Where in Hudson is this? for Dec. 11


P. Last week's photo shows Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) in the garage window at 109 Hudson Street. Luke has been there since Adam Yankay and his family moved in this past August.  Mr. Yankay said he also has a Stormtrooper and Princess Leia, but they are aiming blasters at the viewer which he didn't think would be a good thing for people driving by to catch out of the corner of their eye. (Good call!).  Luke is there to help distinguish their home from the other large white homes with black shutters in the area.

Did you know…Hudson was once home to the Mid-City Airport, founded in 1927 by World War I flying veterans Major Thomas G. Laphier and Col. Henry Breckenridge, advisor to Charles Lindbergh. A state-of-the-art hangar that could hold 30 planes was located on Rt. 91 in a former cornfield. In the late 1920s and early 1930s many noted aviators visited the facility including pioneers in women's aviation, Antonie Strassman (second woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane) and Ruth Nichols, the only woman to hold simultaneously the women's world speed, altitude, and distance records for heavy-land planes.

A July 1930 Hudson Times article boldly stated, "Hudson Looms as Air Center of Continent," However, the Great Depression hurt plans to develop the airport, which was sold to Rudy Van Devere in 1939. Hundreds of military pilots trained there during World War II, and by the mid-50s, 4,000 pilots used the airport, and the airfield covered 976 acres. (At that time, Akron-Canton Airport had 1,100 acres). In a 1984 interview, Jane Caniglia, whose family has lived in Hudson for generations, said "back when I was a junior in high school…all the guys took flying lessons there, and whenever they could spare a moment they would take me up for a ride. First they flew in bi-planes, then advanced to Pipercubs."

Mid City airport is now a much-forgotten footnote of local history. The property was purchased in 1955 by General Motors who built the Terex heavy equipment manufacturing plant, and Terex Road was constructed to connect Routes 91 and 303. The plant closed in the late 80s. The world headquarters of Joann Fabrics now occupies much of the property, and Regal Cinemas sits at the southern end.

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