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.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Windsor Policeman is a Hero

A week before Christmas 1944, Windsor Policeman Bassett Hunt’s exploits in capturing the driver of a stolen car at gunpoint made headlines in the Hartford-Springfield area. The following story explains why.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Windsor’s War Shrine at Grace Episcopal Church

On April 1, 1943, the Grace Episcopal Church created a war shrine for community use inside the church building. The church doors were open from 6 am to 6 pm so that members of the public could offer prayers at the shrine for the safety of loved ones in the armed services. By the end of 1944, over 2,000 people had recorded their names in the war shrine register.


The Children’s Altar with the bas-relief of the Madonna and Child was the basis of the shrine. The sculpture was carved by the nationally-known sculptor, Evelyn Beatrice Longman Batchelder, who also carved the World War I Eagle Monument on the Broad Street Green, in front of the church. She was a Windsor resident who lived at Loomis School with her husband, Headmaster Nathaniel H. Batchelder.
The Madonna and Child was designed in 1934 in memory of Thomas Warnham Loomis, Jennie Cooke Loomis, and their son, Allyn Cooke Loomis.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Windsor’s War Bond Drive

During the first two weeks of December 1944, the sixth War Bond Drive was held in Windsor to help finance the war effort. Over 90% of the students at John Fitch High School purchased war bonds and stamps before December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The sale of stamps at the high school raised $279.35, or about $3,900.00 in today’s money. The total for war bond sales was $220.25.


On December 8, a war bond rally was held at Poquonock town hall. There was a speaker and war films were shown. William Dougherty of Windsor Federal Savings & Loan Association was present at the rally to sell war bonds.


Elsewhere in town, the Plaza Theatre observed Pearl Harbor Day as War Bond Day. People who bought war bonds at the theatre on December 7 were granted free admission to the movies.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Unsettling Events in Windsor

Several events rattled more than a few Windsorites in November 1944. The first occurred in town hall.


The second took place at varying times during the day and night.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Halloween in Windsor in 1944

Windsor’s youth and their elders packed the John Fitch High School auditorium to witness the 1944 Halloween costume judging contest for grade school students. Lipstick, shoe polish, and burnt cork were used to paint their faces.


A total of 36 prizes were awarded for the most original and the most comical costumes.


Members of the High School Dramatic Club put on a play for the audience after the prizes were awarded. Following the costume judging and the play, Windsor teenagers held a Halloween dance at the town hall, which they took over from the court officials who postponed court proceedings until the next day.
According to Windsor Police Chief Paul Rustic, damage to property on Halloween night totaled less than $25, or about $325 in today’s money.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Windsor’s “Nervy” Thief Offered a Second Chance

The proprietor of the Ethel-Mary Store, Ethel Elliott, was willing to give the “nervy” thief who stole $50.00 from her purse that she left in her car parked in front of her store, a second chance.


Fifty dollars in 1944 was worth about $700.00 in today’s money. She said she had planned to use the money to pay her taxes.


Whether or not the thief returned the money to her or if she gave the thief’s name to the police remains a mystery but her willingness to give a second chance to a wrongdoer is a testament to her character.