Settler of township lots: Lots 8 & 9, Conc. 7, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location within this irregular waterfront 87 acre Lot 9, Conc. 7 at Hwy 35 and Buckslide Road on Halls Lake
Land acquisition: The North half of each of these lots was purchased from Thomas Godwin in 1916. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 30 & 38).
Other land: Lots 8, & 9, Conc. 8, Stanhope - 1917 Patent from The Crown; 1918 to Frank Gartshore; 1919 back to Robert Oliver. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Images 22 & 26)
Dates of residency:
Son Arthur Robert Oliver, b. 1891 in Wales d. 1955 was the Reeve of Stanhope from 1931-1935. Oliver was a Licensed Conveyancer after his teaching career was terminated when he was gassed overseas, took advantage of his outdoor life to paint and sketch and bequeathed his talents and interest to a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Coneybeare. Source: Dream of Excellence by Nila Reynolds. Published by Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts and Haliburton School of Fine Arts. 1976 pg. 30
Photo at right: Arthur Robert Oliver Owner/Source Linda & Bev Coneybeare File name: Arthur Oliver in Winter.jpeg
Having made arrangements with Sam Davies and Thomas Godwin, the Oliver family arrived at Hall's Lake in 1907, and stayed in the Godwin house until their own home (across the road) was completed later that year. The Olivers, at that time, were poor financially - witness the agreement between the Godwin's and he Oliver's that allowed them to buy a house and 20 acres of land for the grand sum of $150 and pay it back in 5 years at 5% interest.
Robert Oliver was a shrewd businessman, and (possibly helped along by his army pension) wa able to acquire a great deal of land in the next 10 years. In 1917 Robert sold all the land he had purchased over the previous years to a lumberman named Frank Gartshore. Just over a year later, Arthur Oliver bought all this land back. The reason for this unusual transaction is not clear, but it is known that during the time Frank Gartshore, a logger, cut a great deal of timber from Lots 8 & 9, Con. 7 before this property was sold back to Oliver. It is possible that the property was sold to Gartshore to circumvent the conditions of the Crown Deed held by Robert that reserved the timer (and mineral) rights for the Province of Ontario. Source: The Oliver Farm, a brief history 1871- 2002 by A R Oliver, 2002 Pg
Read THE OLIVER FARM, a brief history 1871-2002.
Photo 1. The Oliver farm - Linda & Bev ConeybearePhoto 2. The Oliver farm in winter - Linda & Bev Coneybeare
Photo 3. Cows drinking from Halls Lake at the Oliver farm - Linda & Bev Coneybeare
Photo 4. 1935 harvest at the Oliver farm - Linda & Bev Coneybeare