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Hodgkin - Charles V.

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 (1913) p  916

It is a well authenticated fact that success comes not as the  caprice of chance, but as the legitimate result of well applied  energy and unflagging determination in a course of action once  decided upon by the individual. Only those who diligently seek  the goddess Fortuna, find her - she never has been known to smile  upon the idler or dreamer. Charles VanDake (sic) HODGKIN, the  present trustee of Union Township, Crawfordsville, and for years  a successful business man of Montgomery County, early understood  that success comes only to those who work diligently and  honorably, so he did not seek any royal road to success, but  sought to direct his feet along the well-beaten paths of those  who had won in the battle of life along legitimate lines. He had  their careers in mind when casting about for a legitimate line to  follow, and in tracing his life history it is plainly seen that  the prosperity which he enjoys has been won by commendable  qualities, and it is also his personal worth which has gained for  him the good standing among his fellow citizens in Montgomery  County in which he has spent his active life and is well known.  Mr. Hodgkin was born in Ft. Wayne Indiana July 25, 1848. He is a  son of Edward C. and Diana (SCOTT) Hodgkin, an excellent old  family, a complete sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this  volume, hence will not be necessary to repeat same here.

Charles  VD Hodgkin, received a fairly good education in the common  schools and in Russellville College, in Putnam County, Indiana  and when 19 he started to learn carpentering and a year later  took up railroad carpentering which he continued one year. For  the next 14 years he was contractor and builder at Russellville,  and did a large business, many of the best buildings in the  vicinity of that place standing as monuments to his skill and  honesty as a builder. He then turned his attention to the grain  business which he followed with equal success for a period of 13  years, during which period he was regarded as one of the leading  men in this field of endeavor in western Indiana. During that  time he was elected trustee of Russell Township, Putnam County  and served 5 years to the satisfaction of all concerned. He came  to Crawfordsville in 1898, and continued the grain business in  partnership with WM DARTER under the firm of Darter &  Hodgkin. He sold out a year later and engaged in the real estate  and loan business here for 3 years, enjoying a good business. Hen  then went to Indianapolis where he remained 18 months in the  grocer/meal business. He then returned to Crawfordsville and was  elected township trustee which office he has since held, with  entire satisfaction of all concerned and is looking after the  interests intrusted to him most faithfully. Mr. Hodgkin is a  Republican politically. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and  is a member of the Christian Church. He was married in October  1886 to Martha J. ALEXANDER, a native of Putnam County and to  this union one child, a son, was born Edward F. Hodgkin, who is  connected with his father in business. - typed by kbz
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