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am the president of the local Questers chapter named The Rum
Runners. We meet once a month to learn something about some local
historical thing. We also raise money to preserve and restore
something of historical significance.
Last fall my wife Noella and I took Dr. Trevor Price's senior course on the history
of Windsor and Essex County at the University of Windsor. This is where me met
Walkerville Publishing editor Elaine Weeks and were introduced to your publication, “Best
of The Times.”
Santa gave it to me for Christmas. I am almost finished it and plan to read it
again, and perhaps again, I’m enjoying it so much.
All I can say is thank you for all your hard work in putting this wonderful history
of Windsor together. I have been showing it off to my fellow Rum Runners and
telling them some of the stories. I will be buying more of your publications
in the future.
W. Pike, Windsor
P.S. “Dish Nights at the Tivoli,” p. 63, “Best
of The Times.” Noella and I have an almost complete set of
these kinds of dishes. They belonged to my maternal grandparents
who won them at a movie house in Toronto.
a small note to tell you "Congratulations" once again
on your major accomplishment with the publication of your book.
It has manifested first class all the way. I have had fun reading
it and viewing the large number of interesting photos. Sure brings
back memories of times past for me and your many readers. A valued
put together the attached from photos I took at Photoshop world
and your scanned in book cover.
once again. Continued success....
Elaine, Chris, and the great staff of the Times,
Just a note to tell you that the wondrous book arrived yesterday
here in Vero Beach. No wonder you all were so busy and exhausted.
This is fabulous! I sat down last night and this morning and pored
through it. The old post cards were really great and I particularly
liked all the downtown scenes. Just to look at the Norton and
Prince Edward and Wilkerson's Shoes and Ponds Drugs brough back
a gang of memories. My old school, Patterson was much prettier
than the current occupant of that property. Pictures of another
of my former institutions, Assumption, brought back many thoughts
of the good and simple days. Recently, I went back to Assumption
with a Grandson and although the school is not at its original
location, I was pleased to see a number of old brick and granite
memories still standing. I am attaching a short story that I wrote
which was subsequently printed in the Assumption Newsletter. All
told, your book is really tremendous, arguably the best Windsor/Walkerville
pictorial and historical presentation I have ever read.
and thank you,
Room 254—Assumption High
He stood at the door and hesitated before grasping the worn, tarnished,
brass knob. He was late…over fifty years late. It had been
September 1948, since he last entered this classroom. He peeked
through the beveled panes of the old maple door and saw Father Hanrahan’s
ancient oak desk, and behind it, the blackboards complete with brushes,
and a wooden pointer. Quietly, he opened the door and walked into
empty room was full. As he stood there, he remembered them all.
He smiled at John Rouble and Charley Hickey and joyfully spotted
Eddie Dube and John Brothers. And there sat Billy Neal and Bernie
MacNamara in the same row as Frenchie Menard and Ferdie Gignac.
They were all there! All of them!
sadly, suddenly, he noticed how much smaller the room had become
since last he entered it, and he knew it was time. He turned and
touched his own old desk, nodded to Father Hanrahan, took one last
look at all his friends, and shut the door.
Chris, Elaine and staff,
Congratulations on your new book....really enjoying it! An important
document of Windsorville's history.
...also thanks for your hospitality on the book launch evening,
alot of fun!
Belgrave Band Manager/Guitar
to you and Elaine on a job well done. The book is outstanding. Thanks
for listing my website in the front too. I think the book will make
a great gift.
Andrew Foot, Windsor