Baby Named for Opera House, Gargling Oil, Samuel J. Tilden

John Hodge Opera House Centennial Gargling Oil Samuel J. Tilden Ten Brook was born in Olcott, New York, in the early 1870s.

His father had wanted to name him after family friend John Hodge (1837-1895) of Lockport. But, at the christening in 1876, Hodge himself suggested a few more middle names:

  • Opera House – Hodge owned the Lockport, NY, Opera House
  • Centennial – for the Philadelphia Centennial that year
  • Gargling Oil – Hodge was the proprietor of Merchant’s Gargling Oil Company
  • Samuel J. Tilden – Hodge was a “staunch supporter of Samuel J. Tilden and his presidential campaign”

And Ten Brook is a Dutch surname. It means “near the marsh.”

Sources:

  • “Autograph Fans Irk Man of Many Names.” Montreal Gazette 22 Jan. 1938: 9.
  • Miscellany, Mar. 22, 1948.TIME Magazine 22 Mar. 1948.

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