Hodgson Pipe. Material: wood, metal. Size: 5 1/2" L. Description: light brown colored wood forms bowl - darker colored brown at top of bowl - smooth finish on bowl and stem - printed on side of stem: "Daronite 12201 Made in Holland" - silver metal band separates stem from mouthpiece - print around band: "Goede Waageil Made in Holland" - curved yellow hardened material forms mouthpiece.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 28 was printed in black ink on side of bowl. Note from Hodgson's Smoke Rings book: "Bricelyn, the same as No. 3. It's a pretty color and was made in Holland." "A pool hall in Bricelyn, Minnesota carries over 1100 brands of tobacco. A visit there in 1940 while investigating a prospective tenant led to the purchase of this pipe made in Belgium. It proved to be indifferent as an implement for burning weeds and too delicate for rough handling. A hole was poked in its thin inner wall and later the bowl was broken from the stem. Its color only remains to recommend it." 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.