Monday, June 26, 2017

The Suspense Is Over

The First Annual OutHudson Parade Awards Ceremony happened tonight, and a week and two days after the spectacular OutHudson Pride Parade, Gossips is now able to announce the winners, chosen by the team of judges: Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Richelle Martin, and Rick Rector.

Here are the winners:

Most Hudson Spirit: COARC

Best in Theme: Camphill Hudson


Best Music: The Rosendale Improvement Association Brass Band and Social Club

Most Pride: Rosery Flower Shop

Most Kitsch: BackBar


Most Fabulous: Trixie and Her Entourage

Butchest: The Greene County Pipe Band




Most Out There: Lil Deb's Oasis

There were also awards in categories other than the original eight. The award for Best Dressed Business went to Wm. Farmer & Sons, and a Lifetime Achievement Award went Lisa Durfee, who in every Pride Parade in Hudson except the most recent one has created a rainbow of vintage dresses from her shop, Five & Diamond.

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The Political Scene in Hudson

Last Tuesday, Victor Mendolia gave an hour of air time on his show @Issue on WGXC to Stephen Dunn, one of the two people vying to be the Democratic candidate for Common Council president. That interview has been archived and can be heard here. In the interview, Dunn talks at some length about his plans for improving the effectiveness of city government. One of his ideas, to appoint private citizens to work with the aldermen on Common Council committees, has a familiar ring to it. His opponent for the Democratic nomination, Tom DePietro suggested the same thing when he ran for Common Council president in 2015. 

Gossips asked Mendolia if he would be giving equal time to DePietro, Dunn's opponent in the primary. Mendolia explained that there would not be time for him to interview DePietro, because WGXC's rules prohibit programmers (which is what WGXC calls its on-air talent) from doing their shows while they are running for public office, and he was planning to run. Over the weekend, Mendolia announced on Facebook that he and Tiffany Garriga would be running together for the two alderman seats in the Second Ward. (In early May, Garriga announced she was running for Common Council president but a month later changed her mind.) 

Meanwhile, Gossips has learned that WGXC will give DePietro equal time to discuss his platform on air before the primary on September 12. DePietro, who will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary, has already been endorsed by the Republicans and the Working Families Party.

And for another change of heart--after failing to get the endorsement of the Democratic Committee as a candidate for Fourth Ward alderman, Rich Volo, a.k.a. Trixie Starr, made it known that he was withdrawing from the race. Yesterday, however, Volo announced on Facebook that he was tossing his hat back into the ring and would be collecting, in the next two weeks, the petition signatures needed to get on the ballot for the primary on September 12. He will be challenging John Rosenthal, the only candidate endorsed by the Democratic Committee, and the two incumbents, Lauren Scalera and Alexis Keith, who it is assumed will be seeking reelection.

It appears the local election this year will be Democrats challenging Democrats. The Republicans seem to be putting up no candidates of their own, choosing instead to endorse Democratic candidates. So far it's been confirmed that the Republicans have endorsed Rick Rector for mayor and Tom DePietro for Common Council president. 
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Great War: June 23, 1917

During the early days of the United States' involvement in the Great War, accounts of doctors offering their service to the war effort were no doubt common. This report of a Hudson doctor being commissioned, however, caught my eye, because Henry C. Galster is a familiar character in Gossips posts. We know he made it safely through the war because in 1922, when Hudson police chief John J. Cruise was being investigated, accused, and tried for dereliction of duty, for allowing the production and sale of liquor to continue in Hudson in the early days of Prohibiton, Henry C. Galster was the mayor of Hudson.

Dr. Henry C. Galster, as well known physician and surgeon of this city, to-day received a commission as captain in the medical section of the Officers Reserve corps of the United States army. He is now awaiting orders to leave Hudson for some concentration camp, from which he probably will be detailed to Europe.
In April Dr. Galster offered his services to the United States government, and stated that he was ready for immediate service in Europe. He was recommended for a captaincy commission, but subsequently received word that led him to believe that he would be appointed a first lieutenant.
This morning he received a communication from the office of the secretary of War, in which was his commission as captain in the medical section of the Officers' Reserve corps, which commission became effective June 15. His many friends will be delighted to learn of the designation and that he will make a most capable officer is not doubted.
Dr. Galster for some time was first lieutenant in the Medical corps of the Tenth regiment, National Guard, a position he filled in a most capable manner. He has, therefore, considerable military experience.
Galster, who was 29 in 1917, lived and practiced medicine at 454 Warren Street. It is the address given on his draft registration card.


