~ CABBAGES and KINGS ~
For anyone living in Windsor Locks between the years 1975 and 1999, the phrase “Cabbages &
Kings” has a very special meaning. It was during those years that Jack Redmond (pictured left) profiled more than 1000 local
families and individuals in his Windsor Locks Journal column, Cabbages and Kings with Jack Redmond.
In 2002 Jack Redmond donated his wonderful collection of original columns, cut directly from the Windsor
Locks Journal, to the Windsor Locks Public Library along with related articles and some personal
notes. Since then the columns have been used by library staff and the public for reference,
historical research, and enjoyable trips down Memory Lane.
Mr. Redmond’s collection has been refurbished and put into in new notebooks with an
updated, cross-referenced index. This will hopefully help to preserve this important piece of local history
for generations to come. The collection has also been digitized and is now available at
WindsorLocksHistory.org: A project of the Windsor Locks Library.
You are welcome to browse the Cabbages & Kings collection as well as other digital content related to the history of Windsor Locks at
In his final Cabbages & Kings column, published on March 26, 1999, Jack Redmond wrote, “I have had the
honor and sincere pleasure of meeting so many fine people in town…the clergy, politicians, coaches, teachers
and students and just regular folks that make up this fine town.”
Thanks to Jack Redmond and the original Windsor Locks Journal, which was published from 1880 until 2009, we still have access
to this unusual personal history of some of Windsor Locks’ most interesting citizens and events. The Windsor Locks Public Library
is proud to be able to offer you the opportunity to revisit some of our most notable moments in time through Jack Redmond’s
Cabbages & Kings. Stop down and browse through it someday soon. You’re bound to come across people that you know!
John Paul “Jack” Redmond was born in New Haven on December 24, 1922. He played ice hockey
in high school, graduated from Commercial High in New Haven in 1941, and played fast-pitch softball for Garvey’s Softball Champs in 1942.
He was in the US Army from 1943-1946 and served on Guam where he was made First Sergeant, then returned to New Haven and married
Rita Bethke in 1946. He graduated from the University of New Haven in 1955. The Redmonds lived in California, Connecticut, and Indiana, then settled in
Windsor Locks in 1964.
Jack worked at Combustion Engineering for 21 years, served on the WL Fire Commission for 5 years, and volunteered with his wife at
Bradley Field for 24 years. Jack and Rita were married for 65 years and lived on Pershing Road for 48 years until Rita passed away in
September, 2012. He has two daughters, Nancy and Patti (both WLHS grads), 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. After the loss of his wife
Jack moved to Cape Cod to be near Nancy and her husband Frank. He passed away there on September 1, 2014, but Jack Redmond's spirit and
his legacy of Cabbages and Kings will live on for years to come at the Windsor Locks Public Library