Biography of Joseph P. Hodgson
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JOSEPH PARK HODGSON, mine superintendent of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, has recently entered the employ of of the Copper Queen Company, having come from Ishpeming, Mich., where he was employed about the iron and copper mines since 1899. During the five years immediately preceding his coming to Bisbee, Mr. Hodgson was associated with the Breitung interests, who prior to his connection with them, were owners of large landed tracts and abundant capital, but with rather unsatisfactory mining experience. There was a lack of equipment, ore had been badly graded and fallen into disrepute, and conditions generally were so unsettled as to require heroic treatment. This Captain Hodgson, as Assistant Superintendent, determined to administer, and that he carried out his determintaion is best proven by the fact that he soon rose from the position of Assistant Superintendent to that of Superintendent, and then General Superintendent of these large interests. What had seemed like a losing venture became a noted success. From one small property at the outset he developed five. He sunk shafts, found the ore, installed the proper machinery to get it to the surface, and developed a capacity for production on a scale so economical as to compare favorably with any. Captain Hodgson was born in Lancashire, England, August 19, 1869. He attended school until he passed the grades required by law, and at the age of twelve years took a position in a store, but after some time, having become dissatisfied with the small pay and long days of service, he decided to try mining and secured work as "mucker." About this time his father died, and being the oldest of the family, additional responsibility devolved upon him, so he worked with the hope of securing a better position and wages. His skill and determination attracted considerable attention, and he was shortly given a place as miner. After four years as miner in the north of England he came to this country and located in Ishpeming. With the Lake Superior Company he first worked as miner, then did timbering and underground repair work, and was afterward captain of the Lake Superior Hematite mines, the youngest captain in that region. He quit the employ of the Lake Superior Company to enter that of the Breitung interests. The reasons for his rapid rise are to be found in the personality of the man himself, for from the very region in which he advanced from miner to General Superintendent, in charge of more than 1,400 men, comes the unqualified statement that "He has risen by virtue of his ability, his application, his loyalty and his wholesomeness. He has been clean and honest, has rung right all his life, and has worked hard and straight on, ambitiously and successfully." It was while on a visit to friends in Bisbee that he was made the offer of his present position and accepted it. It is a position of much responsibility, but Captain Hodgson's training during the twenty seven years that he has been working to it by successive stages, and the knowledge acquired thereby, will undoubtedly insure his continued success in this larger field. Mr. Hodgson was married in Ishpeming, Michigan, in 1890, to Miss Ellen Jewell, and with their family of five children are making their home in Bisbee. He is a member of the York Rite Council, the Scottish Rite Masons and the Knights of Pythias. He is also a member of the Lake Superior Mining Institute. Society of American Engineers, and a Director of the Young Men's Christian Association, in which he is intensely interested. He is a Director of the Negaunee National Bank, at Negaunee, Michigan, being one of the organizers. Mrs. Hodgson and their two daughters are greatly interested in church work, and in the work of the Y. W. C. A.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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