W. B. AND CLARA WETSEL
At the time of his death in 1982, W. B. (Dub) Wetsel (born 1899) was the oldest native-born resident of Sweetwater. “Dub” spent most of his early life in the saddle on the Barron Ranch in Fisher County and developed a lifelong love for ranching and rodeos. He wore only shop-made boots for 67 years and was one of the first participants in the Stamford Cowboy contests. The ranch world in which W. B. grew up was in many ways that of the 19th century. Toward the end of his life, when asked to name the biggest change he had seen in a lifetime, he replied without hesitation: “barbed wire”.
At the Hodges ranch on Christmas Day in 1919, W. B. married Clara Hodges (born 1901), daughter of George Palmer (1879-1939) and Lula Cranston Hodges (1881-1905). Mr. Hodges had left Cotton Valley, Louisiana, in 1888 with his father, Alex, settled in Jones County and bought land in Fisher County in the 1890’s. Clara’s mother, Lula, was the daughter of Jones County rancher, William David Cranston, who emigrated as a boy of eight to Pennsylvania from Scotland. He brought the first registered Hereford cattle to West Texas from Missouri. The herd was purchased by the Largent Ranch at the time of his death in 1907.
His daughter, Lula, had died in 1906, leaving two children: Clara and Cranston (1903-1940). In 1908, Palmer Hodges married Rachel Lambert Murray. Their three daughters, Rachel, Hazel and M. E., grew up with Clara on the Hodges Ranch. Mr. Hodges, long remembered for sharing his automobile, the first in the area, with neighbors in need, installed telephone lines from his ranch to Roby, Rotan and Sweetwater. He organized an annual rabbit drive, furnishing bar-b-que and ammunition to hunters from Sweetwater and Fisher County.
F. Crawford Hodges, in addition to being an excellent farmer of Webster Par., Louisiana., is also a successful merchant. He was born in Randolph County, Ga., on June 1, 1847, to Hon. Edmond W. Hodges, a native of South Carolina, who removed to Georgia with his father, Matthew Hodges, in an early day, and in that State grew to mature
years, and married Miss Mary McGowan, a Georgian by birth. Mr. Hodges became will known in Georgia, and for several terms represented his county in the State Legislature. He removed to Louisiana in 1858, and settled in Cotton Valley, in what is now Webster Par., Louisianawhere he opened up a large plantation, being the owner of some sixty slaves before the war. On this plantation he passed from life in July, 1867, his wife having passed from life some two years earlier. For about one year prior to his death Mr. Hodges had engaged in the mercantile
business in Cotton Valley. Their family of four sons and three daughters grew to mature years, but one daughter is now deceased.
F. C. Hodges grew to manhood in this parish, and when only sixteen years of age, or in 1864, entered the Confederate Army and served until the close of the war, in the reserve corps, being a lieutenant. After the termination of the war Mr. Hodges returned home and spent some three years in school, then was in his father's mercantile establishment until the death of the latter, when he spent another year in school. In 1870 he and a brother formed a partnership and engaged in merchandising at Cotton Valley, but at the end of one year the brother withdrew and F. Crawford continued alone up to 1875. They then closed out the business and engaged in farming exclusively for five years. In 1880 he again engaged in mercantile pursuits, and this has received much of his attention up to the present time, his stock of goods being large and his patronage quite large.
FLOYD REYNOLDS HODGES was born in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, January 7,
1875, the son of Floyd Crawford and Addie Reynolds Hodges. His faimly was a
His early education was acquired in the Cotton Valley public schools, the
Shreveport High School and Thatcher Institute.
As night clerk in the old City Hotel, Mr. Hodges began his business career.
Thus he laid the foundation that proved to be of wonderful value to him
later in life. Mr. Hodges' grandfather operated a laundry business in the
city of Shreveport but it was destroyed by fire. After it was rebuilt Mr.
Hodges founded the Excelsior Steam Laundry, which is one of the largest and
most modern laundries in the South.
Mr. Hodges conceived the idea of building a large and modern hotel. He
acquired one-fourth interest in the Reynolds Hotel Company, which built the
Inn Hotel-a leading hostelry at that time and later increasing the capacity
of the Inn by many rooms.
