Hodgson Pipe. Bark Pipe. Material: wood. Size: 5 1/2" L. Description: carved stick forms bowl, stem and mouthpiece - carved on side of bowl: "Myrna Wallace Ellendale N.D."
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 34 was printed in white ink on the bowl. Note from Hodgson's Smoke Rings book: "In 1940, a letter was received from Myrna Wallace of Ellendale, North Dakota, saying she had read in the paper that I was collecting pipes. She said she was collecting dogs and would like to trade. I found a little wooden Scottie at Stucky's Drug Store and after sending it forgot the matter. In July 1941, a package came containing the pipe and the explanation that her brother had cut it from a willow tree over the line in Montana." 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.