|(Odber , George C., John, Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac)
Odber Miles (1852-1918)
Odber was born Sept. 4,1852 in N.B. and he died Mar. 5, 1918 in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York with
three of his infant children and his mother. At the age of 13, he was an
apprentice shoemaker in North Adams, Massachusetts. As there is no record
of the family on the 1861 NB Census, it is presumed that the whole family
moved to the USA. He would have been about 19 years old when his father
died. Odber married. Matilda Loretta Kilburn, of Kingsclear, N.B. on Dec.
16, 1878, in New York City. Witnesses were Brunswick W. Fox and Mrs. B. W.
Fox. She was born on Jan. 16, 1855 and died Sept. 8, 1902. Loretta is
buried in the Kingsclear-Kilburn Cemetery with one infant. She was
originally buried on the Kilburn farm, but when the Mactaquac Dam was
constructed, many homes disappeared under the new head pond and cemeteries
had to be relocated to higher ground. When Odber Miles and Loretta returned
to live in Fredericton about 1897, they lived on York Street where the Hartt
Boot and Shoe Factory Co. Ltd was constructed in 1899. Two years after
Loretta died, he sold his share of the factory, and moved back to the USA in
1904. They were Free Christian Baptist people. He married again a woman who
had been also previously married; so then he acquired a second family of two
stepdaughters; Pam and Gwen Roberts. Over the years he worked in shoe
factories in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York at Gardiner and Estes,
Michigan and Indiana. The last factory Odber Miles managed was in
Huntington, Indiana. It was sold at public auction in October 1941.
Odber Miles taught boxing in New York City, Fort Wayne Indiana and Boston.
He used the attic of his house in Indiana, as a gym. In an exhibition match,
he knocked out John L. Sullivan with a lucky punch. Loretta lost her prize
parakeet in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Odber heard there was one in a house two
blocks behind their house. He knocked on the neighbor's door and his
reputation as a boxer, scared the man into giving up the pet bird.
The Silver Company, shoemakers in Tarrytown, New York, awarded him a gold
cane as he had been plant superintendent there from 1887 to 1897, before
moving back to Fredericton to build the Hartt Boot and Shoe Co. Ltd. While
he was working there, he leased an estate overlooking the Hudson River next
to the estate of J. D. Rockefeller.
Children of Odber Miles and Loretta (Kilburn) Hartt
Harry Dell 1880-1965, Bennie ? - 1883, Wilbur 1879-1966, Jennie 1883-1885,
Maud 1883-1966, Mabel 1889-1994, Hazel 1891 - d ? , Freddie 1892-1892, Etta
b ? d 1892.Odber Ray 1893-1970
This Bible is now in the possession of Mr. Jack E. Howell of
Bradenton, Florida- Great grandson of Odber. (Tamara's uncle - mother's brother.)
The bible was given to him by his grandmother, Virginia Eckman Hartt- Harry's (son of