the Census was taken in April of 1930 the Odells had moved to
939 North 31st
Street. Morris Odell would make his home in the 900 block of
Street through at least the fall of 1977.
M. Odell was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on July 31,
1941. He reported for duty the next day. After ten days at the
Fire Training School he was assigned to Engine Company 2,
located at Fire Headquarters, North 5th and Arch Streets. He was
assigned to the post of Battalion Chief's Aide on November 11,
the time the 1947 City Directory was compiled, Morris M. Odell
had married. He and wife Thelma made their home at 939 North 31st
Street. His father, Floyd Odell, had passed away sometime
after the spring of 1942. Mother Edna Odell resided next door at
937 North 31st
Street. Morris and Thelma Odell were still at 939 North 31st
Street as late as October of 1959. During the 1960s they moved
across the street to 944 North 31st
December 15, 1949 William Van Pfefferle was selected to replace
the retiring Walter Mertz as Chief Engineer of the Camden Fire
Department. Chief Pfefferle selected Morris M. Odell to serve as
his aide, a post which he held for over ten years. Morris M.
Odell returned to Engine Company 2 in February of 1960. On
January 25, 1961 Morris M. Odell was assigned to the Camden Fire
Department's Maintenance Department, where he replaced Joseph P.
August 1, 1961, not long after Morris M. Odell was assigned to
the Maintenance Department, his son, Robert M. Odell, was
appointed to the Camden Fire Department.
Almost three years later to the
day after his transfer to the Maintenance Department, on January 23, 1964,
Morris M. Odell once again was assigned to the post of Chief's
Aide, this time for Chief Edwin Michalak.
retiring from the Camden Fire Department, Morris Odell moved to
Gloucester City, New Jersey. He passed away in February of
M. Odell's son, Robert M. Odell retired from the Camden Fire
Department on February 1, 1993. Between father and son, the
Odells had served the City of Camden continuously for over 51