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D.O. Smith School built 1896

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Smith School – Last week we shared that Hudson erected two new school houses in 1896.  The second house was the D.O. Smith School  in Hudson Center on what is now Windham Road.  The building committee was authorized to spend up to $3,000 to build and equip the Smith School; which was named in honor of Dr.  David O. Smith.  In his younger years David O. was a successful teacher, he then studied medicine and became a very skillful physician.  After becoming a doctor he retained his interest in the schools of this town, doing  more for our schools than any other person during his long lifetime.  This school house was completely destroyed by fire and was replaced by the Hudson Center School on Kimball Hill Road in 1909.  The Smith School was located on the north side of the road at or near the present address of 42 to 44 Windham Road.  This picture is from an old sepia photograph from the Historical Society collection. (Published in HLN September 19, 2014.)

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