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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This picture of the Red and White Grocery store located at 95-99 Drouillard Road in East Windsor (Ford City) was taken about 1930.  Opened in the early 1920s by George, Arthur and Cyriac Plante, the brothers played a pivotal role in the explosive growth of Ford City.  In 1937 after amalgamation with Windsor, the grocery store address was changed to 245 Drouillard Road. The business continued to operate until 1951 when it was sold and becomes Milan’s Market. In the early 1960s, it becomes Milan’s Tavern Continue Reading...
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WPL Adopts Plan to Address Racism and Social Inequity

At the regular July meeting of the Windsor Public Library Board, directors unanimously passed a motion to adopt the Anti-Racism Action Plan, as presented.  The document provides a framework and plan to address racism and social inequity in the workplace and in the services and programs it provides. “Public libraries are meeting places for people, ideas, learning and culture,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin. “They are places for community learning, where ideas are debated, issues of the day discussed and places where the community Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is a continuation of our Back-to-School theme. This photograph dates circa 1896 and is the interior of a laboratory classroom at Windsor Collegiate Institute (later renamed Patterson Collegiate Institute). The school located at the southeast corner of Goyeau and Elliott Streets was Windsor oldest high school having closed in 1973. The building was demolished in 1979 to make way for a parking lot of a grocery store. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

With the start of a new school year next week, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of Patterson Collegiate Institute. The image was taken sometime in the 1940s. It was originally opened as an elementary school in 1854 and become a high school in 1871. It was named Windsor Collegiate Institute until 1929, when it was renamed after local lawyer and politician James Colebrook Patterson. The building occupied the southeast corner of Goyeau and Elliott Streets where it proudly stood until 1979 when it was demolished Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

Do you remember shopping at Big Bear Super Markets? This week’s Throwback Thursday Picture is of the Big Bear Super Market located at 279 Chatham Street East across the street from the old Windsor Farmers Market. It opened in 1947 as the Family Food Market and changed its name to Big Bear in 1951. Unfortunately, it was not in business long, closing its doors in 1960 and its assets sold at auction in 1961. This picture was taken on January 13, 1956. If you are interested Continue Reading...
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All Library Branches To Be Open Next Week

Following a successful re-opening trial at Budimir, Central, Local History and Riverside branches, Windsor Public Library will be re-opening the remainder of our locations on Tuesday, September 8. Services will resume at Bridgeview, Chisholm, Fontainebleau, Forest Glade, Muir  and Seminole.  Normal operational parameters will be in effect.  Customers will have direct access to library resources and computers, although meeting rooms will remain closed.  Customers will be asked to self-screen at the door and social distancing will be expected. Please note, by an order made under Subsection Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

This photograph was taken sometime in 1975, looking west along Chatham Street West on the north side. This image shows the Equity Chambers building on the right and Epps Outdoor Store on the left. In between is Jon Myles men’s clothing store, and Flowers by Malone, and on the ground floor of the Equity Chambers Building is the Ye Olde Steak House Restaurant. Today only Jon (today Lou) Myles men’s clothing store is still operating in the same location. If you are interested in other historic Continue Reading...
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WPL Branches Scheduled To Re-Open at the End of August

With entry into stage 3 of the Ontario Action Plan in response to Covid-19 on August 12, Windsor Public Library is provided the opportunity to reopen branches and re-launch services, many of which have been unavailable to the community since March 19. “The health of our staff and customers is our most important consideration as we plan to re-open,” says Councillor Rino Bortolin, chair of the WPLB. “We have spent considerable time over the past several months preparing to open our doors, preparing our facilities to Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

At one time this scene happened multiple time each day, a New York Central passenger train after departing Windsor is heading east on its journey to St. Thomas, Buffalo and its ultimate destination of New York City. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in the 1950s in Essex County. The passenger train is about to proceed over a level crossing with the wigwag crossing signal in operation to warn motorist of the approaching train. The New York Central Railroad ran a double track main Continue Reading...
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Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in May or early June 1913. The image of electric street car No. 41 which ran on the Belt Line, has passengers hanging out of the window and the conductor and motorman and another passenger posing in front of the car. The cow catcher has an advertisement for a baseball game to be played at Wigle Park on Saturday June 14. The first electric street car in Canada entered service in 1888 and ran between Windsor and Walkerville. Continue Reading...
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