If you have a chance to sit with Windsor’s former Mayor Harold Stoll, you soon realize that the spry 99-year old has a lot to talk about. Of particular interest is his family’s unique story and how it relates to world history. For instance, he talks about how his mother came to America the same month the Titanic sunk. His parents were both Germans from Russia who came to America to start a new life working in Windsor’s sugar beet fields but held tight to their religion. He talks about the Windsor Mill and his time as a manager and—unwillingly and only if you press hard enough—Stoll might talk about the impact he made as Windsor’s Mayor from 1952 to 1956.
Stoll is set to celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday, October 26. That same day, the Town of Windsor will recognize his contributions by proclaiming the day “Honorable Harold Stoll Day”.
Stoll was born and raised in Windsor. In fact, his childhood home was on Elm Street. During his early years he attended the Park School which is now the site of Windsor’s Town Hall. He married his high school sweetheart, Emma Miller, in 1944 and the couple had two sons.
In 1946, Stoll took over the management of the Windsor Mill which was previously managed by his father Peter. Stoll took a vested interest in his community and was nominated and appointed to various positions in leadership including Trustee of the People’s Party, Secretary of the Golf Club, Trustee to the Street and Alleys Committee, Judiciary, and Chairman of the Finance Committee, and he was elected local committeeman for the Republican Party. He was also elected as one of nine directors when the first Windsor Chamber of Commerce began.
In 1950, Stoll was elected to the Town Board and his term in Windsor politics began. Two years later, in 1952, Stoll was overwhelmingly supported during his run for town Mayor. He held the position through 1956. As a Town Board member, Stoll recalled receiving a monthly salary of $5 per month. He was paid double—$10 per month—when he served as Mayor.
Among many of former Mayor Stoll’s accomplishments was his effort to pave streets throughout Windsor. However, he was also known for his mindful proclamations. In 1953, he proclaimed the week of April 27 would be designated as Clean-Up Week in Windsor; in 1954 he proclaimed that March 5 would be a Day of Prayer “for a better world for all people to remember the needs of our nation, and all other nations, as we bow our heads in reverent acknowledgment of our dependence and reliance upon Almighty God”; and in 1955 he proclaimed May 28 as Poppy Day and called upon everyone to wear a Poppy as evidence of their gratitude for the sacrifices made in defense of American freedoms.
Now, so many years later, Stoll is a resident of the Bridge in Greeley and he fondly recalls his life and service to the Town of Windsor. He’s clearly a kind and social man, someone who enjoys people and is looking forward to a small celebration on Saturday. In fact, a nurse in his community took such an interest in his life that she reached out to Windsor’s Town Manager to let him know about Stoll’s impending centenary celebration.
The Town of Windsor will air the formal proclamation during its Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m., Town Board meeting which can be viewed on the town’s cable television station Channel 8 and by accessing an online livestream at http://bit.ly/TV8Live. It will also be aired live through Apple TV and Roku.