Found this in The New York Times (Aug. 15, 1935; p. 20):
"Boston, Aug. 14 (AP): Skill he learned at his mother's knee in Nova Scotia forty-seven years ago won the knitting title for John F. Cann. He outknitted 100 perspiring women at a contest conducted by the Boston Common Tercentenary Committee Yesterday.
He arrived when the contest was half finished, but his dexterity with the long needles won him a prize of a dozen skeins of yarn at the end of the race.
Mr. Cann paused long enough during his operations on a red stripe of the American flag to explain that he was taught to knit in Yarmouth, N.S., when he was 3 years old.
'Some one had to help mother out', he explained, 'because I had five other brothers who were very hard on their knitted stocking. I've knitted ever since, and I find it helpful in supporting my invalid wife in New Hampshire.'"