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SAMUEL ODELL
Mr. Odell is the son of Samuel and Ovela (Welch) Odell, and was born at East Hartford, Connecticut, October 8, 1834, and was educated there and in lower Canada. At the age of thirteen he was bound out for three years to learn the carpenter’s trade. In 1858 he went into the “oil regions” in Pennsylvania and Canada. He put down the first well at Enescilow. He enlisted in May, 1861, in Company A, 5th Connecticut volunteers for sixty days, and was at the battle of Bull Run. After the expiration of sixty days, he and his brother Alexander joined Company A, 8th Connecticut volunteers, and remained three years and ten months. He was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, and was captured before Richmond and confined six weeks at “Castle Thunder” and escaped. In 1865 he returned to the oil regions, and was master and superintendent for the United States petroleum company. In 1866 he went to Cincinnati, and from there to St. Louis, Missouri. In 1868 he was a delegate to the national Democratic convention from the eighth ward of St. Louis, that nominated Seymour and Blair, and also a delegate to Jefferson City in the interest of John S. Phelps. He came to Springfield in the latter part of 1868, and in 1871 was street commissioner, and in 1872 was a member of the council from the fourth ward. In 1877 he went to the Black Hills, and traveled over the great West. He is now proprietor of the Odell house on Boonville street. He was married February 2, 1868, to Miss Victoria Bouguenot, who was born at Paris, France. They have one son and two daughters. Mr. Odell’s father died at East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1846, and his mother died in 1864. They had three children, viz.: Alexandria, Victoria and Samuel. Samuel’s father was a civil engineer, and was on the government survey in Illinois, Missouri, and the one establishing the boundary line between the United States and Canada.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

JOHN H. ONSTOTT
Mr. Onstott is the son of John W. and Rebecca Onstott, and was one of a family of two sons and two daughters, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, July 23, 1839. His father, John W., was a native of Kentucky, born in Shelbyville in 1781. He served in the “war of 1812,” and was in the same company with Dick Johnson, who killed Tecumseh, enlisting as a private, but coming out as a commissioned officer. After the war he came to Little Rock, Arkansas, and entered 80 acres of land, where the court-house now stands. He sold the land for a shot-gun and thirty dollars in money. In 1837 he moved with his family to Fayetteville, where he died in 1863. His wife, mother of John H., died in Springfield, Missouri, in August, 1882. She was a South Carolinian, and was married to the elder Onstott at Little Rock. The subject of this sketch was educated at Arkansas College, located at Fayetteville, then presided over by Robert Graham. At 21 years of age, he went to Illinois, whither he removed his mother and family after his father’s death. After the civil war, he came to Springfield, this county, where he has been engaged in active business ever since. For several years he was at the head of the “Springfield Zinc and Lead Company,” and in 1876 he opened the “Alma” mine in Christian county, of which he is sole proprietor, its name being in honor of his oldest daughter. Mr. Onstott takes great interest in public improvements, and was largely the means of securing the water works in Springfield. Formerly he was president of the implement and hardware firm of H.O. Dow & Co. In 1882, he organized the South Western Implement Company, with a cash capital of $10,000, and is now the president and principal proprietor of that concern. They work about 75 operatives, and have four men “on the road” as “drummers.” Their work covers half an acre of ground. They have the exclusive right of manufacture and sale of the Davis Automatic Hay Stacker. Mr. Onstott was married to Miss Veda Massey, of Springfield, February 14, 1869. They have three children – Alma, Edna and John H., Jr. Mr. O. belongs to K. of P., K. of H., and Chosen Friends. He is also a strong temperance advocate, and labors arduously in that cause.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

J.S. OWEN
Mr. Owen is the son of C.B. and Sarah E. Owen, and was born in this county September 11th, 1857. He received his education at Drury College, and since leaving school has been engaged in farming. He was married April 20th, 1881, to Miss Sarah M., daughter of Reuben A.M. Rose. Their union has been blest with one son, Charles B. Mr. Owen and his brother, Stephen, own two hundred and eighty-six acres of fine land. It is the old Owen homestead, and one of the best in the county.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler



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