Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Night in Hudson, 1917

Although DPW crews had to be out on Christmas to plow the snow off the streets, our volunteer firefighters seem to have managed to get through Christmas without being called out into the cold. This was not the case a hundred years ago. The Hudson Evening Register for December 26, 1917, reported that on Christmas night, Rogers Hose, whose firehouse is now American Glory, and Evans Hook & Ladder, whose firehouse is now The Spotty Dog, responded to a chimney fire at the home of Benjamin Probst, Jr.  

The state census records for 1915 indicate that Benjamin Probst, Jr., his wife, and five children lived at 305 Union Street.

The Masonic Hall, also known as St. John's Hall, was completed in 1889. The Probst house can be seen in this early photograph of the building, which is now Mid-Hudson Media. 

Photo courtesy Historic Hudson
This is how the house, now absent its little gabled portico, looks today.



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