Lewiston, Idaho, March 8, 1883
Hodgins - At Salem, Oregon, Jan. 24, 1993, of brain fever, William H. Hodgins, aged 27 years.
[Mrs. Mary Hodgins is toward the end]
The deceased was a resident of Nez Perce county, I. T., having removed to Genesee Valley in the fail of 1873, with his father, H. B. Hodgins. Being one among the first who had experienced the vicissitudes incident to a new country, but being endowed by nature with a good judgement and indonnitable will, he had engaged, with all the energy of an ardent nature, in the development of the country and by persevering energy had succeeded in improving one among the first farm, in the county, which will remain a monument to young men what untiring industry can accomplish in a new country. Personally Mr. Hodgins was possessed of a generous, frank nature, that made him a favorite among his young companions, and will leave a vacant place that few can fill; but it is in the family circle that William will be looked for most; there is something too deep and sacred in the grief of the bereaved family to be expressed by words of common sorrow. During the month of November, in company with his sister Mary, the deceased had gone to Salem, Oregon, to visit an older sister and as the time was drawing near to return home, the family at home were counting the days that would soon bring a pleasant re-union when, all unexpected, came the telegram announcing the sad intelligence that William was no more. All had been done that the best of medical skill could do to thwart the insidious disease and the willing hands of loving sisters did all that tender affection could do to alleviate the sufferings of a brother but all to no purpose. As soon as the family received the sad intelligence a younger brother hastened to Salem and brought the remains home which, owing to the inclemency of the weather, proved an arduous undertaking, but was successfully accomplished, and the last sad rites were performed in the family cemetery, to add to the family grief. Scarcely had the funeral of the son William taken place when the sad news was received of the death of Mrs. Mary Hodgins the mother of Mrs. H. B. Hodgins and of our fellow townsman, H. W. Deacon. Mrs. Hodgins was a resident of Lincoln, Canada, and was about 70 years old. Although it had been many years since Mrs. Hudgins and Mr. Deacon parted from their mother, yet the affection that had been called for by loving parents cannot be quenched by passing years.