Ashtabula Co., Ohio
SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.
Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.
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|* M. K. UDELL,
who is successfully engaged in the taxi business, is a well known
citizen and a member of one of Ashtabula County's honored pioneer
families. He was born in Ashtabula, May 3, 1883, and is a son of
Benjamin Franklin and Nellie (Wakefield) Udell.
Benjamin Franklin Udell was a native of Ashtabula
County, born Jan. 7, 1829, and the son of Frederick Udell, who
was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1781. At an early date
Frederick Udel came to Ohio and settled on the banks of the Mills
Creek in Ashtabula. He owned one of the early day inns and was
also a farmer, having entered a quarter of a section of land between
Jefferson and Ashtabula. Mr. Udell was a prominent church
worker of his time and walked between 12 and 15 miles each Sunday to
attend services. John Udell, a brother of Frederick,
was also widely known as one of the pioneers of the county. He
wrote a history of his travels and experiences, which he believed would
be of great value to the early day traveler. Mr. Udell made
many trips across the county to California and his records show that he
traveled 110,000 miles, 16,000 miles of which he walked.
Benjamin Franklin Udell was a farmer during his
life and died in 1914. His wife, who was born at Plymouth, Ohio,
July 330, 1844, is still living on the home place in Jefferson.
Mr. and Mrs. Udell had three sons as follows: Benjamin,
born Aug. 17, 1875, a farmer, lives at Jefferson, married Miss
Cornelia Battington; Henry, born Oct. 25, 1879, a locomotive
engineer, lives at Cleveland, married Lottie Freeman, and they
have three children, Henry, Mary and Grace; and M. K.,
the subject of this sketch.
M. K. Udell spent his boyhood on his father's
farm and received his education in the public schools of Jefferson.
He engaged in farming when a young man and later was employed in
Ashtabula as a street car conductor. For three years he was a
fireman on the New York Central Railroad and in 1908 engaged in the
grocery and meat business at 23 Station Street, which he conducted
successfully for 11 years. In 1919, Mr. Udell became
interested in the taxi business in Ashtabula and was located at 23
Station Street. In 1921 he built a garage, 120x35 feet at 49
Station Street, where he is at present located. He owns and
operates seven large automobiles and does a large volume of business
throughout the city. Mr. Udell claims he has the first man
in the community to lower taxi rates, his fare from uptown to the depot
being only 15 cents. His mileage rate is also 15 cents per mile.
On Feb. 17, 1908, MR. Udell was united in
marriage with Miss Minnie Kelley, a native of Erie, Pa., and the
daughter of James and Anna Kelley both deceased. Mr. and
Mrs. Udell have two sons: Richard, born in August,
1909; and Donald, born Feb. 18, 1914.
Mr. Udell is identified with the Republican
party in politics. His wife is a member of the Catholic church.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
Source 1 - Biographical History of
Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography
of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin
F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
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