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Collection 461 - Enoch Hodson Papers, 1881-1893

Creator: : Hodson, Enoch, 1842-1892

Provenance Note: Financial ledgers and a few personal effects were donated to Montana State University by Merrill G. Burlingame of Bozeman, Montana in 1966.

Historical Note: Enoch Hodson was born in Marion County, Indiana April 8, 1842. He was one of the early pioneers of Montana. He moved to Bannack in what was then the Idaho Territory, in 1863. He took an active part in the vigilante movement before moving to Gallatin County in the early 1870s. In 1880 he ran for sheriff of Gallatin County on the Republican ticket but lost the election to Charles P. Blakeley. A well respected member of the community, Hodson ran a sawmill and a general store in the Bozeman area. He married a Miss Thompson of Jefferson County some time before he settled in Gallatin County. The two of them had 8 sons that all lived to maturity. Enoch Hodson died November 22, 1892 in Helena, Montana at the age of 60. He suffered a severe injury to one of his eyes and he died during the operation to repair it at the hospital in Helena.

Content Description Note: The Hodson papers consist primarily of daybooks and ledgers for the operations of Hodson's Mill and general store. Also included is a time book for payment of his employees from June of 1887 to March 1890. One folder of miscellaneous business papers includes a receipt for membership in the knights of Pythias, a liquor sales ad, a door plate from William and Hoyt, and bills to some customers. The ledgers include several important clients such as Lester S. Wilson, the Chisolm Brothers, Rocky Fork and Cooke Railroad Company, Valley Ranch, and several other important people and businesses in the Gallatin Valley.

Contents

Box 1
1. Day Book, Enoch Hodson, September 1881 - November 1883
2. Day Book, Enoch Hodson, March 1884 - March 1886
3. Day Book, Hodson's Mill, 1887
4. Day Book and ledger, Hodson's Mill, 1882-1884
5. Ledger, Hodson's Mill, 1882-1883

Box 2
1. Day Book, Enoch Hodson, July 1887 - April 1889
2. Employee time book, June 1887 - March 1890
     Pocket Day Book, Hodson's general store, December 1887
     Pocket Day Book, Hodson's general store, January 1888
     Pocket Day Book, Hodson's Mill, November 1887 - December1887
3. Receipt for Knights of Pythias membership, December 1893
     Bill to Mary King for Labor and Merchandise, February 20, 1887
     Liquor distributor ad from W. L. Perkins & Company
     Door Plate from William and Hoyt
     Bill to M. P. Coal Company, August 1, 1885

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