SCUGOG: The famous show cow featured in a statue which has been the centre of a controversy in Markham never actually lived in Markham, according to the Port Perry farmer who raised her.
Brookview Tony Charity was raised at Hanover Hill Farm in Port Perry. A statue of Charity was recently erected in Charity Crescent in Markham, with a plaque from the City of Markham stating she was raised on Romandale Farms. The statue has been met with much concern from residents in the Charity Crescent subdivision.
Ken Trevena raised Charity, from the time she came to Hanover Hill in 1981 until she died in 1988.
“She could’ve been at Romandale to take a picture or something, after one of the shows. On the way back from a show they could’ve stopped there, but I know that soon after the show was over, she came back to this farm,” he said.
The first show Charity was named grand champion in was the Port Perry Fair in 1982. Charity was named the Supreme Champion of the Holsteins, at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin in 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987.
“That Charity cow won it four times. No other cow had ever done that,” Mr. Trevena explained.
Mr. Trevena said he was “a little surprised” when the statue of Charity went up in Markham.
In 1985, Stephen Roman bought a half interest in the show cow for about $1,450,000.
“I assumed that when Stephen Roman bought that cow that he would want to take it to his farm for a while, but he never did,” Mr. Trevena said. “I got all the records together for him, so when he came up I said ‘I got some stuff here for you when you take the cow to your farm.’ He said to me ‘Are you staying here on this farm?’ I said ‘yes’ and he said ‘so is this cow.’”
When Charity was 10 years old, Mr. Trevena found out the show cow had cancer in her spine.
“When she was walking, she was stumbling a bit. She died right on the farm here,” Mr. Trevena said. “When she could still walk, we took her to Guelph University and there was nothing they could do. If she had not developed cancer in the spine, she could’ve won again that year.”
Charity was the only cow Mr. Trevena buried at the Hanover Hill Farm site.
“She died on this farm so that was the place to bury her,” he said.