Odebolt, Iowa History


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1882 HISTORY OF WESTERN IOWA -  Sioux City: Western Publishing Company, 1882. ;  index by Richard Barton. 
ODEBOLT AREA INDEX- biographies from the Odebolt area and page location

Bennett, F R 547
Boardman, C D 548
Bodine, J C 548
Bowman, S H 548
Burnside, J W 548
Coy, Dell 549
Dennis, Frank L 548
Dockstader, Henry 549
Erlenborn, Alfred G 549
George, C E 549
Groman, A, MD 549
Hanson, Henry 550
Helsell, W A 550
Keck, Martin 550
Kitterer, J H 550
Lee, C S 550
Mattes, Joseph 550
Mercer, Joseph 550
Moody, E A 551
Rehterberger, Mr 552
Ross, Frank a 551
Warneke, H F 551
Webster, Mr 552
Wheeler, H C 551
Wheelock, R U 552
Winchell, Mr 552
Wright, John 552
Zane, John M 552


Erickson, John W. and Family (defunct link)
From: "A History of Western Murray County" by Robt. B. Forrest, Pages 136-149, Murray Co., MN, Published 1947); 

     John W. Erickson and his twin brother, Louis, were born in Romsdalen, Norway, October 16, 1877. They came to the U. S. in 1892, settling at Odebolt, Iowa. John worked on a farm, then went to the mercantile business and from there to Sioux City, Iowa, where he was employed in a wholesale hardware store. 
He came to Lake Wilson (Minnesota) in 1917 and for many years was active in village affairs. He was the first president of the First National bank, was in the automobile business for seven years and for seventeen years was manager of the Lake Wilson Co-op. lumber yard.
     He was united in marriage to Miss Effie Marie Nelson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nelson on November 6, 1918. Mrs. Erickson was a former teacher in Sac county, Iowa. They have one son, John Robert, who was born October 3, 1919. He attended St. Olaf and the Minnesota U., then took employment at Mankato. He was united in marriage to Miss Gladys Joy Tillisch of Mankato, March 23, 1940. They have two sons: Stephen John and Gregory Robert. Mrs. Erickson attended St. Olaf and the Miss Wood's school. John Robert entered the navy June 15, 1943. Took up radar and was attached to the U. S. S. Burias and U. S. S. Wyoming in the Pacific, Squad. No. 10. He is now a department manager in Montgomery Ward's store at Mankato.

Dr. Wm. Hazen has been a resident of Creighton for the past twenty-seven years, and a well-known Nebraskan since 1876, at which time he settled on a homestead at Walnut Grove, Knox county.  Dr. Hazen was born near Deerfield, Dane county, Wisconsin, on April 13, 1850. He began the study of medicine at the age of fifteen, under the tutelage of an uncle, removing with the latter to Iowa and locating near Early, in Sac county. Later he practiced for short periods at Odebolt.

LEONARD SCHMITZ.(defunct link)
Leonard Schmitz, during his lifetime a prominent land-owner of Pierce county, Nebraska, was a native of Prussia, and was born December 15, 1847, a son of Nicholas Schmitz, who came to America in 1860. He first settled in Dubuque county, Iowa, where he was a prosperous farmer. Here Leonard grew to manhood, and was married at Sherrill's Mound, that county, January 19, 1875, to Miss Louisa Link. Mrs. Schmitz was a native of the village of Balltown, Dubuque county, Iowa, born June 16, 1855, a daughter of Andrew and Regina (Laite) Link, natives of Wittenberg and Baden, Germany, respectively.  After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Schmitz lived in Dubuque county about eighteen months, moving to Sac county, Iowa, in October, 1876. Here Mr. Schmitz opened a furniture store at the new town of Odebolt, and continued in business there nine or ten years. About 1886 he came to Nebraska\

SCHMITZ, JOHANN (link is defunct)  was born on 6 May 1829 in Pleiserhohn, Rheinland, Germany. He died on 22 Oct 1916 in Odebolt, Iowa.  He was married to Anna Helena EICH about 1860 in Germany.
     Children were: William John SCHMITZ, Helen SCHMITZ (b. 2 Oct 1868, Rheinland, Germany), Theodore SCHMITZ (b. 9 June 1870, Rheinland, Germany. d. 29 April 1922, Bonesteel, South Dakota, Johann SCHMITZ (b. 9 April 1873, Rheinland, Germany. d. Abt. 2 July 1907, Halbur, Iowa) (from Bob Kuel's Genealogy Site for Crawford Co., Iowa - link now defunct)

