Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Ubiquitous Officer Miller

Seeking to learn how Hudson celebrated the Fourth of July a century ago, Gossips has been perusing the Hudson Evening Register for the days leading up to the holiday in 1915. Little has been discovered about civic plans for observing Independence Day, but what has been found is daily mention of Officer Miller. On June 29, 1915, it was reported that Officer Miller arrested a couple deemed undesirable because of their loud talking and strange behavior. On June 30, 1915, it was reported that Officer Miller recovered the flag pole that had been taken from the playground at Franklin Square by "foreigners." 

Today, a hundred years ago, it was reported that Officer Miller had been called the previous night to a house on Mill Street to break up a domestic squabble. The squabblers--husband and wife--appeared in City court the next morning. The newspaper report begins with Judge Fritts observing, "It takes two to make a fight." Gossips picks up the story from there, with the reply to the judge's statement from the defendant, Thomas Lipscome.


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