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In order for Friends of Benson’s Park to acquire the space to create a museum for the items in the elephant house, Hudson residents will have to approve warrant article 14 in the March election.
“It is important that votes
know this transaction will involve no cost to the town of Hudson and its taxpayers. All expenses for acquiring the memorabilia, remodeling the building, and maintaining the museum will be the responsibility of The Friends of Benson Park,” Matthews wrote. The donation is just the beginning of a massive fundraising effort the Friends of Benson’s Park will take on in order to raise necessary monies to bring a Benson’s Animal Farm museum to Hudson.
Tese photos capture a portion of the large collection of Benson memorabilia owned by the last owner of Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, Arthur Provencher.
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Reminder Four members of the Barker Family Tis photo was taken from Lowell Road just north of the house.
sons, and a daughter. Raymond was born in Nashua in 1893; a few years later their second son Edmund (or Edward) was born in1895. Their daughter, Edith May, was born in Hudson in 1900. This house became their family home from 1895 until about 1912 when he sold it to Harry J. Connell. Eugene worked in Nashua as a machinist; most likely commuting to his job via the street railway which crossed the Merrimack River at the Taylor’s Fall Bridge, went down Central Street to Lowell Road and then down Lowell Road, passing just in front of his home. This second photo, from the same day, was taken from Lowell Road just north of the house.
Here we see four members of the Barker Family aside the picket fence. Just in front you can see the tracks from the electric street railway. A careful look into the back yard just beyond the house shows the wall and tombstones of Blodgett Cemetery.
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In 1912 Eugene sold this house to Harry J. Connell of Hudson. By 1920 Eugene, Jennie, son Edward and daughter Edith May were living in Watertown, MA. Eugene was working at the Navy Ship Yard, Edward in a restaurant, and Edith May in a factory. In 1921Harry Connell became the first permanent police officer in Hudson. Mr. Connell sold this home to William O’Neil, a farmer by occupation, in 1920 who retained the property until 1942 when it was sold to Frank and Leah Bonnette. Two generations of that family lived here, finding it a convenient commute to jobs in Lowell and Pepperell. The property remained in the Bonnette family until 1983 when it was purchased by Walter and Elizabeth Crocker who a few years afterwards established Countryside Realty. Most of us who have lived in town five years or more remember the real estate office at this site. As you drive down Lowell Road today, you will see that the Countryside Realty building has been replaced with an industrial building of 10 units owned by Hudson Plaza, LLC.
Compiled by Ruth Parker based upon research by the Genealogy and Research Committee of the Hudson Historical Society. If you have photos to share or questions to ask contact the society at HudsonHistorical@ live.com
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