Laban Hodgson is a well known and enterprising farmer and stock raiser of Swan township, owning seven hundred
acres of land on sections 26, 35 and 36. His home stands on section 35 and there he has made many substantial improvements.
He has been a lifelong resident of the county, his birth having occurred November 20, 1869, a mile east of his
present home. He is a son of the late Isaac Hodgson, one of the pioneer settlers and prosperous farmers of the
county, who passed away in 1914 and who is mentioned at length on another page of this work.
Laban Hodgson was reared and educated in this county and attended the public schools. He has always followed farming
and stock raising. He was carefully trained in business ways by his father and early began to work in the fields.
He started out for himself as a young man and about 1898 purchased his first tract of land, comprising sixty seven
acres, to which he has since added, while from his father he has also inherited some property until his holdings
today embrace seven hundred acres. He is busily engaged in the further development and operation of his farm, which
he has brought to a high state of cultivation. He has good buildings upon the place and all modern equipments in
the way of well kept fences and the latest improved machinery. His farm work embodies the most modern methods of
cultivating the soil and caring for the crops and his success is gratifying.
On the 26th of November, 1891, Mr. Hodgson was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Williams, who was born and reared
in this county, a daughter of Frank T. Williams, of Pleasantville. They have become the parents of four children:
Oscar, twenty one years of age, who is attending the State Agricultural College at Ames; Wayne, who is assisting
in the work of the home farm; Ethel, at school; and Forrest, who was born December 5, 1910.
Mr. Hodgson is a democrat in his political views, and his wife holds membership in the Christian church. They are
both well known in the county and have an extensive circle of friends, for their social qualities have endeared
them to many. Mr. Hodgson has always lived in the county and his acquaintance is wide, for he has long been recognized
as one of the leading agriculturists of Swan township.
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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