El Dorado County
DECOUREY C. WILLIAM HODGKIN
A native son of the golden west, through the years of his boyhood and of an active business career, Mr. Hodgkin has been identified with the interests of California and is now a prominent merchant of Shingle. He was born in San Francisco on the 27th of June, 1854, and is the son of J. W. Hodgkin, whose birth occurred in Buffalo, New York, in 1823. He came to California in 1854 and during much of his business life followed merchandising. In his early manhood, however, he was captain of a vessel sailing from Chicago. He is a Republican and is a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having exemplified in his life the beneficent spirit of that fraternity. He is now seventy-six years of age and his wife is seventy-four years of age. They are spending the evening of their days with their son, D. C. W., receiving from him filial care and attention. Thus he repays the debt which he owes them for their tender rearing. They had five children of whom three are living: Calista, wife of C. I. Pelton; Ella R., wife of A. J. Hare, a resident of Oakland, California; and D. W. C.
The last named was educated in the city of San Francisco and entered upon his business career in the capacity of an accountant and cashier in a lumber yard. He followed this pursuit for a number of years during which time he gained a thorough knowledge of practical business methods. In 1886 he embarked in business on his own account and has since carried on merchandising. He has a large stock of goods and also owns his store at Shingle, and by close attention to business, liberal methods and a straightforward policy he has secured a good trade which is constantly increasing. He carries everything needed by the mining and farming community by which the town of Shingle is surrounded and his patronage is now quite extensive. Mr. Hodgkin also has several valuable mining interests and one of his placer claims is now being worked with gratifying results.
In 1879 Mr. Hodgkin was united in marriage to Miss J. G. McClure and their union was blessed with two children, Howard and Ray. In 1898 he wedded the lady who is his present wife and who bore the maiden name of Emily J. Cobal. They now have one child, Kenneth Lee. Mr. Hodgkin holds membership relations with the Native Sons of the Golden West, belonging to the South San Francisco Parlor. In 1884 he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason and in that fraternity he has many warm friends. The salient features in his success have been his earnest purpose and his indefatigable energy and through these means he has advanced to an enviable position in commercial circles.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.