Here is a photo of Henry Hodge (My Uncle). In front of the Guard House in Barstow, CA, Marine Base in 1957.
Henry Hodge (my Uncle) was an Orderly and attendee at the Rancho Los Amigos Health Center in the 1950’s in Los Angeles, California. At the time the Rancho Los Amigos was a facility for those that had polio. Henry was the only African American working at the facility in that capacity at the time.
This is a photo of Sarah Hodge, the grandmother of my dad’s best friend Henry Hodge. Henry was raised by Sarah, who he called mom as he did not know his real mother as she ran off to Chicago when he was a baby. This photo was taken in Saint Louis, Missouri in the late 1930’s or early 1940’s.
13 years old
After I completed the other post Puzzling History, I went into Henry’s room and told him what I knew based on the 1930 Census. I shared with him that John Wilson could not be the boy in the photo because he was 18 when Henry was born. I also told him that John Wilson was the grandson of the Sam and Sarah Hodge, and that John Wilson, Sr. was the Son-in-law.
|Henry’s brother (unk name for now) and Henry|
I said that the mother is not on the 1930 Census, and wanted to know if she had died. When I shared with him what I knew he opened up and told me that John Wilson Sr.’s wife was his mother and had seen her a few times and that she ran off with the man that was Henry’s father, and left him with his grandparents that raised him as their own son (they adopted him). Mr. John Wilson was not his biological father and Mr. Sam Hodge would not ever say that he was Henry’s father or even give him that emotional support. Apparently there were negative feelings towards the situation so the environment was not good for Henry’s upbringing.
Months ago I asked Henry about Sam Hodge and he would say oh, that’s my dad. He would not tell me anything more even though I tried. He would tell me he was a man, and he was unemployed for many years, but he did not talk to him. Of course this made me sad for his home situation when he was a child.
Henry left St. Louis when he joined the military and only went back to bury each of his parents. In due time, I will get more stories from Henry, but seeing that there are deep-rooted negative feelings that he has not dealt with, I will need to do a little at a time so I have a complete picture.
So the boy in the photo above is Henry’s brother. Apparently she took his half-brother with her when she left St. Louis, MO. I will get more info as time goes on.
|Poss. Henry’s Biological Brother & Henry Hodge
(l to r)
I have seen the 1930 Census and Henry Hodge is listed as Norris Henry. It is obvious that this is him, but he stated that he did not know why the name on the census had Norris. “I was thinking that Norris may be his biological families surname. (of course I need to do further investigation)”
I asked Henry what his brother’s name was and he could not remember at first and then he said I think John. So looking at the 1930 Census below, I know that this could not be a photo of John Wilson as the Census states that John Wilson is the Hodge’s grandson and that the older John Wilson is their Son-in-law.
I believe that there is more to the story that I am being told and due to difficult feelings surrounding Henry’s birth and family life, I am going to have to slowly help him to remember. Over the next few months, I will be looking at the Census reports of any Norris or even Henry families in the area. I will also investigate the Wilson’s on other Census Reports and see what I can discover.
Update: Go to this Blog The Picture is Becoming Clearer.