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Town House Hudson Center

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In 1857 Hudson contracted with William Anderson of Windham to erect this Town House on the site of the Old North Meeting House in Hudson Center.  The North Meeting House was deeded to the town by the Baptist Society after The Baptist Church was completed  in 1841.  Town meetings were held here until the mid 1930’s when there was a desire among the town people to hold meetings at the bridge area.  Wattannick Grange held their meetings here from its organization.  In 1963 the town authorized the sale of the building to Wattannick Grange.  To the right of the Town House is Harvey Lewis’ Coal Grain and Grocery; on the left and rear is the B&M Railroad Depot. Today, now that Hudson and Wattannick Granges have merged, this building is known as Wattannick Hall the home of Hudson Grange No 11.  Photo from the Historical Society collection.

Our First Police and Fire Chief

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Police and Fire Chief Harry J. Connell (left) and Deputy Harry Emerson spend some idle time in the old police office on Ferry Street.  Mr. Connell was a member of the Police Dept. from 1913 and its Chief from 1921 until 1946.  He also served as a member of the Fire Dept. from 1912 and its Chief from 1924 until 1946.  Mr. Emerson served on the Fire Dept. for over 50 years.  He succeeded Mr. Connell as Fire Chief and served in that capacity until 1952. (Published in HLN August 29, 2014.)