REINHART FAMILY TREE (link is defunct)
 HENRY REINHART (CHRISTIAN1) was born September 10, 1837 in Hesse Casse, Germany, and died March 28, 1897 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. He married MARTHA HUTZEL April 05, 1858 in Lee County, Illinois, daughter of CONRAD HOTZEL and ELIZABETH ECKARDT. She was born 1841 in Prussia, Germany, and died 1908 in Iowa. (more on the page - includes children)

Burial: Buried in Odebolt Cemetery, Odebolt, Iowa
Cemetery: Lot 18, Odebolt Cemetery, Odebolt, Sac County, Iowa.
Fact 2: 1845, Immigrated to USA
Fact 3: 1877, Moved to Sac Co, Iowa from Lee County, Illinois.
Fact 5: Buffalo Farmer
Fact 6: County Supervisor
Fact 7: Built "Reinhart Flats" farm wagons
Fact 8: Owned 3000 acres
Moved: 1889, Moved to Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa from from Sac County, Iowa
Other: Democrat

A. B. SMITH BIOGRAPHY, 1893 (Link is defunct)
After the war Mr. Smith came to Iowa, and in 1868 located near DeWitt, where he lived until 1878. At that time he came to Sac county, and settled in Clinton township, buying 320 acres of land.. Mr. Smith was married January 4, 1866, to Miss Nancy E. Mummey.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three children, namely: Charles, who is married and has one child, Annie M.; Mary, wife of Rev. Sydney Chandler, a Methodist minister, of Epworth,  Dubuque county, Iowa, is now attending college in that city; and Harlan A., attending college at Epworth.  

Conrad Nagel, b. 1849 Germany, immig. to US 1872, settled in Odebolt, Sac Co., Iowa, about 1879. Married 1st Elizabeth Rentzel, children: Catherine, Henry, Mathilda, William, Mary, Clara. Married 2nd Margaret Spielman (Spellman?), children: Alice, Milton, Ralph.

KALIN, SYDNEY FAMILY TREE (married Shapiro, Geraldine (Gerry)

Harding, Edward Everette,  Birth : 18 Feb 1904 Odebolt, IA,

TRUMBAUER, NELSON HENRY (link is defunct)
Horn, Edna Mae  b. 13 DEC 1895 Charles City, Floyd, Iowa - d. 14 MAR 1979 Monticello, Piatt, Illinois 
Married to:  Trumbauer, Nelson Henry  b. 25 APR 1896 Odebolt, Sac, Iowa - d. 16 JAN 1992 Monticello, Piatt, Illinois - Marriage: 25 JUN 1919 Charles City, Floyd, Iowa. 
CHILD:  Trumbauer, Gordon Arlo  b. Monticello, Piatt, Illinois Married to Steel, Carolyn Elizabeth  b. 8 JAN 1925 of, Illinois - d. 26 FEB 1979

CHARLES KISTLER (link is defunct)
I am seeking information on descendants of Charles Kistler who relocated from Perry Co., PA about 1890 and became a blacksmith in Odebolt. My grandmother was one of three sisters of Charles. I have recently obtained a copy of an early photo of the family taken around 1883 in PA and would like to share it with interested descendants.

BESSIE HANSMAN (Link is defunct)
Fred CHRISTIANSEN became a banker in Battle Creek. Fred married Bessie HANSMAN of Odebolt. Fred and his family moved around quite a bit. They lived for a short time in Sioux City and then in Boone, Iowa, where he was a banker. They went to San Antonio, Texas where he had a large orange grove. He sold the orange grove and moved to Florida where he dealt in real estate. By 1924 they were back in San Antonio where he was a bank executive and cashier.

WARDRIP, RAY (Link is defunct)
Birth : 26 APR 1914 Dickonson Cty. Iowa
Death : 5 DEC 1966 Odebolt, Iowa
               McVICKERS, Lydia Irene
               Birth : 27 MAY 1918 Eagle Grove, Wright, Iowa
               Death : 1 JUL 1997 Souix City, Iowa
               Gender: Female
               Parents: Father: McVICKERS, Cassius Virgil , Mother: Badley, Lydia Anne

LUTZ, EDWARD C., SR. FAMILY  (Link is defunct)
These pages are dedicated to the chronicling of the history and lineage of Edward C. Lutz, Sr. and his ancestors.  His parents, my great-grandparents, were among the first in our family to come to the U.S. from Germany.  They each settled in Odebolt, Iowa, during the 1860's. Later, they met and married. The rest is history.

