1935 Approximate
Hodgson Scottish Pipe. Material: wood. Size: 5" L. Description: wooden bowl; print on bowl: "Moir Partick"; black hardened material (lucite or vulcanite) curved stem and mouthpiece.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 135 was printed in white ink on bowl. Smoke Rings Hodgson notes: "When Andy Downie received his Eagle pin 11-3-30, his dad wanted me to have a nice pipe to celebrate the event. He sent to Glasgow, Scotland and asked his brother to send him one (No. ) still being smoked 5-25-46, but it didn't suit him, so he insisted his brother try again. This is the result. It is supposed to represent the thistle of Scotland and was in constant use from about 1931 to 1946. When the stem was accidentally broken, it was retired to the case." 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.