Odebolt Public School
school became an independent district in April, 1880. The first
school taught in Odebolt was taught by Jacob Gable. The first school
board consisted of W.W. Stanfield, Z. G. Sparkes, H. Hansen, J.
Flanders and J. Ketterer, Trustees; Wm. Graham, Secretary; J. T.
Martin, Treasurer. The present officers are the same, except in
place of J. Ketterer, who has been succeeded by John Wilson. Mr.
Taggert is the Treasurer at present. C. Messeris the Principal of
the school, and Anna Beekman and Mrs. Emma Gill, assistants. The
enrollment is 220 pupils, with an average attendance of 150. They
have a neat frame building containing three rooms, which was erected
in 1880 at a cost of $3,000.
Church Society Was organized in 1877. This society organized
with only three or fur members. Rev. Mr. Faus, acting as first
pastor, was succeeded by Rev. W.W. Brown, he by Rev. D. M. Beams, he
by Rev. R. S. Fysh. The present incumbent is Rev. William Preston.
It has a Sabbath School with an average attendance of seventy
pupils. R. M. McDowell is Superintendent. The society has no church
building but holds services in the Masonic Hall. The present
officers are: E. Geist, AB. Smith, M.D. Fox, J. Bowker, J. W.
Savage, Trustees; J. L. Brown and E. Geist Stewards. There is a
parsonage which was erected in 1877 at a cost of $450, and a lot
upon which is contemplated the erection of a church building this
The Catholic Church
Society Was organized in the spring of 1879, by Rev. Father Pape.
The first officers were: M. B. Lynch, Treasurer; J. Conradi, L.
Suntz, J. Miller committee. The Rev. Father Norton is present
pastor. The present officers are H.J. Muxen, Secretary and
Treasurer; H. Wester and N. Thies, committee. The society now
numbers about fifty families. They have a fine frame building 40x60
feet erected in 1879, at a cost of $1,300. This was the first church
building in Odebolt.
Society Was organized in 1879, by Rev. Fullenweider. The first
and present officers are: John Bruce, James Taylor, C. W. Sutton, G.
W. McKibbon, W. Van Duesen, Trustees, and W. Matthews and W.
Simpson, Elders. Rev. Fullenweider was succeeded by Wm. Porter, he
by Rev. Gilkerson. S. N. Vail is the present incumbent. This society
numbers sixty. There is in connection a Sabbath School with an
average attendance of sixty pupils, with C. W. Sutton as
Superintendent. There is also a good, substantial frame structure
30x50 feet, with 250 sittings, which was dedicated in May, 1881. The
cost of the building was $3,300.