Settler of township lots: Lot 12, Conc. 1, Minden (Stanhope area)
Dates of residency: to 1945 - Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 2).
Other land: Lot 29, Conc. A, Minden - Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 397).
Swan & Minnie Ackerblade and three children came to Haliburton village in 1924. They were told that Haliburton, a new County had opened up and lots of work was going on. Lumbering and farming and Haliburton had a railroad into town. But at this time people were moving away from the county to New Ontario and the West. The jobs were not so plentiful so the coupled moved to Minden with 5 children in 1927. In 1929, Dr Nesbitt, a dentist from Lindsay, built a rat farm. Mr Ackerblade was foreman. This gave a great many men work; Freeman Trumbull was caretaker for several years. That same year the great depression struck. No work, no money. The Government finally started building Highway 35 and put up Road Camps. Men from all over came and stayed in tap paper shacks. Their pay was $5.00 a month and board. Even though times were hard, people visited each other, had quilting bees, wood bees, a dance often with most of the community attending. School concerts, school picnics and Church Services on Sundays, so some fun for all. Mrs Ackerblade was called up to help lay out the dead and was a mi-wife when children was born. She was proud to be at the home of Hazel and Stuart Bull when triplets were born to them in 1938; two girls and a boy. She spent many hours helping to care for these frail babies who are healthy and alive today. Swan died in 1966 and Minnie celebrated her 90th birthday in 1979. Source: The Ackerblades, by Ruth Kellett (daughter of Swan).
Swan Ackerblade's obituary - Found in Lydia Coulter's scrapbook #4, page 234 (photocopy in the Haliburton Highlands Genealogy Group room at the Minden library)