Daniel Clifford Dodge
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 20:14:00
Daniel Clifford Dodge is a well known resident of Boone county, where he has done important work in the field of engineering, being now employed in his professional capacity by the Arthur McHose Cement Tile Company of Fraser. He was born in Buffalo, Scott county, Iowa, July 21, 1843, and in the paternal line his ancestry can be traced back to George Stephenson, who was the builder of the first locomotive in England, called the Rocket. His son, Robert Stephenson was the father of Polly who became the wife of Daniel Dodge. The ancestry of the Dodge family included Erie Dodge, the father of Daniel Clifford Dodge. The ancestry of the Dodge family can be traced back as far as 1732, at which tie the family records were lost in a fire, records that gave the ancestral history as far back as the fourteenth century. Caleb Dodge was born January 12, 1732, and his wife, Mirrium Dodge, was born May 4, 1739. Their son, Daniel Dodge, was born September 7, 1776, and his wife Polly Stephenson was born January 26, 1779.
Among their children were Erie Dodge. He was born at Belchertown, Massachusetts, April 10, 1805, and in his boyhood days removed to Herkimer, Oneida county, New York, where he was reared to manhood. He then left the east and life he followed faming his labors being ended in death on January 9, 1893. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary J Harrington, was born September 16, 1821, at Ogdensburg, New York, a daughter of Benjamin Harrington, a tanner and her death occurred on May 30, 1910.
Daniel Clifford Dodge acquired a common school education, was reared to farm life and followed agricultural pursuits until 1864, when he enlisted for active service in the Union army, with which he was connected until after the close of hostilities being a member of Company G, of the Sixty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served until the end of the war. He went with Sherman on the celebrated march from Atlanta to the sea, proceeded northward through the Carolinas and participated in the Grand Review in Washington D C, when thousands of victorious soldiers marched through the streets of the city and passed the reviewing stand, upon which stood the president.
After the war Mr Dodge took up engineering and was employed as an erecting engineer form 1872 until 1896, during which time he was stationed at various localities. For thirteen and a half years he was hoisting engineer for the Boone Coal & Mining Company. Subsequently he entered the employ of the Arthur McHose Cement Tile Company of Fraser, with which he is still connected. His efficiency and reliability are indicated the fact that he has been with only four companies throughout the entire period of his business career.
On June 12, 1870, at La Harpe, Illinois, Mr Dodge was untied in married to Miss Harriet E Harrington, a daughter of Frank and Murilla (Averill) Harrington. Her father was an engineer on the Mississippi river boats throughout his entire life save for the period of the Civil war, when he served in the Confederate ranks. To Mr and Mrs Dodge have been born three children: Edith M who became the wife of Harry Pease, a mail carrier at San Bernardino, California, Erie B who wedded Olive Manbeck and is a constructing engineer with the American Bridge Company and Daniel Clinton who was born October 29, 1882 a sketch of whose life follows.
In politics Mr Dodge is independent, voting for the man rather than for party. He holds membership in Black Oak Lodge, NO 492, F & A M at Leighton, Iowa, and with the Knights of Pythias of Boone. His life ahs been one of industry well directed and this quality has made him a substantial citizen while certain social features have won him the friendship of those with whom he has been brought in contact.
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