Callan Memorial Room
The Callan Memorial Room is located upstairs on the northwest corner. The room has a full size bed in it. It has a private bath with shower stall. Sink is on outside of bath area. The room is painted with a burnt orange and medium tan colors. The Museum and High School can be viewed out the windows. The Callan Memorial Room has been furnished by the descendants of Thomas Richard Callan, 1856 – 1923 and his wife Lillian Emma Stitzel Callan, 1858 – 1925. T.R. Callan came to Odell in 1883 and opened a hardware store, later expanding to farm implements, as well as farming activities. The four children of T.R. and Lillian Callan were: John S. Callan, 1890 – 1950, a businessman in Odell who also served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1933 until his death in 1950. His wife was Agnes E. Armstrong, 1893 – 1976; Ruth Callan Benson, 1892 – 1941; Madge Callan Christlieb, 1894 – 1978; Thomas Richard Callan II, 1889 – 1945, a businessman in Odell. His was was Ruby Caroline Helmig of Wymore, Nebraska, 1900 – 1976. The sons of John S. and Agnes E. Callan were Clair A. Callan, 1920 – 2005 who served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1965 – 1966) and Dean W. Callan, 1922 – 2011, were also Odell businessmen, although Dean Callan relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1960 and founded Dean Callan Company, a still – thriving commercial real estate business. Although the remaining descendants of T.R. Callan in Odell and the surrounding area (sixth generation residents of Gage County), many other descendants make their homes in many areas of the country.
The Callan Memorial room is furnished with a four-poster bed and matching chest of drawers that John S. and Agnes Callan purchased at the Odell Furniture Store in the early 1920’s. On the walls hang pictures of early scenes of Odell, the Callan Hardware Store interior, political and other business memorabilia, sports memorabilia of Dean Callan’s days as a member of the varsity baseball team at the University of Nebraska, Clair Callan’s days as a varsity football player at Peru State College, Dean and Clair’s days as members of the Odell Athletics Baseball Team, and a photo of John S. Callan and Dr. C.E. Rice taken on September 18, 1949, the day hundreds gathered to honor Dr. Rice’s service to Odell.