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H. H. Hodgkinson

Harold Howe Hodgkinson was born in Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada on June 2, 1886, the son of English immigrants Susan Catherine Harris and George Albert Hodgkinson, a retail dry goods merchant; they moved to the United States from Canada in 1889, living in Cleveland in 1900 and 1910. In 1911 he married Jessie Whitehead Miller.

Harold attended Cleveland Central High School (1901-1905), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1906-1907) and the Columbia University School of Mines (1907-1910); upon graduation he took a position as mining engineer for the New Jersey Zinc Company, and was working as an Assistant Underground Superintendent of the Franklin mine in Franklin Furnace, New Jersey in 1913-1914. He discovered a new Franklin mineral which was named hodgkinsonite in his honor by Palache and Schaller in 1913. (Hodgkinson had told Palache that if Palache did not name the mineral for him, he would ask for his specimens back--Palache gave in.) His mineral labels, marked "H.H. Hodgkinson, Franklin Furnace, N.J.," must date from a relatively brief span of years, from 1911-1917 or so.

In 1918 he had just returned from Canada and resettled in Brooklyn with his wife Jessie, where he listed himself as a self-employed mining engineer when he registered for the draft. In 1920 he was living in Winthrop, Massachusetts with his brother George and young son Harold, Jr. and daughter Louise; he is listed as married, not widowed, but his wife Jessie is not present. He and his brother were working at that time as brokers for construction supplies.

Harold and Jessie divorced (infidelity was said to be the cause) and in 1923 he took a new and much younger wife, Helen Bradley (15 years his junior). As of 1930 they were living in Larchmont, New York, where he worked as a representative for a construction equipment company. As of 1934 he was living with Helen in Milton, Massachusetts and working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. By the 1940s he had become president of Hodge and Hammond Company, Inc., construction equipment dealers at 1162 Grinnell Place in the Bronx. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Bonnie Briar Country, University and Larchmont Shore Clubs, all in Larchmont, and the New York Athletic Club. He died on October 10, 1947.

Hodgkinson had two children by his first wife (a son, Harold H. Tyler of Bronxville, and a daughter, Mrs. James D. Tate of Oswego, N.Y.) and one by his second wife (Helen Bradley Hodgkinson, who married Theodore N. Utz).

[Obituary] The Herald Statesman, Yonkers, NY Saturday October 11, 1947.
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