Revised 23 May 2014


Thomas A Oakley. Died 19 March 2014. The Oakley family has been associated with First Church for many years. Although not active in recent years, Mr. Oakley was an active and productive member of the church during the years of his attendance.
Samuel W. Odell (Born 4 November, 1864 - Hampton, Illinois), Lawyer.  Mr. Odell was the son of John P. and Sarah (Nilson) Odell.  he married Clara J. W. Morgan in 1888. Mr. Odell attended the public schools of Illinois and Iowa; the Port Byron Academy of Port Byrne, Illinois; the Bloomington law School, Illinois Wesleyan university, Bloomington Illinois.  He was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1887.  Mr. Odell was admitted to the California bar in 1899.  He taught school in Illinois from 1886 - 1887.  Mr. Odel entered law practice at Port Byrne, Illinois in 1887.  He moved to Moline, Illinois in 1888 and practiced law there until 1904 with the exception of one year (1899), which was spent at Santa Cruz, California.  He served as City Attorney at Moline Illinois for one term and then returned to California to the city of Santa Monica in 1904, where he was employed by the firm of Tanner, Odell, Odell & Tat.  he served as City Attorney for Santa Monica from 1908 - 1911.  He was the author of several books, including "The Princess Athura," published by T. Y. Crowell 7 company of New York.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity; the Board of Trade - Pasadena, Ca; the New Century Club - Pasadena; The Sierra Club and was a Congregationalist.
Major General Harrison Gray Otis  (10 Feb 1837, Marietta, Ohio to 30 July 1917, Los Angeles, California--follow the link to more about his life.  Use your back arrow to return to this site.)  The funeral services for General Otis were so largely attended that a special publication was necessary to organize the final cortege.  The funeral services were organized by the Women's Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic.  The cemetery services were organized by the Woman's Relief Corps and Stanton Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, with a firing squad composed of members of the Sons of Veterans and "Taps" played by the bugler of the United States Spanish War Veterans.  The list of guests and speakers read like a Who's Who in Los Angeles.    
 Ernest Levan Owen (born 13, August 1871 - New Goshen, Indiana)  Son of Meredith G. and Martha E. (Shuey) Owen.  Mr. Owen married Lillian M. Jones in 1904.  He received his lower school education through his native town, then attended northwestern university from 1887-1888..  he graduated from Westfield College, Westfield, Illinois with a B S in 1890, after which he studied piano and theory with mr. Ernest R. Kroeger of St. Louis fro 1891-1892.  He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1897-1900.  While attending school, Mr. Owen was also working.  He engaged in the drug store business in Westerfield, Illinois from 1890-1893.  He was a member of the firm of M. G. & E. L. Owen from 1893 - 1902.  He founded the Toledo Conservatory of music, of which he was the Associate Director from 1900 - 1903 and additionally taught private lessons on the piano, music theory, orchestra and band directing.  he was the Superintendant of Music in San Diego State Normal School as of 1913 and an organist and director of the San Diego B.P.O.E. orchestra.  Mr. Owen additionally held the positions of Director of the Al Bahr Temple Shrine Band and Assistant organist at San Diego Consistory No 6; Director of the Chamber Music Section; Amphion Club; the Mendelssohn and University Clubs, Civic Association and K of P.   By faith, Mr. Owen was a Congregationalist.