payment on seven of them.
His wife. Linda, has been an ardent supporter throughout their marriage. She also worked all
but nine years of their marriage. As of today, 1995, she is employed at American Health Care as
bookkeeper for twenty-one years. Attention to detail and carrying through on her responsibilities
have made her excel at her job and home. Both daughters, Jodie L. (Cannon) Slavik and Jill L.
Cannon work in the hair business. Jill has been assuming a lot of the management of Cannon
Brothers Hair Stylists as Larry has built his rental property portfolio and gives that business the
time it requires.
Jodie and husband, Jeff Slavik, have two children; Brock, age 13, and Brooke, age 9. They live in
Mikel Jay Cannon was bom February 1, 1943, attended Oakwood Grade School and graduated
from Oakwood High School before graduating from Decatur Barber School in 1961. Mike served in
the National Guard from 1965 to 1971. On September 14, 1963, he married Mary Kay Dodson.
Mary was born May 22, 1944, and was a 1962 graduate of Oakwood High school and Danville
Beauty School in 1983.
Mikel and Mary have two daughters , Christine M., born February 9, 1969, and Catherine
Suzanne, born October 29, 1971. Christine graduated from Oakwood High School in 1987 and
Southern Illinois University in 1991 in commercial graphic design. She works as Jr. Art director for
Design Dimensions, Orland Park, Illinois. Catherine graduated in 1989 from Oakwood High School
and Southern Illinois University in 1993 in speech communication. She married David C. Fritz,
June 25, 1994. Cathi is director of Marketing & Admissions, Heartland Health Care, Paxton,
The house where the Cannons live, 401 South Oakwood Street, has a history of its own. It was
built in 1916 by Richard and Hulda Belle Seymour. Prior to building their home, Richard and
Hulda Belle Seymour lived in the house located at 408 South Oakwood Street. It was originally
located at 401 South Oakwood Street. Before construction of their home was started they moved the
house from 401 to 408 South Oakwood Street. They lived there until the new home was completed.
After their deaths in 1929, their son Ernest, and his wife, Grace, moved into the house with
their family. Ernest (Dick) and Grace Seymour lived at this location until their deaths in 1966 and
Mike and Mary purchased the home and on February 1, 1969, they moved in. Mike is the
third generation to live in the home.