BERNHARD, Christian Hans and DRAPER, Ina (Link is defunct)
Birth : 11 Sep 1891 ,Sac Co.,IA,USA       Death : 8 Oct 1956 Odebolt,,IA,USA
Marriage: 7 Feb 1917
          Spouse:                 Draper, Ina       Birth : 24 Sep 1898 ,Sac Co.,IA,USA          Death : 30 Mar 1970 Odebolt,,IA,USA
           Parents:  Father: Draper, Homer       Mother: Wilson, Clarinda (Clara)
               Bernhardt, Marjorie Elizabeth
               Bernhardt, Shirley Eloise     Birth : 24 Oct 1919 Odebolt,,IA,USA   Death : 2 Jan 1920
               Bernhardt, Donald Richard
               Bernhardt, Melvin Russell
               Bernhardt, Wayne Willard   Birth : 23 Nov 1924 West Side,,IA,  Death : 29 Mar 1946
               Bernhardt, Phyllis June
               Bernhardt, Charles Wilson
               Bernhardt, Glenn Edward

NELSON, BURDETTE E., OBITUARY (married Frank A. Umbarger)  (Link is defunct)
Burdette E. Nelson Norton Umbarger, 88, of 104 Fairway Circle, died Tuesday (Aug.20,1996) at North Iowa Mercy Health Center East in Mason City.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m.  today at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 Willowbrook Dr.  S.W., Mason City, with the Rev.  Donald Simmonds officiating. There is no visitation.  The body will be cremated.  Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N.  Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to the P.E.O.  Sisterhood Chapter FN l Student Scholarship Fund.

Burdette E.  Nelson Norton Umbarger was born April 3, 1908, in Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Butterfield) Nelson.

She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (U.N.I.) in 1929 and received her Masters Degree from Omaha University.  Burdette taught school at Milford and Council Bluffs, Iowa, for a short period of time then spent the majority of her teaching career in Omaha.

Burdette married Frank A. Umbarger May 30, 1981, in Omaha.  They have resided in Garner since 1984.

Burdette was a member of the P.E.O.  Sisterhood for 68 years, Phi Delta Gamma Educational Sorority and the Presbyterian Church.  For three years, she was coordinator of ``55 Alive'' for the state of Nebraska.

Burdette taught calligraphy at NIACC and enjoyed gardening, golfing, bridge, bowling, attending athletic events, and her friends.

Survivors include her husband, Frank A. Umbarger of Garner; daughter, Kay Severson and her husband, Rich, of Sarasota, Fla.; stepsons, Duane Umbarger and his wife, Ruth, of Mason City, and Bob Umbarger and his wife, Donna, of Mason City; daughter-in-law, Margaret Norton of Plattsmouth, Neb.; grandchildren, Julee Jones and husband, Vic Scoggin of Nashville, Tenn., Janna Jones of Tampa Fla., Michael Norton and wife, Karen, of Piney Point, Md., Linn Norton of Boulder, Colo., Greg Norton of Omaha, Neb., Ceola Kay Norton of Eugene, Ore., Lynne Severson of Bradenton, Fla., Todd Severson and his wife, Missy, of Bradenton, Fla., Brad Severson and his wife, Cindy, of Bradenton, Fla., Beth Severson and her husband, Ron Russell, of Bradenton, Fla., Anne VerHelst and her husband, David, of Mason City, Janet Schaefer and her husband, Paul, of Mason City, Jean Gettis and her husband, Mike, of Lakeview, Minn., Carey Umbarger and his wife, Sue, of Northwood, Raymond Umbarger, of Mesa, Ariz., Bobbi Jill Umbarger of Des Moines, and Eric Umbarger of Mason City; 12 great-grandchildren; one niece, Margaret Wallett Frederick, of Lawrence, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carla Wallett; son, Fred ``Ted'' Norton Jr., retired Col.  U.S.A.F., and first husband, Fred I.  Norton Sr.

