Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror
I was born in Melrose MA May 1, 1913, the last of seven children of Edith and William Jodrey.
Educated in the Melrose Public School system. I quit school my senior year to explore America. Became part of the Walk-about USA in 1932. Hitchhiked to Washington DC first. Had $20, which didn't last too long. Everyone was nice, and many offered money. When I was hungry, I accepted whatever was given. From Washington I hitchhiked to Chicago and then to South Dakota. I became part of the Hobo crowd and rode freight trains to Seattle, WA, hitchhiked to California then caught freight trains across the US back to Indiana.
Did this for four months and returned to Melrose. Joined the CCC and spent one year in Vermont then back to Melrose to settle down and earn a living.
Married Dorothy Davison on December 31, 1935, New Years Eve. Had one child, Elaine born in 1939. Elaine now lives in Ocala, FL. I have one grand child, David.
I have had a variety of occupations: Tree surgeon, licensed oil- burner repair person, and during World War II I was a crane-rigger at General Electric Company in Lynn, MA then a post-war mechanical inspector. I retired in 1975 after 33 years with them.
After retiring I drove a bus for the Greater Lynn Senior Services.
An early hobby of wood carving led to sculpting and ceramics in later life. Took classes in art; i.e. oils, watercolors, scenery and portraits. In the apartment complex where I live, all the basement walls are covered with my paintings. I also have several hanging in the lounge area.
I am no longer painting but have concentrated on storytelling with my word-processor. I had been telling of my early experiences as part of the Walk About USA while wandering around the country and was persuaded to start writing about it. So, everything else has been pushed to the back burner, and all my energies are now directed to putting my experiences on paper.
I enjoy fellowship, being part of the Silver Stringers.
Additional Articles by Bill Jodrey:
id 4 Drifters -- Six Days in a Boxcar -- Tales of Open Road
id 78 The Berry Express -- Tales of Open Road
id 80 Mojave Crossing -- Tales of Open Road
id 120 Portland Hotshot -- Tales of Open Road
id 125 Riding a la carte... -- Tales of Open Road
id 131 A Really Bad Day -- Tales of Open Road
id 356 The Northwest Passage -- Tales of Open Road
id 159 Early November 1997 -- Features
id 184 Idle Thots of an Idler -- Poetry
id 185 Eternity in a Capsule -- Random Thoughts
id 409 Treasure Hunting in Melrose -- Features
id 482 The Unexplainable Incident -- Tales of Open Road
id 483 The Dark Night of Passage -- Tales of Open Road
id 573 One Very Wet Night -- Tales of Open Road
id 2104 Retrospective Thoughts on Hoboing -- Tales of Open Road
id 2128 My Personal Responses to the Depression -- Great Depression
id 2241 Earthday Future -- Features
id 2242 Idle Thots of an Idler - Part II -- Features 1999
id 2656 What Do I Dream Of When I Daydream -- Random Thoughts
id 2657 Idle Thots of An Idler -- Features 4/16/99
id 11789 It's 1934- I joined the CCC -- Tales of Open Road
id 2699 An Idlers Theme -- Poetry 4/16/99
id 2700 Thoughts -- Random Thoughts
id 13339 Minnehaha -- Poetry 3/26/99
id 2733 To a Friend -- Poetry
id 2741 What to do When Retired -- Art
id 2742 Mind at Rest -- Poetry
id 2743 High Plains Passage -- Tales of Open Road
id 2876 Hunting Deer with the CCC -- Tales of Open Road 4/16/99
id 3026 The Long Point of View -- Poetry 7/2/99
id 3172 Dowsing For Fun, Part I -- Features 10/1/99
id 3175 Dowsing For Fun, Part II -- Features 11/5/99
id 3294 Climb A Mountain -- Poetry 12/3/99
id 3270 An Objective Review -- Tales of Open Road 1/7/00
id 3689 Reminiscences -- Features 2/4/00
id 3763 The Wanderer -- Features 3/3/00
id 3766 The Human Spirit -- Features 3/3/00
id 3861 Looking Forward To Spring -- Random Thoughts 4/7/00
id 3765 What Are Human Beings? -- Random Thoughts 5/5/00
id 4290 Observations of Melrose MA -- Random Thoughts 10/600
id 4264 Moonlight on the prairie -- Tales of Open Road 10/6/00
id 4291 Westward Ho -- Tales of Open Road 11/3/00
id 4292 The high plains passage -- Great Depression 12/01/00
id 4518 Passersby -- Poetry 1/5/01
id 4517 Assorted Thoughts -- Poetry 1/5/01
id 4519 Youngster on the lam -- Tales of Open Road 1/5/01
id 4511 View from 6th floor -- Photogravure1/5/01
id 4564 The Secret -- Tales of Open Road 2/2/01
id 4798 The Pennsy Farm -- Tales of Open Roads/4/01
id 4801 My curiosity was piqued -- Feature 8/3/01
id 5381 My car did its own thing -- Feature 9/7/01
id 4845 The Ohio Crossing -- Feature 11/2/01
id 4989 Police & Injun Town -- Tales of open road 12/07/01
id 5845 Bill Jodrey publishes first book -- Feature 3/1/02