Saturday, June 8, 2019

A Hundred Years Ago in Hudson

Reading the Columbia Republican from a hundred years ago, I came upon this item on the editorial page of the paper for June 10, 1919. The fines in question are for speeding and other traffic infractions, which seem to have been a significant problem in the early decades of the motorcar.    

In 1919, car ownership was still something of a rarity, as evidenced by an article on the front page of this same issue of Republican, which gave the names of the people who had purchased cars from the Crescent Garage in the previous two weeks.  

Evelyn & Robert Monthie Slide Collection, Columbia County Historical Society
What struck me most about the editorial was this statement: "We believe in encouraging the tourists. We want them to come here, stay here and spend their money here." This attitude continues today.

1 comment:

  1. Right up until the 1970's or 80's the Register Star published a daily list of the hospital admissions and discharges. A certain HIPPA violation in today's complicated world.