Thursday, August 16, 2018

Windsor High School’s Baseball Coach in 1945 was a Police Officer

Windsor High School’s 1945 baseball team won half its games and lost the other half. The highlight of the season came when the freshman battery of Davey Jones and Paul Rustic blanked Windsor Locks 1 to 0.


Police Officer James B. Murray, a former star athlete in the semi-pro leagues in greater Hartford, took on the job of coaching the team after high school coach, Al Rimosukas, entered the U.S. Army.
“Babe” Murray, as he was known, said his team gave him “100 percent cooperation.” He added, “The idea of sports is to develop good sportsmanship and believe me, win or lose, our players were good sports.” In Murray’s opinion, “You can’t ask for a better bunch of fellows than you have at Windsor High.”

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Windsor Helps Finance the March on Japan in 1945

The Seventh War Bond drive in Windsor began in May 1945 while the World War II battle for Okinawa, the last step before American forces reached Japan, was underway. 


First Selectman Leland B. Granger issued a plea to Windsor residents to purchase their War Bonds in town so that Windsor could reach its $100,000 E-Bond quota. $100,000 in 1945, is about $1.4 million in today’s money. Anna Nagle, chairwoman of the Windsor war finance committee, was in charge of the E-Bond drive in town.


The News-Weekly said that “eventually Windsor men will march with other Americans into Tokyo. The path to Tokyo can be made easier and the journey made all the more quickly if we in Windsor buy more War Bonds.”
Bond sales got off to a brisk start due to the efforts of the High School Victory Corps girls who helped sell bonds by offering to babysit children for one evening for people who buy bonds from them or at the Plaza Theatre.
By the end of the drive, Windsor exceeded its quota and bought $116,392 worth of E-Bonds.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

New Organ for the Church of Christ, Wilson

In May 1945, the Church of Christ, Wilson, conducted a drive to obtain a new organ. Plans called for it to be known as the Memorial Organ, which meant that contributors could designate their gifts as being in memory of a loved one.


Nan Carmon was chairwoman of the Organ Drive Committee. It planned to put a progress chart in the vestibule of the church, which at the time of the drive, was located in Wilson at 279 Windsor Avenue. It was later sold to the Windsor Library Association who tore the church building down so that a new Wilson Library could be built on the site. In 1963, the Church of Christ, Wilson, changed its name to the Wilson Congregational Church and erected a new church building at 691 Windsor Avenue. Today, the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ is located there.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Windsor High School’s 1895 Football Team

Sporting the latest uniforms of that period including vests and mustaches, this photo of Windsor High School's first rugby football team was taken in Manchester on November 28, 1895, just before the game with Manchester. Windsor’s town clerk in 1945, Leslie H. Hayes, had the picture hanging on the wall of his office in town hall and lent it to The News-Weekly for publication.


According to Harry B. Williams of Stony Hill, a member of the team, the picture includes: from left to right in the front row – Ned Hollister, Williams, Edward Jarvis, Arthur Bailey (manager), Walter Webb, Charles Sipple, and George Albie; back row – Robert Williams, William Tritz, George White, August Pouleur, Louis Rivers, and Edward Neuhaus. Not present in the picture but on the team were: Phillip Remington, L. Fletcher, and Robert Barnes.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

William Hayden Memorial Plot in Windsor


The “original Hayden” referred to in the 1945 news story above was William Hayden, a founder of Windsor. He was a farmer and a stonecutter who had immigrated from England to Dorchester, MA on March 20, 1630. William settled in Hartford, CT, around 1636 and moved to Windsor in 1642. 

On September 2, 1885, members of the Hayden family dedicated an engraved flint boulder marker, 5’ by 3½’, on the land of the original Hayden home site in Windsor, at the intersection of Hayden Station Road and Palisado Avenue. Reportedly, the boulder weighed a little over two tons and the lettering “took eight days labor with the repair of 300 chisels.” (Source: The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsorby Henry R. Styles, 1898 edition.)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The March of Dimes Campaign in Windsor

In January 1945, Windsor’s part in the national battle against polio was led by Earl Donegan, chairman of the town’s March of Dimes fund-raising campaign. The phrase “March of Dimes” had been coined by comedian Eddie Cantor in 1937. It was a play on the title of the contemporary newsreel, “The March of Time.” Contributions to the March of Dimes could be deposited in boxes placed in stores, or through the schools.


The caption of the ad reads: "The Crippler: I have only one racial prejudice. The human race."
After the month-long drive was over, on January 31, Donegan reported that his committee had raised $1,005, or about $14,000 in today’s money. In the previous year, the committee had raised only $235.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Windsor Fire Chief Chagnon

Windsor Fire Chief Francis Chagnon was reappointed in December 1944 by the First District Fire Commissioners to head the department for a fourth consecutive year.


He was reappointed even though he had lost his gold badge of office. The members of his department took pity in him and bought him a new badge. In the photo above, Fireman John Daddario pins the new badge on Chief Chagnon at a banquet held at the Sunlight Restaurant.