Daniel McLachlin of Houston Texas, is the only son of Hugh Frederick McLachlin and Jean Alexander McLachlin of Arnprior. Hugh was the eldest son of Daniel McLachlin who was born at the “Hill” in 1881 and was active in running the McLachlin Brothers Lumber mills in Arnprior.
Daniel McLachlin donated this material in 1999. The caricature was donated in 2008. Further material was donated in 2011.
Scope and Content
The Daniel McLachlin fonds consists of photographic and textual records related to the lumber mills and life in the lumber camps at the turn of century. Two family history charts and photocopied books and articles about the history of Arnprior and lumbering are also included in this fonds.
1. McLachlin Brothers Photograph Album - , photographer unknown (top of shelf H)
25 pages containing 40 B&W photographs with captions depicting the various shops, yards and operations of the lumber mills including several views of No. 3 and 4 mills.
2. Life in The Lumber Camps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario - 
Typed manuscript of Charles Macnamara’s. Original Closed due to conservation. Use photocopy in Reading Room. The manuscript contains recollections and impressions of life in McLachlin camps as he documented shantymen during his employment as a clerk with the lumber company. The typewritten manuscript dates from 1940, but the original photographs were taken between 1899 and 1903. The prints contained in the manuscript were taken from the original glass plate negatives and probably date from the 1940’s.
3. Photocopied articles from various sources - 1960-1975
See file for handwritten index to the photocopied books and articles by Bernie Bedore, Harry J. Walker, Frank H. Cooney, T.C. Mulvihill, among others contained in this file.
4. Miscellaneous Documents - [1970, 2011]
a)The two large family charts in this file are copies of the original prepared by Hugh F. McLachlin. Chart No. 1 contains basic information pertaining to the first three generations of McLachlans (sic) of Canada. A note on this chart informs the reader that Daniel McLachlin (1809 - 1872) changed the spelling from McLachlan to McLachlin. Chart No. 2 lists the 4th to 7th generations and ends with births and deaths in the mid 1970’s.
b) Photocopy of an 1866 Testimonial Letter to Daniel McLachlin. The original document was presented to Daniel McLachlin along with silver goblets and plate (now at the Arnprior & District Museum) as an expression of respect and gratitude by certain prominent citizens on behalf of the inhabitants of Arnprior and vicinity. The testimonial describes how Mr. McLachlin had made “liberal expenditures of your wealth in public improvements, coupled with a judicious disposition of the land, you laid the foundation of the Village, which has since attained a degree of prosperity unsurpassed, if even equalled by any other place in the Province.”
c) "Arnprior Reflections" notes by Daniel McLachlin on various family remembrances.
5. McLachlin II Album - 1842-1993
Album contains photographs and information pertaining to: Arnprior, McLachlin Mills, Printings (various topics and sources of Arnprior history), Clippings from the Arnprior Chronicle and Ottawa Journal articles by Harry Walker about Chief McNab, “the Hill”, Sand Point etc.
Album also contained an envelope of correspondence between Daniel McLachlin (1809 - 1872). There are 22 letters dated 1842-1894. The envelope and its contents were separated from the rest of the album into its own file.
6. Caricature of Daniel McLachlin (colour pastel on cardboard) circa 1940 which was passed on to Daniel McLachlin from his father Hugh.
7. Family album. Some digital copies available.
Life in The Lumber Camps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario - Researchers must consult bound reference copy available with outreach material in reading room.
See also: Arnprior District Museum collection, Accession #1993-0005
See also: Daniel McLachlin fonds, Accession #1993-0011
Folder “F” McLachlin Brothers Mills in the Outreach Kit contained in the reading room.
A copy of the finding aid for the Charles Macnamara collection at the Archives of Ontario is also available for researchers.
See also: Hobbs Family fonds 1999-0115