Odell, James M., was born in Middleport, November 16, 1838. His father, Alanson T. Odell, came from Jefferson county to Niagara county in 1816, with his parents, Joseph and wife, who settled about three and a half miles southwest of Middleport and bought a farm of the Holland Land Company. Joseph Odell first walked from Jefferson county and cleared up a portion of his land; returning the following spring, he erected a log house, then walked back and brought his family in an ox cart. James M. Odell was educated in Lockport and Medina. He traveled South for several years and in 1867 returned to Niagara county, where he has since lived. In 1893 he built the Odell House in Middleport and is recognized as a conservative, upright man who has ever advanced the best interests of his town and townspeople.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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