"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Hodgdon, Charles A. a veteran in the lumber industry who is now logging superintendent for the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co. of Rhinelander, in which city he resides, was born in Somerset County, Maine, June 6, 1858, son of James and Nancy (DELLING) HODGDON. The HODGDONS were long settled in New England, and the family record shows that the paternal grandfather, Joseph HODGDON, was born May 21, 1786 and died March 23, 1877, when nearly 90 years old. James HODGDON, father of Charles, was born in New Hampshire and became a farmer, which occupation he followed throughout his life. His wife was a native of the state of Maine; both are now deceased. Charles A. HODGDON was educated partly in the public schools of Embden, Maine, and partly at Anson Academy, at North Anson, that state. In 1884, a young man of 26 years, he came west to Oshkosh, Wis., entering the employ the of Bray & Choate Lumber Co., for whom he worked in the woods three years and during the next season drove a four-ox team. After that he was given the job of running camps, in which branch of the business he spent six years. During all this period he was learning more of the business, and his next work was as superintendent for the Oshkosh Log & Lumber Co., with whom he spent nine years in that position. He then began logging operations on his own account, operating in Section 1 and 12, Town 42, Range 8, in Vilas County, his tract taking him two years to exploit. He then bought a tract of timber land near Mercer, in Iron County, Town 43, Range 4 E., and spent two winters in logging it, at the end of which time he sold the timber holdings to the Dunbar Lumber Co. of Wausau and his logging outfit to the Vilas County Lumber Co., and went to work for the Atwood Lumber and Mfrg. Co. of Park Falls, Wis. In 1910 he returned to Rhinelander and took his present position for the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co., and as such has full charge of their logging department, being well equipped for such service from his long experience in the business for which he has a natural adaptability. He is a member of Rockland Lodge, No. 108, A. F. & A. M., of Rockland, Mich., and of Rhinelander Lodge No. 598, B.P.O.E. Mr. HODGDON was married in Oshkosh, Wis., to May HUTCHINSON, of that city, and he and his wife are the parents of a daughter and two sons: Leone, residing at home; Wayne C., now of Portland, Ore., where he follows the profession of an expect accountant; and George F., who is office man at Tomahawk for the Raymond Lumber Co. The family are affiliated religously with the Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 278-279 (with picture), History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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