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William Hodgson

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William Hodgson (1851-1911) of Hodgson and Stead, William Hodgson and Sons and George Garner and Sons

1861 Living at 20 Rodney Street, Salford: Christopher Hodgson (age 44 born Kirby Stephen, Westm), Machinist employing 31 men. With his wife Mary Hodgson (age 40 born Riding) and their four children; Betsey Hodgson (age 19 born Salford); Ann Hodgson (age 18 born Salford); William Hodgson (age 10 born Salford) and Christopher Hodgson (age 1 born Salford). Also one visitor Edward M. Gaskell (age 3).[1]

1901 Living at Leslie, Longley Road, Worsley: William Hodgson (age 50 born Salford), Weighing Machine Maker and Iron Founder - Employer. With his wife Sarah Agnes Hodgson (age 52 born Salford) and their five children; Mary Hodgson (age 28 born Salford); William Hodgson (age 25 born Salford), Weighing Machine Maker (Manager); Christopher Hodgson (age 23 born Salford), Weighing Machine Maker (Traveller); Alfred Hodgson (age 21 born Salford), Ironfounder (Ass. Foreman); and Agnes Hodgson (age 17 born Salford).[2]

1910 Obituary [3]

WILLIAM HODGSON was born at Salford, Manchester, on 25th June 1850.

His education was received at local schools and at the Manchester Mechanics' Institute.

He commenced his apprenticeship in 1864 at the works of Messrs. Hodgson and Stead, scale and weighing-machine makers, of Salford, and on its completion in 1871 he became works manager for the same firm. This position he held for ten years, and then represented the firm until 1884 in Yorkshire, Northumberland, and Durham.

In 1885 he became a partner and manager, and subsequently sole proprietor and managing director on the conversion of the firm into a company in 1908.

He severed his connection with Messrs. Hodgson and Stead in February 1910, and was since identified with his two sons as William Hodgson and Sons, scale and weighing-machine makers, West High Street Works, Salford.

In his association with the weighing-machine business he developed and introduced many special devices, among which may be mentioned: the perfecting of the self-contained weighbridge; the invention of the automatic pit-bank weighing-machine for collieries; also the invention of the relieving combination weighbridge for weighing trains of mixed wagons without uncoupling.

He was also managing director of Messrs. George Garner and Sons, ironfounders, Openshaw, Manchester.

For eight years Mr. Hodgson served on the Salford Town Council, during which time he was deputy-chairman and subsequently chairman of the Electricity Committee. He also served on the Gas and Tramways Committees. He was vice-chairman of the Ironfounding Trade Conciliation Board for the Manchester district, and for many years was President of the Manchester and District Ironfounders' Association. In 1906 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Salford.

His death took place at his residence near Worsley, Manchester, on 29th April 1910, in his sixtieth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1900.

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