Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 108.
ODELL, HON. WILLIAM H., of Salem, was born December 25, 1830, and came to Oregon till 1851, locating in Yamhill County, on a farm, remaining there till 1860, except three years at school in Salem. He had charge of the Santiam Academy for a few years. Mr. Odell has been one of the leading Republicans of the state from the very birth of the party. In 1864 he went to Eugene as United States Deputy Surveyor till 1871, and was then Surveyor-General one term, and then was Deputy Surveyor till 1876, in which year he was elected Presidential Elector, and helped hold Oregon’s electoral vote for Haynes. In 1877 he became editor of the Salem Statesman, and in 1880 was elected State Printer for two years. February 1, 1885, he became editor of the Salem Port for four years, and in 1891 entered the service of the Unites States Indian Bureau, at Siletz reservation, and while there was made Commissioner for the sale of reservation lands. In 1895 he was appointed Clerk of the State Board of Land Commissioners. MR. Odell has been delegate to county conventions in Yamhill, Lane, and Marion counties since 1858, state conventions since 1868, club conventions, and member of the state central committee.