Each week, Destination Hudson will present a photograph of something in Hudson; some will be easy, but with some we will try to stump you. We will also include an interesting fact about our town - sometimes related to the picture, sometimes not. Our hope is that you will enjoy the facts about your hometown, and if you don't know where the photograph was taken, you'll go find out. The answers will be printed in the Hudson Hub-Times, and posted on Facebook and at the Visitor Center.
I thought I had stumped you, but many people correctly identified last week's photo as an aerial shot of Lake Forest Country Club, which opened in September, 1930. An interesting tidbit of history - the boys from Western Reserve Academy built model yachts in the woodshop in the early '30s, and raced them on the lake behind the clubhouse.
Let's move forward just one decade… According to Hudson native Molly White, summers in Hudson were very boring for 10-year-olds in the late '30s. In her book, "Molly's Memories," she said she knew most everyone in town, and other than the Memorial Day parade, the football games and a few town fires, nothing much happened. Young Molly and her best friend caused many a stir walking their pets Taffy (a goat) and You-All (a goose) down Main Street. All four were often found in Saywell's Drugstore, until Fred Saywell banned them because of 'accidents' on the floor. Molly says she was thrilled to hear in 1940 that a movie theater was being built right downtown, giving kids and adults something new and exciting to do. (An extra entry for anyone who guesses the location of the picture and tell me where the movie theater was).
I want to give credit to another Hudson native, Kim Rotonto Dregalla, for starting me thinking about this sort of column. She showed me a book she created of photographs of unique Hudson "things." I had so much fun trying to figure out where they were that I thought others might like the same sort of challenge. Stop in the Visitor Center starting this weekend and her book will be on display.