|Unk, Jess Hudson, Louis Hudson, unk, unk, unk, unk|
Location possibly Butler Co., Mo, Cairo area of IL, or Oklahoma, ca. 1914-1920
Family guesses had assumed this to be a group of co-workers. However, a physical feature of this Hudson line was the large ears (see clearly on Jess and Louis). These are also prominent on several of their children. Examining the photo closer there are some resemblances which might suggest not a work gathering but a family gathering.
Theory A : Group of co-workers gathered and a photo taken. The photo, due to the youth look of Jess Hudson (who died in 1929) was probably taken about the time he married Effie Ray Conner in 1914. They married in Cairo, IL but lived in Poplar Bluff, Butler Co., Mo til about 1918 when they moved to Oklmulgee, OK and then about 1925 to Bristow, Ok. From about 1912 to 1925 Jess owned mules and operated his own team for hauling logs and machinery. After about 1925 he moved into a support field in the oil industry and at his death worked for Southwest Gas.
Theory B : Children from the two families of Louis Hudson met and had a photo taken. Louis Hudson was born 1871, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana to William Hudson (b. 1820, VA).He married #1--Victoria Waters d/o Jesse and Emily Waters. His children from that marriage were Jesse Hudson (B. 1890, Villa Ridge, Pulaski Co., Ill), Louis Eugene Hudson (b 1896, Alexander Co., Ill), and Elizabeth Hudson (b. ca. 1880-1890).
He married #2 Cordelia Holmes, c 1904 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. His children included William Everett (1904), Hezza Eugene (1908), John Hershel (1912), Bill Woodford (1913), Benjmain Wilford (1913), Herbert Chauncey (1917), Thomas Harold (1919).
Theory A is most probable as the children of theory B would have been too young. The resemblances may be chance or they might include relatives who have been lost in the still murkey waters of this line of Hudson.
If you can identify any of these unknown men - please contact me.