STADLER, Barbara Mary and MEYER, Jacob B.
Descendants of Jacob B. Meyer by Denise Krueger
Barbara Mary Stadler was born in Heilburg, Germany August 1844. Barbara died 20 January 1904 Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA, at age 59.  Her body was interred at Odebolt Cemetery, Lot 44 Odebolt, Richland Twp., Sac Co., IA.  She married Jacob B. Meyer date unknown in Chicago, Illinois, at age unknown sometime between her arrival in the United States in May 1866 and the birth of their first child in August 1869.  She was listed as a resident in the census report 19 June 1900 in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa.

Jacob was born 1836 in Frankfurt, Germany.  Jacob died 7 March 1887 in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa, at age 50. His body was interred at St. Martin's Cemetery Odebolt, Richland Twp., Sac Co., IA.

CHILDREN of Barbara Mary Stadler and Jacob B. Meyer
Frank Meyer was born in Illinois.
Jacob Meyer was born in Illinois August 1869.   Jake died at age unknown. Jake was employed as a Farmer. He was listed as a resident in the census report 19 June 1900 in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa. 
Mathias Meyer was born 04 March 1873 in Illinois.
Robert Meyer was born September 1874 in Illinois.
Christina Meyer was born 09 August 1876. She married Schade Bef. 1904
Katharina Meye
r born 24 October 1878. She married Schnell Bef. 1904 in Iowa.
Barbara Mary Meyer was born 09 June 1881 in Mendota, La Salle County, Illinois, and died 24 March 1972 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. She married Harry Allen Lawrence Fawcett Ca. 1899 in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa, son of Huleress Fawcett and Helen Baldwin. He was born 04 February 1872 in Iowa, and died 05 February 1956 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota.

Child of Barbara Meyer and Harry Fawcett is:
Lona Iona Fawcett, born 28 June 1902 in Sac City, Sac County, Iowa; died 30 November 1973 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. She married Thomas Leland Estes 30 September 1919 in Sac City, Sac County, Iowa; born 28 March 1896 in Castana, Monona County, Iowa; died 20 February 1968 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota.

Adam Meyer
born 29 March 1884 in Iowa; died Bef. 1967
Hieronimus Meyer was born in Iowa 22 October 1886.  Harry died at age unknown. Harry was employed as a Farmer. He was listed as a resident in the census report 19 June 1900 in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa.

ERICKSON, Carl Frederick Oscar ("CFO" Erickson)  (Link is defunct)
Carl "CFO" Frederick Oscar Erickson was born August 17, 1828 in Stockholm, Sweden. He changed the family name from Mattsson to Erickson. 

CFO married Anna Frygsteb. Anna died at the age of 20, when Carl Erick Robert was born. CFO’s second wife also died in childbirth when Anna Mathilda was born. His third wife was Anna Lovisa "Louise". She was the mother of Augusta, Gustave and Emma.

In 1870, CFO left his wife and three of his children to migrate to the United States. He settled in Austin, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. A year later, CFO's brother, Gustave brought his family and CFO's family over from Sweden. The two brother worked together as carpenters. 

On October 8 and 9, 1871, CFO lost his home and all of his belongings to the Chicago fire. He was able to save the family Bible and his carpenter tool chest that he had brought with him from Sweden. In 1879, CFO bought a 40 acre farm adjoining Gustave’s in Door County, Wisconsin. In May of 1887, CFO sold the 40 acres to his son-in-law, John Sandren for $350. In 1888, CFO, his wife and daughter, Emma, now 12 years old, moved to Odebolt, Iowa. His other daughter Anna Mathilda and her husband lived there. On December 14, 1893, CFO left for Selma, California. They were accompanied by the Petterson family. Both families bought ranches out of Kingsburg, California. When his daughter Anna Mathilda and her family moved to Parlier, California, CFO sold his ranch and moved next door to them. Anna Lovisa died in Parlier and CFO married Anna Gustafson, a widow with a grown son. CFO and Anna had no children together. 

STOCK -  Jessie A. (Rice) Stock Obituary
From the Sioux City Journal
EARLY, Iowa - Jessie Stock, 94, of Early died April 5, 1999, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home inWall Lake, Iowa. Services will be at 11 a.m.  Thursday at Early Presbyterian Church with the Rev.Ken Fells andthe Rev.  Don Christensen officiating.  Visitation will be from 6 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.  today at Farber-Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City, Iowa.

