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Date Posted: 07:53:21 12/24/03 Wed
Author: barb
Subject: Oderbolz
In reply to: Judy Bauer 's message, "Odobo" on 13:26:01 12/22/03 Mon

Hi Judy,
Interesting stuff you posted and thanks very much! The guestbook at odebolt net, some time ago, had the below posted, and I answered below it. Perhaps all this ties in. There are so many stories on how Odebolt got its name that it may never be proven! - Barb
Wednesday 12/25/2002 12:07:56am
Name: Oderbolz Walter
Homepage: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.oderbolz.e33.de">http://www.oderbolz.e33.de</a>
Connection to Odebolt: Riburgerstr. 16
City/Country: CH - 4313 Möhlin
Alumni? Class of: Metzgermeister
Comments: Habe aus de Geschichte Oderbolz gelesen.
Frage: Gibt es auch Vorfahren die in die Switzerland gereist sind? Sind von Switzerland Oderbolz nach U.S.A. ausgewandert?
From the Webmaster - We have no more information on the surname "Oderbolz" or emigration from Switzerland. All we know is on the site.

<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://showcase.netins.net/web/odebolt2002/morename.html">http://showcase.netins.net/web/odebolt2002/morename.html</a>

(Source: "As Time Goes By", Odebolt, Iowa 1877-1977, The Odebolt Chronicle May, 1977, p. 14)

In the May 30, 1912 issue of The Chronicle, a third version of the name has come to light. The editor said then, "If The Chronicle is correctly informed, it can finally clear up the point."

A gentleman visited the office that Saturday in 1912 and by degrees unraveled a story of immense historical importance. His name was A. Oderbolz of New York. He said when a boy he learned from his father, George Oderbolz, that a townsite in Iowa, by which ran a small creek, and not a great way from Sioux City, had been named after himself. His father, a boy under 20, was with a surveying party in charge of a Capt. Smith. Along about 1860 or ’61, this party left Dubuque and crossed the state laying out townsites. When they reached this section, his father was so taken with the lay of the land that Capt. Smith, after completing the survey, said: "George, we will name this creek and townsite after you." But in making the records he supposed the name was spelled as pronounced "Odebolt". His father left the surveying party and homesteaded near Deadwood, S.D., but was forced to leave because of the hostility of the Indians. He went to Texas where he lived until his death in 1906. His father often told of the Iowa townsite given his name, but he never made a record of exact dates.

A. Oderbolz, who claimed his home at Calvert, Texas, the place of his birth, was a traveling salesman out of New York, and being in Iowa, made a special trip to Odebolt, upon request of his relatives, to take a look at the town. He made a collection of post cards of local scenes and hoped to return at a future day.

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