Herbert C. Hodgson (1876 – )


In the field of agriculture, Herbert C. Hodgson has attained a place of honor in the community in which he lives. He is a native of Reno county, Kansas, having been born there September 1, 1876, on the homestead granted to his uncle, Thomas Hodgson, in 1872. Herbert C. Hodgson is the son of William and Ellen (Ware) Hodgson, the former of whom is a native of Cumberland county, England, and the latter of Watertown, New York. It is worthy of note that the house in which the subject of this sketch was born was that in which the famous English soldier, Captain Hodgson, known for his services during the Indian Mutiny, was ushered into the world. The grandmother of Herbert Hodgson was Rebecca (Smithson) Hodgson, a cousin of the founder of the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D. C. The father of the subject of this sketch, who follows the occupation of a farmer, was prominent in the Civil War, where he had an active part in twenty-three battles and fought under the most noted generals of that time.

The common schools of his native state afforded Herbert C. Hodgson his early educational advantages, and as a youth he became acquainted with the simple duties of farm life. He assisted his father for a number of years, after which he rented a quarter of a section of the home farm, which he uses for independent farming. In 1903 he erected on the farm a modern home, which forms the residence occupied by the subject of this sketch and his family at the present time.

The marriage of Herbert C. Hodgson to Mary Ledgerwood, a native of Green county, Indiana, where she was born in 1880, was solemnized on May 6, 1903. Mrs. Hodgson is the daughter of Andrew and Emily Ledgerwood, who came to Kingman county, Kansas, from Indiana, in 1884. Both parents are deceased. Mrs. Hodgson has been reared to the duties of farm life, and as a consequence adapts herself readily to all branches of rural and home economics. She has devoted a great part of her time to the interests of poultry, and has a small section of the farm devoted exclusively to the raising of Plymouth Rock chickens. Two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson are Grace and Forest. In political affairs Mr. Hodgson supports the principles of the Republican party, and takes a live interest in local elections.”

Source:  History of Reno County, Kansas, Vol. 2, by Sheridan Ploughe, B.F. Bowman & Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1917, pages 314-5

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