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Ody C. Abbott
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1886
New Eagle
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1933
District Of Columbia, USA

WWI Civilian Draft Registration
Name: Abbott, Ody C.
Birth Date: 5 Sep 1886
Birth Place: New Eagle, PA
City/County: Washington # 5
State: PA
Ethnicity: W

Former Warden and Baseball Star Succumbs To Long Illness
Ody C. Abbott, 45, former Washington county sheriff and National League baseball player, died this morning at 7:45 o'clock in the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., where he had sought to regain health following a prolonged heart disease.
Visited by friends a few days ago he seemed somewhat improved and while he had a hard fight still a genuine hope was held for recovery. His death this morning was entirely unexpected.
The former sheriff was born at New Eagle, September 5, 1886, and was a son of William and Elizabeth (Hodgson) Abbott, both deceased. Ody received his education in the public schools of Monongahela, after which he attended California Normal, and then entered Washington and Jefferson College.
During his student days he showed more than ordinary ability as a baseball player, and after completing his education he entered the ranks of professional ball and during the ensuing twelve years he played with teams in various parts of the country, earning a reputation as a high-class player. He eventually reached the majors and was in the National League several years.
Ody's baseball career was interrupted by the entry of the United States in the World War and on August 2, 1917, he enlisted for service. He was sent to Camp Sherman, at Chillicothe, O., where he remained until receiving his honorable discharge, December 21, 1918, with the rank of first sergeant.
On returning to civil life he went to Washington and was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff Alexander L. Gray, serving as such until the latter's death, when the prison board appointed him warden of the county jail. Later he was elected sheriff of Washington county.
His career was marked by a conscientious performance of every duty, no matter how onerous, and because of his integrity and high character, he had earned the respect and esteem of the entire community.
Politically Ody had always given his support to the Republican party, while fraternally he was a member of the Washington Lodge No. 455, B.P.O.E., the American Legion, the Washington County Golf and Country Club, the Bassett Club and the Kappa Sigma. He was a lover of outdoor sports and was always an active and adept athlete. He was a genial and friendly gentleman, who had a large circle of acquaintances, among whom were many warm and loyal friends who are grieved at his passing.
Two brothers survive, James and Joseph, both of New Eagle. No funeral arrangements have been made. (The Charleroi Mail, Charleroi, Washington County, Pa., Thursday, April 13, 1933).

Funeral services for Ody Abbott, ex-sheriff, will be held from Hotel Abott, the family home, in New Eagle, tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. W. F. Bayle, former rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church of Monongahela, now General Missionary of the diocese of Pittsburgh.
The military rites will be in charge of Frank Downer Post, No. 302, American Legion, of which Abbott was a member. (The Charleroi Mail, Charleroi, Washington County, Pa., Saturday, April 15, 1933).

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Hotel Abbott, New Eagle, for former Sheriff Ody C. Abbott, whos [sic] death occurred in the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, and were attended by hundreds, the funeral being one of the largest in the history of the district. Former classmates in school and college, fellow athletes and political leaders were among the many present. The services were conducted by Rev. W. F. Bayle, of the Episcopal church.
Burial in the Monongahela cemetery was with full military honors, in charge of members of Frank M. Downer Post No. 302, American Legion. A squad from Company A, 110th Infantry, fired the salute.
Honorary pallbearers were Judges J. Erwin Cummins, J. Boyd Crumrine and Howard W. Huges; Sheriff J. A. Seaman, under whom he was serving as a deputy: Col. John Aiken, of the 110th Infantry, and County Treasurer C. E. Carothers.
Active pallbearers were Dr. G. K. Hays, Harry F. Larimer and Donald Herron, of Monongahela; Register R. J. Coulson, Inspector Otto Luellen and Attorney George I. Boom, of Washington. (The Charleroi Mail, Charleroi, Washington County, Pa., Monday, April 17, 1933). 
Family links: 
  William Abbott (1847 - 1911)
  Elizabeth A. Hodgson Abbott (1852 - 1909)
  Addison S. Abbott (1872 - 1918)*
  Mary Anna Abbott (1874 - 1932)*
  John A. Abbott (1878 - 1912)*
  Edward Doyle Abbott (1881 - 1929)*
  Joseph Quinn Abbott (1882 - 1945)*
  Ody C. Abbott (1886 - 1933)
  Charlotte Myra Abbott Dickey (1892 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Monongahela Cemetery
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section D Lot 10 Grave 3
Created by: Robert Wall
Record added: Aug 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55704478
Ody C. Abbott
Added by: Gordon Brett Echols
Ody C. Abbott
Added by: Robert Wall
Ody C. Abbott
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Ody played eight seasons of professional baseball 1907-1914.The 1910 season he was a memeber of the St. Louis Cardinals.
 Added: Oct. 6, 2013

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