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.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Windsor splits its votes in 1944 election

This ad touted the 1944 candidacy of the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor, Robert A. Hurley. He was running against the GOP candidate, Raymond E. Baldwin. By running the ad, the Democrats sought to remind Windsor voters that the Great Depression of the 1930’s began when Republicans were in office.

Windsor voters split their tickets in 1944. Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican Thomas E. Dewey for president in town by nine votes, 2396 to 2387.

However, Republican Raymond E. Baldwin defeated Democrat Robert A. Hurley for governor in Windsor, 2658 to 2048.

Statewide, Roosevelt defeated Dewey by over 44,000 votes and Baldwin defeated Hurley by about 26,000 votes.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Deerfield Householders Club in Windsor

One of the most active civic organizations in Windsor in 1944 was the Deerfield Householders Club. The members not only put on a Spaghetti Supper in October 1944, they also held a Halloween Costume Dance at Deerfield School. Richard Burgess was chairman of the committee arranging the dance. There was an orchestra, and cider and donuts. Prizes were awarded for the best costume.

The organization also was involved in more serious matters. In November 1944, it organized a petition asking that the town create a new voting district within an area bound by the Connecticut River on the east; Hillcrest Road on the north; the town line on the west; and the power line on the south.
At the time the petition was being circulated in the Heights (or on Stony Hill, as some people referred to the area) and in Deerfield, voters in the Heights voted in the Windsor Center District and voters living in the settlement off Deerfield Road voted in either the Center or in Wilson.