Gary Wells

Gary grew up in North Ridge, Ontario and still has relatives there. He graduated from the University of Windsor in 1977 in Economics and Political Science and is now semi-retired. He researches, writes, and teaches local history for Elder College in Windsor. His main interest is how world events fit into the local landscape and tries to capture nearly forgotten stories from the early part of the 20th century.

Updated May 2019

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An Event Fading From Memory

In 2018 after many years of being forgotten, an interest was rekindled in Chatham-Kent in remembering the Japanese-Canadian WWII farm camps in southern Ontario. Chatham-Kent officials and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) worked to have five memorials and trees planted to commemorate these places and the young Japanese-Canadian men who came to work in 1942. However, there were other camps in Lambton County and one in Essex County for which I tried to capture at least some of the history. This research was a project for our local Elder College, and the “Essex” camp was examined as it …

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