Hodgson Pipe. Material: pipestone. Size: 6" L. Description: red pipestone Native American Indian pipe.
Hodgson Collection. Prior to accessioning, the number 23 was printed in black ink at top. Smoke Rings Hodgson notes: "Bob Sweet, an Eagle Scout in Troop 85 found this authentic Indian relic while walking over some new breaking on the Gene Turnacliffe farm, near the Wilton River. I offered him up to $10.00 for it but he just couldn't sell it. Before he left in 1942 to become a Navy Air Craft pilot, he brought me the pipe and asked me to keep it for him." 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.