Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hudson in 1905: Part 22

The following is an excerpt from Illustrated Hudson, N. Y., published in 1905.

MR. FRANK L. SMITH--Electrical Contractor and Supplies Dealer--No. 444 Partition street. Hudson River telephone 27-W. Among the dealers in electrical goods, none is better known or more generously patronized by the citizens of Hudson than Mr. Frank L. Smith, who has been established here for three years. His custom has been steadily increasing during that time, until now he requires the help of from three to five assistants all the time. This speaks well for a comparatively new business. His reputation for competent work is widespread, and he has many contracts from different sections of the whole county. Some of his best contracts have been the residences of Mr. M. A. Jones and Mr. C. H. Evans, and the Gray Block. Mr. Smith himself has had ten years experience in this work, and his reputation is a credit both to his prosperous business and his executive ability. He carries a fine large stock of all the latest electrical novelties and conveniences, which he is always glad to show and demonstrate to his visitors.

444 Partition Street today--the right half of the garage behind 441 Union Street

Gossips Note: Of Frank Smith's "best contracts," we know that the residence of Mr. M. A. Jones is 317 Allen Street, now the Inn at Hudson, and the residence of Mr. C. H. Evans is 412 Warren Street, now an apartment building owned by Galvan Partners, but what is Gray Block?

317 Allen Street

412 Warren Street

1 comment:

  1. 444 Partition,is the Carriage House,for 441
    Union.I really looked at that house,when I was looking for one..The Carriage House is original and two lots wide..3 garages now and a stable that wasn't touched.The 2nd floor is an amazing original two room workshop.and living quarters with a sliding barndoor to seperate at night..The chimney only goes to the second floor ,in the living quarters.Its the reason I liked the house most. The original house burnt down,very early on.It was bought by the Crawford Family and stayed in that family for generations.The guy who built the building ,I forget but he had to get fire insurance and then he was allowed to build,on the original foundation.In the cellar,it is Colonial,you can see alot about the original house.Some of the last Crawford's,were two sisters.Their father ,John lived in the little yellow house kitty corner to it.The sisters did the "fancy' front porch and they put a new fireplace in the dining room with a very low ceiling,that is an exact miniature copy, of the one in the City Hall's Main Room.It's really, really odd.And the back stairs go up behind it.In the front room,they only put a finished wood floor around the Rug,and the Rug covered the original floor.In the deeds,the Rug had to go with the house for a few different Crawford residents.