Mrs.  Stock was born Jan.  8, 1905, in Lytton, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Anna Rice.  She graduated from Odebolt High School and completed teacher certification at the University of Northern Iowa.  She taught school in Denison, Odebolt and Wall Lake, Iowa, prior to hermarriage to Luther Stock on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1929.  She was an active member of Early Presbyterian Church and the Early Federated Woman's Club.

Survivors include a son, Douglas, of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Rachel Christensen of St.  Paul,Minn; a brother, Mel Rice of Phoenix; and three grandchildren, LeeAnn Derr, Jeffrey Stockand Daniel Christensen.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Grant; two sisters, Lonnie Trickel and JennieRice; and two brothers, Ralph Snow and Del Rice.

BOCK/McAFEE - Susanna (Bock) McAfee  (Link is defunct)
(do a "find" for Odebolt)
(excerpt) Frank's "Sister Susie" was married the first year after they settled in Solon and John McAfee became a son-in law.  Suzie and John lived on a farm near Mechanicsville until they moved to Odebolt, Iowa in 1883.  Ten years later their home became Nemaha County, Nebraska.  They moved on in 1900 to Valley Falls, Kansas.  John died suddenly just before they reached their new home.  Suzie was the mother of six sons and two daughters and two years after her husband's death, she moved to Meriden, Kansas to be near her children.  Susanna Bock McAfee died on January 16, 1910 at age 70.  She is buried at Valley Falls, Kansas.

Emigrants from Ullensaker, Norway  1869-1899 (Link is defunct)
KOLBYE,  Kristian O.,  male, age 20,  where to: Odebolt;  date when traveled:  12.03.91(12 March, 1891)

KRANZ, J. C. - (Link is defunct) J.  C.  Kranz, also a member of the firm of Bowman & Kranz Bros., was born in Altenberg, near Cassel, Germany, a son of Adam and Elizabeth Kranz.  He received an education in his native land, and in1878, came to Odebolt, Iowa, where he was employed as a farm hand on the Wheeler farm.  He held the position offoreman of the place, and later was superintendent and manager.  After 8 years of employment at the Wheelerfarm, he came to Holstein.  He married Sallie Witt, who was born and educated in Davenport, Iowa.  They had 2 children: Ervin and Enrine.  J.  C.  Kranz was one of the directors of the National Bank, president of the Holstein Building Co., and treasurer/director of the Holstein Town Lot Co.

ARMSTRONG, William Rufus (link is defunct)
(excerpt)  After that he went to Odebolt, Iowa, and worked for A.  E.  Cook, who ran a general store for the farm hands on twelve sections of surrounding farms, for two years.  From this time Will commenced to go down hill from drink and his wife Anna was obliged to leave him.  She came to Chicago, stored the furniture, which she later lost through a mortgage held by A.E.  Cook.

KECK/KEELER (Link is defunct)
Ernest Marvin Keeler was born 24 Sept.  1875 and died 16 Nov. 1949 in Lewistown, ID.  He was ordained in 1904 by a Council of Congregational Churches in the Sioux Assocation of Western Iowa.  He served churches in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Washington, Idaho and California.  He married 30 Nov.  1897 Cora BelleGallup.  She died and he married 18 Apr.  1906 in Sac City, IA,  Elizabeth Ellen Keck, b.  10 Sept.  1884 in Odebolt, IA, and died 17 July 1978 in Vancouver, WA.

ROWLEY, Francis E. (Link is defunct)
Francis E.  Rowley was born 1849 in Syracuse - Watertown, NY.  He married Carrie A.  Sprague, born1858 in Syracuse, Onandaga Co., Ny.  They moved to Odebolt, Sac Co., Iowa in the 1880's and had three sons and three daughters (Hazel, Nettie and Nellie).  They then moved to Indian Territory of Oklahoma around 1900, where they settled in Breckinridge, OK.  By 1920 they lived in Enid, Garfield Co., OK.  A possible brother to Frances could be Henry C.  Rowley,

(the following Coy families are from the SHERMAN/LIVERMORE GENEALOGY site) (Link is defunct)
PRICHARD, Mary Delette  was born on Apr 12 1873 in Kaneville, Illinois.
Mary married Charles Arthur SMITH on Sep 12 1899 in Odebolt, Iowa. Charles was born on Jan 04 1872 in Monona County, Iowa.

