Mabel Margaret Forth
Mabel Margaret Forth was born January 3, 1909 in Utterson, Stephenson Township. Her birth registration recorded the location as Lot 16 Con 6. Lot 16 Concession 6 was approximately at the crossroads of Old Muskoka Road and Queen Street in Utterson. Old Muskoka Road exists as a street today, but Queen Street has been renamed Township Hall Road and is much shorter than it was a hundred years ago.
Aunt Mabel and her eldest son, Chuck, visited this location a few years before her death. Aunt Mabel pointed out a particular, not-quite-square house and said that is where she and her sisters had been born. To the best of my knowledge, the family lived in an adjacent farm and the upper floor of this home was used as a hospital in times of need. The ‘four-corner-house’, as it is known locally, stands at 25 Township Hall Road.
Aunt Mabel said that she and her sisters had been baptized in the Utterson United Church. As the United Church did not form until 1925, she would have been referring to the Methodist Church, located just down the street from the house where the girls were born. I have attempted to get the old church records, but apparently they were sent away years ago and nobody knows quite where they went. They do not appear to be archived at the United Church of Canada. They may have ended up in a Presbyterian archive.
I found the photos below among Gran’s and Aunt Vi’s memorabilia. I believe the photos were both taken at the family farm in Utterson circa 1912. The photo on the left was labelled Vi (left) and Mabel (right) with boarder. I have no idea who the boarder was. I cannot imagine how there was ever room for a boarder at the Forth home, but can see the financial need for one with twelve children living at home at this point and a thirteenth on the way! Interestingly, the photo on the right, of Mabel with her father, Henry Forth, was labelled in Gran’s box as her and her dad but Aunt Mabel also had a copy and hers said it was HER and her dad. I think it looks like Aunt Mabel.
Below is a page of Aunt Vi's autograph book written by Aunt Mabel.
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