James Odle

Lewiston Teller
Friday, April 1, 1898

A Pioneer At Rest

James Odle died suddenly at his home, on Idaho street, in this city yesterday about 10:30 a. m. Mr. Odle has been a sufferer from heart trouble for many years, and for the last few years almost a helpless invalid. His death was not wholly unexpected, but the shock was great, though his friends have known for a long time that the end would come suddenly.

On August 3rd of last year the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered. He complained constantly of pains in his head and of a feeling that gave him the sensation of falling. During this week he has seemed almost free from pain. Tuesday he walked down town and made no complaint over the extra exertion. Wednesday be took dinner with his daughter, Mrs. J. N. Rice at her home on the Hill, and yesterday morning remarked that he felt no return of his trouble from the jar of riding up on the hill. About ten o'clock he took up the bucket to bring some water from the ditch. He returned as far as the door when the dreaded stroke came and he fell. His wife was at his side in an instant, but he never rallied.

The deceased was one of the honored pioneers of Idaho. He was born in Sciota county, Ohio, July 10, 1823 and would have completed his seventy-fifth year July 10. He moved west to Missouri in 1844 but soon joined the rush to the gold fields of California and reached the Pacific coast in 1849. In 1851 be came to Oregon where he was engaged in farming and stock raising. There on August 3, 1854, he was married to Catherine Crusen. Mr. Odle went to Florence to mine in 1862 but in the winter of that year sent for his family and established his homo at Grangeville. During the last five years his winter home has been In Lewiston because of the milder climate of this valley.

The deceased was one of the first settlers at Mt. Idaho. He was a pioneer in the truest and best sense of the word, a man of sterling qualities whose integrity was unquestioned. His friends and neighbors honored him with a seat in the legislature in the session of 1882-3 and since then in many instances he has been the recipient of honor and trust. He was a member of two fraternal orders the Odd Fellows and the Masons. He was the oldest Odd Fellow in the state having joined the order in 1845. He was a consistent Christian, and a member of the Presbyterian church of this city.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children, Mrs. Ezra Baird, Mrs. Jno. Rice, Mrs. Frank Rice and Geo. Odle.

The funeral will be from the Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 p. m., and the Masons and Odd Fellows will join in conducting the ceremonies.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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