Dr. George W. Odell

Name: Dr. George Washington Odell
Born: 3 October 1838 / Carroll County, Indiana
Died: 25 December 1921 / Portland, Oregon
Parents: John Odell & Sarah Holman Odell
Spouse: Mary Jane Biddle
Married: 5 January 1870 / Benton County, Oregon (divorced before 1880)
Arrived in Ore.: 26 September 1851
Occupation: Physician

He was physician of marked ability possessing a personality which endeared him to many friends.
– Dayton Tribune, 30 Dec 1921

“Among the best known of Oregon’s pioneers is Dr. George Washington Odell . . . He was born October 3, 1838, in Carroll county, Indiana, and is a son of John and Sarah (Holman) Odell . . . George Washington Odell spent his youthful days in his native state, there attended a private school and after the removal of the family to Oregon during his youth he spent one year as a student in Willamette University. Later he entered Santiam Academy at Lebanon, Oregon, and pursued his studies there for two years. In 1862 he took up the study of medicine, devoting his time to reading textbooks while teaching school at Lebanon. he thus qualified for the onerous and responsible duties of the profession and in 1865 began practice. He followed his profession for six years in Lebanon and in 1870 removed to Eugene where he continued in active practice until the summer of 1879.

On the 5th of January 1870, Dr. Odell was married in Corvallis, Oregon, to Miss Mary Biddle, a daughter of Dr. Biddle. Dr. Odell is a republican in his political views, having supported the party since its organization. He has also been a consistent member of the Masonic fraternity since 1868. Coming to the northwest when the work of progress and civilization seemed scarcely begun in this section of the country he has through the intervening years contributed in large measure to the progress and upbuilding of Oregon and has ever been numbered among its honored and valued citizens.” — History of Oregon: Volume III, p.59-60

Advertisement in the Oregon State Journal (17 Sep 1870)


The funeral of Dr. George W. Odell, a pioneer physician of Oregon, was held in the Methodist Church here (Dayton) Wednesday, December 28, 1921 at 10 AM. The body was laid to rest in the Odell Cemetery 4 miles south of Dayton.

He was born Carroll Co., Indiana, October 3, 1838 and came to Oregon with his parents (John and Sarah Odell) in 1851. The family located near this place where he spent his boyhood days. He was educated in Salem and San Francisco and began the practice of medicine in Lebanon in 1872.

He then located in Eugene where he followed his profession 7 years coming to Yamhill Co. in 1881 where he remained until 1908 when he moved to Portland and made his home with Prof. L. H. Baker at whose residence he died Christmas Day. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was physician of marked ability possessing a personality which endeared him to many friends.

Dayton Tribune, December 30, 1921

Sunday Oregonian, 01 January 1922, p. 9

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Reference: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, & 1910 United States Federal Census | Oregon, County Marriage Records, 1851-1975 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016 | Oregon State Library: Death Index Portland 1915-1924. Reel Title: Oregon Death Index Portland A-Z, Year Range: 1915-1924 | Early Oregonians Index, 1800-1860 | findagrave.com | History of Oregon: Volume III, The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1922, p.59-60.