COY, Dell was born on Aug 15 1858 in Kaneville, Illinois. (Link is defunct)
Dell married Cora Mabel PARKER on Nov 06 1879 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Cora was born on Sep 24 1859 in Onarga, Illinois.
They had the following children:
Charles Lawrence COY was born on Oct 03 1880 in Odebolt, Iowa.
Maud Florence COY was born on Mar 30 1882 in Odebolt, Iowa.
Helen Delette COY was born on May 12 1885 in Pierre, South Dakota.

COY, John Franklin was born on Aug 01 1863 in Kaneville, Illinois. (Link is defunct)
John married Margaret HORAN on Feb 17 1885 in Odebolt, Iowa. Margaret was born on Apr 24 1866 in DeWitt, Iowa.
They had the following children:
Florence Ione COY was born on Feb 22 1888 in Odebolt, Iowa.
Joe COY was born on Jul 07 1890 in Odebolt, Iowa.
Marie COY
Frank COY was born in Odebolt, Iowa.
Daisy Margaret COY

HANSEN, HENRY (from Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska - Howard County) - (Link is defunct)
Henry Hansen has charge of a large store consisting of a general stock of merchandise owned by M.  D.Haddox, carrying a stock of about $6,000 worth.  He first located in Grand Island in March, 1881; engaged as music teacher until he came to St.  Paul, June 10, 1881.  Born in Germany, January 16, 1841; attended private musical schools, and was a member of a military band for a number of years.  Came to America in1868, locating in Toledo, Ohio; taught music and clerked in store five years.  Then to La Mars, Iowa, in similar employment, about three years; to Storm Lake, Ida Grove, Odebolt and Mapleton, teaching music in all the above named places.  Married September 8, 1881, Mrs.  Jennie Watson, of Jackson Co., Iowa.  He then went with the Northwestern Quadrille Band three months, and finally located in Grand Island, Neb.  He was a member of the Prussian army eight years, and participated in thirty-seven battles between Denmark and Prussia; afterward in the war between Austria and Prussia.

WHEELER. H. C. (from Kiron Kountry site by Glenn Gustafson)
History of The First Swedish Pioneers By: C. J. Johnson, 1915
CHAPTER VIII:   Six Thousand Six Hundred Acres of Land Sold to One Man in Sac County.

McCARTER/DRAIN (Link is defunct)
Blanche Drain   b: 1864 nd: Aft. 1909
married U. G. McCarter: in Odebolt, IA (Sac county)

HANNUM'S MILL. (from the History of Story County)  (Link is defunct)
(Miller's in earlier times,) situated on Skunk River, on the west half of the southwest quarter of (Story County) section 23, township 84, range 24, was a water and steam power mill, and did a great deal of work as aflouring mill and corn grinding.  The main mill was moved in the year 1882 to Odebolt, Iowa.  What was left of it is notof much value compared with what it had been.  It also did considerable sawing as there was fair timber nearby.

FERTIG, Andreas (Andrew) (Link is defunct) Emigrated from Germany to the US in 1869. He married Anna Maria (Amelia) SCHLESINGER in LaSalle County Illinois.  Their son William Conrad FERTIG was born September 20,1877 at the family farm near Odebolt, Iowa. He married Anna Catherine BONNICHSEN daughter of Hans and Anna (ANDRESEN) BONNICHSEN in Jan 30, 1907 at the Bonnichsen farm in Levey Twp., Sac County Iowa. 

WOODKE. August D. (Link is defunct)
"A.D.  Woodke was born in Germany, June 26, 1861, the son of John & JohannaWoodke.  The family emigrated to America in 1866 & settled at Crown Point, Indiana, Lake County, in the year of theirarrival here.  They resided on a farm in Lake County until 1876, when they migrated to Sac County & became prominentlyidentified with the pioneer life of Eden township.  here the son, August D., was reared to young manhood.  In their old age the parentsretired to a life of well-earned leisure in the town of Le Mars, the father going to his long rest in 1899, and the mother following him to the great beyond in Febr., 1902.  They were the parents of 5 children: William of Breckenridge, Minn.; Mrs.  Bertha Frevert, of Odebolt, Iowa; Otto Woodke, Tiffin, Iowa; Charles, residing in Le Mars; Herman, in Australia; & August D.

