As we have already noted, a hundred years ago, Hudson was experiencing brutally cold temperatures, just as we are today. It's received wisdom that letting cold water drip from faucets can help prevent pipes in your house from freezing. It's the same today as it was a hundred years ago, but back then, the practice in Hudson had disturbing consequences.
It will take more research than I am able now to devote to the task to discover what the "old pumping apparatuses" were in 1917, but I hope our current water supply is adequate to tolerate the dripping faucets of people who fear their pipes might freeze. In the interest of conservation, those folks may want to capture that dripping water and put it to some use.
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