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 Emmett Bruce Hodgden

Emmett Bruce Hodgden

Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Death 29 Jul 1926 (aged 75)
Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
Burial Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 15710501 · View Source
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NOTE: Emmett's headstone is engraved with the wrong year of birth.
Emmett was married to Martha Ellen (Chambers) Hodgden December 25, 1874 in Delaware County, Ohio. She died May 29, 1889. He then married Martha's widowed sister, Hannah Catharine(Chambers) Holloway-Hodgden . She died November 3, 1912.

Obituary ~ The Chanute Daily Tribune ~ Chanute, KS ~ Thursday, July 29, 1926
Neosho County Pioneer, in Santa Fe Service Many Years
E.B. Hodgden, a Neosho county pioneer, died at 9 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.S. Biggs, three miles southwest of the city. Interment will be in the Union Valley Cemetery at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
Mr. Hodgden was 77 years old. He was born in Ohio and came from that state to Kansas nearly half a century ago, settling near Galesburg, this county. He then came to Chanute and was in Santa Fe Railway service here, first as a bridge carpenter, then as a bridge inspector. His wife died 10 years ago. He is survived by six children, two daughters and four sons. The daughters are Mrs. Biggs (Addie) , with whom he made his home, and Mrs. Dan (Laura) Bower , who also lives southwest of the city. The sons are Ernest Alvador Hodgden , of St. Joseph, MO; Thomas Hodgden of Tulsa, OK; Ora Hodgden , of Kimball, this county; and Fred Hodgden of Texas.

Emmett Bruce and Martha Ellen and two children moved to Kansas to the Galesburg area about 1877 or 1878 and had three more children.

It is told traditionally that Emmett had a very unhappy childhood. His mother, Mary Jane Lampman died when he was barely six years of age and after her death and their return to Ohio, his father, Charles E. Hodgden, Jr. enlisted to serve in the Civil War. Emmett was left in the care of relatives (most likely the Chambers).

However, Emmett Bruce had a very good education for that period of time. He was an avid reader who was especially fond of literature and novels, where it was said that he found some of the names for his children. His handwriting was beautiful.

He must have been a handsome man in his youth, having a light olive complexion, black hair and mustache, and large hazel eyes with long, dark eyelashes. Unfortunately there is only one known photograph of Emmett Bruce Hodgden.

His wife, Martha Ellen Chambers-Hodgden , died at the age of 37 in 1889. He then married her widowed sister, Hannah Catherine Chambers-Holloway, who had two daughters, and he had two more sons with her. After the death of his second wife, Hannah, he made his home with his daughters and their families.

"Grandfather Emmett would entertain me and my brother Dannie (Dan Bower, Jr.) with stories, games, and puzzles with such a twinkle in his eyes." — Arletta (Bower) Hanson


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emmett Bruce Hodgden (6 Aug 1850–29 Jul 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15710501, citing Union Valley Cemetery, Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by jenpa (contributor 46955481) .