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A cool place named Oxley. Yeah, O-x-l-e-y.


Oxley, Ontario. My mind instantly conjures up images of beasts of burden lumbering about. “And just where is this mythical place?” I ask Chris who has called me from his family’s Oxley cottage to invite me to a party. Apparently, there’s … Continue reading

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Lost Children of Windsor


I promised Adele M. M. McLennan I would post this charming photo in my blog. She brought it to my attention through something called Facebook. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. And perhaps you’ve come across some of Adele’s musings; she … Continue reading

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The Canadian Club Girl: 1897


Walkerville is the home of Canadian Club whiskey. (You may have heard of it. Wink.) You see, in 1856, a middle-aged American businessman who wanted to augment his Detroit enterprises decided to cross over a one-mile river to the wilds of … Continue reading

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Shovel It: Winter 1930s


At our house here in wonderful Walkerville, there’s been some debate as to whether we actually used the snow shovel so far this winter of 2011/12. I can recall the comforting drone of a snowblower steered by a thoughtful neighbour … Continue reading

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It’s the REAL McCoy!


In honor of Black History Month, I give you the story of the great locally born inventor – Elijah McCoy. On either May 2, 1843 or 1844 (depending on the source) a new baby boy was born free in Colchester, … Continue reading

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Someone Yell Fire!? 63rd Anniversary of Adelman’s Inferno


Remember Adelman’s Department Store in downtown Windsor? I do – sort of, but there are plenty of people who recall this beloved, long gone department store, (along with Smith’s), practically with tears in their eyes. When my husband and partner … Continue reading

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