In the “Women’s Work” exhibition,HUDSON FINE CRAFT and the HUDSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY in collaboration with the WAR MEMORIAL LIBRARY will examine how women of the past approached their household obligations and how these works of ‘art’ inspire the artisans o
Started by a group of local entrepreneurs just before World War II, The Hudson Hosiery Co. Ltd. was for many years the only full time industry in the Town (the ice harvesting operations on the Lake of Two Mountains being seasonal) until it was destroyed by fire in March 1965. During its peak years, the "Hosiery" employed some 100 or so local residents.
Hudson Historical Society Marks 100 Years of Ferry Service to Oka - Martin Smith writes:
One of the favourite tourist features of Hudson is the Oka Ferry. As I mow my lawn on Saturday mornings, I am regularly asked by passersby where the ferry is located (along with requests for directions to Finnigans, and the Willow Inn). Over the years, the unique tug and barge system kept us fascinated, and in awe of the skill of the crews to perform the docking procedure (you know what I mean)!
I have been a regular user of this service since university days. My first experience was as part of a car rally, but have since regularly used it while cycling. The ferry also gives me a practical short cut when driving to visit my parents in the Lanaudiere. I am a regular.
This year marks 100 years of operation of this service. On Monday April 13th, Claude Desjardins will share stories and photos from over the years. From its humble beginnings to today's modern and unobtrusive self-propelled units, the story of le Traversier Oka should be one to enjoy. The presentation will be bilingual, and Claude will answer questions in either language.
Please join us at St. James Church Hall at 7:30 PM on Monday April 13th to enjoy this visit with our past, and perhaps our future.
The picture shows a tranquil scene where the meandering Rivière Raquette crosses Route 342 a mile east of Rigaud. But on a Saturday morning in August 1917 it was far from peaceful. It was hell on earth when the wartime munitions factory of the Curtis and Harvey Company disappeared in a series of explosions as workers and residents fled the scene among showers of flaming debris.
At our meeting on February 9th, Martin Hofton will talk about the various types of explosives which were made there, the history of the Curtis and Harvey Company and the events surrounding three explosions during the Company's ten year occupation of the site.
The meeting will be at 7:30 pm at St. James's Hall. See you there! Dragon Explosion (1917)