Carl Ahrens (1862-1936)

This is about as exciting as Winfield, Ontario gets. Today the hamlet is literally a handful of houses, and it has long since disappeared from any map. I would never have found it on my own, but a determined friend of mine, artist Rick Taylor, found the place for me and snapped this photo. In most of my research Winfield is listed as being close to Elora, but in reality it is much closer to Floradale. Carl was born here, when his parents lived with one of his maternal uncles. While it is likely he came back here throughout his childhood, he and his parents soon moved to the much larger town of Berlin (now Kitchener) to be with Carl's paternal grandmother and various aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Winfield, Ontario - Birthplace of Carl Ahrens