Torrance Carson Odell

28 July 1912–21 November 1993 (Age 81)
Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

The Life of Torrance Carson

When Torrance Carson Odell was born on 28 July 1912, in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States, his father, William Harry Odell, was 36 and his mother, Lurcy Amelia Thistleton, was 30. He married Maxine Nalder on 7 July 1941, in Humboldt, Pershing, Nevada, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 21 November 1993, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Tollhouse, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Torrance Carson Odell
Maxine Nalder
Marriage: 7 July 1941
Stephen W O'dell

Spouse and Children

7 July 1941
Humboldt, Pershing, Nevada, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Wesley W Odell


    Lurcy H Odell



World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · The Seventeenth Amendment

Age 1

The Seventeenth Amendment allows the people of each state to elect their own Senators instead of having the state legislature assign them.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 22

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from a place in Bedfordshire, also called Woodhill, from Old English wād ‘woad’ (a plant collected for the blue dye that could be obtained from it) + hyll ‘hill’. Compare Waddell . 2. ( O’Dell ) of the same origin as 1, but altered by folk etymology as if of Irish origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Lorrence C Odell in household of William H Odell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Torrence Odell in household of William Odell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Torrence Carson O'Dell, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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