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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Mr. & Mrs. Elmer DODGE and their family
which was taken at the Slate Studio in Stewartville, MN sometime in the
early 1900's. Pictured are the couple with 4 children, the oldest a daughter
and then three boys. The youngest appears to be about 5-6 years old and the
oldest in her teens or 20's. I believe that this is the family of Elmer and
Clara DODGE with their children Mabel, Arthur, Earl, and Clarence. Based on
limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding
Elmer James DODGE was b. 7 Jun 1863 in Fort Atkinson, WI to parents Arthur
Toppin DODGE (1840-1914) and Amelia C. or P. ROBERTS (1843-1925). Elmer was
one of 8 children born to this couple including, Elmer James; Martha Maria
"Mary"; Lucius Arthur; Ada W.; Myra E.; Carrie or Cassie Winifred; Walter
R.; and Paul Byron DODGE all born between 1860 and 1882. Elmer married
Clara M. MAHLUM (1870-1939) and together they had four children including,
Mabel Mattie; Arthur William; Earl Albert; and Clarence Elmer DODGE, all
born between 1889 and 1903. Elmer died Oct 1945 in Palm Beach, FL and is
buried in the Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen, TX. His wife Clara was b. Feb
1870 in Clear Lake, IA to parents William MAHLUM (1841-1932) and Agnethe
LARSDATTER (1837-1910). Clara was one of 5 children born to this couple
including Clara M.; George B.; Alma M.; Albert; and Henry Walter MAHLUM all
born between 1870 and 1880. Clara died 10 Dec 1938 in Hidalgo, TX and is
buried in the same cemetery with her husband.
Their daughter Mabel M. DODGE married Earl E. GARVIN (1888-1963 and she died
4 Nov 1985 and is buried in the Colonial Gardens Cemetery in Marshall, TX.
Their son Arthur William DODGE was b. 25 Apr 1892 in Spring Valley, MN and
married twice, first marriage was to Frances Laura COTTERMAN (1900-1936) who
he married in 1922 and with who he had a daughter, Eleanor Frances DODGE
(1924-1996). His second marriage was to Nelle C. WESTON (1887-1977) who he
married in 1943. Arthur died 26 Nov 1977 in Pleasant Hill, CA and is buried
in the Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston, MT. Their son Earl Albert
DODGE was born in 1896 and married Mildred Alene R? (1898-1961). Earl died
22 May 1960 in Newport News, VA and is buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Park
Cemetery in that city.
The couple's youngest child, a son Clarence Elmer DODGE was b. 1902 and
married Georgia Dodge EDWARDS CLAYTON (1913-2008) and together they had a
daughter, Betty DODGE (1929-1983). Clarence was a pastor at the Southern
Presbyterian Church at Amarillo, TX starting in 1949 and died in Amarillo,
TX on 23 Mar 1959 and is buried in the Llano Cemetery in Amarillo as well.
His obituary indicates that his wife was Esther BARROS and that they had
three daughters including, Betty Ruth; Margie; and Joanie DODGE who all
Census records provide the following details:
1900 census of High Forest, MN:
Elmer J. DODGE, age 36, born Jun 1864, married 11 years, born WI, parents
born WI, an Egg Buyer
Clara DODGE, wife, age 30, born Feb 1870, married 11 years, 3 children/3
living, born IA, parents born Norway
Mable DODGE, dau, age 10, born Oct 1889, born IA, at School
Arthur DODGE, son, age 8, born Apr 1892, born MN, at School
Earle DODGE, son, age 4, born Apr 1896, born MN
1910 census of Stewartville, MN:
Earl J. DODGE, age 45, married 21 years, born WI, parents born WI, an Egg
Clara DODGE, wife, age 40, married 21 years, 4 children/4 living, born IA,
parents born Norway
Mabel DODGE, dau, age 20, born IA, an Egg House Bookkeeper
Arthur DODGE, son, age 18, born MN, an Egg House Laborer
Earl DODGE, son, age 14, born MN
Clarence DODGE, son, age 8, born MN
1920 census of Stewartville, MN:
Elmer J. DODGE, age 57, born WI, parents born NY/WI, a Produce Co. Manager
Clara DODGE, wife, age 50, born IA, parents born Norway
Clarence DODGE, son, age 19, born MN, a Barber
Arthur DODGE, son, age 26, born MN
And living directly next door - Earl GARVIN and his wife Mabel M. GARVIN
1930 census of Sherman, TX:
Clarence E. DODGE, age 27, married at age 26, born MN, parents born WI/IA, a
Esther DODGE, wife, age 29, married at age 27, born Spain, parents born
Spain, to USA 1916, a Music Teacher
Betty DODGE, dau, age 8, born TX
1930 census of Hidalgo Co., TX:
E. J. DODGE, age 66, married at age 26, born WI, parents born WI, a
Clara M. DODGE, wife, age 60, married at age 18, born IA, parents born
1940 census of McKinney, TX:
Clarence E. DODGE, age 38, born MN, a Church Minister (previous living in
Honey Grove, TX)
Esther B. DODGE, wife, age 39, born Spain,
Betty Ruth DODGE, dau, age 10, born TX
Marjory Lee DODGE, dau, age 7, born TX
Joan Barbara DODGE, dau, age 2, born TX
I am hoping to return the photograph to a member of this family. If you are
a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact
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