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"Fiddling Brack Hudson and Brothers Five: They entertained from the early 1920's to the 1940's. This photograph was taken September 6, 1938. From left, Ray Hudson, Bass Banjo (that he made), was a carpenter, boat builder and retired from Civil Service; Edgar Hudson, Tenor Banjo, owned Edgar's Grocery, served on the City Council for nine years and as Mayor from 1948 until 1950; Grady Barnes, Banjo, retired from the L&N Railroad; Brack Hudson, Fiddle, was the Champion Fiddler of Northwest Florida, was a carpenter and served on the Santa Rosa County School Board; Leonard Wolfe, Guitar, worked at the Post Office and later became the Postmaster; Grover Barnes, Guitar, retired from Civil Service.

The band was hired to play for dances at the Imogene Theater, Johnson, Hoodless and Bayview Pavilions, Floridatown Inn and Sanders Beach. They also played Gospel music for revivals. They had a weekly 30-minute WCOA Radio Show that broadcasted from the top floor of the San Carlos Hotel in Pensacola. Along with radio broadcasts, there were personal appearances at schools and community centers in Florida and Alabama where they performed a Comedy Minstrel Show. They had a strong following. Friends and neighbors would travel just to listen and fellowship during their practice sessions which sometimes lasted to early morning. Even now, you can overhear some of the old-timers, friends and families say, 'Remember the time...?'" SOURCE: THE SANTA ROSA PRESS-GAZETTE, 06/30/1994, by ROSA ELLA HUDSON

 

 
  Braxson Hudson 1921

 

Written on the back of the photo above: "From Blanche to Brack"
This photo found in the family collection was apparently sent to Brack from an early would be girlfriend, but Maudie Rogers ended up winning his heart

 

 
Letter to Brack Hudson from WCOA Radio requesting that he play for one of their broadcasts.  Letter dated January 27, 1928   Back side of the letter to Brack Hudson from WCOA Radio requesting that he play for one of their broadcasts

 

A letter inviting Brack to participate in a fiddle contest in Pensacola
Letter dated August 12, 1932
From what we've heard from the family, Brack won nearly every fiddle contest he entered.

 

 

 
The Hudson Brothers Band - 1938
Left to right: Ray Hudson, Edgar Hudson, Grady Barnes, Brack Hudson, Leonard Wolfe and Grover Barnes
  Left to right: Brack Hudson, Ray Hudson, Edgar Hudson

Hudson Brothers Band

    HUDSON BROTHERS BAND -- entertained from the early 1920's to the 1940's.  This photograph was taken September 6, 1938.  From left, Ray Hudson, Bass Banjo (that he made), was a carpenter, boat builder and retired from Civil Service; Edgar Hudson, Tenor Banjo, owned Edgar's Grocery, served on the City Council for nine years and as Mayor from 1948 until 1950; Grady Barnes, Banjo, retired from the L&N Railroad; Brack Hudson, Fiddle, was the Champion Fiddler of Northwest Florida, was a carpenter and served on the Santa Rosa County School Board; Leonard Wolfe, Guitar, worked at the Post Office and later became the Postmaster; Grover Barnes, Guitar, retired from Civil Service.
    The band was hired to play for dances at the Imogene Theater, Johnson, Hoodless and Bayview Pavilions, Floridatown Inn and Sanders Beach.  They also played Gospel music for revivals.  They had a weekly 30-minute WCOA Radio Show that broadcasted from the top floor of the San Carlos Hotel in Pensacola.  Along with radio broadcasts, there were personal appearances at schools and community centers in Florida and Alabama where they performed a Comedy Minstrel Show.  They had a strong following.  Friends and neighbors would travel just to listen and fellowship during their practice sessions which sometimes lasted to early morning.  Even now, you can overhear some of the old-timers, friends and families say, "Remember the time...?"

SOURCE: THE SANTA ROSA PRESS-GAZETTE, 06/30/1994, by ROSA ELLA HUDSON
COPIED BY: IDA MAE HUDSON, 07/02/1994

 

 
Braxson and his father Christopher Clabron Hudson 1943   Brack Hudson ran for Santa Rosa County School Board and won re-election 1940

 

 
Braxson Hudson's home 1942   Braxson and Lois Hudson 1942

 

 
Braxson Hudson (far right) when he worked in construction at Whiting Field about 1943   Braxson Hudson 1945

 

 
Brack and Linda Hudson 1946   This is the house Ernest Stangeland built on Brack and Maudie's land for his wife Lucille Stangeland and sister in law Lillian Pleasant to live in while Ernest and Lillian's husband Jim Pleasant were away serving during World War II.  Later on Brack moved this house several feet and attached it to the side of his own.

 

 
Here is Brack and Maudie's house with the addition (right side) of the house Ernest Stangeland built for his wife and sister in law years earlier   Brack worked as a carpenter in the Public Works Department at NAS Whiting Field This is one of his efficiency ratings issued in 1947

 

   
  Braxson Hudson 1949   Braxson Hudson 1950

 

   
Braxson ran for and won re-election the the Santa Rosa County School Board 1950   Braxson Hudson (third from the right) on the Santa Rosa County School Board 1950

 

 
Linda and Brack Hudson on Ernie Stangeland's Farmall tractor during their visit to the Stangelands' farm in Iowa 1952   Brack discovered this possum with its babies near his chicken farm and decided to get a photo of it

 

 
Maudie and Brack Hudson 1961
Newspaper article about the Santa Rosa County School Board election dated July 17, 1958.  Brack Hudson served five terms on the School Board and in all but this election he ran unopposed.  He won this election also.   Braxson Edward Hudson 1901-1963

 

 
Braxson Hudson's obituary 1963   Braxson and Maudie Hudson's grave stones in Milton Cemetery, Milton, Florida

 

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