John Franklin was born in England on Dec. 25, 1828. He married Annie Kellam and came to Orillia, Canada in 1863 to work in his trade as a stone mason. He had eleven children, three born in Canada, and in 1876 he purchased property on the north shore of Sparrow Lake and became a pioneer farmer raising sheep and keeping horses. In winter he would take his team into logging camps, likely W.P. Christie lumber company. John died in 1917, aged 89 years.Franklin House began in 1905 as a small resort with accomodation for 40 guests, and was operated for 35 years by William and Elizabeth Franklin, a son and daughter of the pioneer John Franklin. In 1940 it was sold to George Robertshaw of Oshawa. It was bought in 1985 by Andy and Jutta Fisher and is known today as Silver Pines Resort with year-round cottage accomodation.