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Moses Eaton Dodge, late a prosperous and highly respected farmer of Hopkinton, N.H., was born September 20, 1828, son of Henry and Susan (Eaton) Dodge. His parents, after their marriage, settled on the present Dodge farm, which has been in the possession of the family for seventy-five years. He was educated in the common schools, and early became engaged in farming and lumbering, in both of which occupations he was successful, and in the latter of which he did an extensive business, often employing about forty men. He was a man of quiet habits, a great reader, and an intelligent and useful citizen, respected by his fellow-townsmen. He served as Town Assessor; and he was a charter member of Union Grange, in which he also held office. In politics he was a Democrat. January 29, 1861, he married Abbie A., daughter of Charles and Phœbe (Hill) Weeks, of Hopkinton, by whom he had one son, Henry. Mr. Dodge died December 16, 1889, and was buried in the old Stumpfield district cemetery, where his parents rest. Mrs. Moses Dodge, who survives her husband, and resides on the old farm, is a lady of education and refinement, and an excellent conversationalist. She is somewhat of an invalid, being afflicted with rheumatism, which necessitates her constant use of a wheel chair. Still, she views life serenely, and spends her quiet, leisurely days in the pleasant surroundings of her picturesque home.

Henry Dodge, the son mentioned above, was born on the farm, January 2, 1863. He was educated at Contoocook Academy, and at New Hampton Institute, in which latter institution he took the four years’ course, and was graduated with high honors in 1885. He studied medicine with Dr. Conn at Concord, and subsequently attended Dartmouth Medical College, and also the University of Vermont, where he took his degree as Doctor of Medicine in 1888. He had as early as the age of sixteen taught school in Warner during the vacations, and he kept it up during his college course. After receiving his diploma, Webster, where he succeeded to the practice of Dr. Arey on the death of that gentleman. He was soon after elected County Physician for a term of three years, having an office at Penacook. He has since been in general practice in Webster, and is a prominent citizen there. He served on the School Board, and in 1894 he was elected to the legislature of the State. He is a prominent member of the grange, in which he is valued as a speaker on matter affecting the interests of that body. Dr. Dodge married Miss Josie Hoyt, daughter of Benjamin Hoyt, who was roadmaster at Wareham, Mass., for thirty years. The Doctor and his wife had one son-Clarence B., whom they named for the son of ex-Governor Burleigh, of Maine, but who died quite suddenly, November 23, 1894.

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