Kenneth G Hodge

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Kenneth G Hodge (1914-72), first live-in lover of Rock Hudson. (Their relationship was approx. 1946-1950 ish).

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Kenneth G Hodge

Kenneth G "Ken" Hodge was born Aug 9, 1914 in San Bernardino County, California to Harry Hallam Hodge (1886-1956) and his wife Frances E Bedford. Harry was a bookkeper and cashier for Globe Grain and Milling Company in Colton.

Frances died on Dec 7, 1916 at Colton when Kenneth was only 2. His father who had been promoted by this time to assistant manager, remarried by 1923 to Anna Barbara Breitling, daughter of George Breitling, also residents of Colton. Harry and Anna had two children: Harry H Hodge Jr in 1923 and Richard Breitling Hodge in 1926, both born in San Bernardino County.

Rock Hudson, at that time still going by his name Roy Fitzgerald, was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 and decided to go to California because his father, was living in Long Beach. He found a job driving for Budget Pack. In Long Beach, for the first time, he met men who were open about being gay. One of these was Kenneth G Hodge. "...Ken Hodge had worked in radio for many years, producing Lux Radio Theatre. Ken was thirty-six and Roy was twenty-one...he lived in a penthouse...in the Chateau Marmont, a building owned by his Aunt Bernadette." (My Story, p 43) But Davidson was wrong as Kenneth was only 32 when they met.

Roy and Kenneth met in the Summer of 1947, together they left Long Beach and moved to Hollywood where they shared a bungalow in the hills. Kenneth worked his contacts and threw parties to introduce his protege. At one of these, Roy met Henry Willson. Without Ken's knowledge, Roy contacted Willson, they signed a contract and Willson became his agent. A short time later, Kenneth moved back to Long Beach, alone. Davidson reports that "..Roy's first check, made out to "Roy FitzGerald" from Vanguard Films of Culver City is endorsed on the back "Roy FitzGerald, Pay to the Order of Rock Hudson, Kenneth G Hodge"

In her book Sara Davidson, quoting Rock's later friends, states that Kenneth "moved back to Long Beach and fell apart". Kenneth G Hodge died 23 Dec 1972 in Los Angeles County.

Primary documentation

  • California Birth Index here showing : "Kenneth G Hodge, born 9 Aug 1914, San Bernardino County, mother's maiden name Bedford" [Note: A reverse search using only Hodge and Bedford, shows no other children for this combination.]
  • California Death Index on microfiche, filmed and online at Vitalsearch-ca.com showing : "Frances E Hodge, spouse H H, died age 29 years, on Dec 7, 1916, San Bernardino County"
  • World War I Draft Registration Card here showing : "Harry Hallam Hodge, of 1128 N8th, Colton; born 18 Jun 1886 at Independence, Kansas; Cashier at Globe Grain and Milling Co of Colton; Single, 1 child; Tall, Stout, Gray eyes, Light Brown hair; One eye blind; June 5, 1917 at Colton"
  • 1920 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "Fred C Waldschmidt 42 b IL; Bernardine 34 b CA; Harry H Hodge 33 widower b KS/NY/OH; Kenneth G Hodge 5 b CA/KS/CA"
  • 1920 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "George Breitling, 60, immigrated in 1872, b Germany, no occupation; Laura M, 44, immigrated in 1890, b Denmark; Anna, daughter, 22, single b CA; Fred, son, 19, b CA; Mildred 12 b CA"
  • 1930 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "Harry H Hodges 43 b KS; Anna B 32; Kenneth G 15; Harry H 6; Richard B 3 9/12"
    • Los Angeles City, 1946 showing : "Kenneth G Hodge, 7136 Sycamore Trail, R[epublican]"
    • Long Beach, 1948 showing : "Roy H Fitzgerald, 921 E Broadway, R[epublican]; Kenneth G Hodge, 921 E Broadway, R[epublican]" (this appears to be an apartment building, about 15 people list it as their address)
    • Long Beach, 1950 showing : "Roy H Fitzgerald, 921 E Broadway, R[epublican]; Kenneth G Hodge, 921 E Broadway, R[epublican]"

Secondary sources

Harry Hallam Hodge

Harry Hallam Hodge was born 18 Jun 1886 at Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas to Morgan C Hodge, and Emma J Woods. By 1900 the family had moved to Rialto, San Bernardino County, California. Harry married Frances E Bedford and had one child, Kenneth G Hodge, but his first wife died Dec 1916. Harry went to work for Globe Grain and Milling Company of Colton, California. By 1930 he had married again to Anna Breitling.

Harry died 11 Dec 1956 in San Bernardino County, California.

Primary documentation for 2

  • World War I Draft Registration Card here showing : "Harry Hallam Hodge, of 1128 N8th, Colton; born 18 Jun 1886 at Independence, Kansas; Cashier at Globe Grain and Milling Co of Colton; Single, 1 child; Tall, Stout, Gray eyes, Light Brown hair; One eye blind; June 5, 1917 at Colton"
  • 1920 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "Fred C Waldschmidt 42 b IL; Bernardine 34 b CA; Harry H Hodge 33 widower b KS/NY/OH, Asst Mgr, Flour Mill; Kenneth G Hodge 5 b CA/KS/CA"
  • 1920 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "George Breitling, 60, immigrated in 1872, b Germany, no occupation; Laura M, 44, immigrated in 1890, b Denmark; Anna, daughter, 22, single b CA; Fred, son, 19, b CA; Mildred 12 b CA"
  • 1930 Census of Colton, San Bernardino County, California here showing : "Harry H Hodges 43 b KS, Asst Mgr, Flour Mill; Anna B 32; Kenneth G 15; Harry H 6; Richard B 3 9/12"
  • California Death Index 1940-77 here showing : "Harry H Hodge, born 18 Jun 1886, Kansas, died 11 Dec 1956, San Bernardino County, mother's maiden name: Woods"

Frances E Bedford

Frances E Bedford was born 1896/7 in California.

She married Harry Hallam Hodge and they had only one surviving child Kenneth G Hodge on Aug 9, 1914 in San Bernardino County, California.

Frances died on Dec 7, 1916 in San Bernardino County.

Primary documents for 3

  • California Birth Index here showing : "Kenneth G Hodge, born 9 Aug 1914, San Bernardino County, mother's maiden name Bedford" [Note: A reverse search using only Hodge and Bedford, shows no other children for this combination.]
  • California Death Index on microfiche, filmed and online at Vitalsearch-ca.com showing : "Frances E Hodge, spouse H H, died age 29 years, on Dec 7, 1916, San Bernardino County"

Morgan C Hodge

Morgan C Hodge was born about 1854 in Ohio. By 1875 he is living in Kansas and in the 1880 census he was living at Emporia, Kansas where he was a school teacher. He married by 1900 and moved to Rialto, San Bernardino County, California. He and his wife had several children.

Morgan C Hodge died 16 Apr 1937 in San Bernardino County, aged 83 years.

Primary sources for 4

Emma J Wood

Emma J Wood was the daughter of Lafayette Arnold Wood and Harriet Babcock. She married Morgan C Hodge and they moved to Rialto, San Bernardino County, California. This is probably where she died in 1908.

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