Biography of Charles H. Hudson
Adams County, NE Biographies





Charles H. Hudson, recognized as one of the leaders of the republican party in Adams county, is now filling the position of county clerk and makes his home in Hastings, where he has a wide and favorable acquaintance. His record is one which makes Adams county proud to number him among her native sons. His birth occurred on the 19th of February, 1879, his parents being Orlando and Minerva. J. (Gilmore) Hudson. The family came to Nebraska in 1878 from Vandalia, Illinois, and settled a mile north of Hastings, where they took up their abode upon a farm. There they resided for eight years or more, when the farm was sold and the family removed to western Nebraska, where the father continued business as a general mechanic. It was a period of drought, however, when crop failures brought on hard times, and Mr. Hudson accordingly sold his interests in that part of the state and went to Utah. Still later he became a resident of Idaho and is now living in Palma, that state.

Charles H. Hudson is the eldest surviving member of a family of five children. He was educated in the country schools and the public schools, in which he pursued his studies to the ninth grade. His youthful training was that of the home farm and he early became familiar with all of the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. When but a young lad he took his place in the fields and continued to assist in the work of plowing, planting and harvesting until he attained his majority, when he secured a clerkship in a general store at Prosser. He afterward became a partner in a drug store and continued in that business until he entered the campaign for county clerk in 1911. He made an excellent run for the office, was elected and entered upon the discharge of his duties. During his first term he was only absent from his office one day and on that occasion - a day in 1912 - he went with other officials to Lincoln and there was instrumental with them hi preventing the state board of equalization from making the threatened ten per cent increase in the assessment of real estate in Adams county. He discharged the duties of his position promptly and faithfully and as economically as conditions would warrant. He was most painstaking in all that he undertook and the excellent record of his first term led to his reelection, so that he is now serving for a second term.

In religious faith Mr. Hudson is a Methodist and fraternally is connected with the Odd Fellows, Elks, the Woodmen and the Eagles. He also belongs to the Commercial Club and cooperates in every plan and movement of that organization for the benefit and upbuilding of the city along lines leading to permanent good. He is fond of camp life, of hunting and in fact all phases of outdoor life and is interested in baseball and tennis. In a word, his is a well rounded development. He can work well and play well and knows that the even balance of these things develops the strongest men and the best characters. He has social manly qualities which render him popular and which have gained for him the esteem of all with whom he has come in contact. Moreover, he is a self made man, for from the age of twelve years he has been dependent upon his own resources. His father was the first blacksmith of Hastings and when his parents left this district Charles H. Hudson largely earned his living by farm work, which he followed through the summer months, attending school as opportunity offered in the winter seasons. Thus gradually he worked his way upward and in the course of years reached the position which he now occupies as a representative citizen of his native county.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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