Elmer Leroy “Hodge” Hodgkinson, Jr

Elmer Leroy “Hodge” Hodgkinson, Jr

Birth
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Apr 1974 (aged 67)
Humboldt County, California, USA
Burial Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA
Memorial ID 47806943 · View Source
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Elmer L. Hodgkinson, past Times editor, dies

Elmer L. Hodgkinson, for 25 years editor of The Humboldt Times and later associate editor of The Times-Standard, died Saturday at the age of 67 in Humboldt Medical Center.
Hodgkinson, better known as "Hodge," entered the hospital Monday and died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday.
During his years with the Times, Hodgkinson covered several major stories, including the famous Guldbrandsen murder case in 1949 at Valley of the Moon.
That story won him Pall Mall Award for "story of the year" and top story honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. It was highlighted on the television series, "The Big Story," in which major stories and the reporter's work were re-enacted.
Other major stories for him included the 1954 Eureka earthquake and the December floods of 1955 and 1964.
He retired from The Times-Standard in 1971.
In addition to the two Eureka newspapers, Hodgkinson in his career had also worked for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Seattle Times, The Daily Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and the Tampa (Fla.) Morning Tribune.
On the personal side, Hodgkinson was known as a quiet man who maintained one of the major art collections in Humboldt County. A lapidary buff and rock collector, he also made jewelry and objects.
He has been credited with the advent of major interest in art in the Humboldt County area and was a member of the Humboldt Arts Council, as well as the Humboldt Historical Society.
Hodgkinson was born in Fort Worth, Tex., to an English father and an Arapahoe Indian mother. He was granted full rights as an Arapahoe, a fact of which he told close associates he was quietly proud.
He was raised in Concho, Okla., on 160 acres of land given his mother by the federal government, and attended an Indian boarding school there.
He studied law at Oklahoma University, but later switched to Oklahoma City University for journalism and literature when he took a job at the local newspaper.
He is survived by his widow, Frances, of Bayside; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Laura Jane) Petersen of Milpitas; two sisters, Miss Lilyan Sparks of Pacheco and Mrs. Sam (Helen) Laughlin of Lafayette, and three grandchildren: Carrie, Donald and Jennifer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Pierce Mortuary, with the Rev. James M. Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Times Standard (Eureka, CA) 28 Apr 1974, pg 2 and pg 14


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer Leroy “Hodge” Hodgkinson, Jr (28 Jul 1906–27 Apr 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47806943, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Blum (contributor 46610357) .