Devoe Pell Hodson

Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
Death 16 May 1932 (aged 76)
Jerusalem, Yates County, New York, USA
Burial Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
Plot sec. d, plot 61, grave 1.1
Memorial ID 45635265 View Source

husband of Mariette Wood Hodson
(Geneva Daily Times; Geneva, NY. Tuesday, May 17, 1932, page 3.)

Funeral of Judge Hodson on Wednesday Afternoon

Penn Yan, May 17 – The funeral of Devoe P. Hodson, former Buffalo City judge, and Public Service Commissioner from 1914 to 1919, who died late Monday morning at his home in the West Lake Road, will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. Walter A. Hendricks of the Presbyterian church and Rev. William M. Hydon, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. Milo Lodge F & A. M. of Penn Yan will be in charge of the committal service at the Lake View chapel after which the body will be taken to the Thayer funeral home in East Elm street. The body will repose there until Thursday when the body will be removed to Mount Hope cemetery in Rochester for cremation. Interment of the ashes will be made in the family plot at Ithaca at the convenience of the widow, who is the only near survivor.

Judge Hodson was born in Ithaca on March 23, 1861, and was educated at Cornell University. After working in a law office at Ithaca, he began to practice law in Buffalo in 1888.

In 1908 he was named judge of city courts in Buffalo and served until 1914 when he voluntarily retired. At the time of his retirement, Judge Hodson was the recipient of one of the most remarkable tributes ever accorded to a retiring judge of any court in the city of Buffalo. More than 150 lawyers, headed by Adelbert Moot, former president of the State Bar Association, and Carleton E. Ladd, then president of the Erie County Bar Association, crowded his courtroom, and speeches were made endorsing Judge Hodson as an able lawyer, a good judge and an honest man. His loss from the city bench was deplored by many.

He received the appointment as a member of the Public Service Commission under Governor Sulzer with the endorsement of the Democratic party and served for five years retiring in 1919 to resume the practice of law as a member of the law firm of Hodson & Webster.

In 1923, he came to Penn Yan and gave up the practice of law, purchasing a handsome lakeside property on the West Lake Road. He took an active interest in the Democratic party in Yates County and was a member of the Democratic County Committee. One year ago, he served as foreman of the Yates County Grand Jury at the May term of Supreme Court, an ambition which he had since coming to Penn Yan, the lure of the law book and its incidental practice proving too much for even his retirement.

He was a member of the Buffalo Masonic Lodge and the Buffalo Lodge of Elks, and at one time was proposed for candidate for nomination for governor, but refused to accept.

In Penn Yan and Yates County, his adopted home, he had made many friends and a wide acquaintance. He had been in ill health for several months.

The bearers who will act at the funeral all are members of the Yates County Bar Association: John E. Sheridan, John J. Hyland, Spencer F. Lincoln, George S. Sheppard, Charles W. Kimball, Maurice W. McCann.

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no stone was found - grave (ashes only) is on the far left of the Hodson plot, adjacent to the road

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Devoe Pell Hodson (23 Mar 1856–16 May 1932), Find a Grave Memorial ID 45635265, citing Ithaca City Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA ; Maintained by S.J. (contributor 46931676) .