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Hudson history told through cemetery walk

St. Croix County Board Chairman Daryl Standafer portrays Charlie Ward, Hudson's larger than life citizen of the 1940s and '50s. Rising from a humble birth and stay in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., Ward became president of the Brown & Bigelow printing company. He made Hudson his home and at one time owned nearly 2,000 acres of surrounding countryside.

The St. Croix County Historical Society hosted its annual Willow River Cemetery Walk on Saturday, May 12 in conjunction with Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days.

Visitors took a guided stroll through the cemetery to the graves of eight colorful former Hudson residents, whose stories were told by actors portraying them.

The Pearly Gate Singers sang traditional hymns for those waiting to begin the tour.

The Humbird Chapel was open so people could see the restoration progress made by the Hudson Vintage Neighborhood Alliance.

See the attached Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event. Photos may be purchased online at; look for the May 17, 2012 album.