Clayton and Laura Hodgkin Collection
Credit: Clayton & Laura Hodgkin Collection, Northeast Historic Film. A Guernsey cow nursing her twin calves, near Lewiston, Maine, 1958-1960.
Credit: Clayton & Laura Hodgkin Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Primary Format and Extent
film (4,500 ft.) : si, b&w and col. ; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1941 to 1966
The Clayton & Laura Hodgkin Collection consists of 20 reels of film, mostly shot by Clayton P. Hodgkin, between 1941 and 1966. The majority of the footage consists of life on the Hodgkin farm and household in Lewiston, Maine. Almost every member of the Hodgkin family is shown engaging in work around the farm alongside their hired farm hands. Activities include baling hay, leading cows to pasture, milking cows, cleaning out the stalls of the various animals on the farm and seeding fields with tractors. The footage contains events in the lives of the Hodgkin children as they grow up such as being cared for by their grandparents as babies, playing with their cousins, neighbors and family pets. The footage contains Keith Hodgkin’s fifth birthday, Brian Hodgkin gradating from Junior High School, Forest Hodgkin’s tenth birthday party and Douglas Hodgkin graduating from college and getting married. Other holidays and special events are depicted such as the weddings of a few close family members and neighbors, Clayton Hodgkin’s parents, Irving and Nora Hodgkin, celebrating two wedding anniversaries and footage of several Additon family reunions. Various parades appear throughout the collection, primarily footage of several years of the Dairy Parade in Lewiston, Maine. The collection also contains footage of the Hodgkin family on vacation at various lakes, rivers, mountains and ski resorts throughout Maine and the surrounding area, as well as attending several Grange picnics and parties.
Clayton Hodgkin was a dairy farmer and retail milk dealer from Lewiston, Maine. Born in 1914, Clayton Hodgkin graduated from Lewiston High School in 1932. Through much of the 1930s, he was employed by the American Electro Metals Company. Hodgkin eventually purchased his own farm in Lewiston, which included land from four surrounding farms, and opened C.P. Hodgkin & Sons Dairy, which he ran for twenty-three years. The Hodgkins lived on Pleasant Street and Ferry Road, Lewiston. Over the years, he built the farm up to one hundred Guernsey and Holstein cows. He also operated a retail milk home delivery route throughout Lewiston and parts of Auburn, Maine. Hodgkin was active in his local community, as well, particularly the farming community. He was a member of the Lewiston, Androscoggin Pomona and Maine State Granges. At the age of twenty, Hodgkin was elected as Master, or chief officer, of the Lewiston Grange No. 2, the youngest person at the time to hold that title. He was also a member of Ashlar Lodge 105 AF & AM in Lewiston. On Christmas Day, 1937, he married Laura Marion Meade of Auburn, Maine.Laura M. Hodgkin (1918-2006) was a partner in C.P. Hodgkin's Dairy and held office positions at B. Peck Co., Standard Cosmetics and E.A. Buschmann Inc. She also served as an election clerk for the city of Lewiston for 35 years. She was a member Auburn Grange, Lewiston Grange, Pine Tree Grange of Lisbon, where she held several offices. She was reporter for the Maine Granger for seven years. She also held long-time memberships in county, state and national Granges. She held the position of treasurer in the Androscoggin Organic Gardeners and in the Androscoggin Republican Women's Club for several years each. She also was a past treasurer and president of both the local and state Gold Star Mothers organizations. Her hobbies were gardening and traveling. She enjoyed attending several Elderhostels, as well as Gold Star Mother and 1918 Club national conventions. She made several trips across the United States and Canada by bus, train and plane. The Hodgkins had five sons, Douglas, Brian, Keith, Forest and Clyde, and one daughter, Mary. Keith died in a car crash in 1950 and Forest was killed in Vietnam in 1969. Clayton Hodgkin died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of forty-nine.
People and OrganizationsClayton Hodgkin, Douglas Hodgkin, Hodgkin Family, Brian Hodgkin, Forest Hodgkin, Keith Hodgkin, Clyde Hodgkin, Mary Hodgkin, Laura Hodgkin
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
Encoded archival description
Items in this collection: 20
Showing 1 - 10 of 20:
1) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 1, Accession 2399
People outside in the snow, including someone pushing Clyde Hodgkin in a sled, the family collie Penny, a couple wrestling and a man in a car. Clyde walking on his own. Clyde and Penn...more
2) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 2, Accession 2399
Laura and Clyde Hodgkin holding baby Mary Hodgkin. Laura, Forest, Clyde and Mary Hodgkin on the beach at Range Pond in Poland, ME. People playing outside at the Additon Family reunion...more
3) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 3, Accession 2399
The Hodgkin and Meade families eating Thanksgiving dinner and relaxing afterwards at the Meade household. Members of the Baptist Youth Fellowship making a large web out of twine with a...more
4) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 4, Accession 2399
A shot of Laura Hodgkin and others on a beach. A boy driving a tractor with two children in a wagon filled with hay attached to it. A large crowd and people standing near cars parked...more
5) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 5, Accession 2399
Mary and Clyde Hodgkin raking hay. People in and around tractors and a pickup truck on a farm. Connie and Marilyn Rathbun, Lily Cady and Forest Hodgkin on the beach at Martin’s Point...more
6) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 6, Accession 2399
Marilyn Rathbun riding a go-cart. Douglas Hodgkin driving his Volkswagon (VW) Beetle, or Bug. People posing at Douglas and Phyllis’ wedding. The White Mountains, including views from...more
7) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 7, Accession 2399
Mount Washington in New Hampshire, including people standing on the peak and a sign for the Polar Caves. Benson Animal Farm in Hudson, NH, including Mary and Clyde Hodgkin feeding swan...more
8) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 8, Accession 2399
Footage of people skiing, including boys playing on ski lifts, a fort in the snow with a sign that reads, “Fort Hog”, someone skiing out of Fort Hog, skiing, people dressing a dog up in...more
9) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 1, Accession 2491
Laura, Bertha and Mae Hodgkin with numerous young children. Irving Hodgkin pushing his young grandchildren, Irving and Douglas Hodgkin, in a stroller as two dogs walk with them. A sho...more
10) [Clayton P. Hodgkin--home movies] Reel 2, Accession 2491
Children playing and adults interacting in a yard, including Charles Meade, Harold and Ruth Meade with their son Rodney, Douglas Hodgkin, Mrs. Rathbun and Arthur Niles, with Harold in a...more
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