BIOGRAPHY OF P. J. HODGMAN

From History of Northern West Virginia Panhandle, by Peter Boyd, 1927; pages 769-770.

Submitted by Gary Timmons.


P. J. HODGMAN. One of the well known and successful business men of Moundsville is P. J. Hodgman, assistant treasurer and general supoerintendent of the Suburban Brick Manufacturing Company. He was born at Red Wing, Minnesota, March 16, 1880, and is the son of Benjamin F. and Georgia (Little) Hodgman.

Benjamin F. Hodgman, president of the Citizens Saving and Loan Company and president of the Suburban Brick Company, ranks high among the leading business men of Moundsville. He was born in Wisconsin in 1856 and in early life taught school in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Later he became identified with the Iowa Farming Tool Company at Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1879 he returned to Red Wing, Minnesota, where he was employed by the Charles Betcher Lumber Company, and remained there until 1884. He has lived in Moundsville since 1884 and after his arrival here was employed by the Webster Wagon Company as manager and treasurer. He later bought the Mound City Brick Company, which was consolidated with the Suburban Brick Company in 1898. He is also one of the directors of the City and County Bank of Moundsville. Politically Mr. Hodgman is a Democrat and he is a member of the Episcopal Church and Rotary Club. His wife is a native of Maine, born in 1853. To Mr. and Mrs. Hodgman were born three children: P. J., the subject of this sketch; Benjamin C., lives at Moundsville; and Mrs. Myra H. Werder, lives at Columbus, Ohio.

P. J. Hodgman was four years of age when his parents settled in Moundsville. He attended the public schools here and after completing his schooling became associated in business with his father. Since 1917 he has been assistant treasurer of the business.

Mr. Hodgman was married the first time December 30, 1903, to Mariva Baldwin, daughter of F. W. H. and Clara (Parkinson) Baldwin, natives of West Virginia. The Baldwins were early settlers of Marshall County, where F. W. H. Baldwin enlisted in the Civil War. To Mr. Hodgman's first marriage three children were born: B. Francis, born in 1907, dided 1909; Phillip B., born January 5, 1912; and Clarinda, born October 10, 1917. On August 23, 1920, he was married to Miss Clara Kruger, of Bellaire, Ohio, the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Kruger, of Bellaire.

Mr. Hodgman is a Democrat and attends the Episcopal Church.

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