ISAAC R. HODGSON.
One of the venerable citizens of Swan township passed away when Isaac R. Hodgson was called from this life November
5, 1914, at the age of eighty five years. He was born November 29, 1828, in Frederick county, Virginia, a son of
Robert Hodgson, who was also a native of the Old Dominion and there followed the occupation of farming until he
was called to his final rest at the comparatively early age of forty two years.
Isaac R. Hodgson left his native state when fourteen years old and went to Highland county, Ohio, where he remained
until he reached young manhood. He was there married to Miss Susan Ann Morrison and in 1848 they removed westward
to Iowa, settling in Marion county. The following year Mr. Hodgson went to California, attracted by them discovery
of gold on the Pacific coast. He spent six months on the road, traveling over long stretches of hot sand and across
the mountains until he reached the gold fields of the far west. He did not remain long, however, and with the exception
of that period was continuously a resident of Marion county from the time he arrived here in 1848 until his death.
His first wife passed away in this county in 1860, leaving one child, Mrs. Ella Van Pelt, now of Ohio. There were
also two other children, who died in infancy.
On the 14th of May, 1862, Mr. Hodgson was again married, his second union being with Miss Rosanna Price, who was
born in Indiana, near St. Joseph, on the 9th of February, 1840, a daughter of Thomas and Tabitha (Emerling) Price,
who came to Iowa with ox teams, making the overland journey about 1850. They settled in Red Rock township, Marion
county, where Mr. Price secured land and engaged in farming. After residing in Iowa until 1892 they removed to
Colorado, where Mr. Price passed away when more than seventy six years of age. His widow survived and died at Adel,
Iowa, in the fall of 1909 at the age of eighty seven years. They were of the Dunkard faith. Their daughter, Mrs.
Hodgson, was reared from the age of nine years in Marion county. To Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson were born five children:
Alice, the wife of Thomas J. Prickett, a resident farmer of Swan township; William E., a farmer of Montana, who
is married and has a family; Viola, the wife of Charles Phillips, a resident farmer of Swan township; Laban, mentioned
elsewhere in this volume; and Charles O., a resident farmer of Union township, who is married and has a family.
Throughout his entire life Isaac R. Hodgson, the father, followed the occupation of farming and won notable success.
He added to his possessions from time to time until his real estate holdings were very extensive, so much so that
in 1912 he was able to deed fifteen hundred acres of land to his children and yet retain a farm of two hundred
and fifty acres. All of his extensive holdings, comprising seventeen hundred and fifty acres, lay in Red Rock,
Swan and Union townships. His widow is still the owner of the home farm of two hundred and fifty acres, which provides
her with a good living. Mr. Hodgson started out in life empty handed. He had no influential friends to aid him
and there came to him no financial assistance of any kind. He realized, however, that industry and determination
will overcome all obstacles and difficulties and by his perseverance and indefatigable effort he advanced steadily
and won a place among the most prosperous residents of the county. The family attended the Christian church, of
which Mrs. Hodgson is a member.
Mr. Hodgson gave his political support to the democratic party but he never sought nor desired office, preferring
to give his undivided attention to his business affairs, which were most capably managed. He possessed sound judgment
and keen discrimination and seemed to realize fully the possibilities of any business situation. His life record
should serve to inspire and encourage others who are desirous of attaining prosperity, as it indicates what may
be accomplished when there is the will to dare and to do. He lived to a ripe old age, passing away when eighty
five, and by all who knew him he was spoken of in terms of high regard.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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