Guest writer: Dave Hart (son)
Franciscus Johannes Hart was born in Groningen, Holland on May 25, 1908. He served a term in the Dutch cavalry as a teenager where he learned "Greco-Roman" wrestling. He came to Canada when he was about 22 years old and settled in Toronto.
He met Alex Kasaboski and other wrestlers while working out at a local gym and was soon talked into taking up wrestling rather than spend a life painting houses.
He met and married Delma Peloquin and they moved to the Windsor area. Dad wrestled locally in the evenings -- billed as the "Flying Dutchman" -- and worked at Ford Motor during the day.
In 1945 we all moved to the Sudbury area where my folks bought some land on the portage between two lakes and had a tourist lodge built. Pine Falls Lodge opened in 1947 and many a wrestler came up to catch fish or hunt deer. During the winters Dad wrestled in Amarillo, California, the Pacific Northwest and the Chicago area. In the summers he wrestled for Larry Kasaboski in the North Bay area and would get home about two or three days a week. In the winters we only saw him at Christmas and Easter. He retired from the ring in the early 1960s.
"I know he had the Pacific Northwest light heavyweight championship and the Canadian light heavyweight championship as well." --Dave Hart.
- Wisconsin Junior Heavyweight title, 1950