Hodgson Pipe. Material: wood, resin, paper. Size: 5 1/2" L. Description: briar bowl - black circular piece on side of bowl - paper inside bowl: "Matsons about 1961" - stamped on bottom of bowl: "Imported Briar 1 Sep. RA Bol P.O. Box 18202 Houston 23 Texas USA Pat. Pending Made in Italy." - wooden stem - hole at top of stem - cork inside hole - black hardened material forms mouthpiece.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 249 was printed in white ink on the bowl and the number 249 was printed in black ink on the stem. Smoke Rings Hodgson notes: "Harold Matson (or Lou) found this pipe on on of their trips west. It has a "Lower Access" for cleaning the grates. The filter can be filled with tobacco. When that gets soggy, it can be discarded or dried and smoked for a heavy flavor. I believe they got it in Colorado." Robert E. Hodgson (1893-1968) was superintendent of the Southern Experiment Station from 1919 to 1960. He promoted modern agricultural methods in Waseca and throughout Minnesota. From 1948 to 1964, Hodgson wrote a column for The Farmer Magazine, and his column “Bob Hodgson Talks” appeared in more than one hundred rural Minnesota newspapers for over 20 years. Hodgson was a member of the Waseca County Historical Society, the Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives, The Boy Scouts and other organizations. Among his many interests were history, nature study and pipe collecting. During World War II, Hodgson wrote a once a month letter to members of Boy Scout Troop 85 who were serving in the armed forces all over the world. The letters were published in the Waseca Journal with separate copies printed and mailed to any Waseca serviceman who wished to receive them. Hodgson’s letters maintained the home contacts, helped men keep up on the locations of friends and provided morale-boosting communications for those far away from home.