Thursday, November 8, 2018

F.W. Carmon Funeral Home Opens In Windsor

Frank W. Carmon, Jr. opened the F.W. Carmon Funeral Home at 6 Poquonock Avenue in February 1946. He purchased the two and a half story brick dwelling from F. Elizabeth Mack and after extensive alterations turned the first floor into a funeral home, complete with a chapel and a display room. Carmon and his wife, Nan Christensen Carmon, resided on the second floor.

A graduate of John Fitch High School, Carmon attended the University of Alabama before graduating from the McAllister School of Embalming in New York in 1939. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and became one of Windsor’s most decorated servicemen during World War II. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Carmon was discharged on December 29, 1945 with the rank of Major.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Windsor’s New Fire Chief

In December 1945, Douglas Allair became the new fire chief of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

Allair had been a member of the local fire force for 16 years. He was assistant fire chief for six years prior to his promotion. Chief Allair worked for the United Aircraft Corporation in East Hartford where he was captain of the corporation’s fire department.
Windsor’s new fire chief urged residents to call him at his number, 810, about any matter concerning fire prevention or fire hazards.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Windsor Hardware Co. and George A. Patterson

The Windsor Hardware Co. in the Plaza Building on Broad Street in Windsor Center was one of the busiest stores in town during the 1940’s and 1950’s.

George A. Patterson, who had purchased Windsor Hardware in October 1932, wore two hats in Windsor. In addition to being a very knowledgeable hardware man, he was also a member of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. In 1946, he was named assistant chief of the department and three years later, in 1949, he was promoted to chief by Town Manager Richard H. Custer. Chief Patterson held the post for ten years before retiring in July 1958.
In 1958, Windsor Hardware moved to a building which had been formerly occupied by First National Stores, just south of the Plaza Building.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Windsor-Hartford Bus Service in the 1940’s and 1950’s

Bus service in Windsor was an important topic of concern during the 1940’s and 1950’s.

In 1944, some Windsor bus riders sought to have the two-token bus fare to and from Hartford lowered to one token. Others opposed lowering the fare to one token because they felt the two-token fare “will keep undesirable people out of town.” Ultimately, the bus company refused to lower the fare on the grounds that the company would lose money if it did.
In 1950, bus patrons traveling to Rainbow and Poquonock from Hartford no longer had to stop in Windsor Center and change busses. The bus company provided through bus service once an hour, from 7:30 am to 11:30 pm.