Letter from the Editor: Lakefront living … in Stark County | October 2013

As a landlocked county in the middle of Ohio, Stark County isn’t exactly the first place you think of when it comes to lakefront living. OK, not the second place either.

As a landlocked county in the middle of Ohio, Stark County isn’t exactly the first place you think of when it comes to lakefront living. OK, not the second place either.

But have you been to Lake Cable lately?

It’s a private 150-acre man-made lake in the heart of Jackson Township that boasts breathtaking views, unique history and a tight-knit community.

While it’s certainly hard to miss the peek-a-boo glimpses of the lake from Fulton or Lake O’Springs roads, what’s less tangible to passerbys is the lifestyle attached with lake living.

For About’s annual Exclusive Homes issue, we decided to dive into Lake Cable (bad pun intended) to find out more about the lake, the history and the people who live there. What we discovered is an intriguing lake sub-culture, with an eclectic mix of homes and a relaxed country-club atmosphere.

I spoke with resident historian David Little, who did extensive research on the lake and its humble beginnings for his book, “The History of Lake Cable: A Chronological Reference Book.”

Little is one of those people you could sit and listen to for hours. He’s a natural story-teller and has a passion for the history and preservation of Lake Cable. Little still lives in the home he was born into on the lake and seems to be the neighborhood caretaker of all things historic. He declined to be featured in this issue outside of the photos and information he provided.

We also interviewed and photographed seven other families from different parts of the lake for this feature.

I have to say, we fell in love with each family along the way. We were greeted with tremendous kindness by each, as if we were old friends stopping in for coffee (and, maybe, a boat ride).

Each family talked with great affection for the lake, their homes and their neighbors.

“It is stress-free living at its finest,” said Mark Casper, who also grew up on the lake. “We love spending time here with our family and friends, either cooking outside, boating, fishing or just sitting outside watching the sun set.”

What could be better than that?

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass