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Aerial View – Luther Pollard Farm Lowell Rd C 1939

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Aerial View Luther Pollard Farm Lowell Rd C 1939

This week we look at more of the changes along Lowell Road with this 1939 aerial view.   The farm buildings in the center of the photo are those of the Luther Pollard Farm.   Owned by members of the Pollard/Parker family of Lowell, MA and Hudson; Robert Hardy was the farm manager.  Robert and Bertha Hardy along with their large family lived in this farmhouse and worked the farm for the owners.    Robert raised turkeys, chickens, cows for milk, as well as a large garden and fruit trees.  Besides managing the farm resources, he was able to produce ample food for his family. John Hardy, Robert’s son, purchased the farm in 1946.  Behind the farmhouse, but not visible because of the trees, was a large home with spacious porches.  This was the Pollard/Parker family’s summer home.
Along side and to right of the farmhouse is Lowell Road.  Barely visible because it is hidden under a row of trees.  Looking north, towards the top of the photo, pieces of the road are visible.  On the opposite side of Lowell Road, to our right, is the farmhouse and farm of Raymond Pollard.  Ray, his father  and grandfather before him owned and operated this particular farm.
By sharp contrast, today both farm houses are gone.  Where the Pollard/Parker farmhouse stood we now have the recently built Inn at Fairview, a part of the Fairview Nursing facility.  Likewise the home of Ray Pollard has been removed; now the location of the north end of the parking lot of Market Basket at the corner of Lowell and Wason Roads.   The garden seen in the forefront of the photo is now the location of Haffners.  Lowell Road is no longer a narrow two lane roadway; now a four plus lane highway with plenty of traffic and traffic lights!!  The open fields for market produce have given way to houses and industrial parks.
Enjoy this step back in time!   We will explore more of these early landmarks in  the weeks ahead.  Photo from the Historical Society collection.  The society can be reached for comment by calling 880-2020 or sending email to HudsonHistorical@live.com.

The Sanders/Smith House Derry Street

This fine Victorian home was built by Hudson native George O. Sanders between 1873 and 1875.  He was born in 1850 and at the age of 17  began an apprenticeship with his father, Abi Sanders, a respected carpenter and contractor in this area.  This young man designed and built his own house; as such the dwelling represents the exuberance of youth and is an example of New Hampshire’s finest French Empire style of the Victorian Period.

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Sanders/Smith House 1897

The main house is a two-and-a-half story dwelling on a granite foundation and covered by a Mansard roof with strongly flaring eaves.  Today  the exterior walls are sheathed with grey aluminum siding; applied over the original rusticated wood exterior. This work was done in the 1970’s by Leonard Smith.  Mr. Smith worked diligently to retain as much of the original detail as possible. The front corner, facing Derry Street, has an elaborate three story tower capped with wrought iron railings and canopy  terminated with scroll work and a weather vane bearing the letter “S”.

The L-shaped one-story wing extending from the main house originally had a hayloft door for access to the stable.   This has been modified over the years.  Above this hayloft door was a dormer, and on the roof stood a tall shingled spire rising from a cupola.  The cupola remains today, but the spire has been replaced by a hipped roof.

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Sanders/Smith House 1985

The lot on which the house stands has been enclosed by several varieties of fencing over the years.  When the house was first built, it was supplied by water from a deep well which was pumped up by a tall windmill in the front yard.  Later, probably by 1893, when Mr. Sanders became principal stockholder of Hudson Water Works, the well and windmill were replaced by town water mains.  The tower and weather vane over the main entry, the hayloft door and shingled spire on the wing, the windmill, and fencing can be seen in the 1887 photo of the George O. Sanders house.

The life of George O. Sanders is also of interest.  He was an accomplished builder by his early 20’s.  He left Hudson in 1878 to work as an engineer in Kansas, returning four years later to begin a business which would grow to become NH’s largest wooden box factory, employing nearly 190 men in three separate mills. In later years he also engaged in a number of civic interests.  This included establishing, surveying, and construction of the Hudson Water Works Company: the construction of  the multi-unit housing block and a row of single family houses around what is now Library Park; and the initiation of the Nashua Street railway Company.

In its 142 years, this fine Victorian has had just three owners. In 1904 Harry Kendrick. an employee for Sanders, acquired this home.  It was owned by the Kendrick’s until purchased from Mrs. Kendrick in 1943 by Leonard Smith.  From 1943 to the present, the home remains in the Smith Family. While the G. O. Sanders house retains its original configuration, certain details have been altered or lost over the years.  This is particularly true in the 1940’s when the house was changed from a single-family to a seven-apartment complex by Leonard Smith.    In 1986 the George O. Sanders house was proudly entered onto The National Register of Historic Places by Leonard Smith. Our thanks to the imagination of George O. Sanders and to Leonard Smith’s avid interest in maintaining the character and beauty of this house.  Photos from the Smith family and the Hudson Historical Society Collection.


Bank of NH C1976


Bank of New Hampshire Derry Road C 1976

In August 1970 the Bank of New Hampshire president, Davis P. Thurber, announced the purchase of land at the northern part of the 20th Century Shopping Center on the Derry Road and their plans to build a branch office as a free-standing unit.  This bank celebrated its opening in January 1971 under the management of Edward Kerouac.  The Hudson Board of Selectmen; Frank Nutting, Stanley Alukonis, and James Hetzer; Chamber of Commerce President, Don MacIntyre; and officials of the Bank were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony.  The bank offered longer hours, more services, and drive-up banking.  The Bank of New Hampshire was the former Second National Bank of Nashua.

In  2005, by vote of the shareholders, the bank became a division of the Toronto-Dominion Bank.Still doing business at the Derry Street location the name is now TD Bank.  Photo from the Historical Society collection.

Clover Farm Store C 1935

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Clover Farm Store C 1935

By 1930 Alphonse and Eleanor Steckevicz with their family of 3 boys (Edwin, Alfred, and Chester) and 1 girl (Emma) had moved into their house on Riverside Avenue in Hudson.  Alphonse established the Clover Farms Store, a neighborhood grocery, attached to the family home and facing Lowell Road.  This C 1935 photo shows the Clover Farm Store and the Shell gasoline pumps taken from  Lowell Road. Members of the Steckevicz family who were working at the store are in front.  The 1935 Pontiac sedan on the left most likely belongs to one of the customers; if it belonged to the family it would not be parked so as to block customer access to the gas pump!
Alphonse owned and operated this store for about 25 years at which time  ho sold  to his son, Edwin.  Edwin was a 1935 graduate of Nashua High School, a WWII veteran serving in the Army Air Corps.  The Clover Farm Store remained under his management until he sold to Ray Lefebvre about 1961.  Edwin also served his town as selectman for many years.  His store on Lowell Road became a community gathering place.  He knew his customers by name.  Edwin was often known to open his store at all hours to help a customer in need.  Edwin married Josephine Wolen with whom he had 60 plus years of marriage before passing in 2007.
This store continued under the ownership of Ray Lefebvre for many years.  This building at the corner of Lowell and Riverside remains to this day; it is currently not used.  Most recently it was Cheemas Supermarket. Photo from the Hudson Historical Society collection.