Mr. Hodges was a man of many interests, having been president of the
Angelina Hotel Company at Lufkin, Texas; the president of the Hodges &
Tullos Company, Ltd.; vice-president of American National Bank; secretary
and treasurer of the Youree Hotel Company, Inc.; president of the Excelsior
Steam Laundry Company; vice-president of Weiner, Hodges & Smith;
vice-president of the Hodges Auto Storage Company; a Director in the
Shreveport Mutual Building Association and Director of-the American
Unlike some business men, Mr. Hodges also enjoyed prominence among the
clubs, such as the Country Club and the Rotary Club and was a member of the
Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Indeed, Mr. Hodges was public spirited and
always was interested in any movement that tended toward the progress of
The DNA test for Edward Grey Hodges Jr has confirmed that his line belongs to lineage VII on the Hodges Patriarch page. This means that the Brantley Hodges line in Arkansas and the Lemuel Mathew Hodges line in Alabama are virtually proven to be decended from Lemuel Hodges (1770-1830).
I encourage any Hodges with a spare $100 to join the project and get tested too.
Hello Cousins, and all:
I am Terry Alan Hodges, firstborn of Charles E. and Anita P. Hodges of Panama City FL; and grandson of Redding Columbus Sr. I reside at the Hodges homestead in Panama City, at 100 College Avenue, across the street from the old Sherman Shipyard, where "Granddaddy" plied his trade as a ships carpenter.
I did not inherit this property but bought it off the market in 1988 with plans to restore it, but then started getting poor and chasing work where I could find it, thus little improvement has been made. However, things are better now and I hope to be making major improvements in the near future.
I look forward to chatting with y'all and swapping Hodges stories with those who care to share.
God bless you all,
Robert Hodges Sr b. 1643 in Virginia d. 1687 in Virginia m. Frances Norworthy
Robert Hodges Jr b. 1669 d. 1742 m. Anne Branch in 1690
John Hodges b. 1693 d. 1761 m. Patience Joyner in 1725
Howell Hodges b. 1740 d. 1799 m. Elizabeth Cherry in 1765
Lemuel Hodges b. 1770 in Pitt Co. NC d. 1830 in Lee, GA m. Rebecca in 1793 in Pitt, North Carolina
Lemuel Mathew Hodges b. 4 Oct 1810 WashingtCo, Ga, d. 14 Aug 1883 Henry Co, Al m. Vincy Martin
Jordan H Hodges b. 1840 Ga, d. 1916 m. Sarah Camellia Locke 29 Dec 1868
Curtis A Hodges b. 1871 d 1946 m. Cordelia Davis
Arnton Andrew Hodges b. 1890 d. 1966 m. Ozie Register
Mary Evelyn Hodges b. 1915 d. 2009
Hodges, A. F., USN - Awarded: NX - World War I
Hodges, Addison J., (POW), USA - Awarded: MOH - Civil War
Hodges, Aron P., USAF - Awarded: SS - Vietnam War
Hodges, Arthur W., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Ashley R., USN(R) - Awarded: NX - World War II
Hodges, Bernard, (KIA), USA - Awarded: SS - Vietnam War
Hodges, Campbell B., USA - Awarded: DSM-A - World War I
Hodges, Charles E., USA - Awarded: SS - Korean War
Hodges, Charles E., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Charles E., USN(RF) - Awarded: NX - World War I
Hodges, Charles Wayne, USAAF - Awarded: DSC - World War II
Hodges, Clyde T., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Courtney H., USA - Awarded: DSC - World War I
Hodges, Courtney H., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 1st Award - World War II
Hodges, Courtney H., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 2d Award - World War II
Hodges, Courtney H., USA - Awarded: DSM-A, 3d Award -
Hodges, Don E., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Duane, (KIA), USN - Awarded: SS - U.S.S. Pueblo Incident
Hodges, Earl E., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Everett M., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Flourenoy Glen, (MIA-KIA), USN(R) - Awarded: NX - World War II
Hodges, Frank A., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, G. S., USN(RF) - Awarded: DSM-N - World War I
Hodges, George H., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, George W., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II
Hodges, Gerald L., USN - Awarded: SS - Korean War
Hodges, Harry F., USA - Awarded: DSM-A - World War I
Hodges, Harry L., USA - Awarded: DSM-A - World War I
Hodges, Herbert J., USMC - Awarded: NX - World War II
Hodges, Homer L., Jr., (KIA), USMC - Awarded: SS - Vietnam War