Kenneth G Hodge

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Kenneth G Hodge

Kenneth G 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 and had two more 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)

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"

Primary documentation

  • California Birth Index here showing : "Kenneth G Hodge, born 9 Aug 1914, San Bernardino County, mother's maiden name Bedford"
  • World War I Draft Registration Card here showing : "Harry Hallan 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"
  • 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"

Secondary sources

  • Rock Hudson, His Story, by Rock Hudson and Sara Davidson; William Morrow and Company, New York. 1986 ISBN 0688064728 Buy it at Amazon

Harry Hallam Hodge

Primary documentation for 2

  • 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"
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