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Date Posted: 13:26:01 12/22/03 Mon
Author: Judy Bauer
Subject: Odobo

Written in this month's Ida County Historical Society's newsletter:
--Letter written in 1897 by Ed M. Smith, an early settler in the Ida Grove area "Odebolt Creek was named for a young German who worked for the Townsleys in 1856."
--Written by M.G. Aldrich of Battle Creek in his "Notes on Ida County, Iowa," June 6, 1872. "...a young German by the name of Odobo, selected a claim immediately across the small stream that forms a junction with the Maple River (near where Ida Grove was later established in 1877). This claim was soon abandoned and the young man sought a home in another land, but his memory is preserved in the name of the stream (Odebolt Creek) on which he settled, which in common with many other streams in this section of country, was named in honor of its first settler, Odobo. This name has since been perverted to Odebolt. This passed the season of 1855."

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