Hodgson Pipe. Birch Bark Pipe. Material: wood, metal. Size: 6" L. Description: birch bark covered wooden bowl and stem - on bottom on bowl: "Extra Ropp Made in France" - silver metal band separates stem and mouthpiece - black hardened material forms mouthpiece.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 12 was printed in white ink on the bowl. Note from Hodgson's Smoke Rings book: "This cherry model was brought from Paris, France, by Dr. McIndoe whose home is in New Zealand. He gave it to Dr. Le Clerg who was pathologist at this station working on sugar beets. Before he left for Louisiana, Le Clerg gave the pipe to me." 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.