Orville Ovando Dodge
This family is in our on-line mystery file. Orville's father was Norman Dodge who was b. 21 Apr 1810 in Oneida Co., New York and d. 13 Aug 1889 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co., Indiana. Norman stated in a census record that hisfather was born in New York.
Norman had a brother, David who was b. 19 Jan 1811, New York and d. 23 Aug 1888, Conneautville, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania. David married Margaret Mahalia NICHOLS and they had 9 children.
Norman married (1) Deborah PRESS abt. 1835 in Girard, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania. She was b. 17 Sep 1817, Gowanda, Cattaraugus Co., New York and died 11 Jan 1843, Rochester, Loraine Co., Ohio. They had 4 children, one of whom was the subject of this biography.
Norman married (2) Minerva BALDWIN 15 Mar 1843, Lorain Co., Ohio. She was b. 3 Apr 1819, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut and d. 24 May 1866. There were 7 children born from this marriage.
Norman married (3)Isabella after 1866. We have no record of any chidlren from this marriage
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Dodge, Orvil Photographer, active Jacksonville, Ore. 1862, 1864-1865, Phoenix, Ore., 1864; Cottonwood, Calif., 1864, Roseburg, Ore., 1867, Oakland, Ore, 1867, 1871, Myrtle Point, Ore., c. 1880.
At some point before December 1862, Orvil Dodge had a photographic portrait gallery on California Street, Jacksonville, Oregon. While serving in the First Oregon Calvary at Fort Dalles, Oregon, he enclosed a calling card for this establishment in a letter dated December 15, 1862, to relatives in Jacksonville. Following his discharge from the service for disability on March 27, 1863, Dodge had a portrait gallery in Phoenix, Oregon from at least January 30 to February 13, 1864. In October 1864 he secured a ten-dollar federal tax license for his photographic establishment at Cottonwood, Shasta County, California. Next, Dodge moved his business to Jacksonville, Oregon ("opposite P.J. Ryan's New Brick"), where he advertised from at least December 23, 1864, to May 25, 1865. In addition, he renewed his tax license in Jacksonville in May 1865 for ten dollars, and an 1866 regional directory listed him as photographer on California Street, Jacksonville. Dodge later had portrait galleries in Roseburg, Oregon in 1867, Oakland, Oregon in 1871, and Myrtle Point, Oregon, around 1880.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Orvil Dodge was historian of the Pioneer and Historical Association of Coos County, Oregon. It was in this capacity that he wrote the Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties, or, Heroic Deeds and Thrilling Adventures of the Early Settlers (Salem, Ore.: Capital Printing Co., 1898). In 1908 he published a short story, "The Heroes of Battle Rock, or, the Miner's Reward".
1) Thomas Robinson, Oregon Photographers: Biographical History and Directory, 1852-1917 (Portland, Ore.: Thomas Robinson, 1992). s.v. "Orvil Dodge"; George N. Balknap to Peter E. Palmquist, Jan. 11, 1973; Ross J. Kelbaugh, Directory of Civil War Photographers, Vol. 3: Western States and Territories, 2d ed. (Baltimore: Historic Graphics, 1992), s.v. "Dodge, O.": Jacksonville Oregon Reporter, Jan. 4, 1865; George Owens, comp., A General Directory and Business Guide of the Principal Towns in the Upper Country, Embracing a Portion of California (San Francisco: A. Gensoul, 1866).
Source: Pioneer Photographers of the Far West : A biographical dictionary 1840 - 1865, By Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn, c. 2000 p.205