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FARLINGER, Alexander, landowner, born in Dundee, Huntingdon County, Quebec, 1 June 1824. His grandfather, Nicholas, though of German descent, was a loyalist during the war of the Revolution, and emigrated from the Mohawk valley, settling in Cornwall, Canada. Captain Farlinger in early life commanded one of the line of steamers plying between Kingston and Montreal, and on several occasions accomplished the difficult feat of safely passing the Long Sault, Coteau, Cedar, and Cascade rapids at night. After seven years spent in the service he retired, and engaged in business as a forwarder and general merchant at Prescott. He subsequently removed to Morrisburgh, where he became the owner of a large amount of real estate. This he managed, also speculating in' land, until, in 1880, he found himself the owner of 19,000 acres of improved farming property in various parts of eastern Ontario. Many years ago he established a system of farm tenantry, and now he has more than 100 tenants, several of whom have retained the same holdings for twenty-five years. Captain Farlinger has interested himself in railway enterprises, and in 1865 projected the Ottawa, Waddington, and New York railway and bridge company, which obtained a charter in 1882. He is an extensive breeder of superior stock, and has been prominent in military matters.
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