Samuel Smith MacDonell Esq

May 9, 2014
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SAMUEL SMITH MacDONELL Was District Clerk in 1850 and 1851, and was Reeve of the Village of Windsor from 1854 to 1857, and elected the first Mayor of Windsor in 1858, and again in the years 1864, 1865, 1866 and 1867; Warden of the County of Essex for the years 1855 and 1856. In...

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J.C. Patterson

May 7, 2014
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The namesake of the late downtown High School Patterson C.I., taken from From Frederick Neal’s “The Township of Sandwich” published in 1909: HON J.C. PATTERSON Represented Essex in the Ontario Legislature in 1875; was warden of Essex in 1878 and was also first elected to the Dominion Parliament the same year. He was Minister...

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2287 Victoria Avenue

May 5, 2014
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I’ve always been a fan of this house at 2287 Victoria Avenue. I like the offset entryway, it’s a more unique design in Windsor residential construction. I don’t know much about the house, the photo above ran in the Border Cities Star in December, 1931, it was identified as being (then 1637 Victoria) the...

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James Dougall Esq

May 2, 2014
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From Frederick Neal’s “The Township of Sandwich” published in 1909: JAMES DOUGALL ESQ Was born in Paisley, Scotland, September 23, 1810, and emigrated to Canada in 1828. Engaged in the mercantile business in Perth and Toronto, and in 1830 moved to Windsor, where he established a general store, acting as agent for the Hudson’s...

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Tecumseh & Pelissier – 1929

April 30, 2014
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Happy Wednesday everyone, and also the last post of April. Today’s shot is looking west East along Tecumseh Road from the intersection of Pelissier (Victoria Ave is the boulevard in the extreme foreground). This shot from September 1929, shows the recently built Kennedy CI on the...

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The Grotto at St Mary’s – c 1940

April 28, 2014
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A fixture of South Windsor was the grotto behind St Mary’s Academy. I have heard stories before from lots of different people who grew up in South Windsor who have memories of playing in and around the grotto. Anyone out there have any stories to share?

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Action Hobbies Kingsville’s Historical Train Slide Show #15 this Saturday, April 26th, 2014 @ 7.30PM

April 25, 2014
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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head on out to Kingsville for the ever popular Historical Slide Show. Tomorrow Saturday, April 26th, 7.30pm – Action Hobbies hosts Historical Train Slide Show #15 featuring a special “double presentation” by returning presenter Helmut Ostermann from Waterloo, Ontario. Free admission, as always! Helmut will...

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Ojibway Tornado – June 17, 1946

April 23, 2014
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OJIBWAY, ONT – An unidentified man sits dejectedly amid the ruin caused by the tornado which struck here yesterday evening (6/17). CREDIT (ACME PHOTO) 6/17/46 Today’s photo comes from longtime reader Luc B., who sent along this photo and wondered if anyone recognized the unidentified man in the photo? I hope everyone had a...

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Metropole Tavern – c. 1960

April 16, 2014
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An old postcard shot looking south on Walker Road at Niagara Street in Walkerville. It shows what was then the Metropole Tavern, it was more recently known as Big Tony’s after a long run as California’s. A detail shot of the great old neon sign that once graced the facade of this old watering...

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Oak Ridge Golf Club – Sandwich – c. 1909

April 14, 2014
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An old postcard showing the clubhouse of the Oak Ridge Golf Club which was located in Sandwich on the Yawkey and Freeman farm. The club moved shortly after this photo to what is today’s Mic Mac Park on Prince rd, before moving out to their present home, under their new name as the Essex...

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Patterson Collegiate Institute

April 11, 2014
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A few shots of Windsor’s first secondary school. Located on Goyeau and Elliot, directly across the street from where today you will find the Central Fire Hall. The site today is unsurprisingly a parking lot. The photo above was taken around 1920, while below is a postcard view from around the same era. The...

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King Edward School – Walkerville – c. 1910

April 9, 2014
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The original Albert Kahn designed school, built in 1906. It was located on Chilver Rd, on a block bounded by Chilver, Cataraqui, Windermere and Niagara in old Walkerville. The building was demolished in 1997 and was replaced with a modern box. Token architectural features were incorporated into the new building, but this classic was...

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Kildare & Niagara – c. 1908

April 7, 2014
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A neat shot of Kildare Road looking south towards Niagara from St. Mary’s Gate. On the right hand side are two houses. The closest one is today 873 Kildare, and is known as the Rideout-Parson House. Originally built for the manager of the Bank of Commerce up on Devonshire. The house was built around...

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Proposed Civic Centre Plan – 1952

April 4, 2014
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From the Windsor Daily Star – December 29, 1952: Board of Control recently took the initial step in what could be one of the greatest civic projects Windsor has ever seen. The board moved to expropriate downtown riverfront land for Civic Centre development and the Civic Auditorium, proposed by the Centennial Birthday Festival committee,...

