Settler of township lots: Lot 31, Conc. 5, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 98 acre lot straddling the river between Maple and Beech Lakes.
Land acquisition: This 98 acre lot was acquired from his father, Benjamin Clark, in 1878. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 376).
Dates of residency:
All the stories collected locally from older settlers stress the extreme kindness of the Indians. The late George Clark, whose United Empire Loyalist father, Benjamin, came from the Trenton area to take up land which included the Indian cemetery, claimed that without the help of friendly Indians, his family would not have survived the first winter. That the cemetery was once more extensive than it seemed in the 1879s is indicated by the fact that the Clarks often ploughed up human bones. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg 14.
In spite of the claim that wolves will not attack humans, Haliburton's pioneers tell tales which cast doubts on their good intentions. The late Mrs. Tom Archer (Lillie Rebecca Clark) asserted that her father, George Clark of Maple Lake, outran a wolf pack while travelling the bush trails on horseback. Had he not reached the sanctuary of his stable, he would have been pulled down and killed. Source: Ibid pg 53.
George Clarke represented Maple Lake on the 1900 committee that merged the Maple Lake Church with the 21 member congregation at Pine Lake Church, both of which met in school houses, to build the frame Maple Lake Church at the burying ground at Clark’s Corners. Source: Ibid. pg. 326
By January 1921, twenty telephones were installed [Maple Lake area] and in June of that year a switchboard was temporarily set up in a small building adjoining the house on the George Clarke property, later sold to Sam Redner. The switchboard was installed by Mr. Patterson who claimed he could teach any intelligent girl to operate in a day. Source: Ibid pg. 329
In his 1966 Collection of Sketches, "Mr. George Clark's Story", Clayton Rogers documents his interview with George Clark during which Clark described his family's journey in 1867 from Fenelon Falls to Maple Lake to take up land on the Grass River, the property on which the United Church at Maple Lake stands. Read the story of their challenging trip.
Preceding landowner: 1872 Benjamin Clark (b. 1810) father of George Nelson Clark.
Photo 1. George Clark, wife Fanny Burrows and Enid Horsley, Stanhope Museum Collection 015.01.23
Photo 2: Photo 1: The Maple Lake Senior Hunt Club. I believe these are the names and ages L. to R. Isaac Boice (61), Durlin Redner (51), Samuel Demill Redner (17), George Clark (49), John Demill (64), Hamilton Boyce (59). Picture taken either 1899 or1900 . Ham was dead by March 1901. photo--courtesy of Dorothy Rivers. Source: Ancestry. ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 25 Jan 2013
Photo 3. This is a picture of an older George Clark holding a grandchild. Compare to the hunting picture above. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Rivers. Source: Ancestry.ca johnmar131 originally shared this on 25 Jan 2013
Photo 4. Fannie May (Burrows) Clark obituary 1935. Owner/Source Lydia Coulter Scrapbook Collection - Book 1, Pg 20.File name Fannie May Burrows Clark obituary 1935.png