Hudson Erastus Bridge, 1810–1875
Hudson Erastus Bridge was born on 17 May 1810 in Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He died on 25 February 1875 in Carondelet, St. Louis County, Missouri. He was the son of Joseph Bridge and Francis “Fanny” Wightman of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.When he was twenty-one, Hudson left his parents’ home and began extended travels throughout the country, including New York, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri. While in Illinois, he began the manufacture of plows, which taught him iron manufacturing. Coming to St. Louis in 1838, he established a foundry and, in time, determined to manufacture stoves, he started the Empire Stove Works.
Hudson was a founder of Washington University in St. Louis and the main conference room in Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis is named in his honor. Hudson was also a trustee for Bellefontaine Cemetery from 1851 until his death in 1875. He was president of the association for the years 1862 and 1863. He was also a director and twice president of the Mercantile Library Association.
Hudson was first married to Isabella E. Holland about 1840. Isabella was born on 5 August 1820 in Walpole, New Hampshire, and she died on 1 April 1848 in St. Louis County. He and Isabella had the following children, all born in St. Louis:
Hudson E. Bridge
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|Hudson then married Isabella’s younger sister, Helen Augusta Holland, sometime after 1850 in St. Louis. Helen was born on 13 October 1823 in Walpole and died on 12 May 1893 in St. Louis County. Hudson and Helen had the following children, all born in St. Louis:
Written by Ted Steele
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