One hundred years ago, the border communities of Ford City, Walkerville, Windsor and Sandwich were hopping. Population boomed. Electrification, internal combustion engines, and new manufacturing methods created new and more jobs. The flow of goods through the Great Lakes and rolling on the railroads helped this area become a transportation hub. Even army recruits, mobilizing for World War I, contributed to the bustle. You can learn more about the beginning of the 20th century and the years following at a book launch to be held at the Central Branch.
This week, local author Patrick Brode releases his most recent history of this area, with his new book entitled, BORDER CITIES POWERHOUSE: THE RISE OF WINDSOR, 1900 TO 1945. Mr. Brode will speak about his research and writings at a program on Thursday June 15, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Community Living room, found in the south-west corner of the first floor at 850 Ouellette Avenue. The event is free for all to attend. Copies of the book will be available for sale following the presentation.