Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday September 26, 1911
Page 4 column 2
          Mrs. Nancy Odell died at her home south of Fairland Monday night at 11:15 o’clock, the result of a complication of diseases.  The deceased was eighty-two years of age and leaves five daughters,  Mrs. Ibbie Williams,  Mrs. Isabella Smith,  Mrs. Thomas Milner  and  Miss Dicy Odell,  all of Shelby county, and  Mrs. Benjamin Milner, of Marion county.  Mrs. Odell had been a member of the Baptist church for fifty years.  She was the widow of the late William Odell, who died twenty-two years ago.  The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at ten o’clock in the Baptist church at Fairland, the Rev. Samuel Tomlinson, officiating.  Interment will be made in Fairland Cemetery by Frank Timney, representing Ralph Edwards of this city.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday January 26, 1893
Page 3 column 2
          H. C. Odell, an aged and respected citizen, of Fairland, died Wednesday at five o’clock a.m. of kidney trouble.  Mr. Odell leaves a wife and several children, together with a large number of friends to mourn his death.  He was a brother of the late Isaac Odell who died in Fairland some time ago.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Friday March 8, 1889
Page 4 column 3
          William L. Odell, died at his residence near Fairland, at 6:30 o’clock, March 8th, 1889, age 63 years, 4 months and 11 days.  He will be buried at the Fairland cemetery.  Services at the M. E. church in Fairland, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., by the Rev. Conner.  The remains will be in charge of  D. B. Wilson.  Mr. Odell was one of the old residents of Shelby county and was one of its best citizens.  He was a brother of  Isaac Odell, who so long enjoyed the confidence, respect and esteem of our people.  The Democrat was pleased to number the deceased as one of its warm friends and it extends its sympathy to the family and many friends.

Saturday March 9, 1889
Page 4 column 2
          The funeral services of the late  William L. Odell,  of Fairland, will be conducted by the members of Fulton lodge, No. 30. A.O.U.W., of this city, who will go up at eleven o’clock a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.  The fare for the round trip is twenty cents.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, February 17, 1881
Page 3, column 3
          It is with sorrow and sadness that we chronical[sic] the death and burial of another of our citizens.  Mrs. Mary A. Odell, deceased on the 9th inst., of pneumonia.  Deceased was the eldest daughter of  John Dargin, Esq., who at one time filled the honorable position of county surveyor of this county.  Mrs. Odell was born in Clinton county, Kentucky, in the year 1830.  Was brought to this State by her parents five years later.  In 1857 she was united in marriage to  Jeremiah Odell, Jr., who lost his life in the late war in the gallant defense of the Union cause, leaving the young wife and two bright and intelligent children, a boy and girl, to mourn the sad loss of a husband, father and friend.  The subject of the sketch united with the M. E. Church in 1871, under the ministerial labors of Rev. A. H. Reat, and we trust died with bright hopes of a blest immortality.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. C. Clouds, taking for his text the 90th Psalm and 12th verse to an appreciative and intelligent audience.  The words spoken by the good minister on the occasion were very impressive, full of pathos and of that type and character that evidences an earnestness of heart and purpose that at once impressed the hearer that we truly frail weak mortals on the rapid march down to the gravel.  Her remains were tenderly laid in our village (Fairland) cemetery where now the cold bleak winds chant their sad requiem o'er the cold "cruel" grave of the departed mother.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Volunteer
November 20, 1879
          It becomes our sad duty to chronicle in the Volunteer, the death of Hon. Isaac Odell, of Fairland.  Mr. Odell was overcome with paralysis on Saturday at 10:30 o'clock while attending a lawsuit at Esq. Mitchell Ham's, one mile east of Fairland.   He had just made a speech on his side of the case, and taken a seat, when he was overcome with a paralytic stroke, and completely paralyzing his right side, rendering him speechless and apparently unconscious.
          He was taken to his home and medical aid summoned, among whom were Dr. S.D. Day, of this city, and Dr. Parvin, of Indianapolis.  Everything that the physicians could do for the sufferer, availed nothing.  He continued to sink away gradually until Monday morning at 1 o'clock, when he breathed his last, and Isaac Odell was no more.
          The news of his sudden affliction spread over the county as rapidly as the intelligence could be conveyed, and all who knew Mr. Odell, became much concerned about the probably fatal result of the attack, and when tidings of his demise was sent out, all vied in the fact that Shelby county had lost another one of her most active and influential citizens.
          In many respects, Mr. Odell was more than an average man.  He was born in Rockingham County, N.C., January 8, 1828, removed with his parents to this county in 1831.  He came to Shelbyville in the spring of 1846 taking employment with Dr. Teal, in a store, as clerk; he afterwards clerked in the store for  Carey Gwinn,  and finally bought out Mr. Gwinn, and carried on the merchandise business here for himself for some time; in the mean time he built the brick corner now owned by  James Harrison,  and when the I.C. & L.R.R. was built, he removed back to his father's and laid out the Town of Fairland, building the first storeroom and a warehouse, in the town, and entered into the merchandise business at Fairland, making his enterprise quite a success.
          He was subsequently elected justice of the peace, and after serving out his term, he entered upon the practice of law, having in the meantime run a sort of shaving bank with the neighboring community.
          He began life under adverse circumstances, and by dint of energy and commanding will he rose to the highest rank in his neighborhood and county, having represented his county very creditably in the state legislature during one of the most critical periods in our political history.
          The deceased was about 52 years of age, and leaves no nearer relatives than parents, brothers and sisters.
          To attempt to give the public anything like a synopsis of his life, would be futile, as nearly everybody in the county knew Mr. Odell personally.
          The funeral services, by Rev. J. G. Chafee took place at Fairland at 10 1/2 o'clock on Wednesday, after which the remains were taken to the Fairland Cemetery and interred with honors, the Odd Fellows and the Ancient Order of United Workmen officiating.  There was a large concourse of people in attendance, among whom were several of the state officers and many persons of distinction from abroad.  Due sympathy for the bereaved family was manifested by all, and genuine sorrow felt at the loss of so prominent and useful a citizen as Isaac Odell.

Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming.

The  Indianapolis  Sentinel
Nov. 18, 1879
Page  4
          Yesterday morning, at 1 o'clock, Isaac Odell, of Fairland, Shelby county, breathed his last, and the scenes which knew him will know him no more forever. He was born in North Carolina, and was brought to Shelby county when an infant by h is pioneer parents.  At an early age, perhaps his eighteenth year, he engaged in mercantile pursuits in Shelbyville, buying out a merchant named  Carey Gwynne, who afterward went to Washington City as a clerk in the interior department.  Mr. Odell prospered in that business and built a substantial brick block in Shelbyville, which is to-day standing as a monument to his success.  When the  I., C. and L. railway was opened Mr. Odell removed to the spot now occupied by Fairland, one of the prettiest villages on that line of road, six miles this side of Shelbyville. Mr. Odell may justly be said to have been the pioneer or founder of Fairland.  When that village had a foothold, he  opened a mercantile establishment and prospered in it, becoming almost a necessity to that region. He was a leader in the community, a prominent member and promoter of the society of Odd Fellows, was elected justice of the peace, and was in fact the "leading citizen" in that prosperous locality. Tiring of mercantile life, Mr. Odell studied and began the practice of law.  In conjunction therewith, he opened a real estate office, thus stimulating the growth of his village home, and the interchange and improvement of real property in that vicinity.  These departures from the beaten path of mercantile pursuits insured him wealth and a degree of distinction. He was elected by the people of this county, as a staunch Democrat, to the Legislature, and re-elected. he served faithfully and popularly, and could have easily obtained further political promotion had not an innate [sic] modesty and hesitancy forbade.
           As a lawyer, he had a clear judgment and cool head. But for the shrinking characteristic of his nature, which made him a sensitive as a child, he would have won a distinction at the bar creditable to the most renowned lawyers of our State.
          Mr. Odell was a gentleman of peculiar traits. It is said he loved and lost, and therefore never took voyage on the boundless sea of matrimony.  Tennyson sings:
"Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all."

          Perhaps our dead friend had good reasons for leading the lonely life he did--reasons which he failed to communicate to the world.  After he had secured a hoe and a competence, he took under his care some maiden sisters and nieces.  To the comfort and happiness of those he gave undivided attention.  During the Cincinnati exposition the writer was passing east on Fourth street, when he espied Isaac Odell sitting on the steps of the Queen City post office, in the shade, evidently enjoying a respite from fatigue.  In answer to inquiry,  'Squire Odell stated that he had been in Cincinnati two or three days; had not heard from home, was solicitous about his sisters, had telegraphed for news, and was waiting there, opposite the telegraph office, for an answer. That incident indicated his sympathetic, affectionate disposition.
          Mr. Odell's parents, who brought him to Indiana nearly a half century ago, survive him, and life, at an advanced age, near Fairland.
On Saturday last, Mr. Odell was in attendance upon a lawsuit before a justice's court near Fairland.  He had stated the case of his client before the court, and had taken his seat. In a moment or two thereafter, without warning, he fell from his chair in an unconscious condition.  He  never revived from this first shock of insensibility.
          Two singular circumstances, in connection with Mr. Odell's demise, impress themselves upon the living. On the way over to the court on Saturday, Mr. Odell held an earnest conversation with a gentleman about the paralytic stock of which his friend, William O. Rockwood, was then dying, and expressed his views of that sad manner of giving up life, unconscious of one's surroundings or friends. Within an hour or two he was in a precisely  similar condition. Last Thursday Mr. Odell visited Indianapolis, and while here ordered a suit of clothing.  This suit is being finished now for his burial garments. Yesterday his friend and protegy, Hon. Leonard J. Hackney, now prosecuting attorney for Shelby and Johnson counties, came up to arrange the details of the funeral, and to see after the completion of the suit ordered on Thursday.  This singular coincidence is the  very essence of pathos and tragic romance.  It is rarely, indeed, that one is unconsciously measured for and selects the material for his own winding sheet. In this suit Mr. Odell will be interred at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.

"Leaves have their time to fail
And flowers to wither at the north wind's
And stars to set--but all,
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!"
Our friend has taken his longslumber--the
"Sleep that knows not breaking,
Morn of toil nor night of waking."
Fairland Cemetery.
Born Jan. 8, 1828.
Died Nov. 17, 1879. 
Contributed by Barb Huff

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