The Deaths of David and Romie Hodell

 

The Photographs

 

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Generally, the captions shown are Mr. Spooner's notes written on the reverse of each image.

 

   

Meda Hodell as she appears at the Detroit House of Correction in 1926. (824)

 

Meda Dudgeon Hodell. Taken at the House of Correction in 1928. (02)

Meda Hodell. (02) No other information provided.

   

Meda Hodell. No other information provided, presumably at the Detroit House of Correction.

 

Mrs. Alice Dudgeon as she appeared before leaving the jail in White Cloud after three years of confinement. 1925

Lee Dudgeon, acquitted of manslaughter in Hodell case, White Cloud. 1925? (184)

   

A stump pulling rig, similar to what Romie would have used.

Another stump puller, this one located at Windmill Gardens. Image courtesy of Sandy Peavey.

 

Little school in swamp where Meda went to school. Now abandoned. (21)

   

Dudgeon house as it appeared before being ??? this trial. Please see next image for reverse.

 

Reverse of above image, scanned due to illegible handwriting.

Dudgeon home, north and east side. (21)

   

East end of Dudgeon home as it appeared before it burned. Please see Note 1.

 

Road leading from the Dudgeon home through the swamp to Romie Hodell's home (21)

House on Terwilliger farm where Romie Hodell lived.

   

Barn on Terwilliger farm where Romie Hodell's body was found hanging, May 06, 1922. (21)

Jury, attorneys Branstrom & Wetmore, and sheriff David M(?) at the farm where Romie Hodell's body was found hanging May 06, 1922. Please see Note 2.

 

Reverse of previous image, scanned due to illegible handwriting.

   

Fred R. Everett and Frank E. Wetmore. Counsel for the defense in the Dudgeon trial. (172)

 

Judge Harry Dingman who presided at Dudgeon trial in White Cloud, 1925 (184)

Jurors in Dudgeon trial at White Cloud examining the barn and premises where Romie Hodell's body was found.

       

Jury viewing debris, all that is left of the Dudgeon home. (30)

 

 

Note 1 - The rest of Spooner's note reads "It burned last summer during the third trial of Mrs. Alice Dudgeon. She has been released from custody to care for her son Lee Dudgeon who is in critical condition. It is unlikely she will be brought to trial again. The shots of the murder home then played an important part in the trial. Taken in 1922."

 

Note 2 - Please note that no account of a "Sheriff David M" during this time frame has been found. Records indicate that the sheriff's name was Nobel McKinley, and the Deputy Sheriff was Winfred E. Patterson.

 

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