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Guide to the George F. Hodges Collection 2009.76
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  • Scope and Contents note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Processing Information note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note

  • Title: George F. Hodges Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 2009.76
    Contributing Institution: History San Jose Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1940-1945
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1978
    Abstract: This collection contains materials related to the family of George F. Hodges, with a significant contribution of materials from his daughter, Grace Evelyn Wahrer (nee Hodges). Many of the materials relate primarily to the Hodges’ experience in the WWII home front in San Jose. Hodges was active in the San Jose community and in the San Jose Defense Council as a Senior Precinct Warden. Included in this collection are photographs of the Wahrer family, recipes, a substantial assemblage of play and concert programs, posters and ticket stubs, and newspaper clippings from attended shows, as well as magazines, newsletters, newspaper clippings of the “When Santa Clara County Was Young” column, and various other ephemera.
    Language of Materials note: The bulk of the materials are in English, some in Chinese.
    creator: Hodges, George F., 1887-1971

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection contains materials related to the family of George F. Hodges, with a significant contribution of materials from his daughter, Grace Evelyn Wahrer (nee Hodges). Many of the materials relate primarily to the Hodges’ experience in the WWII home front in San Jose. Hodges was active in the San Jose community and in the San Jose Defense Council as a Senior Precinct Warden. Included in this collection are photographs of the Wahrer family, recipes, a substantial assemblage of play and concert programs, posters and ticket stubs, and newspaper clippings from attended shows, as well as magazines, newsletters, newspaper clippings of the “When Santa Clara County Was Young” column, and various other ephemera.
    The collection has been arranged into four series reflecting the different time periods and activities in Hodges' life.

    Preferred Citation note

    George F. Hodges Collection, 2009-76, History San Jose Research Library, San Jose, California 95112-2599.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Property rights reside with History San Jose. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact History San Jose Research Library.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to the public for research by appointment.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was processed by Elizabeth Henry in 2010.

    Biographical/Historical note

    George Franklin Hodges (1887-1971) was born on December 5, 1887, in Warrensburg, Ohio, living in Delaware County until 1910 when, at the age of 23, he moved to Bowles near Fresno, California. Here, Hodges worked in fruit and dairy farming until, in 1914, he completed a business course at the Fresno Heald’s Busines College. Hodges then accepted an accounting position with the Santa Fe Railroad where he worked for three years, then moved on to a position at Sun Maid Raisin Growers where he worked for eight years in charge of Plant Accounting and Auditing. In 1927, Hodges moved with his family to San Jose where he spent 12 years in the accounting department of a large canning and dried fruit company. During World War II, Hodges was active in San Jose Civilian Defense, serving as a precinct captain for San Jose Precinct 145. After the war, Hodges was appointed to a position as Auditor for the United States Maritime Commission in Richmond, California, then transferring to the National Housing Agency in Vallejo, California where he remained until retirement. Hodges married Laura “Audie” Helen Bagby (1887-1968?) on July 7, 1914 in Fresno, CA. The Hodges had four children, all born in Fresno County - Grace “Evelyn” Hodges, George “Wilfred” Hodges, Warren Franklin Hodges and Mary Leona Hodges.
    Grace “Evelyn” Hodges (1915- ) was born in Fresno County. She moved to San Jose in 1927 with her family. Evelyn completed two years at San Jose State College and worked at the O.A. Hale department store before she married Lee Edward Wahrer in 1940. The Wahrers had 3 children, all born in San Jose, CA – Sharon Lee Wahrer, Jo Ann Wahrer and Debra Lynn Wahrer.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The collection was donated by Debbie Avant in December 2009.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kaiser Industries Corporation.
    Permanente Cement Company.
    Wahrer, Grace Hodges, ("Evelyn"), 1915-
    Wahrer, Lee Edward
    Civil defense
    Commonwealth Club of California
    Concerts
    San Jose State University
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Theaters
    World War, 1939-1945