The picture below, by Walker Evans, shows the house, which is now the location of Nolita, as it was in the 1930s. Galster's shingle can be seen on the street level door.

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Greenport Democrats

Ordinarily, Gossips doesn't pay much attention to Greenport politics (this is, after all, a blog about Hudson), but a recent event gives rise to curiosity. On Thursday, June 22, the Greenport Democratic Committee held a caucus to nominate its candidates to run for town office in November. All registered Democrats living in Greenport were invited to come to the caucus and vote for the would-be candidates of their choice.

Yesterday, on the Democrats' blog, Thoughts on Greenport: Hanging Around Hudson, the Democrats announced their candidates: Kathy Eldridge for town supervisor; Janice Brodowski and Carol Peckham for town council; Mark Gaylord for town highway superintendent; and John Porreca for town justice.

It's the last nomination that's puzzling. Gossips has learned that the Democrats had a choice for town justice between Porreca and Robert Gagen. The question arises: Why would they opt for a Republican who has no particular qualifications to be town justice over a Democrat who is a lawyer?
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

O'Connor and De Peyster and Lancaster, PA

In the post on Thursday about Frederick Law Olmsted and his comment about Promenade Hill, I mentioned that the first library at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, had been designed by Hudson architect Michael J. O'Connor and promised more on that subject. Today is the day to make good on that promise.

The story starts with General John Watts De Peyster, the last patroon of Lower Claverack Manor and the great-great-great-grandson of Abraham De Peyster, who was mayor of New York in the 1690s. We in Hudson know De Peyster as the philanthropist who gave us the statue of St. Winifred by George Edwin Bissell that stands on Promenade Hill. 

From The Hudson Valley Sketchbook, "a fragmented history of the area by Mrs. Marion C. Smith of Hudson," which was self-published in 1964, we learn that De Peyster, who lived in Tivoli, and Michael O'Connor were personal friends. O'Connor played a role in getting De Peyster to donate the statue to Hudson 1896, when it turned out it couldn't be placed where De Peyster had intended it to go. A few years later, when De Peyster decided to build a library for Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (the college had honored him as an amateur historian), he commissioned his friend Michael O'Connor to design the building. The pictures below show the library designed by O'Connor, which was dedicated in 1898.






Sad to say, the De Peyster Library at Franklin & Marshall College was demolished in 1937.

The colorized post card and the photograph above it both show a statue positioned in front of the library. That statue has its own story, one that was told in 2011 in the New York Times. In 1893, John Watts De Peyster commissioned Bissell to create a larger than life likeness of his great-great-great-grandfather, Abraham De Peyster. The intention was that the statue be placed in Battery Park. The New York Times complained at the time that "the Battery was already overrun with statuary." 

Photo: Ruby Washington|The New York Times
Growing weary of arguing with city officials about the placement of the statue, De Peyster offered it to Franklin & Marshall College, where presumably it was gratefully accepted, but when his dispute with the City of New York was resolved and the statue was placed in Bowling Green, a duplicate was cast and placed in front of the De Peyster Library. 

When the De Peyster Library was demolished in 1937, the statue was moved to a place of little prominence on the edge of the F&M campus. The statue in New York also suffered the indignities of being moved about--from Bowling Green to Hanover Square to a parks department warehouse on Randalls Island where it remained from 2003 until 2014, when it was installed and rededicated in Thomas Paine Park in Foley Square, at the corner of Lafayette and Worth streets.
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A New Online Look for the Register-Star

Columbia-Greene Media has announced that on Thursday, June 29, it will debut its "all-encompassing news website" called HudsonValley360.


Mark Vinciguerra, publisher of Columbia-Greene Media, said of the new website: "HudsonValley360.com is a clean, well-designed website using the latest technology. We're the second newspaper in the world to go live on this completely new [Drupal] platform. It's got the ability to do more, it has quicker load times, it has a better look--as far as cleaner look, its features include video and photo galleries that load faster and look crisper. For us, that means we're going to tell stories in a different way. It allows us to do more multimedia storytelling."
  
