|1879 Apr 12 - Iowa South-West Democrat, Bedford, Iowa, - Many of our readers will be pleased to learn that the celebrated young horse Prince Albert formerly owned by Noah O'Dell of Adams County, has lately been purchased by Warren O'Dell of Taylor County for the sum of near $1000. To the regret of the citizens of Adams County, Taylor County now boasts of the finest horse between the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers.|
|1879 Jun 14 - Iowa South-West Democrat, Bedford, Iowa|
|Mr Warren O'Dell informs us that on last Saturday nite, at about ten o'clock he discovered some one wrapped in a buffalo robe, dark lantern in hand, picking at the lock on the door of the barn in which Prince Albert is kept. He was within ten feet of him, when happening to have his revolver in his hand, he fired. The shot was immediately returned. Fortunately the ball only bruised his ear. He certainly thinks he must have wounded the would be thief, although he has no positive evident to that effect. Not even the slightest clue to the men's (there were two of them) whereabouts have been discovered nor can anyone guess who could expect to get away with a $1000 stallion unobserved unless they were professionals.|
From Wyoming.Big Horn, Wyoming Territory, September 4, 1884
C. O'Dell, Esq., Bedford, Iowa: Sir - I told you in my last that assoon as I got through I would tell you about our trip from Spearfish, and describe the country as best I could.
Big Horn City, Wyoming
|1904 - Bedford Free-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 28, 1904|
|On last Sunday as Warren O'Dell and wife were starting out on a drive they meet with quite an accident. Just as the horses were coming through the gate into the highway, they turned a sharp corner and upset the buggy, throwing the occupants to the ground. Both Mr and Mrs O'Dell lit on their shoulders upon strking the ground, with the result of Mrs O'Dell getting badly bruised and Warren dislocating his shoulder. They are able to be around, but have been suffering more or less from the injuries. Dr McColm bandaged the broken members and bound up the bruises.|
|1922 - New Market Herald, New Market, Iowa, Jan 12, 1922|
|MARRIED IN DES MOINES|
|Warren O'Dell and Edith Hutson [sic, Hopson] were united in marriage Saturday Dec 24th in the State Capitol building. The ceremony which united this worthy couple for life was performed by Judge Lawrence DeGraff, of the Supreme Court. The bride and groom returned last week from their bridal trip and are now at home on Mr O'Dell's farm southeast of New Market. The Herald joins their many friends in congratulations and wishing them many years of happy wedded bliss.|
|1923 - Bedford Times-Republican, Bedford, Iowa
"Aug 9, 1923 Fine Pieces of Wood Carving - Warren O'Dell, who resides in the north part of town, was showing a hand made jewelry box on the street last Saturday, which he had recently finished. The box was made with no other tool than a pocket knife, and Mr. O'Dell's spare time during the entire summer was consumed in making the box. There are four hundred separate pieces, carved from walnut, maple, mulberry, hedge, red cedar, and sumach in the box.
Mr O'Dell challenges any in the world to show a better collection of articles made entirely with a pocket knife. In his collection he has about 250 articles, all of which he has made with the aid of his trusty knife in the past few years.
The small box is a wonder in the excellent way in which the pieces are joined, the intricates of detail, the matching of the colors of the wood, and the finish."
|1924 - Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Dec 18, 1924 -|
|WARREN O'DELL IS A POCKET KNIFE ARTIST|
Perhaps but comparitively few people of this city and county are aware of the presence in their midst of an artist in pocket knife work who is unexcelled in the state. We refer to Warren O'Dell, now a resident of Bedford and one of the old timers of the county.
Mr O'Dell has always enjoyed using his pocket knife in shaping pieces of wood into all sorts of things but it has only been during the past five or six years that he has been saving his pieces and building up a collection. Today he probably has one of the largest and most interesting collections of pocket knife carving and whittling in the state. They are at his home in northwest Bedford and visitors are welcome. Although he has been urged to show the collection at the state fair and at the local county fairs he has never done so.
He was showing us a handkerchief box the first of the [...paper missing] which he completed recently after working six weeks on it. It contains 1000 pieces of wood ranging in size from a tiny piece of wood said to have come from a timber in Lincoln's special coach, up to a piece an inch or so square taken from the broken propeller of an aeroplane wrecked here last summer.
Nineteen different kinds of wood were used in the construction of the little box whose measurements are about 8 by 5 by 5 inches, and they have been so arranged that each side and the top presents a very beautiful pattern displaying every color imaginable. The wood has not been stained to present the colors but they come from the natural wood. For instance maple wood gives the white portions, walnut the brown, the heart of a box elder the pink, hedge the yellow and so on.
Mr O'Dell might be induced to sell some of his pieces of wood whittling but his main incentive for exercising his art is the pleasure derived from the work, and he becomes so attached to the finished products that he doesn't like to part with them.
|1926 - Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 29, 1926|
|WARREN O'DELL DISPLAYING HIS CARVED WOOD COLLECTION|
Warren O'Dell of this city has over 250 pieces of hand carved work on exhibit in the Floral hall at the Taylor County Fair this year, and it is attracting a lot of attention. It is doubtful if there is a larger or finer collection of pocket knife carved pieces in the United States.
In the collection are minute patterns of every conceivable hand tool used about the farm. There is a wooden chain 11 1/2 feet long containing about 100 separate links all fastened together, made from one long piece of timber. In one chest are 1000 tiny pieces of wood, all fitted together to make the chest. One piece in it came from the rail way car that carried Lincoln's body from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, for burial.
Mr O'Dell started on this handcraft work about six years ago and its value now is great. He has had many tempting offers for the collection but he declines to sell it.