P.O. closed about 1955
On Washington Co.Rd 295
The community of Odell was first known as Stop and was just south of
the Washington County line in Crawford County. It is not known when it
was established but some information was compiled in a Flashback article
in May 1968. According to that article the post office was first established
by Nathan W.and William W.Leach. Nathan was postmaster at Stop in 1884
and Nathan in 1887. The brothers put in a general store also. Various
reasons for the name Stop were given - some said because folks had to
stop there for the mail and another said because the road stopped there.
in the 1908 Plat Book of Washington County, Odell is shown in section 6,
Township 12N, Range 32W, in Crawford County,just south of the County
line. According to the book Washington County Postmasters and Postoffices
1829-1976, Odell post office was moved to Washington County in 1930.
It is currently shown about 5 miles southeast of Evansville on WC295.
A family which was prominent in the area besides the Leach's included the
Thomas Clay Cuzick who had a general store and were postmasters for a time.
Ruthus and Frank were son and grandson of Thomas and ran the store and
post office. Other family names in the area were Yancy, Dipboye, West
Wilhite and Dobbs. A.L.Dobbs was a carpenter who made burial caskets
for many who died in the area. J.F.Dobbs was farmer and village blacksmith
and his sons continued the smithing and later garage trade for years.
A school was established near the town where the Forest Service tower
stands, or stood in 1968.
Washington County Postoffices and Postmasters 1829-1976 by
Deane Carter, published 1976 by Washington Co Historical Society
Odell Post Office and some old Cemeteries by Burlene Hilton
Flashback May 1968
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