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Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher (b. 5 April 1845, d. 2 February 1918)Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher was born 5 April 1845 in Wuerttemberg, Germany, and died 2 February 1918.He married Harriet Bethiah Nunn on 12 January 1872 in Mount Elgin, Oxford County, Ontario, daughter of Jonathan Edward Nunn and Charlotte Taylor.
Notes for Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher:
(Source: Larry Stitt - for more details, please see Larry's Web site at http://publish.uwo.ca/~lstitt/s_chris.htm)
The Christophers homesteaded in the Glen Adelaide District, a few kilometers east of Kenosee Lake in Saskatchewan.They then purchased property on Kenosee Lake (which was then called Fish Lake.) and set up the first resort on Kenosee Lake where they served meals and rented tents and boats.
They sold the property to Clark's about 1913 and it was known as Clark's resort until the 1950's or 1960's or so.
CHRISTOPHER, FREDERICK & HARRIET
from Wawota History Book.
-by George White
Charles Frederick (FRED) Augustus KRISTOFER, was born in Wurttemberg, Germany in 1845. In 1849 the Kristofer’s emigrated from Germany to the USA, where they owned a hotel at Titusvill, Penn. They crossed the ocean in a sailboat, the crossing from Antwerpe to New York taking six weeks. One child, a girl, died at sea. After they got to "Amerika", they changed the spelling of the name to "Christopher".
HARRIET NUNN’s family were United Empire Loyalists. They moved from Breckenridge, Mich, to Lincoln County, Ont. After the American Revolution.
Fred and Harriet were married Jan. 21, 1872 at Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ont. In 1883 the Christophers moved to Elgin, Ont.
In 1893 the family moved to what is now Saskatchewan, arriving by train at Oxbow, where they were met by Bill Vail. The trip from Oxbow to the homestead took two days, as they had brought all their possessions with them, including a team and wagon.
Mr. Christopher had filed on the homestead in 1892 (SW 18-10-1 W2), just east of the Moose Mountains, and had a log house partly built. So until the house was completed, they lived in a house vacated by Henry Turton, a mile south. By that time, Grandpa Christopher had a family of 12 and 35¢ in his pocket.
In 1899 Christophers bought the Percy Fripp property at Fish lake, seven miles west of the farm. They chopped a trail through the bush from the farm to the lake. This road is still known as the "Christopher Trail". They used to let weanling pigs run loose on an island, where they were safe from timber wolves. Mabel often rowed across with pails of chop and potato skins to feed
Excerpts from "Fish Lake" by Thomas Beck
The first Hotel at Fish Lake was operated by Mr. Fred Christopher. He bought Mr. Percy Fripp's cottage in 1899, put a large addition on the north side and made it into a Hotel. It was very large and attractive with lots of space. Christopher also had a homestead seven miles east of Fish Lake namely, SW 1/4 18-T10-R1-W2nd M.
An agreement was made between Harold and Percy Fripp and Fred Christopher to cut a road through the heavy bush from east to Fish Lake. Christopher and his three sons, Dennis, Jim and Ed cut four miles from the East to the West. Harold and Percy Frip cut three miles from the West to the East to meet the Christophers. The road they cut is known today as the Christopher Trail. As you travel this road today, which has been built into a modern road, parts of the old trail may still be seen. This was only wide enough for a horse and buggy or a team of two horses and wagon.
While at Fish Lake, the Christophers were quite active. Not only did they have the Hotel, they also started the first resort there, known as Saints Rest Resort. This was started in the north east corner of the Lake in 1897 before the hotel was in operation.
In 1895, Christopher made Maple Syrup from the trees on what is known today as Maple Island. He also brought hogs from his farm and ferried them across the Lake to an island which today is known as Hog Island. These islands were named by Christopher. The movement of these hogs from his farm to Fish Lake was done in order to save his hogs from wolves that were
plentiful at that time. He netted fish overnight and fed them to the hogs. These fish known as Suckers, were also plentiful in the Lake. On occasion, some of the hogs would decide to swim to shore. However, not many survived, if any. As they swam, their
front hooves would strike their throats and cut the throat before reaching shore. Consequently they would drown. As to be noticed today, Hog Island is a good distance from any shore.
. . .
"Fish Lake was a popular spot for picnics in the early days, as it is today, but there was a difference. Instead of cottages, tents
would be scattered through the bush close to the water, no fancy fishing rods were used, and tight wagon boxes would be used in place of boats. No fisherman would be disappointed with his catch - fish up to forty punds have been taken.
People from Moosomin, Alida, Carlyle and many other points in the province used to arrive at the lake in buggies, democrats, wagons and on horseback. Many Americans were also present. They named the Lake "Lost Lake" as so many of them got lost in the heavy bush trying to find it.
