Future historians enjoying Windsor Severance Historical Society’s sculpture at Boardwalk Park, Windsor Lake


c.1900 Postcard promoting Windsor as a Resort

Students on lawn of Windsor Jr. High, with 900 Main Windsor High School in the background (Photo by Paul Fritzler)

Windsor Jr. High Fire
May 27, 1964

Lena Michio Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Lena Michio Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Windsor’s second hospital located south of Main St. on 7th St. Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Lena Michie Provided by Margaret Fillmore

Lena Michie Provided by Margaret Fillmore

11 Responses

  1. Edna Marie (Lamb) Donar says:

    I’ve enjoyed looking at the photos on the sight. They have brought back many memories. The Lamb family has had a reunion in Windsor just last month. When we get our pictures organized, we’ll e-mail a couple of them to you.
    Thank you to the people who are organizing this website!
    Edna Donar

  2. Lois Cullison Tongish says:

    I would just like to thank everyone who has worked on this site and all the wonderful people who have worked so hard to keep the history of Windsor available to our descendents. The photos bring back so many wonderful memories! Bless you and your work.

  3. Claudia (Tongish) Pennington says:

    My parents, Andy and Clara Tongish came to Windsor from Loveland with my brother and sister, Virgil and Shirley in 1934 or 1935. I was born in Windsor in the house they rented West of the city park at the South End. It was in March of 1936. Shortly afterward my Dad built the house on sixth where I grew up.
    My Dad was the manager of the Boise Payette Lumber Company (which became the Bosise Cascade Lumber Company). The first building and yard was just South of the railroad on sixth. It was eventually relocated to Sixth and Main.
    My brother Virgil and my father, Andy were members of the volunteer fire department. Andy served as firechief for a number of years. I can remember the blackouts during the war when the firemen patroled the streets to make sure all lights were blacked out. During that time the fire department also sponsored first aid classes and the wives were involved in making bandages for emergency use. Those wonderful old flour sacks became potential slngs for arm injuries as well as bandage strips.
    The Firehouse Restaurant West of Windsor used to have photographs of the fire dept. personell and rigs. I do not know where they are now. I may have some pictures in the albums my mother kept. If I can find them, I’ll be happy to share.
    Thank you for the labor of love for this site.
    Claudia Pennington

    • Hi Claudia, Glad to get your response, I sometimes wonder if we are really making a difference in getting history of Windsor out or if the Windsor community even wants to know about our past. But I love learning about different people and events that have been a part of Windsor’s history. Just wish there was a way to get others more involved. If you think you have some fun, interesting pictures that we could use for our book and would like to be part of the book, please e-mail or send them to me and we will see if we can use them. Today it is so hard to get information out to the community. Newspapers don’t seem to be of much use and I have talked with people who didn’t even realize we had a website or had DVD’s on history in the library. Marge

  4. Janet Lind says:

    I have some pictures of the triplex that was owned by Helmut aab before I bought it in March, 1977. I still own it. I have not been able to find my pictures at this time but when I do I will send you some that I have. Sorry but I moved and things are in different places.

  5. Ronald W. Rutz says:

    I guess my memory has started to go. I remember playing in the old depot but I would have sworn that it was on the north side of the tracks. Oh, well. It was fun seeing the picture. You have the baseball players properly identified. My Dad (Henry W.) was not pictured but he was a coach during that time. The teams for the next few years were just as good or even better. I remember Mr. Held hitting a home run into to the cemetery that was still rising as it left the park.

  6. Ronald W. Rutz says:


    Any feedback to my comments and observation made by me last week concerning the Windsor Depot picture, the 1949 softball team, or Mr. Held?

    • admin says:

      We checked back through some aerial photographs that were donated by former Mayor Miller. They show that the depot was located south of the railroad tracks. If you’d like to take a look at the photos, please let us know. The quality isn’t good enough for us to display them on the web site.
      You are correct about your memories of Mr. Held and the rest of the members of the baseball team. They were well known in this area for their baseball talent.

      Thank you for your interest in the photographs on the website and please let us know if you have any further questions or comments.

  7. ronald w rutz says:


    Thanks for the reply. I checks with several of my playmates back then and they said I remembered the off loading doors. We were not allowed to pay on the track side during those years. If he is still alive, Al Gebhardt could answer all of your softball questions. I found Harold Stoll a wealth of information–he might know about this. I have heard stories about the black players but am now reluctant to say anything.

    • admin says:

      If you’d like to see a photograph of the placement of the depot please check our Facebook page. We just posted one there last week.

  8. Mike says:

    Severance is celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year (2020). If anyone has historical information, photos or items from severance, please contact the Town of Severance (or look my information up – I’m doing a time capsule for the celebration).

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