Fredrick Odendahl, deceased, was born in Cologne, Prussia, February 11, 1822. In the summer of 1847 he left his native home, sailing for America, and landing in August of the same year. On April 14, 1849, he was united in marriage with Miss Ernestine Froehlich, at Nauvoo, Illinois. Here their first son was born July 16, 1850, and they called his name William. In the fall of the same year they came to Oquawka and engaged in merchandising in the grocery and provision line, following the business until the outbreak of the rebellion. At that time he at once responded to the call of his adopted country for troops, and enlisted in Co. D, 10th Ill. Vol. Inf., April 23, 1861, to serve three months. He was discharged at the close of the time for which he enlisted and joined the 17 reg. Mo. inf. as a member of company D, where he faithfully served his country till discharged on account of disability caused by inflammatory rheumatism. He participated in the battles of Wilson's creek, Pea Ridge, and many others during that stirring campaigning under Gen. Austerhaus. He died August 24, 1877, and his venerable widow is still living, with her son William, who is now in the mercantile trade in Oquawka. They have one other son, Carl Julius, born in Oquawka September 16, 1853, and married to Miss Viola Rossiter. He is now in Loup City, Nebraska, in the drug business, and has one child Fredrick E.