In 1888, Archibald McNee purchased The Windsor Record, a weekly paper which he turned into a daily in 1890. In the same year, Mr. John A. McKay of Woodstock bought a half-interest in the Record. In 1906, Mr. McKay bought out his partner and became the sole owner of the paper until 1918, when W. F. Herman, a former owner of the Saskatoon Star and Regina Post, came to Windsor and bought out the McKay interests in the Record. Mr. Herman immediately changed the name of the paper to the Border Cities Star.
The Border Cities Star was born when W. F. Herman and Hugh Graybiel purchased The Windsor Record in 1918. Its first issue hit the streets on September 3, 1918. It was 16 pages and sold for two cents.
The paper expanded into its current downtown building at Ferry and Pitt streets in 1927. It was renamed The Windsor Daily Star in 1935 following the amalgamation of several small communities. Its Crabtree press began operating in 1955 after an annex was built downtown. The paper was renamed The Windsor Star in 1959.
Original owner W.F. Herman died in 1938, but the paper continued to operate under the direction of his wife, Adie Knox Herman, Hugh Graybiel and W.L. (Lum) Clark.
In 1967, Mrs. Herman, Hugh Graybiel and Hugh's son Richard all died within six months of each other.
In November 2000, The Star became part of CanWest Global Communications.
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