Randolph County, Indiana
A Winchester Newspaper
John Odle, 83, prominent farmer, died Sunday at his home one mile west of Windsor. Mr. Odle was a life-long resident of the Windsor community and was a member of the Windsor M. E. church.
August 23, 1938
PROMINENT FARMER DIES SUNDAY
AT HIS HOME NEAR WINDSOR
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Harriett Odle; two daughters, Mrs. Estella May White of Bloomington, and Mrs. Oma Gladys Reed of Fairmount; one son, Volney D. Odle of Ft. Pierre, S.D. and one brother, Joseph Odle of Farmland.
Services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at Union Chapel, south of Windsor, Rev. Fred Vincent officiating. Burial will be in Union cemetery.
Contributed by Mary Kay Mills Guinn
The Winchester Daily
Mrs. Leah Amanda Odle, wife of Mr. Thomas Odle, died Wednesday noon July 18, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Harlan, near Ridgeville.
July 26, 1928
Answers Final Call
The funeral service was held at the Evangelical church at Ridgeville Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. Young. Interment was made in the Reitenour cemetery.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
Rachel, daughter of John and Sarah Kidder, was born in Ohio on the seventeenth day of February, 1820 and died at the home of her son John (John Wesley Odle) at Windsor, IN, March 23, 1908, aged 88 years, 1 month and 6 days.
One of a family of eleven children, she came to Jay Co., IN with her parents when seventeen years old, at the time that part of Indiana was almost a wilderness. But of sturdy, pioneer stock, the family bravely took up the task of reclamation and carved for themselves a home in the new land. The love of God shed it's light over the pioneer home and it became the resting place of the ever itinerant preacher.
No church buildings were to be found in that section then and the Kidder home became the first preaching place in the wilderness. Rachel soon gave her heart to God and was gloriously converted at a camp meeting when about nineteen years old and even down to old age she proved the unchanging love of the God of her youth.
On the second day of October 1845, she was united in marriage to John Nelson Odle, In Jay Co., IN. They soon left there and settled in Windsor (Randolph Co., IN), which place practically remained her home until her death.
To this union were born eight children; Sara Elizabeth, James William, Mary Lucetta, Ann Eliza, John Wesley, Joseph Morris, Louvernia Jane and Almira Estella. Of these, all but one; Mary Lucetta, together with one brother; William Kidder, survive her and mourn her departure today.
On November 3, 1876, her beloved husband; John Nelson Odle departed this life and in October, 1904 her daughter Mary Lucetta, wife of Owen Thompson, was called home. These loved ones with father, mother and ten brothers and sisters thus proceeding her to the home land of God. Besides these, thirty-eight grandchildren, of whom twenty-seven live and thirty-three great-grandchildren, thirty still living, came to know and feel the warmth of a grandmothers love.
Grandma Odle's life record has been written by more perfect hands than ours; God's recording angel has written it in the Lamb's Great Book of Life. Her religion was her life, a life long Methodist, she loved the church and its services and even to her last days, when detained at home by sickness, she lamented that she could not take her accustomed place in the house of God, yet ever patient, she was resigned to the will of God and found that even on the bed of sickness that God did come her soul to bless.
The Bible was indeed to her "a lamp and her guide"; she loved to read it and when failing eyesight made reading a task, her loved one obtained for her a New Testament with large print which was to her a never failing source of comfort and delight.
The trail of our faith worketh patience. This was exemplified in her as through the trying months of sickness she bore all with loving, simple trust, until God said "It is enough" and called her home, to be forever with her God.
Servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare's past,
The battle's fought, the race is won
And thou art crowned at last.
With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim
And still to God salvation cry;
Salvation to the Lamb.
Rev. L. A. Hardingham
Contributed by Mary Kay Mills Guinn
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