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Oden Odell (1877-1964)
Thomas "Tommy" Brooks (1882-1964)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, February 20, 1964

Headline: Old-timers die in hospital, 1964

    Two Yukon old-timers died in Whitehorse General Hospital last week within a few hours of each other.

    Oden Odell, 87, and "Tommy" Brooks, 81, had both been residents of the Senior Citizens' Home in Whitehorse. Mr. Odell was for many years a resident of Dawson. Both men died Feb 12.

    "Tommy" Brooks first arrived in Canada from Scotland in 1899 and went north to Alaska in 1904. In the spring of 1905 he sailed down the Yukon River in a small boat, with three other men, from Whitehorse to Dawson. He was engaged in mining and prospecting in the Carcross area for 30 years, and was also well known locally as a poet.

    Mr. Odell will be buried in Whitehorse. The Rev. N. K. Gulbis will officiate at the graveside service.

    Mr. Brooks' body is to be taken to Carcross by train, and he will be buried there Tuesday. It is understood that he requested that a verse from one of his poems be engraved on the headstone at the place of his burial.