Vinciguerra continues, "We are taking a more regional approach to our coverage. The idea is to expand our audience, which, right now, is 200,000-plus unique visitors, consuming over 1.2 million pages per month. We're the biggest media entity in the Twin Counties and HudsonValley360.com will help us expand on that."

Interestingly, in 2014, the population of Columbia County was 62,122 and population of Greene County was 47,967. 
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Something Else to Consider for Monday Night

So, Monday evening from 7 to 9 it's the First Annual OutHudson Parade Awards Ceremony at Helsinki Hudson. The awards have been dubbed "BIV Awards," from the colors of the rainbow--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet: ROYGBIV--even though the rainbow flag has only six colors. (I guess indigo was needed to make the acronym pronounceable.) 

Photo: David W. Voorhees
Everyone is eager to know who will be walking away with the prizes, but if you're more serious-minded and worried about your health insurance and how the Trump era American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impact you, you might want to go to the Hudson Opera House at 6 p.m. before joining the party at Helsinki.

It is predicted that the AHCA, if passed, will leave 2.7 million New Yorkers without health insurance and will roll back protections for women, children, and people with preexisting conditions. The prediction continues: "The AHCA would include $7 billion in cuts from New York's healthcare system--effectively eliminating the Essential Plan, devastating our hospitals, and forcing major staffing cuts during a time when we need more, not less, doctors and nurses."

Monday evening at the Hudson Opera House, an expert panel will talk about the AHCA and give you the opportunity to learn what is at stake and how best to protect your family from possible changes to our health care system. 

If you plan to attend the forum on Monday, June 26, at 6 p.m., at the Hudson Opera House, you are asked to RSVP to mike.morris@exec.ny.gov. Mike Morris is the representative from the governor's office for the Capital Region.
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The Great War: June 22, 1917

The war in Europe and woman suffrage were both in the news in 1917. The most compelling story in the Hudson Evening Register for June 22, 1917, weaves together the themes of patriotism and service with women's liberation.

Miss Helen M. Hall, daughter of Judge and Mrs. M. M. Hall of this city, has the distinction of being the first woman to apply for entrance into the government Aviation schools. A week ago Miss Hall offered her services to Captain Davidson of the Cornell Aviation school. The course is for eight weeks, after which the students are transferred to another government school to get practical experience in flying. Upon finishing at these schools, students are given commissions as Lieutenants, Captains or Majors. As yet no provisions have been made for women in the Signal corp so that immediate entrance to impossible. The War department at Washington, however, has assured Miss Hall that such provisions will be made within the next few months and that the county will be glad to welcome her as the first aviatrix in the government schools.
Miss Hall, while waiting for the government to take action, is at present engaged in organizing a Cornell Women's Ambulance corps for immediate service in France.  
A week later, there was more news about Miss Hall on the front page of the Register.

Miss Helen M. Hall, daughter of former City Judge and Mrs. Milton M. Hall of this city, returned home yesterday from Cornell university. She was graduated from that institution on Wednesday, receiving the degree of A.B. Miss Hall will remain here for a week, and will then return Ithaca, where she has an excellent position.
The commencement exercises at Cornell this year, Miss Hall states, were not as impressive as in former years because of the fact that a large number of the seniors are in the United States service and many are now in France. Those who were graduated were sent telegrams to the effect that they had been graduated.
Miss Hall has been very much interested in aviation, and has offered her service to the United States government. She has been informed by the Adjutant General of the United States that as soon as women are accepted in the government's aviation department she will be notified. 
Census records indicate that Judge Milton M. Hall and his family lived at 110 Green Street, in the house that is now the location of Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Services.

It is not clear what became of Helen Hall's aspirations to be an aviator, but military involvement by women during World War I was rare, and no evidence could be discovered that women were ever accepted into the "aviation department." She may have served as an ambulance driver, but I could find no record. A book on the subject, Gentlemen Volunteers: The Story of the American Ambulance Drivers in the First World War, includes a chapter entitled "Some Female Drivers and Other Noteworthy Volunteers." The opening paragraph of that chapter reads:
The complete history of American ambulanciers in the Great War will never be satisfactorily told because a significant part of the record is incomplete: that involving the work of female volunteers. American women who drove ambulances in France usually got there by sheer force of their ability, ingenuity and resolve, and yet their extraordinary work is seldom treated in detail in either public or private accounts of the war. Still, sparse though the evidence may be many women did in fact swap their stateside lives for a term of ambulancing that was largely without exhilarating moments.
No evidence could be found about what Helen Hall did during wartime, but the decennial census for 1920 lists Helen M. Hall, then 25, who was born in New York and whose father was also born in New York, as living in Oklahoma City with two other young women. According to census records, Helen and one of her roommates, Ruth F. Harel, 24, from California, have the same illegible occupation in the same illegible industry.

