|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1803|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1878|
Daily globe., September 28, 1878, Page 4
The Death of Dodge Yesterday Morning:.
Yesterday morning, H. M. Dodge, Esq., one of the oldest remaining and most respected citizens of St. Paul, breathed his last, after a lingering illness of more than twelve months past. Deceased was born August 6, 1802, at Chelsea, Vermont, and had therefore reached nearly the scriptural three score years and ten at the time of his death. Arriving at man's estate, Mr. Dodge, at the age of twenty years, was united in marriage to Miss C. Hatch, Who, after fifty six years of faithful and loving companion ship, is left with two daughters and three sons, and a very large circle of acquaintances, to mourn departed's worth.
Mr. Dodge remained in his native place until he had arrived at the age of 34 years, when he removed to Macomb, Mich., where he engaged in a general merchandise teosiness, and for ten years contributed by his business enterprise and energy to develop the wealth of that portion of the then great new Northwest. In recognition of his personal worth and public enterprise, the electors of his county honored Mr. Dodge and
themselves by electing him to the office of county treasurer, a position he filled with credit to himself and the marked satisfaction of his constituency.
In 1846 Mr. Dodge, at the instance of Gen. Stockton, government agent for leasing the mining lands of the Lake Superior lands under the system of permits then in vogue, moved to Sault Ste Marie. Here he resided at Fort Brady, and was the confidential secretary and friend of Gen. Stockton in the discharge of his delicate and important duties. While residing here Mr. Dodge was honored by the government by being appointed its customs officer, and by the people of the district by being elected justice of the peace, clerk of the district court, as also to the lower branch of the State legislature, in all of which positions he acquitted himself with credit.
In 1855, twenty-three years ago, after a visit by his son, Mr. John H. Dodge, so long and favorably known as the chief clerk of the Merchants Hotel. Mr. Dodge removed to St. Paul, and for the past twenty-two years he has lived in the house in which he died, 122 Pleasant avenue-. Upon locating here, Mr. Dodge engaged in the general mercantile business, hut only for a short time.
In 1857 he was elected a member of the city council for a term of three years, and was by his brother members made president of the body for two years of his term. Here, as elsewhere, Mr. Dodge was active, judicious and honest in all matters coming up for consideration,and for which he is still kindly remembered by old settlers. But it was as justice of the peace that Mr. Dodge is best known to the St. Paul of to-day. Elected to the position for the first time more than fifteen years ago, he held the office continuously up to the time of his death, so discharging its duties as to secure the reputation of being the "justest justice" in St. Paul. Naturally of a legal mind, patient and laborious in researches, determined to reach the truth and courageous in rendering his decisions, without fear or favor, the verdict finally accorded him of "justest justice," is the brightest diadem in his crown of a long life most worthily lived.
Aside from his public life Mr Dodge will be remembered as a genial gentleman, always dignified in his deportment, but with a dignity mellowed with suavity and sparkling as wine with wit. For over fifty-two years a loving and devoted husband to her whom he wedded in the hey-day of his life in his Vermont home, a good and proud father, a consistent Free Mason for nearly fifty years, a patriotic citizen, an honest man, his course is finished, and he has gone to rest bequeathing a rich heritage in the honor that attaches to his name and the valuable example of his correct life.
Mr. Dodge leaves as his immediate family the wife of his youth and the sharer of his joys and sorrows for more than half a century, two daughters and three sons, John H. Dodge, chief clerk of the Merchants hotel for years past P. Dodge, of the American express office, this city, and L. Dodge, Chicago, all arrived at man's and woman's estate, and occupying positions in life and the public estimation worthy the honorable example set them.
The funeral of deceased will take place from his late residence at 2 p. M. Sunday, under the auspices of Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 5, A. F. and A. M., of which he was so long a consistent and honored member.
Daily globe., September 30, 1878, Page 4
The Burial of the Late M, Dodge.
The funeral of the late H. M. Dodge took place yesterday from the residence of the family, 122 Pleasant avenue. The solemn ceremonies were set for 2 p. M. Before that hour a numerous assembly of friends had congregated at the house. The early arrivals were accommodated with an admission to
the two up-stair rooms. In the front room the remains were laid out in state.
The corpse reposed in a handsome casket,with silver mounted hands, and ornamental silver work over the face. The face of the dead was said to wear a natural look, and the benignity of the countenance had not been marred by the year of suffering through which deceased had passed, until death came to his relief. Floral tributes surmounted the casket a wreath lying near the foot, and crosses of immortality were laid above the heart of the dead. On an adjoining table, to the right of the casket,was a beautiful floral harp, made of pure white roses and evergreens. In this room the intimate friends and grief-stricken family of the deceased were assembled.
Here the obsequies were conducted by the Rev. D. R. Breed. The reverend gentleman opened the services with a feeling and impressive prayer. Then the beautiful hymn Asleep in Jesus was given out and sung. The minister then read appropriate passages from, the Serrpturea, 1 Samuel, xii, 1-5: Job, v, 6-27 Romans, iv, 11 v, 1-10. Reve'ations, vii, 9-17. Then followed the cheering hymn, Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By.
Mr. Breed then delivered a few feeling, pathetic and beautiful remarks. He alluded in words of praise to the long and commendable public life of the deceased. His faithful
discharge of duty, noble,character, sterling honesty and integrity were mentioned as worthy of imitation. The remarks regarding the bereavement of the family at their great loss brought forth tears from the relatives and awakened emotion in all the hearers. The speaker closed by referring to his fortitude during his long and painful sickness, and peace and composure at the hour of dissolution. He was strengthened by his faith in Jesus to endure all, and by Him
was prepared to go.
After this the remains were conveyed to the hearse. The following gentlemen acting as pall bearers: Messrs. J. C. Terry, W. S. Combs, R. C. "Wiley, G. Otis, George "W. Lamson and J.P.Wright. As the cortege appeared at the doorway, all heads were uncovered, and the Great Western band struck up a solemn dirge. The casket being placed in the hearse the
procession was formed as follows:
Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 5, A. F. and A.M.
Pall Bearers - The Heare - The Pall Bearers - The Family of Deceased in Carriages - Carriages.
The cortege then moved up Pleasant avenue to Third street, down Third to St. Peter street, up St. Peter to Martin street, thence to Rice street and out to Oakland cemetery, entering by the east gate.
The ceremonies at the grave were conducted according to the Masonic rites. About the grove were placed symbols of the order, and the beautiful ritual for the dead was read impressively.
The attendance was very large. The house could accommodate but few of the many who came together to pay their mark of respect to a revered and beloved friend. The yard was filled, and the sidewalks lined with people. The street was crowded with carriages and other vehicles. Among some of the notable old citizens present were noticed Major Ben Thompson, Nathan Merrick, Judge Flandrau, Mr. Bingham, Gov. Ramsey, Peter Berkey, H. R. Bigelow, Judge Wilkin, Charles Khiel, Albert Armstrong, Charles A. Spencer, Theodore Parker, of Stillwater, Col. Allen, John Farrington, Ben Irvine, H. F. Masterson, and many others.
The Ancient Landmark lodge of Masons,of which deceased was an honored member, turned out fifty-two strong.
The procession was fifty-three carriages in length. The portentous appearance of the sky, indicating the near approach of a storm, kept many away who would other-wise have felt honored in making a part of those assembled to do honor to a just, upright and revered citizen.
Caroline Hatch Dodge (1802 - 1882)*
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Record added: Jan 09, 2013
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