Thursday, June 23, 2011
Historic Marker Resurfaces
Today's Register-Star has a little photo feature about the ongoing work on General Worth's birthplace: "A house Worth renovating." The text accompanying the photos tells how mason Tim Smith, described as a "tireless advocate for work rehabilitation for at-risk youth," declared, after reading the text of the historic marker he had just dragged out of the garage, "Worth was a graduate of Hudson High School." Nice thought, but not true. Hudson High School didn't exist until 1879, and by that time, General William Jenkins Worth had been dead for thirty years. General Worth, celebrated military tactician and fourth commandant of cadets at West Point, attended a common school in Hudson called Lenox Academy and had finished his formal education by the time he was fourteen.