Bought this 1957 calendar off eBay. Had to get it, since it’s Ogie Enwall’s Swan Lake Dairy (no longer in operation) that was up the road, behind the Ohop Grange.
The farm was built on Robert Fiander’s homestead claim filed back in 1871.
My folks (Louie and Kathy Mettler) tell me that Ogie had a strong Danish accent and was tough to understand. But when he spoke, it was important and well thought out, and you needed to listen.
Ogie’s daughter Evelyn writes a fabulous piece about the dairy and her family that appears in Diane Grant’s book, Cruiser.
Here’s an excerpt:
“80 acres was the central partof the farm that my parents bought from Chris and Hannah (Fiander) Leber and William Leber. There is some disagreement among us about the number of acres. I believe we started with 160 and ended with 240. Our parents added pieces, purchasing some from George Bittner and the farm once owned by the Kregor family.
The small lake on the property was Swan Lake. The farm boundaries included part of Kregor Lake, too. A lumber mill had been on the property. I don’t know if that had been started by Robert Fiander or by Chris and Hannah Leber. I supposed it must have been Mr. Fiander as the house and the burn were built with sawn boards and square nails.”