Hodgson Pipe. Material: wood, resin, metal. S ize: 5" H. Description: briar bowl - three silver star-like embellishments on each side of bowl - stamped on bowl: "Briar" - silver metal lid on top of bowl - silver chain attached to lid and connects at base of mouthpiece - copper wire tied around chain and middle section of stem - silver metal band separates the bowl from stem - black stem - black wooden curved mouthpiece.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 213 was printed in white ink on the bowl. Note from Hodgson's Smoke Rings book: "Edgar and Ethel Johnson found this one in Switzerland where they spent a day with Ingrid Ladig, the German girl who spent a year with the Fred Halstead family and later married Gary Spalding, Dec. 21, 1953. The pipe was purchased in June 1953." 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.