He died in December of 1973, just after reaching his 95th
Thanks to North Salem High School history teacher George Strozut and a 1960 interview by student Jim Hunnex, we have more details about what life was like for Judson on the farm. In comparing the details of his childhood, I am reminded again of just how much Salem changed in the span of one man’s life. Hunnex reports:
Lewis Judson’s day started at 5:30 in the morning. He got up and dressed and had breakfast at 6:00. Dinner was at 12 noon and supper at 7 at night. Some of his chores were to bring in the wood and, as soon as he was old enough, he had to go to the barn and help with the hay.
Mr. Judson’s family house was a box house and was one story high. It was located about a mile from the road. The house is not standing now. In the kitchen they used iron frying pans and kettles, a butter church and butter mold. His mother cooked on an old fashioned wood stove. In Lewis Judson’s early day there was no ice box and they put such perishables as milk and butter in the cold open wells.
Back when Lewis Judson was young, Salem was considered a farming town. Most of the farms averaged around 300 to 320 acres. Usually found on every farm in the Willamette Valley was a house, barn, chicken house, potato hill and smoke house.
It wasn’t all work, either. Hunnex explained that Judson told him they did date, although his version of a date was “usually just for a buggy ride.”
 Marion County Deeds. Volume 453, page 100. Transaction made between Lewis E and Edith C. Judson and the School Distrcit No. 24 C.J. Marion County, Oregon on June 30, 1953.
 Full interview text available at the Willamette Heritage Center, 2010.021.0124. Interview conducted by Jim
Chronological Listing in City Directories for Lewis E. Judson, Sr.
1909 Farmer, resides S.S. Judson near Berry
1911, 1913 Farmer, boards Mrs. Judson, Nob Hill Annex
1915 Judson Street, Nob Hill Annex
1917 Farmer, resides E. Judson
1924 Farmer, h. Judson SE corner S. Summer
1926/7 Farmer, h. e end Judson
1934 Dairyman, h. RD4 Box 3D
1940/1-1942 Judson’s Dairy, 1000 Judson St
1945-1949 Farmer, 1000 Judson St
1951-1953/4 Dairyman, h. 1000 Judson St.
1955-1962 Listed with no occupation
1968-1972 Retired, 1000 Judson St.
More Source Material on Judson’s Life
Obituary Text for Lewis Edward Judson, Sr. on Salem Pioneer Cemetery Website.