Where in Hudson is this? for May 14

by Liz Murphy | Destination Hudson Published:

Last week's picture is of an old horse trough on the northeast corner of Stow and Hudson-Aurora Roads. Although it is now filled with dirt and weeds, in the early teens of the last century, Hudson resident Louise Boyd often sat on the side of the trough dangling her feet in the water when she rode with her grandfather to take grain to Turner's Mill from the family home farther out Hudson Aurora Road. Both roads were well-traveled, and many horses stopped to drink. Martha Marsh lived in the house on the corner property in the 1930s, and she remembers that the trough was still spring-fed and always full of water.

And a bit of Hudson history. The house was built in 1823 as the Whedon-Hinsdale House. Owen Brown moved into the house from the adjoining property when he married his third wife, the widow Lucy Hinsdale, in 1841. When Mrs. Marsh lived there, it was a hundred-acre farm. The barn was directly across Hudson Aurora Street and was converted into a house by Marjorie Clelland (1912 - 2007). Mrs. Clelland was head librarian of the Hudson Library from 1940 - 1947. During this time, a bookmobile was started, possibly because gas rationing during the war made it difficult for people to get into town to the Library. A station wagon was filled with books, and its route covered all of the Hudson school district. Another Hudson native, Molly Bubb Logan, remembers that they were on Route 2 for the bookmobile, which stopped at the end of her driveway on Valley View Road. Days and times were published in the paper; since there were no house numbers, for their stop it simply said "Wednesday, 3 p.m., Harry Bubb's driveway," and everyone in the neighborhood would line up to take a look.

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