Thursday, May 31, 2018

“Windsor is a Tobacco Town!”

Those are the words used by Dr. Paul J. Anderson to conclude an article he wrote in the September 29, 1944 issue of The News-Weekly that traced the history of Windsor tobacco. Anderson was director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Sub-Station in Windsor and Chief of Tobacco Research.

In his article, he argued that New England’s multi-million dollar tobacco industry started in Windsor in 1640 when Windsor farmers imported a mild tobacco seed from the West Indies and began cultivating it.
Anderson wrote that in 1944, Windsor farmers grew 1800 acres of the highest-priced tobacco in the world. He said the value of the crop was approximately $3.5 million, or about $49.5 million in today’s money.

Chief of Tobacco Research from 1925 to 1952, Anderson developed a successful method of controlling the Wildfire Disease on tobacco, and originated a fermate spray for controlling blue mold. In addition to being an authority on tobacco culture, Anderson was a founder and president of the Windsor Federal Savings & Loan Association. He also was a tennis enthusiast and maintained a fine tennis court on the grounds of his home on Bloomfield Avenue.

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