Also, from:  Genealogy of the Woodke Family (Link is defunct)
In October 22, 1908, Henry Frevert and Berthy M.  Traeder married in the writer's, home but the happy union was again shrouded by the death of Henry Frevert, November 14, 1916.  Albert Traeder came home to stay with his mother.  On December 26, 1917, Albert B.  Traeder united in marriage with Victoria L.Dionne of Minneapolis.  This union was blessed by one daughter, Patricia Marie Traeder, born March 19, 1920, at Odebolt, Iowa.  Shortly after this birth, Victoria failed in health for some time and on Sunday, August 1, she passed away.  Funeral on August 4th in LeMars, Iowa.  Sister Bertha raised Patrica and with the help of Albert Traeder got along.  Bertha Frevert failed in health for some weeks, and tired of life, ready to exchange her good home for the mansion in Heaven, she passed on December 13,1932.  Funeral December 15, burial in LeMars cemetery.  Age 80 years, 10 months, 11 days.

CHERRY SISTERS (from the Des Moines Register)  (Link is defunct)
Vaudeville performers

     People loved to hate the Cherry Sisters, whose vaudeville show at the turn of the last century was so awful that they were known as "the world's worst sister act."
     The sisters lived on a farm near Marion (Iowa) and times were tough after their parents died and their brother, Isaac, ran away.  Addie, Jessie and Effie, left to right above, made their stage debut at the Marion Opera House in 1893.  Lizzie joined them occasionally.  Ella took care of the farm.
     The women sang songs they wrote themselves and recited poetry and essays.  After intermission they presented an operetta, "The Gypsy's Warning."
     Audiences found the entertainment so abominable they booed and hissed, and threw fruit and vegetables.  Eggs, tomatoes and cabbages were favorite missiles.  The performers sometimes chastised their fans from the stage.  They always denied they needed to be protected by wire fencing.
     The highlight of the sisters' career was their appearance on Broadway in 1896, packing the house for four weeks at Oscar Hammerstein's Olympia Theater.
     The sisters made legal history in 1901 after being raked over the coals by the Odebolt Chronicle theater critic, who referred to their "wailings of damned souls." The review was reprinted in the Des Moines Leader, which the Cherry Sisters sued for libel.  They lost when the judge saw their act in court, and the Iowa Supreme Court backed him up, establishing "fair comment and criticism" as a vital principle of libel law.
     The women toured regularly until World War I, when they returned home and opened a bakery and milk shop in Cedar Rapids.
     Addie died in 1942 at age 83; Effie, the last surviving sister, died in 1944 at 65.  The sisters are buried in Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

SMITH/REYNOLDS Obituary (Mrs. Lottie Smith nee Reynolds) (Link is defunct)
Lottie, daughter of Lottie Elliot and John E.  Reynolds was born in Odebolt, Iowa on May 7th,1891, and passed away in the Community hospital, Grinnell, Iowa on October 7th, 1959 at the age of 68years and 6 months.

Lottie was unfortunate never to know a mother's love, her mother haing passed away when shewas but three days old.  At this time she was taken into the home of her grandparents, Mr.  and Mrs.  Wm. Reynolds of Grinnell, Iowa.  It was here she lived until the passing of her grandparents, whenshe was fourteen years of age, she then made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr.  and Mrs.S.  L. Howell of the Sugar Creek community.

She graduated from the Grinnell high school with the class of 1910, after which she took abusiness course in the Grinnell Academy, later she worked in the office of the Spauding Mfg.  Co.

On Septembr 6th, 1911, she was united in marriage to Wesley Ray Smith.  To this union threechildren were born: Luverne Reynolds, Betty and Virginia.

She joined the Congregational Church of Newburg in 1946, retaining her membership here untilthe time of her death.  She was also a member of the Newbujrg Congregational Women's Fellowship,and a member of the Ladies Aid of the Hickory Grove E.U.B.  Church and the Hickory Grove Home-maker's Club.

Lottie had been in poor health for a number of years, but in spite of this she had always beencheerful and courageous .  Her husband preceded her in death on May 7,.  1931.

Survivors include one son and two daughters, Luverne Reynolds Smith, Mrs.  Everette (BettyCooper, and Mrs.  Mrs.  Lawrence (Virginia) Stanley; seven grandchildren, Larry Cooper, Mrs.  Richard(Karen) Beck, Terry and Nancy Smith, Charlotte, Lyle and Dennis Stanley; and one great grandson, Leon Wayne Beck.

