• James Armstrong

Hudson’s iconic bull disappears from Mount Victoria


Before it was unceremoniously plucked from its base, Old Joe stood proudly at the top of Mount Victoria, here being visited by Hudson resident Hanna Frohwein.

The statue of ‘Old Joe’ formally known as Johanna Rag Apple Pabst no longer stands in its usual place at the top of Mount Victoria Street. All that remains are the fragments of the foundation that once held the statue commemorating the bull that sired the majority of the world’s Holstein cattle. The privately-owned statue originally sculpted by Joseph Fafard, was removed Monday, December 17 with the approval of its owner, John Norris. According to local accounts of the story, Norris had sold the Hudson icon to a farmer in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Norris was not available to confirm or comment upon the situation at the time of publication. The loss of this iconic Hudson symbol came as a shock and surprise to many.


The commemorative statue of Hudson’s iconic bull has left town.

“It’s a shame,” commented Hudson Historical Society president Paul Laflamme. “Why didn’t he (Norris) reach out to the town or the historical society if he wanted to sell it?” he asked adding that the statue represented an important part of the town’s history.

“I’m shocked and disappointed,” said resident Frank Hicks, founder of the Hudson Museum. “It’s a beautiful piece of work and if it belonged anywhere, it belonged here in Hudson.”

‘Old Joe’ was the property of Thomas Bassett Macaulay who owned and operated Mount Victoria Farm in Hudson. He used his expertise to explore the breeding of plants and animals, in particular the development of the Holstein breed of cattle.

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