Settler of township lots: Lot 24, Conc. 3, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot with waterfront property on Maple Lake at Steeplechase Dr and Hwy 118
Land acquisition: No record of this settler owning this property. 1929 Thomas J. W. Jones received the patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 417).
Dates of residency:
In November of 1865 fate dealt Thomas Mason the crushing blow from which he never recovered completely. When Mrs. Mason prepared to visit relatives across Boshkung, 2 year old George, the price and joy of his father's heart. begged to be allowed to remain with his father. Too busy to watch the child safely, the father refused. The lake crossing was to be made in the canoe of young George Sims, son of Samuel Sims living between Mason's and the lake. Accustomed to canoeing in all weathers, the brisk November winds sweeping the lake did not deter the journey. However, a gust too strong for young Sims to steer against, swung the frail craft into the trough of the waves and it overturned. Unhampered, the boy clutched the canoe, but Mrs. Mason hugging the 2 year old child, was at the mercy of the waves. Neighbours witnessing the disaster, rushed to her aid but when they pulled her from the water insensible, the child was dead in her arms. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg. 308
Succeeding landowner: 1929 Thomas J. W. Jones received the patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 417).