Beginning with the introduction of door to door
mail service in Windsor, African Canadians have helped facilitate
postal service in the region. Many individuals have worked
behind the scenes at mail sorting facilities or administration.
Others have forged important bonds in the community as they
travel their daily routes as mail carriers.
carrier on the riverfront in 1886 – Photo Courtesy of Windsor’s
Community Museum P5205
The following is a brief list of some of the
individuals who have served as mail carriers in the area:
Benjamin Arthur McDowell
Benjamin Arthur McDowell, or Art as he was known
by the residents on his mail route, was on of the first seven
original uniformed letter carriers appointed in 1907. Mr. McDowell
began his route at the age of 18 when home delivery in the
area first began. He continued to service the same area for
his entire career. His route consisted of the area in and around
Benjamin Arthur McDowell – Windsor Star clipping courtesy of Mrs.
Sandwich Street to Cataraqui Street between Aylmer
and Gladstone Avenues.
William Perry Jr
William J. H. Perry became a mail carrier
in 1950. In addition to his duties he was also the President of
the Letter Carrier’s Union – Local 16.
Lawrence Jones attended Tuscarora and
Prince Edward public schools and Patterson Collegiate. He became
a mail carrier in the late 1940’s and continued for decades.
Mr. Jones studied music at the Musical Arts Centre in Detroit,
Michigan. He was the organist at First Baptist Church and also
a member of the Windsor Male Chorus.
Clarence Jones, the brother of Lawrence
listed above, became a mail carrier in 1928. In addition to his
duties as a mail carrier Clarence was also a local minister.
Hazel Solomon was a mail carrier in
Windsor. She was also a very talented opera singer. For more information
on Ms. Solomon please visit the Arts-Music section of this website.
Mail Carriers (as noted in The Long Road by Charlotte Perry)
M. D. Hall
L. D. Shreve
R. E. Ross
J. A. Jacobs
Dungy - Clerk
Many individuals remember Arlington
Dungy a barber in his barbershop on Howard Avenue near Erie Street.
However, Mr. Dungy had a long career as a postal clerk prior to ‘retiring’ and
pursuing his second career as a barber. Arlington Dungy was a postal
clerk in Windsor for over 43 years.