Each week, Destination Hudson will present a photograph of something in Hudson, along with an interesting fact about our town. 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 Destination Hudson's Facebook page and at the Visitor Center.
The clocktower-like structure in last week's column is the hose-drying tower at the Fire Department. I had no idea - I just thought it was interesting because it looked like THE clocktower. Ben Harrington's email response was that he thought it was the hose tower at the Fire Department. So I checked further, and sure enough, this is where they hang the hoses to dry after they are used.
Did you know…next week, First Merit Bank (formerly Citizen's Bank) is closing their branch at 5 Aurora St. (corner of Aurora and N. Main Streets, across from the Clocktower). This building has been a bank for more than 100 years, and is the commercial building in longest continuous use in the Western Reserve. The three-story brick was built in 1839 by A.A. Brewster as the Kent & Brewster General Store. Many businesses occupied this building since Brewster's death in 1868, until the First National Bank of Hudson moved in to the building in 1908.
The upper floor, most recently bank offices, was home to many small businesses. A most interesting one was the telephone exchange. According to Grace Izant's book, Hudson's Heritage, "it's chief…operator was Annie Cameron… Subscribers had little need of telephone numbers or even a directory when Annie was on the board. You merely lifted the receiver and told her you would like to talk to Mrs. Jones." From her perch overlooking the town, Annie could see everything happening on Main Street, so she was likely to tell you that she couldn't connect you - she had just seen Mrs. Jones go into one of the stores. Annie would promise to ring you when Mrs. Jones returned home…and she would.
My original thought was that times have really changed…but perhaps it's a little like asking Siri to connect you to someone using your Iphone.