Washington Dodge

Washington Dodge

Dr Henry Washington Dodge was born on 3 June 1859 in Sonora, Tuolumne County, California. He was the son of Dr. Mark Tyler Dodge (1832 - 1860), and Eliza Laurence Rodgers (1837 - 1925). Mark Dodge came from New York and Eliza Rodgers hailed from Jamestown, California. They had married 25 March 1855 in Jamestown, Tuolumne, California. The couple went on to have two children, Henry Washington Dodge, and Adelaide Louise (1862 - 1927).  Mark Dodge died before Washington turned 7 years old, Leaving Eliza, and Adelaide to fend for themselves.

In the 1870 census, the family was living in Sonora, Tualumne, California. Washington Dodge attended the Boys High School in San Francisco, then the University of California, beginning in 1881. He obtained his medical degree in 1884. Later on, he became a member of the Medical Department’s faculty with the title of Professor of Therapeutics.

Dodge married Alice Lampson Shepard (1864 - 1959), on 11 February 1891. She had previously been married to Charles Shepard and had two children, Royal (b. 1885), and Gladys (b.1886). The couple had one son, Henry Washington Dodge (1891 - 1967). The couple later divorced in 1902. He later remarried in 1905 to Ruth Brown (née Vidaver), a widow who had a daughter, Vida (1899 - 1990). The family soon welcomed a son, Washington Dodge Jr. In 1910 the family was living in a grand home on Laguna avenue in San Francisco, California.

In 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Dodge left with Washington Jr. for France, to treat Washington Sr.'s blood disease. After treatment, the Dodge family returned on board Titanic. The family boarded at Cherbourg, Travelling as first class passengers, the family occupied cabin A-34 (ticket number 33638, £81 17s 2d). On the night of sinking, Washington helped his wife and son into lifeboat 5 before escaping in lifebloat 13.

Dr. Dodge quit the Assessor’s office and went to work for the Anglo London Paris National Bank, as a vice president. In 1917, Dodge left the bank to run the Federal Telegraph Company. He earned $18,000 a year as the company’s president. Federal Telegraph controlled the shares of Poulsen Wireless Corporation.

In 1919, Washington suffered a nervous breakdown and, on 21 June 1919, he shot himself in the basement garage of his apartment building. He died 9 days later on 30 June 1919. He was just cremated at Cypress Lawn and the urn was handed over to the family.

Ruth was named the executrix of his estate and soon moved back to her hometown of New York City and died on 25 July 1950. His son Henry married Florence Bothin and had a daughter, Ferris (b. 1926), and died in 1967. His second son, Washington, first Married Helen Hubbard and had two sons, and then to Helen Brown and had one son, before he died in 1974.

The ashes of Dr Washington Dodge and his wife Ruth are both interred at San Francisco Columbarium, San Francisco County, Aquilo (Tier 4, Niche 5)

Notes

Dodge's other son, Henry was born 29th November, 1891 and died in San Francisco in August 1967.

References and Sources

State of California Certificate of Death
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).

Research Articles

Titanica! (2002) Iceberg at the Golden Gate
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Newspaper Articles

San Francisco Call (3 April 1906) Washington Dodge Marriage
San Francisco Call (9 April 1906) Marriage of Dr. Washington Dodge and Mrs. Ruth Brown
The marriage will take place next Thursday in New York
Chicago American (16 April 1912) 300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS
San Francisco Chronicle (16 April 1912) DR. DODGE AND FAMILY MAY HAVE MISSED TITANIC
San Francisco Chronicle (18 April 1912) DR. DODGE AND HIS FAMILY ARE SAFE
Washington Times (19 April 1912) CAPT. SMITH ENDED LIFE WHEN TITANIC BEGAN TO FOUNDER
San Francisco Bulletin (19 April 1912) San Francisco's Assessor Tells Story of the Wreck of the Titanic
San Francisco Bulletin (20 April 1912) DR. DODGE GIVES STORY OF RESCUE
San Francisco Bulletin (30 April 1912) DR. DODGE'S WIFE TELLS STORY OF TITANIC WRECK
San Francisco Chronicle (22 June 1919) DR. DODGE ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
San Francisco Examiner (22 June 1919) DR. WASHINGTON DODGE TRIES SUICIDE; MAY DIE
San Francisco Examiner (23 June 1919) DOCTOR DODGE IS OPERATED ON; CONDITION SERIOUS
San Francisco Chronicle (23 June 1919) DR. DODGE IN CRITICAL STATE
San Francisco Call & Post (23 June 1919) DR. DODGE SHOOTS SELF; MAY DIE
San Francisco Bulletin (23 June 1919) DR. DODGE STILL IN SERIOUS CONDITION
San Francisco Bulletin (24 June 1919) DR. DODGE MAY NOT RECOVER FROM WOUND
San Francisco Chronicle (24 June 1919) DR. DODGE MAY RECOVER: HAD BEEN GUARDED
San Francisco Examiner (24 June 1919) DR. DODGE'S FATE IS STILL IN DOUBT
San Francisco Bulletin (27 June 1919) WASHINGTON DODGE MAY RECOVER, HIS PHYSICIAN THINKS
San Francisco Bulletin (28 June 1919) DR. DODGE DYING, IS REPORT
San Francisco Examiner (29 June 1919) DEATH HOVERING OVER DR. DODGE; END IS EXPECTED
San Francisco Call & Post (30 June 1919) DR. DODGE DIES AS RESULT OF WOUNDS
San Francisco Bulletin (30 June 1919) SUICIDAL BULLET IS FATAL TO DR. DODGE
Unidentified Newspaper (1 July 1919) DODGE
San Francisco Examiner (1 July 1919) DR. DODGE DIES FROM WOUNDS HE INFLICTED
San Francisco Chronicle (1 July 1919) DR. WASHINGTON DODGE DIES AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
San Francisco Call & Post (1 July 1919) FUNERAL OF DR. DODGE TO BE HELD THURSDAY

Images

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San Francisco Call (1912) Washington Dodge
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San Francisco Chronicle (1912) Washington Dodge

Documents and Certificates

(1919) Washington Dodge (Death Certificate)

Miscellaneous

Jeffrey McGinnis San Francisco Columbarium & Funeral Home
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