This handsome young man is William Arthur Hudson (1883-1963), my husband’s grandfather. This was taken around the turn of the century before he became the father of seven daughters and (finally) one son!
William was born May 23, 1883 in Moncton, New Brunswick to Thomas Hudson and Sarah Jane McDonald. He was the 3rd generation of Hudsons to be born in Canada and the 3rd child of seven born to Tom and Sarah.
In the early 1900s William and his brother Tom came to BC with plans to travel to the west coast. They worked odd jobs along the way, and were checking out some work opportunities in the Shuswap area when fate stepped in.
William met Dora Munger at a dance at Prichard, BC and decided to stick around. Before long they married and raised a family of eight children – seven girls between 1911 and 1926 before a son was born in 1927. They lived in Anglemont, Chase, Salmon Arm, and Kamloops.
William and Tom were the first white settlers in the Anglemont, BC area. William and Tom built this house in Chase, which is still standing, and to which William and his wife, Dora returned to in 1960, 50 years after they built it!
William possessed many skills and wore many different hats during his working life. He built houses, he had a vet certificate, he had a blacksmith shop, he farmed, and he logged. He was also the Justice of the Peace and the first postmaster at the Anglemont Post Office when it opened in 1914 as a lean-to off the front room of his house.
His adult children talked about him often, testifying to his devotion to his family. They had many stories that reflected happy childhoods and a loving home life.
Happy 134th Birthday, Papa Hudson!