Woodbury County

Ensign Robert Odell




Odell Brothers – Three of a Kind

Howard Odell, head coach of football at Yale University, is shown above flanked by his two brothers, Bob and Don.  At the left is Bob Odell, an all-American halfback at the University of Pennsylvania in 1943, who was commissioned last week as an ensign.  At the right is Don Odell, an Army captain who returned to this country only recently after more than two years of combat service in the South Pacific war theater.  Last fall Coach “Howie” Odell piloted the Yale football team to its first undefeated season in two decades.

The three brothers are son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Odell, 3108 Fourth avenue.  All were outstanding athletes at East high school and played under the direction of Coach Les Davis.  Howard, 34, played his last and best football for East in the fall of 1926, but went on in 1929 to win the state pole vault championship.  Donald, 28, maintained family tradition for the Odells in 1932 by filling the right halfback spot at East in an outstanding manner.  Robert, 22, flashed across the gridiron for East the last time in 1938, but went on in 1939 to win the state title in the low hurdles.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, March 21, 1945 (photo included)