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Horace Elgin Dodge, Jr
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1900
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1963
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Son of Auto Baron Horace Dodge Sr. Stepping out of his famous fathers shadow and making his own mark, Horace Dodge Jr., founded Dodge Boat Works in Detroit, Michigan in 1923 with a $2 million dollar bankroll from his mother Anna Thomson Dodge. In early 1924 Horace Jr. produced the first "Dodge Water Car". By 1930 Dodge Boat Works was known as The Horace E. Dodge Boat and Plane Corporation and was at this time located at a larger facility in Newport News, Virginia, although Horace still owned facilities in Detroit. The 1920's were a prospering time for Dodge Boat Works. However by 1936 his operations had shut down due to the Great Depression, and a few years later briefly re-opened during World War II producing military crafts but was again shut down for good after the war. Although his hobby was just a memory, he still enjoyed yachting and was still very much active in the power boat scene, winning awards for motor boat and hydroplane races. His trophy collection was impressive and he once accepted a trophy from President Truman! Known as being high spirited and the life of the party, Horace Dodge Jr. died on December 22, 1963 at the age of 63 in Detroit, MI at Jennings Memorial Hospital. At his bedside were his daughter Delphine Dodge Petz, his personal secretary and a former sister-in-law Florence Sisman. His mother Anna aged 92 at the time, was in Palm Beach Florida when she received the call that her only son was on his deathbed. She immediately made arrangements to fly back to Detroit, first class ticket in hand to see her dying son. After her plane landed, the wealthy widow was assisted into her (Chrysler) IMPERIAL limousine, and the limo raced down I-94 from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with a police escort to the hospital where Horace Jr. lay dying at. He died before his mother made it to the Hospital. Horace Jr's last words were, "Where's Mother?" 
Family links: 
  Horace Elgin Dodge (1868 - 1920)
  Anna Thomson Dodge (1871 - 1970)
  Martha Catherine Devine Gerlach (1912 - 1984)*
  Delphine Ione Dodge Petz (1922 - 2004)*
  Delphine Ione Dodge Godde (1899 - 1943)*
  Horace Elgin Dodge (1900 - 1963)
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Dodge Mausoleum
Created by: Michael Hojnacki
Record added: Jul 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14820517
Horace Elgin Dodge, Jr
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Horace Elgin Dodge, Jr
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