The History of South River-Machar, Ontario
Frank Farmhouses
The Old Bottomley Homestead, circa 1916
The Old Bottomley Homestead, circa 1916 Details

Black and white photograph of a home in the middle of a field. The field is surrounded by trees. The homestead is located on Con. 55, Lot 15 on Eagle Lake Road.

Bow Family Farm, circa 1930
Bow Family Farm, circa 1930 Details

Black and white photograph of the Bow Family farm. The far right side of the farmhouse is original. The rest was added at a later time.

Carter Family Farm, 1903
Carter Family Farm, 1903 Details

Robert M. Carter was the owner of the home in 1903. He opened the first General Store in South River in 1885. He was also clerk for Machar and sold insurance. The Carters came to South Rivers from Brussels, Ontario.

Cole Family Farm House, circa 1910
Cole Family Farm House, circa 1910 Details

Picture of the Cole homestead, which was located two miles west of South River. The home was built in 1901.

The Dilapidated Original Cole Homestead
The Dilapidated Original Cole Homestead Details

Black and white photograph of an abandoned house. At one time it had been the Cole family's original homestead. There is just more than a wood frame now. There are no doors or windows. There is just open gaping holes where they should be. There is grass coming out of melting snow. The homestead was built in 1901.

Abandoned Dahms Farm House
Abandoned Dahms Farm House Details

The farmhouse which had been owned by the Dahms family. The home has since been abandoned. There are yellow plants growing towards the building. There are only gaping holes where there were windows. There are no doors visible either. Just more gaping holes.

Hansen Farm, circa 1950
Hansen Farm, circa 1950 Details

This was originally John Hansen's house, a pioneer homesteader of the South River area. He received a 100 acre land grant at lots 8 and 9, Concession 4, in Machar Township. John Hansen farmed this land until his death in 1932.

Haufschild Family Farm
Haufschild Family Farm Details

A black and white photograph of the Haufschild homestead. The house is in a state of disrepair due to age. The wooden walls of the home are well worn and weeds are about 3 feet high surrounding the building. The windows are gone, there are only empty holes.

Original Hawthorne Family Homestead
Original Hawthorne Family Homestead Details

Picture of the Hawthorne family's stone homestead. The farm was located near Eagle Lake.

Charlie Maeck's House
Charlie Maeck's House Details

Colour photograph of Charlie Maeck's farmhouse. Charles Maeck lived from 1882 to 1956.

Harvey Minor's Home
Harvey Minor's Home Details

A picture of a red farmhouse with a green roof, which was owned by Harvey Minor.

The McKee Homestead
The McKee Homestead Details

Black and white photograph of a dilapidated farm house which had been owned by the McKee family. A few windows are boarded up. Most of them are gaping holes where there should be windows. The shingles are coming off the roof. The back half of the house looks to be an addition to the original house.

Thomas Quirt Homestead, circa 1890
Thomas Quirt Homestead, circa 1890 Details

Black and white photograph of a farm and farmhouse owned by Thomas Quirt. This farm is located on Lot 21 Con. 7 in Machar. In the background is a farmhouse. On the right side is a barn.

Old Ralston Farm, circa 1930
Old Ralston Farm, circa 1930 Details

This is a photo of the Old Ralston farm. The crops and livestock on the farm included: potatoes, lettuce and cattle. The farm and the land was later donated to the Seventh Day Adventist Mission after the death of the last owner.

The Robb Homestead
The Robb Homestead Details

This house was built by H.Robb around 1885. The house stayed in the family until 1932. In 1932 the house and surrounding farm was sold to Charles Quirt, who sold it to Henry and Emma Erven in 1935. They lived on the homestead until 1967, after which the land became the Eagle Lake Golf Course.

Walter Schneider's Farm, circa 1980
Walter Schneider's Farm, circa 1980 Details

Colour picture of the Schneider family farm was built by Henry Schneider. At the time the picture was taken Walter Schneider owns this house.

Towle Farm House
Towle Farm House Details
Photograph of the Towele family farm.
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