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Sofo’s – University Ave – 2002

April 2, 2014
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Here’s a throwback on this lovely Wednesday, going back to the corner of University and Victoria, about 12 years ago. There used to be a Sofo’s Greek restaurant on site that’s today a parking lot immediately west of Phog.

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Opening Day

March 31, 2014
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A sure sign of spring, the return of Baseball!

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Ouellette and Park – 2002

March 28, 2014
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A view of the block on Ouellette, just south of Park Street which burned down in 2002. Just the other week an announcement was made about a new development planned for the site. The space that was Valerie’s had one of downtown’s last great old original art deco store fronts. Have a good weekend...

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Salt Mine Sinkhole – 1954

March 26, 2014
Salt Mine Sinkhole – 1954

From the collection of Carl C. Thanks to reader Carl C. for passing along a copy of this image from his collection. It shows a different view and angle on the sinkhole at Canadian Industries in West Windsor. Many thanks to Carl for passing it along.

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Canderel Building – January 2002

March 24, 2014
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Here’s another picture of the corner of Riverside and Ouellette with work a little farther along. As you can see the building has risen above ground and is starting to get windows. It’s still concrete colour as the metal cladding has not yet been attached to the building.

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Nevin Bock – Walkerville – September 2001

March 21, 2014
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Sticking with our journey through the old pictures this week, is this shot of the Nevin Block, immediately west of the Walkerville Theatre, and currently home to Loreli’s Bistro. Have a safe weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

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Wyandotte Street – Walkerville – July 2001

March 19, 2014
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An interesting look back at the liveliest block in Old Walkerville, as it appeared in July 2001. The corner store just closed in 2013, but what a difference. This has always been one of my favourite blocks in the city. Definitely the most original Edwardian commercial block in the city.

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Canderel Building Construction – March 2001

March 17, 2014
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Hard to believe that I shot these pictures 13 years ago. This shows the corner of Riverside and Ouellette with the Canderel Building under construction. This sign makes mention of “Windsor’s premier condominium residences”. The original plan included condos in the 30+ story tower. The plans kept shrinking and eventually the 12 story building...

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Pare Electric Ltd – 912 Tecumseh Rd E – 1969

March 14, 2014
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An old ad today for Pare Electric Limited at 912 Tecumseh just east of Parent, 912 Tecumseh Road East today is home to the Adriatic Bakery. In the pre-cable days I like the way that “All-Channel UHF” featuring channels 50 and 56 was a highlight of the bottom console TV. Just look at the...

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Windsor’s Strip – 1970

March 12, 2014
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From the Windsor Star – June 13, 1970 It’s not exactly the Vegas Strip or even Toronto’s Yonge St. strip – but it has the makings. The area is about four miles of Tecumseh Rd. between Walker Rd. and Lauzon Rd. It has the flashing neon signs, the hangouts, the straight open road ideal...

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Ouellette & Park – c. 1933

March 10, 2014
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An old look back at the north east corner of Ouellette and Park. The old Prince Edward Hotel sat on the corner, it was demolished as replaced with the Scotia Bank branch there today. Windsor has lost a great many buildings over the years, but it’s these tall massive ones like the Prince Edward...

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Highway Tavern Demolition – Part 2

March 7, 2014
Highway Tavern Demolition – Part 2

I took a ride by the old Highway Tavern the other day to check out the progress. I was surprised to find the site empty. They made really quick work of the old place. Anyone know if there’s any plans for the site? Here today… …gone tomorrow.

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Highway Tavern Demolition

March 5, 2014
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Demolition of the former Highway Tavern got under way earlier this week as the building eaters scraped away this large building on the edge of downtown. Reader Lisa T. sent along a few pictures of the demolition in progress. They started around the back, and it looks like they made pretty quick work of...

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Sandwich Street Looking East – 1915

March 3, 2014
Sandwich Street Looking East – 1915

This photographs was taken just west of Ferry Street looking east towards Ferry. The site occupied today by the St Clair Centre For The Arts (ex Cleary Auditorium), the old Norwich Block can be seen in the distance. This photograph was dated, 1915. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Mystery Building – 1915

February 28, 2014
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This building was included in an album of photos of Windsor and Walkerville and was dated 1915. Unfortunately there zero info with the photographs, and while I looked for year, I have yet to find out what or where this building was. So, take a look at this mysterious building. It was obviously important...

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Merchant’s Bank – 1920

February 26, 2014
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A look today at the south east corner of Ouellette and Chatham today. Standing on the corner is the Merchant’s Bank of Canada building. To the left of the bank building is the Vital Ouellette house, still standing, but well hidden. It used to sit on the corner but was moved to the east...

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