October 7, 1889

October 22, 1980

Uda Clarence Hudson

Uda Clarence Hudson, the oldest son of John David and Francis Charity Hudson, was born on October 7, 1889, in Barry County, Missouri. He married Mabel Clara Curry on April 2, 1911, and moved in with his father's family. At that time they lived on a farm on Carney Branch, near Flat Creek, Missouri. He helped his father drill for water in and around the communities of Flat Creek and Jenkins. Uda and Mabel's first child, Lorita, was born while they were living on this farm. In January 1913, they moved to Arkansas and settled on the Elmer Johnson Farm on White River, near Springdale (Washington County). Their second child, Juanita, was born while they were living here. Sometime In 1915, they moved to southern Californla and settled in Rivera, a small town about ten miles east of Los Angeles. Uda worked on the Burke Ranch, in the orange and walnut orchards, for about four years. While living there, their third child, Loyd, was born. In 1919, they moved to Montebello, California. A new oil field had just opened in the Montebello foothllls. Because of Uda's experience in water well drilling, be had no trouble securing a job as a rough neck in the oil fields. He soon be came a combination driller and took part in the drilling of several wildcat wells in and around the Montebello and Whittier area. While living in Montebello, their fourth dilld, Helen, was born. Sometime in 1927, they moved to Long Beach, California. From 1922 to 1964, Uda was employed by Universal Consolidated Oil Company and retired as General Superintendent with forty-two years of service. Mabel died in Long Beach in September, 1978. Uda died on October 22, 1980 in Ventura, California, at the age of ninety-one.