EDGAR O. HODGE
Hodge, vice president of the Bank of American in San Diego, has been continuously identified
with business and financial activities in this city for a period covering more
than forty-six years. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi,
October 16, 1869. His father, Noah
Hodge, was a native of Springfield, Illinois, and served in the Civil war as an
officer of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, being
brevetted major in that command. When
the war was over he married a southern girl, Miss D. L. O. Johnston, who died
in Jackson Mississippi. Her two children
were Edgar O. and Mrs. D. L. O. Hubbard of Los Angeles.
For his second wife Noah Hodge chose Sarah W. Ashmun who died in San Diego in 1907, leaving
four children. Noah Hodge was a
practicing attorney of Akron, Ohio, for ten years prior to coming to San Diego,
California, in 1887 and here continued in the work of his chosen profession to
the time of his death in 1891. He was a
member of the Loyal Legion, the Masons, and the Odd Fellows.
Hodge spent most of his youth in Akron,
Ohio, where he graduated from
high school in June, 1886. In the fall
of that year he came to San Diego,
California, with his father, who
hoped to regain his health in the west.
Almost immediately after his arrival Edgar O. Hodge found employment
with the San Diego Water Company. He
remained with that public utility corporation about fifteen years, continuing
for a time as chief clerk after the plant was taken over by the city and
finally leaving the service in March, 1902, when he was offered an opportunity
to enter the banking business in connection with the First National Bank. G. W. Fishburn, then cashier, made the offer
and Mr. Hodge took the place left vacant by the appointment of J. N. Newkirk as
postmaster, continuing as one of the valued staff of the First National Bank
until 1907. In that year he became
associated with G. Aubrey Davidson, Philip Morse and others in the organization
of the Southern Trust & Savings Bank, which Mr. Hodge served as cashier
until its consolidation with the Bank of Commerce & Trust Company in
1917. This merger of local financial
institutions resulted in the Southern Trust & Commerce Bank, of which Mr.
Hodge was elected vice president, holding that position until January, 1927,
when the Southern Trust & Commerce Bank became part of the Bank of Italy,
of which he was also made vice president.
When the new organization known as the Bank of America was consummated,
Mr. Hodge assumed his present official duties as vice president. He is also a director of the Peoples Finance
& Thrift Company and enjoys an enviable reputation as an astute banker and
a reliable consultant on all financial matters.
It is an interesting coincidence that his present desk in the Bank of
American Building at the intersection of Broadway and Sixth streets in San
Diego rest directly over the site of his first desk with the San Diego Water
Company, forty-six years ago, in the frame shack then occupied by the water
was first married in Coronado, California,
in 1910, to Miss Ada N. Smith, of San
Diego, who passed away in March, 1916. On the 11th of July, 1918, in Los Angeles, he married Mary Bleecker Jackson, of San Diego, and they are
the parents of a daughter, Ann Bleecker, born January 19, 1920.
political views Mr. Hodge is a republican.
His military record covers three years’ service with the Naval Reserve
of San Diego. He is a member of the
Loyal Legion by inheritance and also belongs to the San Diego Chamber of
Commerce and to the Cuyamaca Club. He
became the first president and one of the life members of the present San Diego
Country Club, which was organized in 1921 and is situated at Chula Vista, California. Golf is his favorite form of recreation. He is also a life member of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, while his religious faith is indicated by his
membership in the First Congregational Church.
His career is an exemplary one in every relation and his record as one
of San Diego’s foremost financiers and business
men is inseparably interwoven with the annals of Southern
By: Michele Y. Larsen on May 3, 2012.
of the South Vol. II,
by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 347-349,
Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,
© 2012 Michele
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