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C. M. ODell


Elk Township


The grim reaper death is always busy gathering his harvest here and there, first in one home and then in another. When C. M. Odell of Elk township was called to his final rest the community in which he lived lost a representative citizen, his associates a faithful friend and his family a devoted husband and father. He was born in Elk township, April 27, 1855, and was a son of Job and Mary Odell.

     Upon the old homestead farm C. M. Odell was reared, remaining there up to the time of his marriage, which was celebrated in 1881, Miss Mary Kennedy becoming his wife. Three children were born of that union, of whom two died in infancy, while the surviving daughter, Clara, is now the wife of C. W. Lash, a resident of North Dakota. The wife and mother passed away and in 1887 Mr. Odell married again, his second union being with Miss Elizabeth Kennedy, a daughter of Cornelius and Mary (Lindsay) Kennedy, both of whom were natives of Ireland. In 1854 they came to the United States and established their home in Elk township, this county, among the pioneer settlers. There was little indication that Delaware county would ever become the thickly populated and prosperous region which it is today, for at that time the work of civilization had hardly penetrated into the region and much the land was still in possession of the government. Mr. Kennedy entered a claim and there on built a log

cabin which the family occupied for several years. Later, however, he improved the place with fine buildings and continued the further development of his farm until with his wife he removed to South Dakota, where they spent their remaining days. In their family were fourteen children, of who eight still survive.

      Mr. and Mrs. Odell became the parents of two sons and a daughter. John K., the eldest, born April 27, 1888, is still at home with his mother and operates the farm. He is a graduate of the Greeley high school and attended Lenox College one year. Edith M., born February 2, 1892, was graduated from the State Normal School at San Diego, California, and is now a teacher in Greeley, Iowa. Benjamin, born October 7, 1899, is attending the high school in Greeley.

     Mr. Odell led a busy life and as the result of his energy, persistency of purpose and careful management he became the owner of two hundred and ninety acres of rich and valuable land on section 21, Elk township, on which he placed many improvements. There he lived until his death, which occurred March 14, 1909, when he was laid to rest in Grandview cemetery, leaving a widow and four children to mourn his loss. He did not seek to figure prominently in any public connection, being content to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs and to faithfully perform the duties which each day brought. His sterling worth, however, was widely recognized and deep regret was felt at his passing.   


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 90-91.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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