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Odell, William Holman – Obituary

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Plans have been completed for funeral services this afternoon in Salem for W. H. Odell, who died here late Wednesday night [April 26, 1922] at the age of 92. He was formerly editor and owner of the Oregon Statesman of Salem and a well-known educator and political figure.

Mr. Odell came to Oregon from Indiana in 1851. He attended Willamette University. After his marriage, he and his wife had charge for a time of the old Santiam Academy. Later he was identified with the public schools of Albany. In 1864 he moved to Eugene and was appointed United States Deputy Surveyor. In 1871 he was appointed United States Surveyor-General of Oregon.

Mr. Odell acquired the Statesman in 1877 and controlled it until 1884. He was the last of his immediate family, and was making his home at the time of his death with his niece, Mrs. L. H. Baker, 464 East 24th Street.

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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