Ancestry.com transcribes their occupation as "Sec Tuburkhs" and the industry as "Asso," which makes no sense; whatever they did they were wage earners. 

It is likely while she was living in Oklahoma, working at whatever job she did, Helen Hall met her husband, Adolph Oliver Dovre, who was born in Minnesota, the son of Norwegian immigrants, and worked as a geologist for Sun Oil Company in Oklahoma. They were married in 1920 in Hudson, but sadly, the Hudson Register for 1920 is not available at FultonHistory.com, so an account of their wedding, which surely must have appeared in the newspaper, has not been found.

In the early years of their marriage, Adolph Dovre worked in the oilfields of Venezuela, and a couple of times in 1921, the Columbia Republican and the Chatham Courier noted that Mr. and Mrs. Adolph O. Dovre of Venezuela were visiting various friends and relatives in Hudson and Columbia County.

By 1930, Helen and Adolph Dovre had settled in San Antonio, Texas, where they lived in this house on East Magnolia Avenue. 


Helen Dovre died in 1943. Her death certificate gives the cause of death as "Generalized Carcinomatosis." Her obituary, which appeared in the San Antonio Light on September 24, 1943, doesn't give many clues about her life.


The obituary that appeared the same day in the Hudson Evening Register provides a bit more information.


Adolph Dovre survived his wife by eight years and died in May 1951 at the age of 57.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Future of the Furgary

It's been almost two years since the State Historical Preservation Office determined that the Furgary Boat Club, a.k.a. The Shacks, a.k.a. Shantytown, was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Since then the arduous journey from eligibility to actually being listed has been somewhat stymied by a lack of commitment on the part of city government. (SHPO doesn't like to pursue National Register designations when the property owner doesn't support the effort, and in this case, the property owner is the City of Hudson.) But things may be changing.

Gossips learned recently that Bill Krattinger, the staff member from the National Register Unit of SHPO assigned to Columbia County, will be visiting the site of the Furgary Boat Club on Thursday, July 6. Krattinger has some good history with Hudson. He wrote the successful and highly praised National Historic Landmark nomination for the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and helped get 400 State Street individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places back when the Hudson Area Library owned the building. The Furgary Boat Club, however, presents unique challenges, since it isn't your garden variety historic site.

Following his visit to the site, Krattinger will meet with the mayor and members of the Common Council to discuss state and national historic designation for the Furgary site. That workshop/ informational session will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at City Hall. 
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Frederick Law Olmsted and Hudson

At the end of May, a professor of American studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, contacted Historic Hudson seeking information about Hudson architect Michael O'Connor. (F&M's first library was designed by O'Connor, but more about that at a later date.) The inquiry was referred to me, which put the professor and me in touch.

