The Windsor-Severance Historical Society

The Windsor-Severance Historical Society of Colorado seeks to preserve the past and promote the history of Windsor and Severance for future generations through outreach, education, and stewardship.


Minutes from June 18th

The WSHS met on June 18, 2014 at the First Christian Church with Sandy Brug, Marge Straube, Wrenda Parker, Gene Morey, Sue Buxmann and guest Carrie Knight.

We are sad to see Carrie has resigned her position with the town but we are very excited to wish her well on her next adventure in New York.

We received a donation from Viking Underground for $200.00 which is to help cover the property taxes and a donation. We received $135.00 From Pikes to help pay for the clean-up of the property on Ash St. Both of these businesses use our property for parking. Brian Leagjeld cleaned up our property and it looks great. We need to have the Aspen trees taken out. Sandy is going to call Ken K. from the town to see if we need a permit to take them down.

Carrie gave us numerous ideas to advance our idea of putting a statue at Broadwalk Park.

We need to establish a mission statement, create the concept, and sell our vision.

We need to create a statement to put on the statue that honors all those who came before us and will come after us who will keep Windsor’s history alive.

We need to have a place in the area that acknowledges the donors for the statue.

There is an area in the park that is designated for an interactive statue. Our concept is to have water as the interactive part. Our goal may be to have it done by 2016.

We can apply for grants but must remember that grants must be matched.

Our next step will be to talk to Melissa Chew at the town. Sandy is going to schedule that.  We need to stress that we are giving this to the town and they will have to do the maintenance.

Sandy will be the Project Leader and contact person now for all parties concerned.

Later we will appoint a person in charge of grants and a person in charge of solicitations.

Respectfully Submitted

Sue Buxmann

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Post Cards

Check out these post cards from 1908 created by L.E. Frazier & CO.

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American Legion Forbes-McKay Post 109

The WSHS is honored to post the bring in of the Office Quarters from the POW Camp 202 East of town in 1945. See pictures of this process of Forbes McKay Post 109 being put up on its poured foundation and changes made to the building and the big chance of the surrounding area. We hope to show a appreciation of the Legion’s dedication to honoring our veterans each memorial day.

42 Convention 1955 06 Dec 21 1946 (2) 09 Feb 14 1947 (1) 11 Feb 14 1947 (3) 14 Feb 14 1947 (6) 15 March 12 1947 17 March 12 1947 (3) 18 March 12 1947 (4) 19 March 12 1947 (5) 22 April 14 1947 24 April 14 1947 (2) 25 April 14 1947 (3) 28 May 1947 30 May 1947 (2) 31 May 1947 (3) 32 January 4 1948

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Minutes from April 28, 2014 Meeting

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met on April 28, 2014 at the First Christian Church with Gene Morey, Wrenda Parker, Marge Straube, Sue Buxmann and Sandy Brug present.

It was decided that Sandy would get in touch with Carrie Knight and set up a meeting with her to discuss our ideas for a statue in the park to honor and remember all the pioneers and volunteers who went before us and helped get the museum and village established in the Town of Windsor. It would be impossible to correctly list the names of all of the people who worked on this project but the statue will honor everyone.

We are ready to get started and we are willing to do some type of campaign to get donations. Casey at the Beacon told Marge that he would be willing to do some articles to give us some publicity.

We will give the First Christian Church $100.00 for donation.

We received $192.37 from Acadia Publishing. There is much confusion why the Town of Windsor is receiving communication from Acadia as a payee. Sue sent a letter and will see if we get a response.

Sue sent an e-mail to Viking Underground telling them how much we paid on our property tax this year as they wanted that information. They are using our property to park their equipment.

Sandy will have the Facebook page set up soon.

We will be an Iron Sponsor for the Windsor Harvest Festival which entitles us to have our logo displayed on event banners, advertising on all Festival promotional items, parade sponsor, free parade entry, and exhibit space at the event at the cost of $250.00.

Respectfully submitted

Sue Buxmann

Secretary

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Minutes from April 17th, 2014 Meeting

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met on April 17, 2014 at the House of Windsor with three members and Austin Weishel.

Austin gave us many good ideas for a sculpture, concentrating on the 1900’s history of water, farmers and sugar beets. We will produce an action plan to get started on our quest. We need to get a donation letter written and start raising money.

The Town of Windsor Museum is still receiving our correspondence from Acadia Publishing. We received $0 royalties in the first quarter of this year. Sue has asked them before to change the address and she will again send them a letter to see if we can get it changed.

We walked to our property and saw no cars parked on the asphalt and many vehicles parked on the west property. We talked to Viking Underground president Craig Leagjeld and secretary Danielle Leagjeld.  They agreed that they would like to donate something to the society for use of our property and also please let them know when they could donate to the statue.

They also told to us that they had bid on a project for the town to get water to the shrubs and trees on our property. They had not heard anything about it yet.

If we have any business to discuss at our regular meeting we will meet, if not we will consider this our meeting for the month of April.

Respectfully Submitted

Sue Buxmann

Secretary

 

 

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1949 State Softball Champions

 

Softball champs

Hope you enjoy the old pictures of some of Windsor’s past baseball history. WSHS felt that with baseball season just starting it would be a great time to get these pictures out, but also a time to maybe get back some information on what others remember about how well baseball was received and enjoyed by the Windsor Community. Here is a list of items we are looking to clear up and get information on.

1. Do you recognize any of the men in the 1939 Soft ball picture? We have been told the first row middle picture is Ed Schlitt, maybe this will help you put names to others in
the picture. We would love to name them all.

