Biography of John P. Bodge
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bodge, John P., agent and treasurerof the Arkwright Mills, is a son of James and Angeline R. (Hathaway) Bodge. His father was a native of New Hampshire and came to Fall River in 1847. The family were early settlers in America, and originally came from the Jersey Islands. John P. Bodge is seventh in the line of Andrew who settled in Maine in 1706. He was born in Fall River, April 8, 1856, and attended both the public and high schools. After leaving school he secured a position as clerk in the coal office of Joseph A. Bowen, later entering the employ of the Durfee Mills, where he remained as an operative for a period of seven years. He then spent one year as an overseer of carding in the Stafford Mills, at the end of that time going to the Globe Yarn Mills, where he remained seven years. He then accepted the position of superintendent of the Hargraves Mills, which he held for eight years. In April, 1897, he organized the Arkwright Mills, and when the company was incorporated was made agent and treasurer, with Joseph A. Bowen president. and James M. Morton, jr., as clerk of the board. He is a thirty second degree Mason, holding membership in King Philip Lodge, F. & A. M., and Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery, Knights Templar; also a member of Fall River Lodge of Odd Fellows, and the I. O. R. M. November 15, 1881. Mr. Bodge married Malvina J., daughter of Clark Freelove of Fall River, and they have one son, L. Clifford.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
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