The  Oregonian
Portland, Oregon
June 15, 1902
Celebrate Their Fifty-Fifth
Wedding Anniversary
          ALBANY, Or., June 14 - Mr. and Mrs. Drury R. Hodges  celebrated the 55th anniversary of their wedding April 27th. Mr. Hodges was born in Shelby County, Indiana, in 1822.  Mahala V. Hodges, nee  Fickle,  was born in La Fayette County, Missouri, in 1829.  They were married in Platte County, Missouri, April 27, 1847, and soon after marriage started across the plains with an ox team for Oregon, in Captain Bond's company.  The young couple, 22 and 18 years, respectively, shared each other's pleasures and hardships equally, handling the ox whip alternately for five months before they reached the Willamette Valley.  They located on a donation claim fifive [sic] miles north of Albany, in Benton County, where they built up a fine farm, and continued to reside until a few years ago, when they gave up active labor and moved three miles distant to the village of Wells.  Eleven children have been born to them, nine of whom are still living, four sons and five daughters --  Robert,  Commodore,  A.J.  and  Marcus,  Mrs. Kate Vanderpool,  Mrs. Emana Hewie,  Mrs. Caroline Holman,  residing in Oregon, and  Mrs. Georgia Davis  and  Mrs. Florence Reed, of Washington.  Mr. and Mrs. Hodges are mentally as clear now as they were 40 years ago.  Always generous to a fault, great lovers of jokes and lively conversationalists, their equals as entertainers are not often found.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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