Oren Elmer Dodds
Biography

From: “Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Illustrated 1908, edited by Newton Bateman, LL. D. and Paul Selby, A. M., Volume II, Schuyler County”, edited by Howard F. Dyson, pages 817, a Reprinted by Stevens Publishing Company, Astoria, Illinois 61501, 1970, is sold by the Schulyer County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Dodds, Oren E., a farmer of enterprising and progressive tendencies, and a young man of excellent traits of character, was born in Bainbridge Township, Schuyler County, Ill., his present home, March 3, 1877.  His parents were Thomas and Emily (Ward) Dodds, natives of Schuyler County, whose family history will be found in a separate biographical narrative in this immediate connection.  Mr. Dodds grew to manhood on the homestead farm, his youth being passed in assisting in the routine of labor upon the place, and attending the district schools of the vicinity.  After remaining with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age, he began farming on his own responsibility, cultivating a farm belonging to his father.  In 1904, Mr. Dodds bought 124 acres of land known as the “McCormick farm”, and situated in Section 12 and 13, Bainbridge Township, to which he moved in the fall of that year.  The place was in a neglected condition, and he proceeded to put up fences, build barns, and materially improve the dwelling, until he transformed the property into a comfortable and attractive home.  Besides general farming he devotes considerable attention to stock raising, and breeds a good grade of horses, cattle and hogs.
  On March 26, 1902, Mr. Dodds was joined in matrimonial bonds with Margaret L. Bellamy, who was born January 20, 1884, and is a daughter of D. M. and Lucinda (Greer) Bellamy, both natives of Schuyler County.  Her father, who was a well known farmer, died January 30, 1904, and her mother is still living on the old homestead farm in Bainbridge Township.  To this union of Mr. and Mrs. Dodds two children have been born, namely: George Madison, born April 12, 1903; and Lucy E., born March 24, 1907.
  Politically, Mr. Dodds is an adherent of the Democratic party, and held the office of Tax Collector from 1900 to 1902, discharging its duties with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents.  Fraternally, he is identified with the M. W. A. {Modern Woodmen of America}, Pleasantview Camp, No. 2040.  Mrs. Dodds is a communicant of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, to which her husband is a liberal contributor.  He is also a generous supporter of the cause of education, and of all benevolent enterprises, and both he and his wife are highly esteemed throughout the community.



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