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An assortment of material found in the Hodge fonds


Record No: mha00000216
Title: J. W. Hodge (Fogo, Newfoundland) fonds
Dates: 1871-1947
Location: Banks 42-45
Creator: J.W. Hodge (Firm)
Extent: 14 m of textual records
Organization: Arranged in six series: Correspondence, 1879-1945; Financial records, 1871-1947; Miscellaneous legal papers, 1884-1930; Shipping and fisheries, 1881-1939; Price lists and catalogues, 1906-1936; Personal papers, 1912-1939. The arrangement of the records does not reflect the changes in partnership and ownership that the firm underwent during the period for which records have survived. They have been arranged as a single collection with a notation in the finding aid where changes in ownership occur.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on predominant company name in the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: J.W. Hodge was a Newfoundland fish and fishery supply business headquartered in Fogo, with branches at Twillingate, Change Islands, and Joe Batt's Arm, which operated from 1887 to 1918. John Wheadon Hodge (d. 1936) established himself at the head of a business that became one of the most prominent mercantile firms in northeastern Newfoundland. Hodge also owned a small fleet of fishing schooners.
     The Hodge business at Fogo was originally established by John Slade of Poole in the eighteenth century. This was followed by a succession of partnerships and mergers until the 1870s, when Thomas Dorman Hodge became the agent for William Waterman & Co. at Fogo. For at least part of the period between 1870 and the 1890s, the business was run by a partnership of the Waterman and Hodge families. The original partners were Thomas Dorman Hodge, Richard Dorman Hodge, William Waterman, and William Edward Waterman, trading under the name of William Waterman & Co. In September 1887, John Wheadon Hodge purchased the Fogo and Change Islands businesses from the partnership.
     J.W. Hodge retired from the business in 1918 when the tragic deaths of two of his sons caused him to leave the area. His successor was the St. John's-based Newfoundland and Labrador Export Company, which bought out the Fogo business in 1918 and the Change Islands branch in 1922.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of a portion of the records from the Fogo headquarters of J.W. Hodge and the Fogo branch of its successor company, the St. John's-based Newfoundland and Labrador Export Company. The fonds also includes ledgers of a previous owner, possibly an earlier Hodge family member
     The records consist of correspondence, some business ledgers and journals, stock books, fish collection books, fish market reports, shipping papers, price lists, and catalogues
     Fonds is arranged in six series: Correspondence, 1879-1945; Financial records, 1871-1947; Miscellaneous legal papers, 1884-1930; Shipping and fisheries, 1881-1939; Price lists and catalogues, 1906-1936; and Personal papers, 1912-1939
Terms Governing Use: Copyright expired.
Associated Material: See also J. W. Hodge (Change Islands) fonds; Hodge Brothers (Twillingate) fonds; J. W. Hodge (Joe Batt's Arm) fonds
Custodial History: Arrangements for the acquisition of this collection were made through Dr. George Story.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 69
Subject: Merchants Newfoundland.
Subject: Shipping (Nfld.).
Subject: Fisheries Newfoundland.
Subject: Fogo (N.L.)
Subject: Catalogues.
Subject: Price lists.
Subject: Business records.
Authors_Personal Name: Hodge, Richard Dorman.
Authors_Corporate Name: William Waterman & Co.
Authors_Corporate Name: Newfoundland and Labrador Export Company.


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