======================================= Source:HISTORY OF WYOMING CO., NY BY: F. W. BEERS, 1880 =======================================
Oliver Hodges, Esq., who died on the 19th day of June, 1878, came as early as 1805, in company with his parents, when he was only seven years old, to the town of Attica, Wyoming Co., NY. His father, Eliphalet Hodges, located on the farm where his grandson, Garey Hodges, now resides, and the land has always remained in the title of his father since the deceased of his grandparents. When Oliver Hodges came to this town there were only a few pioneer settlers, who had raised three or four log cabins. Hardly any clearings had been made, nor any better roads laid out than footpaths through the woods, between the settlers dwellings. He assisted in clearing the land to which he was heir, became accustomed to hard labor, and identified himself with the growth and business prosperity of the town. When eleven years of age he carried the mail regularly between Attica and Batavia, NY, making the journey on horseback, sometimes requiring his horse to leap over the trees that had fallen across his pathway. He was at home on horseback from childhood. In the days when men were arrested and imprisoned for debt he was constable and collector of this town, and his duties, if not always pleasant, were at least full of excitement. His business habits were such that he was repeatedly appointed deputy sheriff of Genesee County when this part of Wyoming County belonged to Genesee. The older inhabitants can recollect the capture of the notorious counterfeiter Law, of his being brought to trial and the murderous assault he made in the court room upon an accomplice, Topliff, who testified against him. It is believed he would have accomplished his purpose if he had not been forcibly prevented. Mr. Hodges and Rue Nelson walked from Brierfield, MA, to Attica, NY in eight days, a pretty good illustration of the active habits of the young men in those times. Afterward Mr. Hodges used to draw dry goods and groceries from Albany, NY to Attica, NY for $3.25 per hundred. He took a reasonable amount of interest in town policies, and was a Whig until the organization of the Republican party. He was considered a man of excellent judgement, a good citizen, a kind neighbor and pleasant in his social relations.
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