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Friday, May 29, 2020
 
 
Non-uniformed letter carrier on the riverfront in 1886 – Photo Courtesy of Windsor’s Community Museum P5205
  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.

Non-uniformed letter 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 – Windsor Star clipping courtesy of Mrs. M. Martin
  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. M. Martin
  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
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
Other Mail Carriers (as noted in The Long Road by Charlotte Perry)
 
M. D. Hall
L. D. Shreve
R. E. Ross
J. A. Jacobs
John Simms
Lou Prisby
appointed 1966
appointed 1929
appointed 1946

retired 1963
resigned 1960
retired 1961
 
Arlington 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.
 
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