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An assortment of material found in the Hodge fonds


Record No: mha00000215
Title: Hodge Brothers (Twillingate, Newfoundland) fonds
Dates: 1880-1961, predominant 1898-1960
Location: Banks 39-41, 46, 47, 48
Creator: Hodge Brothers (Firm)
Extent: 28.5 m of textual records
Organization: Arranged in seven series: Correspondence, 1898-1961; Financial Records, 1880-1958; Miscellaneous, 1887-1953; Shipping and Fisheries, 1904-1954; Employment records, 1912-1957; Personal records, 1886-1909; Catalogues and Price Lists, 1911-1952.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on the last company represented in the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Hodge Brothers was a general dealer and fish business operating in Twillingate, Newfoundland, from 1918-63. The partners were Cyril L. Hodge (1887-1963) and Arthur H. Hodge (1881-1963), sons of Richard Dorman Hodge.
    In the 1870s, Richard Dorman Hodge and his brother Thomas Dorman Hodge acquired the premises at Twillingate, formerly owned by Slades of Poole and Newfoundland. They operated the business in partnership with William Waterman and William Edward Waterman under the name William Waterman & Company. By 1886, William Waterman & Co. was in need of funds and was possibly entering a period of decline. Richard Hodge continued to operate the business at Twillingate. Thomas moved into St. John's at that time but remained involved in the Twillingate business.
    From 1886-87, John Wheadon Hodge assumed control of the William Waterman & Co. operations at Change Islands and Fogo. Between 1884 and 1895, Richard Hodge experienced financial difficulties and reputedly became insolvent in 1895. J.W. Hodge took over the Twillingate business (ca. 1897), operating it under his name as a branch of his Fogo-based firm. Richard Hodge (d. 1908) continued to be active in the Twillingate business until his retirement, when his sons, Arthur and Cyril took over the operation of the business under the direction of J. W. Hodge until he retired to Toronto in 1918.
    Cyril and Arthur Hodge then operated the business independently under the name Hodge Brothers. As general dealers, they imported hardware, dry goods, coal, and provisions for retail and exported fish, fish products, and berries.
    The Hodge brothers were active in the Twillingate community. Arthur became a justice of the peace (1904) a member of the first board of directors for the Notre Dame Hospital (1924) and a member of the Committee of Stewards (1931). He was also a prominent member of the Twillingate Masonic Lodge. Cyril was active in church affairs and was listed as choir master of the North Side Church in Twillingate(1931). The brothers died within a few months of each other in 1963. The company closed the same year.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of the business records of Cyril and Arthur Hodge at Twillingate and of their predecessors, William Waterman & Co. and J.W. Hodge. It also includes some personal records of the Hodge family.
     Fonds is arranged in seven series: Correspondence, 1898-1961; Financial records, 1880-1958; Miscellaneous, 1887-1953; Shipping and fisheries, 1904-1954; Employment records, 1912-1957; Personal records, 1886-1909; and Catalogues and price lists, 1911-1952.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the creator or his heirs.
Associated Material: See also J. W. Hodge (Change Islands) fonds; J. W. Hodge (Joe Batt's Arm) fonds; J. W. Hodge (Twillingate) fonds
Associated Material: See also last wills and testaments of J. W. Hodge (1936), Cyril Hodge (1963) and Arthur Hodge (1964)
Custodial History: The records were in storage in Twillingate before they were transferred to the custody of Dr. Keith Matthews, Professor Gerald Panting and Dr. Joe Cherwinski, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 69
Subject: Merchants Newfoundland.
Subject: Fisheries Newfoundland.
Subject: Twillingate (N.L.)
Subject: Business records.
Authors_Personal Name: Hodge, J.W. (John Wheadon)
Authors_Personal Name: Hodge, Richard Dorman.
Authors_Personal Name: Hodge, Arthur H. 1881-1963.
Authors_Personal Name: Hodge, Cyril L. 1887-1963.
Authors_Corporate Name: William Waterman & Co.


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