Born May 26, 1847
|L. Hodgden has derived through the cultivation of the rich soil of Iowa the competence that now finds him in possession of an extensive acreage, while he is enabled to live retired in a nice home in Oxford Mills. He was born in Delaware county, Ohio, May 26, 1847, a son of William and Olive (Harris) Hodgden, the former also a native of the Buckeye state, while the mother's birth occurred in Pennsylvania. The father passed away in the former state, and subsequently the mother and son removed in 1863 to Iowa, making their home in Cedar county for three years. In 1866 they took up their abode in Jones county, and here the mother's death occurred, leaving L. Hodgden, the only surviving member of the family.
L. Hodgden was reared in Ohio to the age of sixteen years and in the schools of Delaware county acquired his education. When he located in Cedar county he operated rented land but when he came to Jones county in 1866 he purchased forty acres in Oxford township, to which he later added an additional forty acre tract. Taking up his abode thereon he began the further development and improvement of the place and as time passed he extended its boundaries until he now owns two hundred and eighty acres in Oxford township. For the past few years he has lived retired in Oxford Mills, owning a fine residence, which is surrounded by eight acres of ground, and practically the only business care he now assumes is looking after the rental of his farm.
Mr. Hodgden was married in Iowa to Miss Catherine Rogers, who was born in Ohio, a daughter of Chauncey and Nancy Rogers. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hodgden have been born six children: Clara, the wife of Henry Batcheller, of Jones county; Amos, also of Jones county; Chauncey and Vernon, who live in Oxford township; and two deceased.
Mr. Hodgden is a democrat in his political views and for many years has served as a member of the school board, taking a deep interest in a good school system. His thorough understanding of agriculture enabled him to carry on his work on a profitable basis. Coming to Iowa a young man in his teens and with limited means, he has risen to a substantial place among the prosperous citizens of this section of Jones county, where he has made his home for forty-three years. During this time he has formed a large acquaintance and his many friends esteem him for his worth and his many good traits of heart and mind.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 471.
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