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Joseph Odenheimer "Odie" Spath
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1868
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1900
Coleman County
Texas, USA

Married to Anna Mae Roger on 10 Dec 1893 probably in Gonzales Co, TX.
Three children: Charles (1 Oct 1894-19 Nov 1895), Odeline, and Annette.

Article donated by JAH
"Coleman, TX — 15 Drown in Cloudburst
Two of the Dead Were Men Who Lost Life Attempting to Save Children
.. Coleman, Texas, July 17. —Fifteen lives are known to have been lost in a cloudburst here yesterday. Ten bodies have been recovered, but only tow were identified. They are Joseph Spath, leading merchant of the village, and John Fouleiastein.
.. It is feared that many more lives were lost in the valley below Coleman. The cloudburst, which followed three days of unprecedented rainfall, caused Ford's creek to burst its banks and rush through Coleman, a village of less than 1,000 inhabitants.
.. Bewildered citizens roused from their slumbers rushed into the streets and were swept away. Many were saved by catching hold of pieces of timber and navigating them into eddies formed by the swift current, when they were drawn ashore.
.. Spath and Fouleiastein managed to mount their horses. They dashed into the water and swam their horses to a house where four little girls were screaming for help. Each rescued two of the children, whom they took upon their hourses. The animals were swept away, however, in an effort to stem the swift current, and all were drowned."

Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX -17 Jul 1900
"In a Valley of Death
At Least Fifteen Lives Lost By A Cloudburst Yesterday in Coleman County.
Ten bodies Are Recovered
Rescuers Are Still At Work and It Is Thought the List of Dead Will Be Longer.
Many Houses Were Washed Away.
A Creek Meandering Down the Valley Became a Mile Wide Almost In An Instant.
Special to the News.
Coleman, Tex., July 16. —About 3 o'clock this morning a cloudburst fell on Ford's Creek, above this place. A heavy rain had fallen here and the creek was bankfull.
.. A little after 8 o'clock this morning a tremendous wave was seen coming down the valley. Before anyone could realize the impending disaster the whole valley was filled with water and the creek was nearly a mile wide.
.. A number of residences and camps were washed away and many lives were lost. It is known that fifteen people were drowned, among the John Euleisstine and J. O. Spath. Spath and Euleisstine were engaged in rescuing four little girls, each having two on his horse when all were washed away.
.. Ten bodies have been recovered and search is being made for others.
.. Spath was one of the leading citizens of this place
.. It is not known how many lives have been lost along the course of the creek, and the worst is feared.
.. The damage to crops has been great, but the loss of life overshadows everything else."

Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX -17 Jul 1900
"Ten Bodies Recovered
More Are Believed to Have Lost Their Lives in Ford's Creek
Special To The News.
Santa Anna, Tex., July 16. —After a six weeks' drought this county was a visited with a fine rain. On the headwaters of Ford's Creek THERE WAS A CLOUDBURST AND A BUG RISE IN Ford's creek, drowning several people. Up to 8 p.m. ten bodies have been recovered, and it is not known as yet how many more are drowned.
.. Home creek was also on a big rise, but no lives were lost so far as known." 
Family links: 
  Charles Spath (1840 - 1868)
  Martha Jane Price Spath Lemond (1843 - 1880)
  Anna Mae Rogers Spath (1871 - 1963)*
  Odeline Spath (1897 - 1984)*
  Annette Spath (1900 - 1998)*
  Lux Spath (1864 - 1864)*
  Julia Stella Spath (1864 - 1879)*
  Charles Emmit Spath (1866 - 1953)*
  Joseph Odenheimer Spath (1868 - 1900)
  Cornelia A Lemond Claxton (1874 - 1946)**
  Katherine Henry Lemond McWhorter (1876 - 1922)**
  Robert West LeMond (1878 - 1960)**
*Calculated relationship
Coleman City Cemetery
Coleman County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section IV
Created by: Doni Wright
Record added: Jun 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38916838
Joseph Odenheimer Odie Spath
Added by: Jeannette "Bardwell" Buris
Joseph Odenheimer Odie Spath
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