Railway Man Passes
A Native of Simcoe
John Lawrence Hodgson was a
Simcoe boy who had made good.
For thirty-five years he had been
in the service of the Grand Trunk and had risen to one of the most
responsible posts connected with its western business.
He died very suddenly on Friday
morning last in a Winnipeg hospital, whither he had been taken
when attacked, the day previous. he was in his fifty-ninth year.
His body was brought to Simcoe on
a special G.T.P. official car, in charge of Mr. Wm. Macdonald, a
department superintendent in the G.T.P. shops at Transcontinental,
The funeral took place from the
residence of Mr.
Jas. Peachey, Wilson Avenue, on Tuesday afternoon to the family
plot in Oakwood Cemetery.
The religious service was
conducted by Rev.
H. C. Newcombe. Members of Norfolk Lodge, No. 10, A.F. and A.M.,
were also in attendance and conducted the funeral ceremonies of
the Masonic Order.
Deceased was born in Simcoe,
being the eldest of the nine children of the late Edward Hodgson.
One brother, Fred, a long time
member of The Reformer staff, predeceased him about a year and a
The surviving members of his
family are: Will of Saginaw, Mich.; David, of The Gazette Printing
Co., Bracebridge; Nile of Toronto; James of Detroit;
Mrs. Bailey of Leamington; Mrs. Derbyshire of Wheatley; and Mrs.
Wilson of Toronto.
John Hodgson, after acquiring a
good, practical education at the Simcoe schools, entered the
employ of the late Messrs. J. and G. Jackson, with whom he learned
furniture-making, or the cabinet-making trade as it was called in
Afterwards he formed a
partnership with the late James Bray, in the furniture and
undertaking business, which they conducted for a while. But young
Hodgson, ambitious for bigger things, sold out to his partner and
entered the service of the G.T.R. shops that were at that time in
He soon rose to be foreman at
Brantford; was transferred to Toronto, where he was foreman; later
he was made master car builder at Port Huron; and in Port Huron he
lived until four years ago, when he was promoted to be Mechanical
Superintendent of the Grand Trunk Pacific at Transcontinental, and
that highly responsible post he was filling when death suddenly
overtook him last week.
He had been troubled for some
time with what was supposed to be indigestion, and on Thursday he
had such an acutely painful attack that he called on his
physician, and with the idea of giving him relief the doctor
suggested applying a stomach pump. While this was being done he
suffered an internal hemorrhage, from which death ensued early on
He was married twice. His first
wife was Miss Lavina, daughter of the late Mr. A. Peachey of
Simcoe. By this marriage he leaves seven children, two sons,
Edward and Albert, both married and resident in Port Huron; and
five daughters: Mrs. James Robinson of Sherbrooke, P.Q.; Mrs.
Capony, Detroit. Mich.; Mrs. Siscuet of Port Huron; Miss Jessie
Hodgson of Chicago, and Miss Jean Hodgson of Port Huron.
The first Mrs. Hodgson died some
sixteen years ago. He later married Miss Parsons of Otterville,
now his widow. Of this marriage there is one son, Clark, a little
lad of eight, who came on with his sister, Mrs. Robinson, from
Winnipeg, to attend the funeral; his mother being too ill for the
All the deceased's brothers were
here, as were his sons and their wives; also all of his daughters,
and a number of relatives and friends from Port Huron, Otterville,
etc. Messrs. David and John Peachey
attended from Brantford.