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Charles Cobbold Farr.

Cobalt (ON), Highway Book Shop, c1980.
109pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-88954-215-5.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Ron Jacques.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

Charles Cobbold Farr emigrated to Canada in 1870 to make his fortune and ended up founding the town of Hailey-bury in 1891. In between, he worked as a blacksmith, hotelier, clerk, axeman, and manager of Hudson's Bay Company posts. He took part in an exciting period of Ontario's history and development and wrote about it in a series of stories in Rod and Gun.

Tom Roach has edited a collection of these stories and added a twenty-page summary of Farr's life as well as some pictures of turn-of-the-century Hailey-bury. This is an interesting piece of local history that offers insight into the hardships and joys of life in northern Ontario a hundred years ago.

C.C. Farr was a keen observer of human nature as well as flora and fauna, and his stories are filled with details of the land and people he encountered as he struggled to make his mark in the new land. He admired the Indians and took pains to learn their language and customs. His determination and integrity shine through his stories and support Roach's view of the man as "happy and in love with his adopted land."

Tom Roach and the Highway Book Shop have performed a worthwhile service in editing and publishing this book, as it fills in small details in the broad sweep of our history.

Ron Jacques, Bracebridge & Muskoka Lakes S. S., Bracebridge, ON.
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