”WILLIAM L. HODGSON.
William L. Hodgson, son of William and Ellen (Ware) Hodgson, was born on September 3, 1881, on the farm now occupied by his father, in section 20, Reno township, Reno county, Kansas. His father, William Hodgson, is one of the pioneer settlers of Reno county and served with marked distinction during the Civil War. As a boy, the subject Welton school district, of this sketch attended the Welton district school in Reno township and later assisted his father with the work on the farm.
In 1899, Mr. Hodgson came to Hutchinson, Kansas, where he worked at the carpenter’s trade for four years. In 1903 he returned to his father’s homestead, where he has charge of one hundred and thirty acres of land. Mr. Hodgson is a man of untiring energy and progressive spirit. He takes a prominent part in fraternal affairs of the community in which he % lives and is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and for four years has been connected with the state militia of Kansas.
The marriage of William Hodgson to Jessie F. Phillips, the daughter of Frank and Dee Phillips, took place on November 10, 1903. Frank Phillips is a well-known farmer of Reno county. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson are: Hallie, who was born in 1904; Melvin, who was born in 1906; Mildred Lucile, who is seven years old, and Wilma, who was born in March, 1915.”
Source: History of Reno County, Kansas, Vol. 2, by Sheridan Ploughe, B.F. Bowen & Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1917, pages 519-20