Exploring the local newspapers from a hundred years ago, I came upon this letter in the Columbia Republican for June 25, 1918, written by a young man from Hudson, who was training to be a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Service. The recipient was his aunt. The letter is interesting for many reasons, and so we share it here.
Tremaine McKinstry, whose full name was Augustus Tremaine McKinstry, was 26 in 1918. He was the son of George McKinstry, the second child and only son of Augustus and Ellen McKinstry, who lived in this house, which once stood at 886 Columbia Street. (It was demolished around 1910, and the Dinehart mansion was constructed in its place.)
George McKinstry, at the age of 4, appears in this picture with his older sister, Jennie.
George McKinstry was an artist, who had an art studio here in Hudson from around 1884 to 1889. Bert Geer Phillips, who with Ernest Blumenschein founded the Taos Society of Artists, studied with him. George McKinstry gave up his career as an artist and became a druggist when his father's partner in the Rossman & McKinstry drugstore died. Tremaine McKinstry followed in the family business and was also a druggist.
Tremaine's Aunt Nellie, the recipient of the letter, was three years younger than his father, and Aunt Sue, referenced at the end of the letter, was the youngest of Augustus and Ellen's four children.
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