scotto
01-09-2010, 03:48 PM
“From Dorothy Turcotte's book "The Sand Strip"


Scott, Fred has told me, and maybe even posted on the forom, that fisherman were given permits to build houses on the lake side of the beach. So when lots were laid out and sold, were the fisherman forced to either buy the land they occupied, or, get off the beach? ________________________________________

Might want to check with Peggy on that one, I believe ancestors who were fishermen didn't buy much land as they were squatters. The original Corey must of owned the land as his name is listed on one of the old maps.”

Hi Scott, I’m sure that you are correct. Fred probably told me that the fishermen obtained permits to fishfrom the beach, not build houses on the beach.

This thread indicates that there were houses on the beach before lots were laid out.

“Development of Hamilton Beach Has Been Rapid
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scotto
12-08-2013, 06:31 PM
“Development of Hamilton Beach Has Been Rapid
Hamilton Spectator 1915
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Veteran Resident Tells of Early Days

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Hotels Were Common Thing On Sandstrip


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Great Season Expected This Coming Year

Today the summer season at Burlington beach comes to a close, and from now until the end of this month business men, who with their families have enjoyed the breeze of the lake during the hot weather, prepare to leave for their winter homes. Never in the history of the resort has there been such a demand for houses for the summer months, and old sages predict that next year the demand will be even greater. The growth of the beach proper, from about the power house to the Beach road, during the last fifteen years has been remarkable. Probably no one on the sand-strip has witnessed this growth better than Robert Fletcher, who resides at station 4 the year round, and who eighty-four years first saw the light of day in a house about two hundred feet from where the canal now is. Mr. Fletcher was the only son of Erin and Mrs. Fletcher, and was born about two years after they immigrated to this country from England.
He has resided on the sand-strip all of his life, and despite his ripe old age, enjoys good health and has the use of all his faculties.

IN THE EARLY DAYS
When Mr. Fletcher was a boy, the beach was one vast stretch of waste land, with only a house dotted here and there. In a disastrous fire, his father lost his home near the canal, and, in building a new house, selected a site between station 4 and the Beach road. Mr. Fletcher lives in the house just opposite the homestead.

http://hamiltonbeachcommunity.com/fo...hp/t-2240.html

so the first question is, did these peaple own the land that their houses ” were on? And if not, were they forced to buy the land when the lots were laid out?



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