On April 25, Gossips reported on the Common Council Legal Committee meeting at which assistant city attorney Carl G. Whitbeck presented evidence intended to disprove the notion that Standard Oil ever owned any part of the parcel of waterfront property that the City of Hudson is seeking to acquire from Holcim.
Yesterday, Timothy O'Connor shared with Gossips correspondence that he had obtained through a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request. First there is a letter from Whitbeck, dated April 25 (the day after the presentation to the Legal Committee), to James Monahan of Sneeringer Monahan Provost Redgrave Title Agency, which seems to have accompanied copies of deeds discovered by O'Connor and brought to Whitbeck's attention by First Ward aldermen David Marston and Nick Haddad. The letter reads in part, "It is claimed that 2.4 acres of the parcel was owned by Standard Oil and that there were facilities present on the parcel prior to 1897," and asks Monahan to respond to that claim.
The response from Monahan, dated May 3, reads in part, "Standard Oil did own a portion of the premises from 1888 to 1917," and is accompanied by the map reproduced below, which shows the parcel in question with the location of Standard Oil highlighted in yellow.