Lloyd V. Hudson

Lloyd V. Hudson, manager of the Acme Motor Truck Company in the city of Grand Rapids, is a native son of Michigan and a representative of one of the honored and prominent pioneer families of Ottawa county, this state, where he was born September 23, 1873, at Hudsonville, a village that was named in honor of his paternal grandfather, the late Homer E. Hudson, who there established his home in 1849, about ten years after the admission of Michigan to statehood. Homer E. Hudson was born in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, not far distant from Cleveland, in the year 1827, and was a scion of one of the sterling pioneer families of the Buckeye state. He was reared on a pioneer farm and as a youth he gained also a good working knowledge of the nursery business. In 1848, with ox team and a covered wagon, he drove overland from Ohio to Kent county, Michigan. He remained the first year in Grand Rapids, and was here employed in the pioneer nursery of Elisha Kellog. In 1849 he removed to the newly established and historic Holland Dutch colony that had been established in and about the present city of Holland, Ottawa county, and in that county he became the leading pioneer in the nursery industry and business, he having reclaimed land from the virgin forest and having set out on his pioneer farm the fruit trees that constituted the nucleus of his nursery. On a corner of his farm was established a pioneer school that was known as the Hudson school, and when, in later years, survey was made through the county for the line of the Chicago and West Michigan (now Pere Marquette) Railroad, he gave the land on which the railroad station was erected in the present village of Hudsonville, which, as previously noted, was named in his honor. There he platted twenty acres of his farm into village lots, and he was thus the founder of Hudsonville, in the development and progress of which he was the most influential figure. Mr. Hudson was a leader in community affairs many years, served as township trustee and highway commissioner, as well as justice of the peace, and for nearly twenty years, 1868-81, he was postmaster of Hudsonville. He was one of the most venerable and honored pioneer citizens of Ottawa county at the time of his death in 1912, and his wife likewise attained to advanced age. His son, Horace A., father of the subject of this review, was born and reared on the old homestead at Hudsonville, and much of his active career was one of close association with the varied civic and business interests of his native county. There he continued to reside until 1887, when he removed with his family to Grand Rapids, where he remained until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years, his wife, whose maiden name was Nellie Purdy, having passed away at the age of seventy-three years. Of the children, two sons are now living. Lloyd V. Hudson gained his early education in the public schools of his native village and was thirteen years of age at the time of the family removal to Grand Rapids, where his studies were continued in the city schools, including the old Union high school. After leaving school he gained practical experience in the retail grocery business, and for two years he conducted a grocery store at the corner of Eastern avenue and Sherman street. He then became a traveling salesman for the Great American Tobacco Company, the headquarters of which are in New York City, and with this concern he continued his effective service about fifteen years. He then allied himself with the Couple Gear Electric Truck Company of Grand Rapids, and in 1922 he became associated with the Acme Motor Truck Company, of which he is now manager of the business in what is designated as the Grand Rapids district, comprising twelve counties in this section of the state. As manager Mr. Hudson has brought to bear his characteristic initiative and executive powers, and has developed a substantial business for his concern in his assigned territory. In evidence of this is his recent sale of a fleet of immense moving vans to the Helmus Storage Company of Grand Rapids, and seven motor busses of the greyhound type for operation between Grand Rapids and Greenville. Mr. Hudson is a Republican, is affiliated with the Elks, and attends and supports the Baptist church. In 1905 he married Miss Bertha Austin, of Grand Rapids, and their one child, Mae Ella, is now the wife of Neil Borden, of this city. Mr. Hudson is known as one of the progressive business men and loyal and public-spirited citizens of Grand Rapids, and here his circle of friends is coextensive wit that of his acquaintances.

Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 20 February 2005
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