C.W. Oden, manager of the banking and mercantile business of M.Murray, was born in Ross County, Ohio., in 1831; moved to Ia. in 1858, and platted the town of Harlan, Shelby County; remained there until 1862, when he enlisted in Co. C, 29th Ia. Vol. He was promoted quartermaster, which office he held until the close of the war. In 1866 he located at Little Sioux and engaged in farming; was secretary of the Harrison Co. Agricultural society for fourteen years; accepted his present position in 1876.