The shingle on the house behind the young man in the picture reads "Dr. A. N. Tracy." According to the 1912 Hudson city directory, Dr. Tracy was a "homeopathic physician" who lived and practiced at 410 Union Street. What would have been just to the left in this picture, but out of the frame, is the Hudson Post Office, newly constructed in 1909. The picture below, from Historic Hudson's Rowles Studio Collection, taken in November 1923, shows the fate, a decade or so later, of 410 Union Street and several of its neighbors.
This picture was taken from more or less the same vantage point as the picture of the parade or procession that was posted yesterday, but at a later date. The four-bay house that was under construction in the picture of the procession is finished in the picture of the motorcycle.
One thing that is clear is that the mystery street is not Union Street. The picture below, taken of a parade in 1917 to encourage people to buy Liberty Bonds to support the Great War, shows Union Street just east of 410 Union. The street is much wider, and the houses on the south side of the street bear no resemblance to the buildings on the opposite side of the mystery block.
So the questions remain: Where was this house, and who lived in it from around 1911 to 1919?
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