More on the Iowa years

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: The Hubbard-Eldora area where Dad grew up is in central Iowa. Present population – Eldora (pop. 3225) — Hubbard (pop. 806). Marshalltown to the, south, Waterloo east, Iowa Falls north, and Webster City west. Union (pop. 534) — Mom’s birthplace. other […]

A cussed streak

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: Very early, his parents farmed him out to neighbors for his board and perhaps a little salary. He contributed the bulk of his income to the support of the family up to near the time of his own marriage. John later […]

Family squabbles

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: To get back to Dad’s early life — his home, when he was there, provided a strongly religious atmosphere — grace at meals — morning and evening prayers. Which brings to mind the story that Dad told of the squabble he […]

Learning the facts of life

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: While very young, Dad was once bedded down with a little Negro girl. Some visitors had her along and of course she had to sleep somewhere. Dad used to say that was the nearest he ever came to sleeping with a […]

Delwin Wilburn Hodgson

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: Their first [male} child, Delwin Wilburn, was born in Burr Oak, Kansas, December 22, 1871. Not long after his birth, a plague of dysentery hit the community where they lived and many children died. Dad was very ill but did pull […]

Continuing with Elias

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: After his marriage, Grandfather Elias moved around a good deal by oxteam and wagon. One of his anecdotes involved his two oxen, Broad and Brandy* — he picked up two children along a road. One of the children asked what the […]

(William) Elias Hodgson

Continuing with Gerald Nathan Hodgson’s Northwest family narrative, with thanks to Michael Howard Hodgson: Grandfather Elias (originally William Elias) filed on a homestead somewhere in the Middle West without ever “proving up”, so when he came out here he filed again but to avoid any possible complication, he filed under the name Elias J. and […]