Also surviving are two brothers, Ben and Gene Reynolds, and six sisters, Mrs.  S.  L.  Howell,Mrs.  J.  W. Wagenblast, Mrs.  A.  Brown, Mrs.  F.  Krusen, Mrs.  D.  C.  Ross, Miss Alice Reynolds, and an aunt, Mrs.  Sadie Reynolds.

Funeral services were held in the Newburg Congregational church with the Rev.  G.  Mach and theRev. Helen Turner officiating.  Interment was in Hickory Grove cemetery.

BARKLEY, ROGER (see also Wikipedia page on Roger Barkley)
KLAC, 1961-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KFI, 1968-86; KJOI, 1986-89; KABC, 1990-96.  Roger grew up in Odebolt, Iowa, and dreamed of being either a radio announcer or preacher.  "I guess the ham in me needed to have a stage." After high school he attended the American Institute of the Air in Minnesota and was a page boy at WCCO-Minneapolis.  He started his radio career at KYSM-Mankato, Minnesota.  Two yearslater he was at KSUM-Fairmont, Minnesota.  He moved on to KALL-Salt Lake City.  Roger served in theU.S.Army and returned to the microphone at KBOX-Dallas followed by KIMN-Denver.  As director of programs at KLAC, Roger hired Al Lohman for the morning show.  When the station was sold to Metromedia, the new owners began a search for a two-man morning team.  "We figured we were all going to be fired so Al and I thought perhaps we should do the morning show as a team.  this way we could buy some time to look foranother job."  The partnership lasted a quarter of a century.  During the 1990s, Roger teamed with Ken Minyard for mornings at KABC.  Roger passed away December 21, 1997, after a short battle with cancer.  He was 61.

HAASE/JENSON, from Dixon County, NE GenWeb " Who's Who in Dixon County, Nebraska", Published by the Nebraska Press Association, Lincoln, Nebraska 1940:
Haase, Mrs.  George - Homemaker; b Odebolt, Sac Co Ia Mar 25, 1883; daughter of Jacob Jenson-Agnes Carstensen; ed Emerson 1900; U of N conservatory of music; Neb Meth Hosp nurses training 1905-08; 19th reg nurse in Neb; m George H Haase Feb 1, 1911 Emerson; d Evelyn Louise (Mrs B Hayes Grimm), Carol Agnes; 1902 sch tchr Emerson; 1908-10 priv nurse; 1910 with Farmers State Bank of Emerson; during World War in surgical dept of ARC, Emerson; ch mbr Emerson Womans Club;NFWC, 3rd dist Amer Home chmn 1937-38; OES; United Luth Ch, state pres, state VP, state treas, state young womans section, state magazine section, state life & in memoriam section of WMS; hobby, writing; residence: Emerson..

SELLSTROM, Luverne Johnson (from Gustavus Adolphus College 1941 Class Letter (Link is defunct)
Luverne Johnson Sellstrom (Willmar, MN) is a busy one: subbing at the church office (phone, computer, odd jobs) still in choir, hand bell choir, arranges music for the small hand bell group.  Lately playing solos with her hand chimes, really enjoying that.  Sub as organist for Wednesday matins, and Swedish service for St.  Lucia Day.

Besides that, Luverne made headlines on page C-22 of the Tuesday, January 30, 2001 West Central Tribune: My Attraction to Lightning -  or Vice Versa?  She documents in a striking way lightning and thunder in her life - eight times in varied locations in Minnesota and Iowa.  She begins in 1947 when her husband, Ponnie, and eight-year-old [this is an error - should be 8 month old, per an email from Luverne] daughter drove to [her parents'] Forest Lake cottage; then 1960, Bethel Lutheran Church, Kiron, IA; near Ames, IA; in the 1970s Faith Lutheran, Odebolt, IA and later the parsonage; 1980, her school class room; 1982, Spicer - tree in the yard; 1997, a message received at camp that her home in New London had been hit and caught on fire.

STORY, Dorothy (Link is defunct)
From Albequerque, NM
Ben O.  Clark Jr., 88, passed away on Friday, September 25, 1998  following a six year battle with cancer.  Ben was born on November 21, 1909, the son of Ben and Frona Clark in Clear Lake, South Dakota.  He graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons, Nebraska in 1928, then attended the University of Nebraska and Wayne State Teachers College.  He was married to Dorothy M.  Story on March 27, 1935 in Odebolt, Iowa.  She preceded him in death on July 16, 1997. 


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