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Hodgepodge

Roy Hodge, Columnist - Roy began his career at The Fulton Patriot in February of 1959 as a linotype operator.  During his long career, he performed every newspaper job — from paper delivery to editor and publisher. He has entertained readers with tales of his family’s antics and many interesting Fulton residents in his long-running “Hodgepodge” column. Roy retired from The Fulton Patriot in June of 2010.

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

John and Mary Just in case you were wondering, John was the most popular male baby’s name 100 years ago, in 1914. Also in the top 10 were William, James, Robert, Joseph, George, Charles, Edward, Frank and Walter. One hundred years ago, Mary topped the list as the top female baby name followed by Helen,(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

No Business Like Snow Business The first time I mentioned the fateful “S” word in this space was in my third column when the short article was about Fulton’s first winter festival. “Hey Dad, I went down and signed up for the snow sculpturing contest; it will be fun.” That’s how the Saturday afternoon adventure(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Reading Old News Packing away the Christmas decor-ations is a part of the holiday routine that I don’t particularly enjoy. Like almost everything that “has to be done,” that job is not a whole lot of fun. But, there is a small part of the process that I like and even look forward to. I(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Call the Doctor I remember when Milton Berle, Red Skelton and Pinky Lee were on television. And not only that, I remember when doctors made house calls. “Wow, you are really old. Did they come by horse and wagon?” Well, not quite, but they came to our front door carrying their little black bag. Dr.(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Christmas in the White House In 1834, President Andrew Jackson held a “frolic” for children of his household. The party included games, dancing, a grand dinner and an indoor “snowball fight” with specially made cotton balls. There’s an 1880 reference to President John Tyler hosting a children’s party in the 1840s at which there was(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

I received a special Christmas card this year, sent to The Valley News by Bea LaClair. I knew that Bea wouldn’t just sign her name; I was sure that she would write a few lines. And she did. Bea, who now lives in Liverpool, wrote, “The Fulton Patriot may be out of business, but your(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Dear Dad First there was a note on my dresser with a message – Dear Dad, see page 242 in the Christmas catalog. That subtle missive led me to a check mark in the Christmas catalog next to something called “Radio Controlled Fat Wheels.” A couple of days later copies of an intricately prepared 15-item(…)

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Last week I picked up a quote from Patriot friend and columnist, Grace Lynch, from a Christmas time Patriot of many years ago: “The Christmas song says that Christmas comes but once a year – yet it comes with a flood of Christmases long gone by.” Grace was speaking from experience, and she knew what(…)

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