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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Windsor Fishermen Catch 300 lb. Swordfish

In 1946, Fred Gauthier was elected president of the Windsor division of the Connecticut Sportsmen’s Association.

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.