Candidate for Congress Richard Hudson has family ties to Hamlet and railroad history. Hudson recently went to Hamlet for a visit.
Hudson’s grandfather James Watson worked at the Hamlet Train Station.
“When James was young he lived across the street from the First Baptist Church,” said Anna Haberlein of the Hudson Campaign. “His job was to take his red wagon across town and pick up a block of ice for the family. After moving away from Hamlet for a short amount of time, James moved back in the 1950s to raise his family there. They lived on Rice Street, Hylan Avenue and Washington Avenue.”
“James was a roadmaster in charge of the track from Hamlet into South Carolina,” continued Haberlein. “He shared an office in the train station with three other roadmasters. Richard’s great uncle, R.L. Watson, also worked for the railroad. He still lives in Hamlet and leads tours of the train station.”
Last weekend Richard attended the Hamlet Seaboard Festival and stopped by the Hamlet Train Station after the festival with his mother.