R. L. Odum (Robert Lee Odum)

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Title

R. L. Odum (Robert Lee Odum)

Description

Group portrait of the Odum children, 1 boy and 3 girls. Identified as Donald James, Mary Pearl, Irene, and Ruby Eileen. They were the children of Lola Elizabeth Moore who was married to Robert Lee Odum.

Creator

Osborn Studio

Date Created

9/27/1928

Rights

This image cannot be copied or reproduced without the written permission of the Dickinson Museum Center. This image may be freely used for education uses, so long as it is not altered in any way. No commercial reproduction or distribution of this image file is permitted without written permission of the Dickinson Museum Center.

Format

.jpg, tiff

Medium

black and white Kodak film

Type

.jpg

Identifier

5555-001

Spatial Coverage

Dickinson, N. D.

Original Format

film negative

Physical Dimensions

5 x 7

Cataloguer's Notes

No receipt. 1 note. Possibly from Werner, N. D.

Physical Location

Box109-1. Photo storage.

Ordering Info

http://www.dickinsonmuseumcenter.com/fees/

Comments

Molly McConnell

I just wanted to tell you about the children in that photo. They are named Donald James, Mary Pearl, Irene, and Ruby Eileen. Ruby was my Grannie. Those were the children of Lola Elizabeth Moore who was married to Robert Lee Odum. They had a home that Robert built for Lola and the kids shortly before Ruby was born, so around 1922, in the town of Werner. Before that they lived in a shack by the creek, near the bridge. I believe the shack was stone. I could be mistaken. Robert the dad was a farmer and the Postmaster General, and had served in the Military. He was known to be a very stern man. Lola was a quiet but independent woman. Ruby was third oldest of the children. She would go on to receive five college degrees, join the military (Army) to work as an RN on third floor, and later on to become an English teacher, receiving her master's degree as well. Their brother went on to work for the railroad and later in life he lived in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN where he and his wife taught salsa dancing for forty years. The house still stands to this day, lonely and forgotten. It has a broad front porch and had a blueberry patch behind it, where Ruby picked berries as a little girl in the 1920's. The kids would also take their bantam rooster, "little Lee" out to the creek to swim with them on hot days. I hope you enjoyed learning more about a find family and a wonderful town!:) Sincerely,(the granddaughter of Ruby Eileen Odum), -Molly McConnell

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Collection

Citation

Osborn Studio, “R. L. Odum (Robert Lee Odum),” Southwestern North Dakota Digital Archive At the Dickinson Museum Center, accessed April 17, 2024, https://dmc.omeka.net/items/show/1116624.