The Hardy Boys in Carleton Place



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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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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