Settler of township lots: Lots 26 & 27, Conc. 4, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location on this 36 acre Lot 26, Conc. 4 on Maple Lake waterfront east of 25th Line
Land acquisition: 1930 from Joseph Fader in 1929. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 349).
Other land: Lot 27, Conc. 4: 1930 from Joseph Fader (father). Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 417).
Dates of residency:
Dynamite and human sweat brought Highway 35 to Dorset in 1934. Local men like Charlie Fader, a hundred years old in the fall of 1979, still recall their daylight to dark struggle to make a road through the resisting granite ridges. Fader was one of the teamsters whose horses pulled stumps and drew brush for burning. At once the highway opened the townships it crossed to lumbermen who could now move their logs by road rather than river. Source: Echoes of the Past, compiled and written by Ed H. Devitt & Nila Reynolds. p. 25
Wes Guilford was once noted for horse racing. George Barry laid out a half mile track and in the years between 1909 and 1925 held annual races attracting crowds and competition from as far away as Lindsay and Fenelon Falls. Perhaps Charlie Taylor had the most unusual entry, a horse called "Little Tom," which had been trained with the family dog. Should he slacken his pace, the owner only had to clap his hands and yell "sic em!" and the horse, thinking the dog was at his heels, would pass everything in sight. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 160
From Stanhope Notes by A. F. Stevenson, The Haliburton Echo, July 25, 1979:
Mr. Charles Fader, Stanhope's soon to be centenarian, will be honored by his friends when a tree will be planted at the Stanhope Library on August 18th. The ceremony will be part of the official opening exercise at Stanhope Community Centre. A valued and respected member of the community for almost all of his century of life. Mr. Fader and his late wife Minnie operated a small store out of their home at Maple Lake and met some of the needs of the people in their neighbourhood. He provides a link with the past that is treasured by native born Stanhope residents and also by those who came to Stanhope to live permanently, for all admire the excellent qualities of those who faced the hardships of those early days in this area and helped to bring about the hospitable friendliness that has been a wonderful part of the area.