Thompson’s Market on Central Street c1977
Moore’s General Store c1949
Perhaps as early as 1888 Harvey Lewis began a long standing tradition of a grocery store in Hudson Center. Moore’s General Store at the corner of Kimball Hill Road and Hamblet Avenue began about 1925 when Earl “Dinty” Moore purchased the business from Harvey Lewis. Moore was a rural mailman in town but his family assisted with operating the store. Ownership remained with the family; passing from Earl to his son Kenneth. Later Kenneth’s brother-in-law Morillo Post entered the business. At that time they enlarged the business and added a barber shop and second floor apartments. After the death of Morillo in 1963 the business was sold to David and Robert Thompson; both of whom had worked for the Moore Family in earlier years. The Thompson Brothers operated the store at this location until November 1969 when fire badly damaged the building. Rather than rebuild on this site the Thompsons relocated their business to Central Street. This 1940’s photo shows the business before the building was enlarged by Kenneth and Morillo. This site is now the location of the ever popular Kahil’s sub and sandwich shop. Photo courtesy of Post/Granger Family and now a part of the Historical Society Collection.
Lowell Road and Central Street Intersection c1960
Legendary Locals of Hudson and Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ Restoration
Revised March 17 – Lower shipping costs. $3.90 for 1 book; $5.10 for 2.
The Hudson Historical Society is participating in the Book Launch of Legendary Locals of Hudson on Sunday March 22, at 2:00pm at Rodgers Memorial Library. Please come, join us and purchase your copy of the book.
The Historical Society is fortunate to have two Mason and Hamlin reed organs in their collection. The oldest of these is a cabinet style which dates to about 1840 and given to the society in 1980 by Victoria (Ladner) Smith. It was owned by Lois Alzira Smith of the Glover and Smith Family.
The second organ was the very first organ used by The First Baptist Church here in Hudson and it dates to the mid 1850’s when it was purchased by/for the church and played by Dr. David O. Smith. It was donated to the society by Mrs. Leighton Drown in 2007. The exterior of this organ is in excellent condition thanks to the wood restoration efforts of Mr. Drown many years ago.
Our goal over time is to have both of these organs restored to playing condition. You have an opportunity to help with this restoration by purchasing your copies of Legendary Locals of Hudson from the Historical Society. The cost is $22.00 per book and ALL proceeds from books purchased from the Society will go towards the renovation of these organs. A goal of $6,500 has been set for this project.
Books can be purchased at the Book Launch on March 22. After that time purchase can be made at the Hills House at 211 Derry Road Thursday mornings 9-12 through April. Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Hudson Historical Society. If these times are not convenient send email to HudsonHistorical@live.com or call the society at 880-2020 to place your order. Books can be mailed for a shipping charge of $3.90 for a single book; $5.10 for two books. Include shipping costs in your check and mail to P.O. Box 475, Hudson, NH 03051.
Hudson Center Common From Eli’s Front Door 1888
This C1888 photo of the Hudson Center Common shows the view from the home of Eli Hamblet on Hamblet Avenue. Straight ahead is the Baptist Church, the church where he was elected as deacon just a few years earlier in 1882. The large vestry has not been built, but I am certain the need for it has been discussed among the members. To the right of the church is the home of Mrs. Mahalia Greeley; the widow of John Greeley, MD. To the left of the church is the home of Daniel Greeley. Daniel was known to have a good nature and he was well liked within the community. In the foreground and on the left of the photo is the Old Hudson Center Cemetery. Up until a few years prior to this photo the cemetery was in disrepair and the town was considering moving the remains from this site so that the size of the common could be increased. This proposal did NOT meet with public sentiment and, as it turned out, a former resident of Hudson , John Foster, made a proposal to the town that he would build a stone fence and clean up the cemetery if the town would maintain it. Imediately beyond the cemetery is a roof of a barn; possible from the barn connected to the Henry Brown House on the opposite side of the common. Photo from the Historical Society Collection.