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Chief Clarence DeFields 1877-1965

Today we take a look at the life and times of Chief Clarence DeFields, Windsor’s longtime Fire Chief. He was a fireman with the Windsor Fire Department from 1900-1916 when he became the chief. He served as Fire Chief for 30 years, from 1916 until his retirement at the end of 1946. Below are articles that ran about him at his passing in 1965, and another one from longtime Windsor Star…
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Fred Neal - 1855-1931

Fred Neal was a local historian, who’s early work “Township of Sandwich, Past & Present” left us an invaluable record of early days in Sandwich. If you don’t have a copy, or have never read it, a copy can be found here…
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J Clark Keith - 1886-1982

Continuing with the recent theme of notable Windsorites, today we present J Clark Keith J Clark Keith – 1976 He was an engineer who helped shape the Windsor we know today. He was born in Smith’s Falls, Ontario in 1886. His first surveying job was with the…
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H. W. Patterson House - 2277 Lincoln Road

Image from Google Streetview Down in my neighbourhood in South Walkerville is this handsome Georgian style brick home. The house was built in 1924 by Harry W. (H.W.) Patterson. Patterson at his retirement from the Airport in 1959 Patterson was an interesting man. Born in Merriton, Ontario (today a part of St Catharines) in 1890, he came to Windsor around 1910. He served as the chief…
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Edgar Nelson Bartlet 1862-1927

E. N. Bartlet – 1927 With last week’s article about the Bartlet building, some questions came up about who was the building named after? I did some research over the last week and came up with the obituary for Edgar Nelson Bartlet, the man who built the…
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1279 Ouellette - F E Harvey House

1279 Ouellette – photo taken 2006 This house at 1279 Ouellette has always been one of my favourites on Ouellette. It’s easy to miss, on the west side of the street, between Giles and Montrose, immediately south of the former CAA building. I’ve always though it was a textbook arts & crafts/craftsman style bunglaow. It seemed to be in very good shape, but I never knew much…
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