Hudson : Historically Speaking

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-27
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Hudson has a history of remarkable characters and events, from the young Piscataqua woman who ignited King Philip's War to a successful kitten rescue during the Great Ice Flood of 1936. Meet the distinguished patrons who shaped Hudson's legacy, such as settler Nathaniel Cross, who famously escaped Indian capture, and Dr. Alfred Hills and his wife, Virginia, namesakes of the many Alvirne buildings. Relive the heyday of Benson's Animal Farm, subject of community-wide nostalgia since its closing in 1987. Authors Diane Chubb and Lynne Ober also unearth some of Hudson's darker moments, like the 1925 murder that some consider one of New Hampshire's most gruesome and the 1974 fire that engulfed Alvirne High School in a ball of flame. For residents and visitors alike, "Hudson: Historically Speaking" reveals this suburb's rich history of commerce, controversy and culture.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Settling on the Merrimack Riverp. 13
Breaking Away from Massachusetts Bay Colonyp. 14
Creation of Nottingham Westp. 16
The "Londonderry Claim"p. 18
Hudson and the Indiansp. 21
Early Relations with the Indiansp. 21
King Philip's Warp. 23
Hudson Residents Fight in Lovewell's Warp. 24
French and Indian Warsp. 28
Getting Around Hudson-Bridges, Trains and Trolleysp. 31
Crossing the Merrimackp. 31
The Many Faces of the Taylor Falls Bridgep. 32
The Great Ice Flood of 1936p. 36
Trains, Trolleys and Streetcarsp. 39
"Car for Hudson, Pelham, Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill"p. 40
The Laconia Carsp. 42
The Great Trolley Crashp. 43
The End of the Trackp. 44
Educating a Townp. 47
Hudson School Districts Led to School Housesp. 48
School Districts Bring One-Room School Housesp. 49
Students and Costsp. 50
Pioneering Educational Changep. 50
The Life of School House Number 9p. 51
Building New Schoolsp. 55
Kimball Webster's Contributionsp. 57
Population Growth Impacts Schoolsp. 59
The Depression Yearsp. 60
Dr. Henry O. Smithp. 61
Postwar Schoolsp. 62
Alvirne High School Quarter Planp. 63
Moving into the Futurep. 64
Invalid Electionp. 64
Partnership with the Technical Collegep. 64
A Family Changes Hudsonp. 67
Hudson Librariesp. 69
Hills Memorial Libraryp. 69
Alvirne Chapelp. 72
Alvirne High School-The Final Giftp. 75
The Strangest Farm on Earthp. 79
John X Benson-The Man Behind the Animalsp. 79
Transforming the Interstate Fruit Farmp. 80
There's No Business Like Show Businessp. 82
Putting Hudson on the Mapp. 82
Weathering the Stormsp. 85
A New Life for Benson'sp. 86
Colossus Benson for Presidentp. 88
The End of an Erap. 90
A Town Volunteers to Save a Landmarkp. 91
Poultry Farmingp. 95
Jasper Poultry Farmp. 95
It Can Happen Here-Murder Hits a Sleepy Townp. 101
The Hudson Tragedy of 1873p. 101
The Worst Murder in New Hampshire Historyp. 105
History Repeats Itselfp. 112
Presentation of Mary Academyp. 117
The Beginningsp. 117
The School Opensp. 119
School at PMA Todayp. 121
Anne Marie House at PMAp. 121
Rivier Collegep. 121
Alvirne Firesp. 123
Alvirne High School Growthp. 123
Alvirne High School Burnsp. 123
School Must Go Onp. 128
The Barn Burnsp. 133
Kindergarten-The Final Frontierp. 135
Kindergarten Implementation Committeep. 136
Hudson Moms Sue over Kindergartenp. 137
Kindergarten Pushedp. 139
The Battle Subsidesp. 140
A Decade Passesp. 141
People and Places from the Town Centerp. 145
Life at the Bridgep. 145
The Town Common at Hudson Centerp. 146
Technology Makes Life Easierp. 147
The Best-Furnished House in Hudsonp. 148
Still Farming after All These Yearsp. 152
Bibliographyp. 155
About the Authorsp. 157
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