Harvey Dodge of Post Mills, Vermont|
(Eliphalet S., Jeremiah Jr., Jeremiah, Phineas, John, John, RIchard
Men of Vermont: Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters & Sons of Vermont. Ullery. Brattleboro: Transcript Publishing Company, 1894, p 108
Harvey DODGE, of Post Mills [Orange County, Vermont], was born 26 August 1821 at Thetford [Orange County, Vermont], son of Eliphalet S. and Mary (COX) DODGE. Eliphalet DODGE came to Thetford in 1802, and purchased one-half of the original POST farm, on which most of the thriving village of Post Mills is located, and pursued the occupations of farmer and lumberman. Eliphalet S. was uncle of the well-unknown George PEABODY, the millionaire banker and philanthropist of London, who, while he was a poor boy, resided nearly two years with Mr. DODGE upon his farm and received from him much kindness and encouragement. Mr. Harvey DODGE was brought up upon the farm and has always resided there except four years which he spent in Norwich [Windsor County, Vermont]. He successfully devotes himself to farming and stock raising. Mr. PEABODY, in remembrance of his early associations, has endowed the village of Post Mills with a public library, his own name has been given to the institution and his cousin Harvey who gave the site holds the position of librarian. By the terms of the bequest, three members of the DODGE family, while such members survive, are made permanent trustees and with them are associated other elective members and the resident minister or ministers of the parish. This library contains nearly six thousand well-selected volumes.
On 09 April 1846 Mr. [Harvey] DODGE was united in marriage to Sarah Jane, daughter of Halsey and Mercy (BUTTON) RILEY. They have had four children, two of whom are living: Burton R., and Henry M. In a second union he [Harvey DODGE] was married to Martha E., daughter of Frederick and Anna (CHANDLER) LADD. Mr. DODGE has held many positions of trust and honor; has always been a Republican; has been deputy sheriff fourteen years; justice of the peace for sixteen consecutive terms; was elected by a large majority to represent Thetford in 1870; was made assistant judge of Orange County court in 1876. For twenty years has belonged to Crystal Lake Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The standing of Judge DODGE in town and county is attested to by many important positions to which he has been chosen.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly