Each week, Destination Hudson will present a photograph of something in Hudson and also an interesting fact about our town. Our hope is that you will enjoy the information about our 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 Destination Hudson's Facebook page and at the Visitor Center.
The wonderful trompe l'oeil painting of James W. Ellsworth is featured on the side of Hattie's Café, at the corner of Clinton and Main streets. It was the brainstorm of Lucy Karslake, a member of the Hudson Society of Artists who had seen such paintings in other towns and felt that the technique would work well in Hudson. Karslake and fellow artist, Paul Adams, painted the portrait on sign board, which was then attached to the door on the side of the building. Speaking of the Ellsworths, did you know… that the Hudson Schools' teams, the Explorers, got their name in 1926 because of Lincoln Ellsworth, son of James W. Ellsworth? I mentioned previously that Lincoln was a famous polar explorer, but there is more to the story. Many of us learned in school that Admiral Byrd was the first to fly over the North Pole, but most polar experts now believe that the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile Transpolar Flight in a semi-rigid airship was the first in mid-May 1926, just days after Byrd's attempt. The teams' ship logo could well be modeled after the Wyatt Earp, the 400-ton wooden fishing vessel that was purchased, refitted and renamed after the famous frontier marshal whom Ellsworth admired.
According to Western Reserve Academy Archivist Tom Vince, Ellsworth claimed more than 400,000 square miles in the name of the United States, most in Antarctica (although the U.S. never exercised their claim on this land). I also learned from Vince that the Polar Star, the plane that accompanied the Wyatt Earp on several expeditions, is housed at the Golden Age of Flight Exhibit at the National Air & Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian. Other artifacts of Ellsworth's trips are at the New York City Natural History Museum. And to think that he and his sister spent their childhood running around the Evamere Estate.
We have a winner! Jimmy & Louise Sutphin, who have guessed correctly several times, are the lucky winners of a $25 Hershey's gift card. From now on we will be drawing one winner every other week, thanks to the generosity of some Hudson merchants who have donated $25 gift cards.