Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Hundred Years Ago in Hudson

On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in 1911, this self-promoting statement of civic pride appeared in the Hudson Evening Register.  

  • Hudson is a good place to live in.
  • Hudson is the county seat of Columbia county.
  • Hudson is a clean city.
  • Hudson's population is growing.
  • Hudson is on the Hudson, with the Atlantic at one end and the river and barge canal at the other.
  • Hudson's knit goods go to China, England and all over the United States.
  • Hudson has one of the biggest cement plants in the world now building on its outskirts.
  • Hudson's advantages for manufacturing and excellent shipping facilities are not excelled anywhere.
  • Hudson's banks are sound, its manufactories are staple, its citizens are progressive and generous.
  • Hudson is on the line of railroads to the north, west, south, and east.
  • Hudson is the centre of a rich and fertile farming section.
  • Banks for saving.
  • Three National banks.
  • Efficient police force.
  • Several public squares and parks.
  • Hudson, Elks and Masonic clubs.
  • Up-to-date fire companies.
  • Street railway.
  • Good public schools.
  • Two daily and two weekly newspapers.
  • Railroad connecting with State capital and metropolis; another line connecting with the east; electric road thirty-eight miles in length.
  • Telegraph and express companies.
  • State Training School for Girls.
  • Home for Veteran Volunteer Firemen of the State.
  • A well-equipped public hospital.
  • An excellent orphan asylum.
  • Many miles of macadamized pavement.
  • Many fraternal organizations.
  • A gravity system of spring water.
  • Progressive manufacturing concerns.
  • Enterprising stores.
  • Two telephone companies.
  • Churches representing almost every denomination.
  • A handsome county building.
  • A free library.
  • A Chamber of Commerce.
The "free library" listed--far down on the inventory of Hudson's assets--must have been the library maintained by the DAR at their Chapter House on Warren Street, because the current institution, the Hudson Area Association Library, was not established until 1959. 


  1. Macadam (named for late 18th-, early 19th-century Scottish civil engineer John Louden McAdam)--not to be confused with macadamia nuts.

  2. ah! (actually I looked it up but just couldn't resist)