Finding Former Residents

220 Hudson Ave, March 1963. Formerly the property of Luke and Florence Devlin.
220 Hudson Ave, March 1963. A year earlier, it belonged to Luke and Florence Devlin.

Until sometime in 1962, 220 Hudson Avenue was home to Michael and Mabel Tello; Jessie and Margaret Carrington; Jose and Mabel Rendondo; and Moses Timmons. It was vacant by the time these photographs were taken, and the storefront—once the office of plumber Gordon Callan—appears to have been vacant somewhat longer.

Formerly the office of plumber Gordon Callan.
Formerly the office of plumber Gordon Callan.

Although they did not own their home, Michael and Mabel Tello had lived on the same block for 30 years. According to the 1940 census, Michael, an immigrant from Spain and roughly 49 years old, was employed as a construction worker—hard work but probably better paid than his previous restaurant job. In 1940, Mabel was about 52 years old and working as a presser at Quail Laundry & Cleaners. When they were forced to move in 1962, Michael was in his seventies and employed by the City as a laborer.

This may have been the apartment that Michael and Mabel Tello called home.
This may have been the apartment that Michael and Mabel Tello called home.

The other residents of 220 Hudson were relatively new to the area. Jesse Carrington worked at Powell & Minnock Brick Co. in Coeymans; Margaret was probably a homemaker. Moses Timmons was as a bricklayer. The 1962 city directly does not list an occupation for the most recent arrivals, Jose and Mabel Redondo.

Likely due to a broken pipe, 220 Hudson became a winter wonderland after it was vacated.
Likely due to a broken pipe, 220 Hudson became a winter wonderland after it was vacated.

The Carringtons remained in Albany, but we do not know—at least, not yet—where the Timmons, Redondos, and Tellos ended up after 1962. Can you help us?

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  1. Finding myself fascinated by this story of displacement and change, I decided to start at the beginning and see what I could learn about these people. Especially, I’m wondering what happened to the Tellos. Where could a couple in their 70s, still needing employment at that age, go?

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    1. Great question. One of our goals is to track–within Albany County and to the best of our ability–where persons displaced by the South Mall were living ca. 1965, when all the demolitions were completed. There will probably be many people we won’t be able to trace.

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