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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Popular restaurants in Windsor during the 1940’s

The Ship’s Cabin at 150 Windsor Avenue in Wilson, across the street from the entrance to Keney Park, was one of the most popular restaurants in Windsor during the early 1940’s. It was owned by Charles Parandes and featured fresh seafood at affordable prices.


In November 1947, Alphonse Gariepy purchased the Ship’s Cabin from Parandes and renamed it Aldor’s Restaurant. The “Al” was for Alphonse, and the “dor” was for his wife, Doris.


Gariepy became active in local politics and in November 1957, was elected to the town council on the Democratic ticket. He won reelection several times and in 1960, when Mayor Francis A. Cunningham resigned, the council elected Gariepy to be the town’s new mayor. In July 1961, he resigned from the town council.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

New 1946 Ford Displayed at Windsor Garage

During World War II, new cars were generally not available in Windsor. Car dealers such as Windsor Garage, which sold Packards and Fords, advertised that nationally over 4 million cars dropped out of service in 1942 and 1943. Car owners were urged to take care of their cars and service them carefully.


In August 1945, three months after the end of the war, Windsor Garage was the first car dealer in Windsor to advertise that it had a new 1946 Ford car on display in its showroom and invited Windsor residents to come in and see it!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

One of Windsor’s Most Popular Grocery Stores in 1945

Dillon’s Market on Broad Street in Windsor Center was one of the town’s most popular grocery stores in 1945.


The prices in the ad may seem very low to 21stcentury readers but the price of ground meat at .29 a pound is about $4.04 a pound in today’s money. The roasting chicken at .48 a pound is about $6.68 a pound  in today’s money.