Attorney Oddie initially moved to Nevada to work for the Nevada Company, which had mining interests in the state. He eventually struck off on his own, became wealthy through his involvement with silver claims in the fabulous strike at Tonopah, and turned to politics. This volume collects letters that Oddie wrote during his first years to his family back home in New Jersey, particularly his mother. They are of significant value because they tell the story of the Tonopah Mining Company from the perspective of a participant in the drama; Oddie's letters clearly reflect the excitement of the silver strike. The letters also depict less dramatic aspects of the early life of a man who went on to become a member of the U.S. Senate, detailing his finances, his attitude toward Indians and cowboys, and his comments on the clothing styles and behavior of his associates. This is a specialized work that will have value for libraries interested in this aspect of Nevada history.-- Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
Oddie, a 27-year-old attorney and business executive from East Orange, New Jersey, moved to Austin, Nevada in 1898 as secretary of a mining company and had an eventful, adventurous career, culminating in his election to the U.S. Senate. His letters are entertaining and illuminating. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)