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In the course of Hudson's history there have been several local breweries to satisfy the thirsts of early area residents. The first brewery, established in 1857, was owned and operated by William and Henry Montman in conjunction with their store, bakery and boardinghouse at the southeast corner of Second and Walnut streets.
As of this writing, the Milwaukee Brewers are playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the baseball playoffs. The winner of the NLCS will advance to the World Series to play either the Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers. I bring up the Brewers because I vividly remember the 1982 World Series and the loss to the Cardinals. (The Brewers were in the American League back in 1982.) What I remember most is watching game 7 in the basement of my home and the Brewers were up 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
Hudson will be forever indebted to Christian J. Birkmose for his beneficent gift to the city of the tract of land known as Birkmose Park. Because of his gift and his intense interest in parks, he has been deservedly called "the father of the Hudson park system." Birkmose was born in 1857 in Denmark, where he received a fine education. He came to America in 1879, and a year later to Hudson. He first was employed in the flour milling business of Comstock & Clark Co., and then later by J.J. Lucks in the grocery business and by M.P.
Longtime Hudsonite Sally Halvorson feels that she is $5,800 richer today -- not because she won anything, but with some good advice avoided a scam that is common in today's world. "I received a call, supposedly from my grandson, saying that he was in Mexico City and had been in a car accident with a rented vehicle," Sally said. The young man pleaded with his "grandmother" to wire him the supposedly $5,800 he needed to get out of the situation.
The Chief Jansen Memorial Park in North Hudson was dedicated Saturday morning and attracted a crowd of over 100 people. The nearly five-acre park is named after longtime North Hudson Police Chief, the late Rich Jansen. The ceremony included brief messages from Rich Jansen's daughter Carol Torning, Park Committee Chair Colleen O'Brien Berglund, Village President George Klein and current Chief of Police Mark Richert. The event also included the planting of a tree, a presentation of letters to Carol Torning and her sibling David Jansen, a flag-raising and the unveiling a plaque honoring Jansen.
The Chief Jansen Memorial Park in North Hudson will be dedicated Saturday, Sept. 24 with ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. Activities are planned until about 1 p.m. The nearly five-acre park is named after longtime North Hudson Police Chief, the late Rich Jansen. It is located on Vail Way North near the northern edge of the village.
A group of seven people representing the Hangzhou orphanage in China visited Hudson last week in an attempt to learn more information about rehabilitation, education and special needs.
The village of North Hudson Board voted Tuesday, Sept. 6, to eliminate the bulky item collection, scheduled each spring, beginning with the 2012 event. The board also voted to discontinue the spring and fall leaf collections beginning in 2012 -- this fall's event will still be scheduled. Although the village will save some money on the changes, the biggest motivator was "lack of participation." Bulky items are now picked up by Veolia at each home for not much more cost than the drop site.
Colleen Lautenbach of Hudson was dealt a devastating blow last December when her 39-year-old husband of nine years, Brian, suffered a stroke and died days later. She hopes a fun run scheduled this weekend will help capture some of the zest that Brian had for life. "He enjoyed every day," Lautenbach said. "I want this race to be a celebration of life because Brian exemplified that celebration." What Colleen is left with, however, is raising four children -- Annica, 8, Oran, 7, Caspar, 4, and Freya, 2, -- but she's not complaining. "The kids are brilliant," Colleen said.
It is hard to believe that we are 10 years out from the attack on the United States by Islamic extremists. As most of us recall, members of al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.