Earlier this week, the professor contacted me to ask about a reference to Hudson found in an "Open Letter" written by Frederick Law Olmsted, which appeared in the magazine Century Illustrated for October 1886. In the letter, which has the title "A Healthy Change in the Tone of the Human Heart (Suggestions to Cities)," Olmsted argues the importance to cities of preserving "the grandeur, picturesqueness, and poetic charm" of the natural landscape. In particular, Olmsted celebrates a view that includes water.
No matter what is beyond, an expanse of water . . . can never fail to have a refreshing counter interest to the inner parts of a city; it supplies a tonic change at times even from the finest churches, libraries, picture galleries, conservatories, gardens, soldiers' monuments, parks, and landward outskirts. What is easier than to provide a grateful convenience for such refreshment? Yet if one wants it at Troy, Albany, Newburgh, Springfield, Hartford, Middletown, New London, Trenton, Norfolk, Louisville, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, what is offered? What was lost for Brooklyn when the brow of its heights was wholly given up to paved streets and private occupation!
He speaks specifically and at some length about Buffalo, where in 1868 he and Calvert Vaux designed an entire park system. 
Years ago a traveler arriving in Buffalo asked in vain where he could go to look out on the lake. "The lake?" he would be answered in the spirit of the middle ages; "nobody here wants to look at the lake; we hate the lake." And he might find that two large public squares had been laid out, furnished and planted, leaving a block between them and the edge of the bluff to be so built over as to shut off all view from the squares toward the lake and toward sunset. But lately land has been bought and prepared, and is much resorted to, expressly for the enjoyment of this view. This new public property also commands a river effect such as can be seen, I believe, nowhere else,--a certain quivering of the surface and a rare tone of color, the result of the crowding upward of the lake waters as they enter the deep portal of the Niagara. Is the regard paid to these elements of natural scenery by the city less an evidence of growing civilization than is given in the granite statues on its court-house or in its soldiers' monument?
It is in this context that Hudson is mentioned, to support Olmsted's assertion that "A small space . . . may serve to present a choice refreshment to a city, provided the circumstances are favorable for an extended outlook upon natural elements of scenery." This is what he says of Hudson:
Another illustration of the fact may be found in a queer little half-public place, half-domestic back-yard, from which the river may be overlooked if any one cares for it, at Hudson, New York.
[Interestingly, Henry James in The American Scene (1907) also used the adjective queer to describe Hudson: "It was the queer old complexion of the long straight street, however, that most came home to me: Hudson, in the afternoon quiet, seemed to stretch back, with fumbling friendly hand, to the earliest outlook of my consciousness."]


Of course, the "queer little half-public place, half-domestic back-yard" Olmsted speaks of is none other than Promenade Hill, designated as a public space by the Proprietors, according to the National Register of Historic Places, on October 14, 1785. In 1886, when Olmsted spoke of it, Promenade Hill was surrounded by houses. This is illustrated by the map below, which shows the 1970 National Register Front Street-Parade Hill-Lower Warren Street Historic District before Urban Renewal laid waste to much of it a few years later.

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The Great War: June 21, 1917

June 20, 1917, had been Red Cross "Emblem Day" in Hudson. From 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., more than a hundred Hudson women dressed in Red Cross uniforms "accosted" people in the street to sell them Red Cross emblems and raise the city's share of the $100 million which was the national goal. The front page of the Hudson Evening Register for June 21, 1917, reported on the success of that effort.

Nearly $1,775 was realized on Emblem Day here yesterday. The return of cash last night actually broke all records for such a day in this city, $670 being the previous high-water mark.
When the gong sounded, closing the drive at 9 o'clock last night, more than $1,735 had been raised. Several contributions have subsequently been made and the committee hopes to make the actual count register at $2,000. To-day several persons who were not tagged yesterday made contributions at the headquarters on Warren street.
The sale of emblems started with a $100 contribution and closed last night with a $100 contribution. At the Playhouse last night it was announced from the stage that $1,600 had been realized with more coming in. A patriotic Hudson young woman thought that the last emblem sold for the day should equal the price of the first and through this act of generosity $100 more was added just as the headquarters closed for the night.
Using an inflation calculatorGossips discovered that $100 in 1917 is the equivalent today of nearly $2,000 ($1,910.34). The amount raised for the Red Cross in Hudson on Emblem Day, $1,775, is the equivalent in 2017 of $33,908.60.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last Night at City Hall

This morning, Gossips reported about one issue that took up a good portion of last night's hour-long Common Council meeting. Now you can watch the entire thing. Dan Udell's video of the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

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This Saturday at the Other Opera House

This Saturday, June 24, the Ancram Opera House kicks of its 2017 season with Real People Real Stories, an evening of storytelling by six local residents. The theme for the evening is taking chances: quitting jobs, finding what you didn't know you wanted, real estate deals, a near-death fishing accident, and more.

AOH co-director Paul Ricciardi created Real People Read Stories, live local storytelling in the tradition of The Moth Radio Hour, last year, and it soon became an audience favorite. AOH now opens and closes its season with this "evening of homegrown stories." 

