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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Former Mayor Willard Kinzie in the Green Room prior to the Mayors’ Seat Event at City Hall.2016-11-17T13:13:00-04:00
Dr. Travis Doucette welcomes former Mayor Willard Kinzie and wife Karen in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:18:07-04:00
BHA Chair, Travis Doucette enjoys ice cream with Barrie’s first City Mayor, Willard Kinzie at Kawartha Dairy on Anne Street.2016-09-15T21:31:28-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie, celebrating a birthday at the East End Variety and Snack Bar.2016-11-03T23:52:30-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie is presented with the Spirit Catcher Award by Patrick Brown (left) and an RCMP officer.2016-09-16T20:47:01-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie visits with people in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:24:27-04:00
Barrie says goodbye to two role models2018-11-26T20:04:41-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie signs a commemorative event poster.2016-11-17T13:12:45-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie and his beloved Model-T Ford automobile.2016-09-16T20:25:47-04:00
Portrait of Mayor Willard Kinzie, City of Barrie’s first Mayor.2016-09-16T20:21:26-04:00
Wise Words with Willard – Barrie’s Five Points.2016-09-09T13:30:03-04:00
Jack Garner addresses the crowd after receiving the Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award.2016-11-17T17:13:22-04:00

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Barrie’s changing skyline

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Ted the Wonder Dog

One of the original 'dogs with jobs'! You may recall from previous blogs, mention of the Tordiff family - long time contributors to the Barrie Archive, since before it even launched. Whenever the Tordiffs drop off family memorabilia for the Archive, Bob always tells the tale (tail?) of his brother's [...]

Barrie says goodbye to two role models

They were just two. But to all, they were many. Willard Kinzie, to some, was the "Milk Man". To hiking partners, he was "Titanium Man". Officially, a mayor, a businessman. But also a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. A fellow parishioner. A walking guide, a restaurateur, a curling skip. A storyteller [...]