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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Headshot of Barrie’s first City Mayor, Willard Kinzie (2).2017-02-23T13:31:27-04:00
Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (1).2016-09-15T03:52:59-04:00
Former Mayor Janice Laking shares at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall (3).2016-11-17T17:11:11-04:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie leads the way in an antique car during a Dominion Day Parade out front of Jackson Motors on Dunlop Street East.2017-05-03T16:45:25-04:00
Willard Kinzie and Mayor Lehman high five the Waterfront Heritage Trail marker.2016-12-17T15:39:05-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie, celebrating a birthday at the East End Variety and Snack Bar.2016-11-03T23:52:30-04:00
Former first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie and Mayor Jeff Lehman drive a vintage car down Lakeshore Drive after the completion of its realignment.2016-09-06T00:40:52-04:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie (centre back) enjoys a conversation with others outside of City Hall on Mulcaster Street. The American Hotel (Yank) can be seen in the background.2016-09-06T20:29:48-04:00
Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (2).2016-09-15T03:52:09-04:00
Barrie says goodbye to two role models2018-11-26T20:04:41-04:00
Principal Greg Brucker addresses the crowd after recieving the inaugural Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:19:42-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie (second from left) and wife (far right) pose with his daughter and son in law in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:15:45-04:00

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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 [...]