2. We have been asked by a group from California if in 1934 anyone remembers or heard something about a game played in Windsor that was sponsored by the Denver
Post and was made up of an all black team to play Windsor Ball Club.

3. There is also a thought that Satchel Page might have played on this team. This would have been long before he became one of the first black pitcher’s in the major
League. Let us know if maybe there were rumors or whatever news is that you remember hearing and from whom?

4. If any one has older baseball pictures that they would like to include in “remembering Windsor’s Baseball History” please feel free to send them on to our Web site
and we will include as many as we can.

5. Since the old ball field by the cemetery was dismantled and moved east in 2011. Tell us your memorizes of time spent at the ball park and what it meant to you?

6. What difference do you think lights being put up in 1959 meant for the Windsor community and teams? What other amenities do you remember in being installed?

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on “Baseball in Windsor”.

WSHS

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Minutes from March 24th, 2014 Meeting

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met on March 24, 2014 with 5 members, Sandy Brug, Wrenda Parker, Gene Morey, Marge Straube, and Sue Buxmann present. Martin Lind’s Assistant Destiny and Austin Weishel were guests.

Austin gave us ideas for the bronze we would like to have created. His idea was a farmer with a plow. Sandy also suggested a hoe. He also gave us ideas to raise money and gave us the four steps to finalize the project.

Sandy will call Kelly Arnold and set up a time for us to go and talk to him about our plans and create an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation between the Town and our organization.

Sue will call Bob Winter president of the DDA and explain to him our plans and see if they will support us.

We will try to talk to organizations around town also.

When we get some of the plans finalized we will send out letters to members and businesses in the area.

Sandy will get the face book page set up.

We received a check from Redeemer Lutheran Church for $3005.00 for Karla Lind’s memorial. We received the memorial brochures from Karla and Paul Brinkman’s memorials and a very nice note from their family.

Brad Hoopes has asked us to do our exhibit about the POW Camp at the Sept air show at the Loveland Airport. We will certainly try to do that and get the word out about our upcoming project. We will try to do something on Labor Day.

Marge received more pictures from Margaret Fillmore of the Bartz Hospital and the house that they lived in on Main and Seventh.

Respectfully

Sue Buxmann

Secretary

 

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Minutes from February 24th, 2014

The WSHS met on February 24, 2014 at the First Christian Church with five members present, Gene Morey, Wrenda Parker, Sandy Brug, Marge Straube and Sue Buxmann.

After many e-mails from Sue we have received the check for the oil lease at 501 Ash St. for $300.00 and it is deposited in the bank. Fed Ex tried to deliver the check to our building on Ash St. several months ago but the driver said it looked like it was closed for the winter.

Marge said the pickle ornament booth was a big success at the Windsor Wonderland celebration in December. It was terribly cold that day and her daughter and granddaughters braved the elements to help her.  Marge thanked Sandy for the decorations at the booth. We gave the ornaments out as a Thank You for buying all of our books that the society bought to sell.

Kailee Melendez is the new web site master. We will put pictures on the site and always post the minutes.

Margaret Fillmore of Fort Collins sent us some pictures of the Bartz Hospital . Sue will scan the pictures and send a thank you note to her. We will try to use some of the pictures on the website.

Tim Bernhardt sent us $100.00 donation and a Thank you was sent to him.

Marge went to the conference on the Poudre River that was held at The Art and Heritage Center.  She also met with Carrie Knight about the history of the old Park School. Park School or the Town Hall now has been designated as a historical building by the Town of Windsor.

Several suggestions were made about the property on Ash St. It was agreed that Marge will get some information about a bronze statue and see what we can do with the memorial money we have received. We would like to recognize all the past members of WSHS for the hard work they did in getting the village and museum started in Windsor.  Sandy suggested that we have a bronze statue commemorating the agriculture and sugar beet background of the area.

Sandy suggested we set up a facebook page and she agreed to do that and try to get information out about the history of Windsor and news of our organization out to the public.

Respectfully

Sue Buxmann

Secretary

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Recap of the events at the end of 2013

Four members met at Marge’s house in November to discuss what we were going to do for the “Windsor Wonderland” that was to be held by the DDA in December. Sue ordered about seven dozen “pickle” ornaments to be given away as appreciation to the town and community for buying all of the books we had ordered and sold. Marge had a fun contest paper that people could guess Christmas songs. We would let them guess songs and win a “pickle”.

Wrendra and Sandy were working on some posters to use that day.

The day of the event turned out to be extremely COLD! Marge and her granddaughters decided to brave the cold and gave some of the ornaments away.

A few people braved the weather and showed up for an ornament.  We have some ornaments left so we can discuss what to do with the others at the next meeting, Monday, January 27 2014 at the First Christian Church.

After the meeting a reporter from one of the Windsor papers showed up to ask some questions about “Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”  There was a nice article in the next edition.

We did not have a meeting in Dec.

Respectfully

Sue BuxmannJ

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Just Published!

The Windsor-Severance Historical Society has just published its first book: Images of America: Windsor, authored by Rachel D. Kline. The newest volume in Arcadia’s Images of America series, it is a collection of historic photographs assembled from numerous private and municipal collections. The book features many faces of Windsor from its beginning through its formative years. It’s a stroll down memory lane with pictures of Mr. McCall, Mr. Tozer, Frazier’s Drug Store, and the Star Lite Café to name only a few.

Books are available at local retailers, national booksellers, and through the Historical Society. The cost of each copy is $21.99 plus $5.25 for shipping.

Thanks again to all those who contributed photographs!

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