Arthur Roland Hodges d 21 February 1963

Arthur Roland Hodges was born 1 August 1906 in Dracut, MA.  His twin was Frederick Donald.  They were the third and fourth sons of Frank D and Josie Newell (Smith) Hodges. 

Josie’s boys all went by their middle names.  Roland was listed in the 1910 census with his parents and siblings in Lynn MA.  The household included his Aunt Etha, and a cousin, Cora Vroom.  The family moved around quite a bit in the Lynn area (see previous postings on Frank D and Josie Smith). 

Roland is missing from the 1920 census, as is Albert.  I found Josie, Donald, Chester and Aunt Etha living beside Henrietta at #12 Prescott, in Nashua, but I have not been able to locate Albert or Roland for that year.  Even if they were working on a farm somewhere, they should have been counted on the census.  Perhaps they were missed if Josie didn’t report them because they didn’t live at home, and the farmer for whom they worked didn’t report them because they were temporary.

The 1927 Merrimack NH directory lists Hodges, A Roland, machinist, boarding with Mrs J S (Josie Smith) Hodges.  Donald was there also.  In 1929, Roland lived in Bridgeport and worked as a watchmaker for Davis & Hawley Co, living with Albert and family at 124 Knapps Highway, Fairfield.  In 1930, he was boarding with the Francis Adams family, working as a watchmaker.  In 1931, he lived with Chet at 36 Van Stfd (sic), working as a jeweler at 136 Fairfield. 

Roland and Donald both moved to Baltimore.  When brother Chet died, Roland was listed as living in Baltimore.  A very small news clipping from an unknown paper, has the following:  1963 obit Hodges,  On Feb 21, 1963, A Roland of 2424 East North Avenue, beloved husband of Dorothy M Hodges, (nee Kroeger) son of Josie N and the late Frank D Hodges, brother of Albert W, and Donald F Hodges.  Friends may call at the G. Howard Strong funeral home. 3207 West North Avenue at Hilton Street on Friday, from noon to 9 p.m. Services on Saturday, at 10 a.m. Interment in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. 

Since Baltimore isn’t named in the clipping, I believe the paper is from there.  Roland had polio when younger, and that might have contributed to his dying at the relatively early age of 56. 

So what happened to Dorothy Kroeger Hodges?  I found a couple ladies named Dorothy Hodges in the Social Security Death Index who died in Maryland, but without knowing her birth date, I cannot match her to either of those.

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