Sask. Government Honors Pioneers
- from a newspaper clipping
Mrs. A.D. Turton of Swan River has received word that a prominent geographical feature in Saskatchewan has been named after her parents who were early peoneers in the province.
A two mile long bay at Kenosee Lake has been named in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frederick Christopher, earliest settlers of the Kenosee district. They were the first to open up the Christopher Trail which was much used by early pioneers.
Mr. Christopher saw the potentialities of Kenosee Lake as a summer resort, was the the first to develop it as a tourist attraction and played a large part in developing the Moose Mountain area, 100 miles south-east of Regina, as a trapping and hunting area. He also undertook commercial fishing at the lake.
Mr. and Mrs. Turton moved from that area to Swan River in 1929.
Richmond on the James1
written by Frederick Cristopher March 3, 1873
A soldier boy from Philly lay gasping on the field.
When battle shock was over the foe was forced to yield
He fell a youthful hero before that foeman’s arms
On that blood stained field at Richmond, near Richmond on the James.
But one still stood beside him, his comrade in the fray
They had been friends together through childhood’s happy day.
When side by side they struggled through that field of blood and flames
To part that eve at Richmond, near Richmond on the James.
Bear this good sword to my brother, this star upon my breast
To that young and gentle sister, the one that I love best
It’s one lock from my forehead to the mother that still dreams
Of the safe return of the soldier boy at Richmond on the James
I wish that mother’s arms were folded round me now.
That her gentle hand might linger one moment on my brow
For I know that she is praying that her gen[ ] dreams
Of her [soldier boy] at Richmond near Richmond on the James
He says "My dearest comrades you list me for a while
When those faces that once loved me, again on [thee2] shall smile
Again thou shalt be [foremost3] of all the village games
While I shall lie at Richmond, near Richmond on the James."
He says "I charge you comrades and friends in days of yore
And those far and distant loved ones that I shall see no more
That scarce my lips can whisper those dear and well known names
To share with them my blessing at Richmond on the James."
Hand on my breast dear comrade close by these brown graves
Of one who was the fairest of all the village maids
We was to have been married but death the bridegroom claims
And she is far who loves me from Richmond on the James.
And far from those who loved him that youthful soldier sleeps
Unknown among ten thousand for those their country weeps
No true heart nor braver did ere that sunset beams
Was laid that eve at Richmond near Richmond on the James.
Now our land is filled with mourning from hall to county thrown
We miss those well known voices that used to greet our own.
And poor lone wives and widows shall weep in title [deign4]
To hear the name of Richmond, of Richmond on the James
1.Richmond, Virginia is known as Richmond on the James.
2.Written as "the" in the original manuscript.
3.Written as "formest".
4.Written as "dane".
More About Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher:
Birth name: Charles Frederick Augustus Kristofer.
Fact 1: lived in Saskatchewan.
Residence: Glen Adelaide District, a few kilometres east of Kenosee Lake.
More About Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher and Harriet Bethiah Nunn:
Info source: Oxford County Marriages 1869-1873, #799, folio 269.
Marriage: 12 January 1872, Mount Elgin, Oxford County, Ontario.
Witnesses: Isaac M. Elliott and Martha Hadcock.
Children of Charles Frederick Augustus Christopher and Harriet Bethiah Nunn are:
- Charles Erwin Christopher, b. 7 December 1872, Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario, d. 13 December 1872, Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario.
- +Elizabeth Caroline Christopher, b. 2 December 1873, Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario, d. 6 April 1949.
- Albert Merit Christopher, b. 30 May 1875, Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario, d. 31 March 1958.
- +Martha Amelia Christopher, b. 24 November 1876, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 11 January 1956.
- +Edward Frederick Christopher, b. 17 October 1878, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 1961.
- Dennis Tulley Christopher, b. 9 May 1881, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 2 September 1972, British Columbia.
- +George Washington Christopher, b. 24 July 1882, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. January 1959, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
- +Mabel Maude Christopher, b. 17 January 1884, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. February 1975.
- James Franklin Christopher, b. 25 September 1885, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 2 May 1972.
- Anna May Christopher, b. 24 June 1887, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 4 April 1980.
- +Alta Ida Christopher, b. 24 April 1889, Orwell, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 1 June 1976.
- +Florence Edith Christopher, b. 5 May 1891, Malahide Township, Elgin County, Ontario, d. 1984.
- Myrtle Evylena Christopher, b. 14 September 1893, Glen Adelaide, Saskatchewan, d. 6 June 1894.
- +Harriet Ellen Christopher, b. 18 August 1895, Glen Adelaide, Saskatchewan, d. 8 November 1968.
- Ellwood Hobson Christopher, b. 19 October 1898, Glen Adelaide, Saskatchewan, d. 18 February 1899.