A few months ago I wrote some brief notes about Charles Leslie McFarlane (Franklin W. Dixon) who wrote the Hardy Boy books and was born in Carleton Place. This week I spotted some more information at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and elsewhere about his father and how the family came to Carleton Place.
Leslie McFarlane was born on October 25, 1902, in Carleton Place, Ontario, and he was one of 4 sons. His father, John Henry McFarlane, was born in Lanark, Ontario on July 31, 1870, and was a was a local Carleton Place school principal. He received his teaching certificate in 1895 after attending Ottawa Normal School. During one of his stints as a teacher in the village of Clayton, John Henry boarded at the home of Aaron Barnett, the town cooper (barrelmaker). There he met the cooper’s pretty brown eyed daughter Rebecca.
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