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Grandpa Hodges
Delfay Verl Hodges (1894-1977) "When someone does you wrong, fill them with kindness. Look for the good in people. See the glass half full, not half empty." These are things Grandpa would often say to his grandchildren. Grandpa Hodges was a logger, gardener, beekeeper, hunter and gold-miner. He had a gold claim in Ono, Ca that he worked for years. As a child, I remember visiting him often at the old School Street brick house in Anderson, California. He was happy to see my mom and all seven of us kids as we would fill the house with familiar noise. I'm sure it was much like during the years he and Grandma spent raising their 13 children. I think he missed having children around and it made him happy to have his Grandkids over (except, of course, when he was taking a nap). Grandpa often sat in a kitchen chair backwards with his arms resting on the back rest watching sports on his tiny black and white TV. He had a chair near his garden and would sit the same way, watching his bees work the flowers. Another of his favorite spots to rest was in the lazy chair he kept on the covered wooden porch near the front steps. I only wish I could have had more time with him, as he passed away when I was 10. Soon after, Grandma came to live with us in our Cottonwood country home on Eleanor Lane.
Posted by Daniel James Martinusen on August 18, 2012 Full Size|

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