Eliot Ness, the famous Prohibition agent who battled gangster Al Capone, will be the subject of a talk at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Fairview Park Senior Center, located at 20769 Lorain Road, just south of Fairview Park City Hall.
The speaker, Rebecca McFarland, is an expert on Ness and has consulted on several documentaries on the crime fighter, who served as Cleveland’s safety director from 1935 to 1942 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1947. In 1997, McFarland learned that Ness’s cremated ashes were being stored in a relative’s garage. Her efforts to give Ness a proper final resting place were described in an article in People magazine. Ness’ ashes were dispersed at Wade Lake in Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery in September 1997.
McFarland, who currently works as community relations coordinator at the Euclid Public Library, worked at the Rocky River Public Library from 1974 to 1998.