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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


UPDATE - Doris Odle has been claimed and is going home.  
Here is a birth announcement for DORIS ODLE who was born April 3, 1906.  Other than that, I had no clues about who she was or where her family lived when this photo was taken.

So I posted to the Odle Gen-Forum in June 2001 and someone there, who although not related to Doris specifically, seemed to know an awful lot of Odles in general, and was able to add more information on baby Odle:

Doris T. Odle b. 4-3-1906 near Ridgeville, Randolph Co., IN.
Father; Elmer Odle b. 9-16-1868 in Randolph Co., IN
Mother; Elsie Iola Beary Monks b. 1-29-1880
Grandparents; Thomas W. and Leah Waltz Odle
G-Grandparents; David and Elizabeth Jack Odle
G-G-Grandarents; William and Elizabeth Franklin Odle who came to Randolph Co., IN in 1820.

This line goes back to William Odle and Rebecca Brown who migrated from England to CT in 1635. Some of their children went to Rye, Westchester Co., NY., later decendants migrated to the Shenandoah Valley, VA, Ross Co., OH and Randolph Co., IN.

At FamilyTreeMaker, the following biography was found on Doris' grandfather Thomas W. Odle:

THOMAS W. ODLE, retired citizen of Ridgeville, has lived a long and useful life of eighty-six years, and is one of the few Indiana survivors of the men who as boys were in the Union army during the Civil war. He was born in Ward Township, Randolph County, December 7, 1844, a son of David and Elizabeth (Jack) Odle. His father was born at Deerfield, Indiana, in 1820, just a year after his parents, William and Elizabeth (Franklin) Odle, came from the Scioto Valley of Ohio and entered a tract of Government land in this portion of Eastern Indiana. Elizabeth Jack was born near Lebanon, Ohio, in 1817, and was thirteen years of age when, in 1830, her parents, Robert L. and Rebecca (Ferris) Jack, settled in Randolph County. Mr. Odles paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Franklin, was descended from a brother of Benjamin Franklin. His grandfather Odle was one of the pioneer justices of the piece at Winchester, and treasurer of Randolph County in 1831, where he also conducted a business as a merchant. David Odle was a farmer and died of accidental injury when only twenty-eight years of age, his son Thomas being then about three years old. Thomas W. Odles mother, in 1851, became the wife of Harrison Wilmore. He remained with his mother and step-father until February, 1865, when he enlisted in Company A of the One Hundred and Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry. During the last weeks of the war he was engaged in guard duty in the Shenandoah Valley and received his honorable discharge in August, 1865, at Boliver Heights, Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Prior to his army service he had taught a term of school in Randolph County, and after leaving the army he attended Liber College, in Jay County, and at intervals continued teaching until April, 1867. At that time he married Miss Leah A. Waltz, who was born at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, January 14, 1848. Her parents were David and Elizabeth (Schreckengohst) Waltz, also Pennsylvanians. Following his marriage Mr. Odle located on a farm near Deerfield,and gave nearly forty years to the active work and supervision of his farming interests, building up a highly improved farm of 253 acres. When he left the farm he built a modern home in Ridgeville. For ten years he was a director of the Ridgeville State Bank. Mr. Odle for fourteen years served as a justice of the peace at Ridgeville. He is a Republican and was a member of the Grand Army Post as long as it was in existence. Mr. and Mrs. Odle lived together for sixty years, death terminating their companionship on July 18, 1928. The oldest of their children is Elmer, of Ward Township, who married Elsie Veary, and they have three daughters: Doris, a dietician in a hospital at Mercer, Pennsylvania; Lucille, Mrs. David Shockney, of Ward Township; and Bernice, a student in Purdue University. The second child is Ned, a Ward Township farmer, who married Margaret Ulrich, and their three children are Lee A. and Edith, both graduates of Purdue University, and Mrs. Vera Warren, of Jackson Township. Alice, the third child, is the widow of Ara Harlan, and her three children are Mrs. Nilah A. Brookings, a teacher, Nelda and Mary. Harry Odle, of Ward Township, married Grace Eltzroth and has a son, Charles, who is a graduate of Purdue University and has been a teacher since 1925. Mr. Odles youngest daughter is Miss Hazel.

I do not usually get this much information on one of my "wards" without actually placing them back in their home.  The information shared above should be adequate for someone out there to determine if they are related to Doris.

UPDATE - the following yearbook photograph was located online and is from the 1928 edition of  "The Debris" yearbook from Lafayette, Indiana. (I do not possess this photograph - only the baby photo.)


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