The storytellers this Saturday are from around the county and beyond: Lisa Morris (Gallatin), Sherry Weaver (Livingston), Darlene White (Pittsfield), Joan Galler (Ancram), Mildred Aksen (Ancramdale), and Hudson's own Ellen Thurston.

The storytelling begins at 8 p.m. The Ancram Opera House in located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the intersection with Route 82. Parking is available on the adjacent lawn. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ancramoperahouse.org
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Still Talking About the Parade

On his blog The Other Hudson Valley, former Register Star reporter Roger Hannigan Gilson offers his review of last Saturday's OutHudson Parade, in which he cites the presence of The Gossips of Rivertown in the parade as evidence that the pride parade in Hudson "isn't just for homosexuals anymore": "A Glimpse of Gay Pride in the Hudson Valley." 

Photo: Michael Montlack
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The Issue We Can Always Kvetch About

Today is the first day of summer, and the last snow emergency is far behind us, but the sturm und drang of a snow emergency in Hudson was recalled last night at the June meeting of the Common Council.

It started with the motion to pay the bills, something that happens every month. Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) questioned one item on the list of payments: $118 to be paid to William Shannon. Council president Claudia DeStefano explained that during a snow emergency, Alderman Abdus Miah (Second Ward) had told some of his neighbors where to park. It turned out that the information he provided was incorrect, and as a consequence four or five cars had been towed. The other car owners, according to DeStefano, had been reimbursed the towing fee by the Department of Public Works. Shannon was the one person left to be reimbursed.

Friedman questioned why the City was paying for someone's car being towed. "It's not our money," he proclaimed. "It's the taxpayers' money."

Defending himself, Miah wanted to know the address from which the car had been towed (information that was not available to anyone at the meeting), asserted that he had only told one person where to park, and denied having spoken with Shannon. He maintained that he could not be held responsible because Shannon's car had not been parked on this block. He also implied that he did not know Shannon, at which time Alderman Henry Haddad (Third Ward) helpfully provided the information that Shannon used to be a reporter to the Register-Star and wrote the blog and the book Hudson River Zeitgeist. What Haddad didn't mention is that Shannon lives in Miah's ward.

After lengthy discussion that seemed unlikely to reach a resolution, Alderman Rick Rector (First Ward) asked if they couldn't approve all the bills with the exception of the reimbursement to Shannon. Since the motion to pay the bills had already been made and seconded, the Council first had to vote not to pay the bills and then vote to pay the amended list of bills. Miah abstained from both votes. The question of whether or not the City is responsible if someone suffers a loss as a consequence of acting on incorrect information offered by an elected official is yet to be resolved, but as Friedman observed of the rules and regulations about parking during snow emergencies, "The fact that a city law is imprecise shouldn't surprise anyone."
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The Great War: June 20, 1917

One hundred years ago today, it was Red Cross "Emblem Day" in Hudson. Gossips coverage of the promotion of the event failed to include this display ad, which appeared on page four of the Hudson Evening Register for June 19, 1917.

On June 20, the Register reported that "bright and early nearly 150 women attired in Red Cross uniforms appeared on the streets. They asked folks to do nothing but help the greatest movement the Red Cross has ever attempted. The young ladies 'tagged' pedestrians and autoists. They invited persons to buy a Red Cross thimble or a Red Cross lapel emblem, or if the person accosted owned an automobile they tried to sell him a Red Cross auto emblem." The article goes on to name all the women who participated in Emblem Day.

The news item most intriguing on June 20 appeared one column over on the front page. It reported on what was to happen as the finale of Emblem Day.

Emblem Day of the local branch of the Red Cross will close at 9 o'clock this evening with an inspiring and elaborate electrical demonstration.
A large and attractive Red Cross banner, made by high school pupils under the direction of Miss Nixon, fastened on the cupola of the Farmers National bank will figure prominently. The Albany Southern railroad company has generously donated sufficient "juice" to operate a large "flood" light which will illuminate the banner, and this light has been arranged free of charge by Electrician Joseph Clark. The machine, from which the "flood" light will be thrown will be at the Speed shoe store.
This was the Farmers National Bank building, which stood at 544 Warren Street. Constructed in 1872, it was destroyed in a spectacular fire in November 1926.

  
The shoe store owned by H. S. Speed, where the floodlight was located, was across the street at 539 Warren Street, which today is a pocket park.

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