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Viola Belle Long Bertrand O'Dea

Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.

Logan County is in south central North Dakota. The county seat is Napoleon.

Viola Belle Long Bertrand O'Dea was born in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois on December 23, 1870. Her parents were Thomas Long and Louisa Taylor.

She married Joseph Bertrand in August, 1887 when she was seventeen. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Joseph and Viola Bertrand.

Her husband, Joseph, died in April, 1910. In 1913 she lived at 223 North Grand Street in Chariton. After that she moved to North Dakota to be near her parents and sisters.

She married James F. O’Dea on April 15, 1918 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota when she was 47 and he was 52.

Word has been received here of the marriage of Mrs. Viola Bertrand of Braddock, N. D. to Mr. James F. O'Dea of Bismark, N. D. April 15, 1918. Mrs. Bertrand was a former resident of this city and a sister of Mrs. [Clara] Todd Lane. Mr. O'Dea is assistant state manager of the Woodman of the World for North and South Dakota and they will make their home in Bismarck.

She lived in Braddock, Emmons County, North Dakota until her death. She passed away of valvular heart disease and chronic nephritis in the hospital in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota on Monday, April 21, 1919 when she was 48 years old. She was buried with her parents at the Napoleon Cemetery in Napoleon, Logan County, North Dakota. She was also remembered on her husband, Joseph Bertrand’s tombstone in the Chariton cemetery.

Children of Joseph Bertrand
and Viola Long
  • Marie Louisa Bertrand Shimp
  • Emma Ethel Bertrand Smith
  • Blanch Pauline Bertrand Higgins
  • Frances M. Bertrand Metela Johnson
  • Lura Bertrand Bechtel Jones
  • Franklin Merl Bertrand
  • Izetta Fern Bertrand
  • Children of Thomas Long
    and Louisa Taylor
  • Viola Belle Long Bertrand O'Dea
  • Franklin Monroe Long
  • Lura Alzada Long Shafer
  • Emma Eldora Long Vie
  • Clara May Long Lane Posekany
  • Logan County is in central Illinois and was established in 1839.
    Nephritis is an inflammation of the kidneys. It can be caused by an infection, but is most commonly caused by autoimmune disorders that affect major organs. It was called Bright's Disease.
    Viola Long
    Emmons County, North Dakota is in the center of the southern border of North Dakota. Braddock was established in 1898. Extreme seasonal variations in temperature made life difficult for settlers.

    Viola's Tombstone in North Dakota



    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.


    The remains of Mrs. O'Dea, nee Mrs. Bertrand formerly of this city but whom for the past two years has resided at Braddock were tenderly laid at rest at the Napoleon cemetery last Friday afternoon.

    From this week’s issue of the Braddock News we clip the following obituary notice: Following an illness of over five months, Mrs. J. F. O’Dea, a prominent woman of this place and of Napoleon passed away at the hospital in Bismarck Monday April 21, at about 4:00 o’clock a.m. and was laid to rest in the family lot in Napoleon cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. L. Stowell and by the Woodmen Circle at the cemetery.

    Viola Long was born in Illinois, December 23rd, 1870 and died at Bismarck April 21, being 48 years, 3 months and 29 days old at the time of her death. Her early life was spent in Illinois where she attended school, later moving to Chariton and Des Moines, Iowa.

    In August, 1887, she was united in marriage to Joseph Bertrand who died April 18, 1910. To this union were born eight children, Mrs. J. Metela, Mrs. D.A. Higgins, Merle and Laura of this place, Mrs. C.H. Shimp of Des Moines, Ia. Mrs. J.E. Smith of Omaha, Neb. and two children who died in infancy.

    On the 15th day of April, 1918 she was again married to J. F. O’Dea at Aberdeen, S.D. who survives her.

    Besides the above children she leaves three sisters, Mrs. R.E. Shafer of Napoleon, Mrs. Todd Lane of Chariton, Ia, and Mrs. O.M. Vie of this place and one brother, F. M. Long who resides here and a large number of friends to mourn her loss.

    Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) and Woodmen of the World were fraternal organizations that offered insurance.

    In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.


    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Henry Kibler
    Magdalene Kibler Baker
    Philip Baker
    Elizabeth Baker Branstiter
    Sarah Branstiter Taylor
    Louisa Taylor Long
    Viola Long Bertrand
    Emma Ethel Bertrand
    Virginia Smith Miller

    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Jacob LeFevre
    Mary LeFevre Long
    Thomas Long
    Viola Long Bertrand
    Emma Ethel Bertrand
    Virginia Smith Miller

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