Odom’s estate sale has its roots in the wealthy Lutcher family

A warehouse store in Beaumont will hold an estate sale this week featuring hundreds of items from a mysterious Orange mansion and the roots of the wealthy Lutcher family.

BAW Estate Sales, 1096 Calder, will sell items from the Odom estate to Orange. The sale will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Barbara Wilson owns BAW and said proceeds will go to the Moore-Odom Wildlife Charitable Foundation.

The items come from the estate of Rucie Earl (RE) Odom, who died on February 9, 2020, aged 87. He left no descendants and he was the only child of an only child. His grandmother, Fannye Brown Moore, was the granddaughter of Henry Jacob and Frances Ann Lutcher.

The Orange County history book “Picture Orange” by Dr. Howard C. Williams stated that the Lutchers had two daughters, Miriam and Carrie. Miriam married WH Stark and the couple had a daughter who died as a toddler and a son HJ Lutcher Stark.

Carrie married Dr. EW Brown and they had sons EW Brown, Jr. and HJ Lutcher Brown, and a daughter, Fannye. Fannye married Rucie A. Moore of Orange in 1909 and they had a daughter Brownie Babette, born August 20, 1911, according to the book.

Baby Babette became the first child to be baptized at First Presbyterian Church, built by Mrs Lutcher, when it opened in January 1912. Fannye died of pneumonia in 1918 during the Great Influenza epidemic while Babette was still child.

Babette married Frank William Odom and they had one son, Rucie Earl Odom, born March 17, 1932. They built a mansion near old Route 90 in Orange known as Ta-Lo. The estate has a Chinese-style gate, but cannot be seen from the highway due to a wooded area, which leaves a mystery to those who pass by it every day.

Barbara Wilson, property sales manager, said the sale could not take place in Ta-Lo because the entrance and exit carriageway was only one lane wide and could not handle traffic. She said that although the gate to the estate is Chinese, the mansion is not. However, many of the items in the sale are oriental.

Wilson posted photos of items for sale on his BAW Estate Sale Facebook page. She had also shown photographs taken of the mansion, which is a two-story house with Greek-style columns on a front veranda.

Items for sale include many Buddha sculptures and statues, Chinese jade carvings and European porcelain. Vases come in all styles, from Art Deco to elaborate Viennese designs. A variety of sterling silver items are for sale with one of the initial ‘M’ engraved flatware sets.

Wilson said Louis XV furniture popular in the Victorian era probably came from the Link-Brown mansion. This elaborate mansion was next to the First Presbyterian Church on Green Avenue in Orange. Carrie Lutcher Brown lived in the mansion after her husband’s death. The grand piano was once in the Link-Brown mansion.

The book “Picture Orange” says that ER and Babette Moore, along with Edgar Brown, Jr., and Lutcher Brown donated the house to the church in 1948. It was used for school lessons in the Sunday and day school until the church had it demolished for ten years. later.

Newspaper reports from the time of the demolition indicated that some items had been brought to Odom’s house. And if anyone wants to find old newspaper articles about Ta-Lo, they can find copies at the estate sale.

Estate sale assets can be as eclectic as an estate sale in any neighborhood. There’s a 1950s Hamilton Beach ball-shaped rolling vacuum cleaner still in the box.

On Saturday, the last day of the sale, items will be half price, except for silverware.

Wilson said she had been unpacking and cleaning the goods since August. “It was overwhelming,” she said.

Still, she plans another sale of the estate in the future. She said she didn’t have time to go through the boxes of books left behind and they will be unpacked and sold at another time.

RE Odom

Some cowboy and western items are also part of the estate sale items. RE Moore’s obituary stated that he was on the McNeese University rodeo team in college and was known for his love of horses. He was a Life Member of the American Quarter Horse Association and a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.

Odom had ranching interests in Texas and Louisiana. In addition, he was a director of several banks, including the Bridge City Bank, and he had the Odom Building Company.

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation website said the nonprofit works to preserve pristine or near-pristine areas along the coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana. The foundation has the FR Preserve in Cameron Parish, Louisiana; the Cresson Wild Turkey Preserve in Cresson, Texas; and the Pannal Lynwood Sanders Marbled Duck Preserve in Orange. The foundation’s tax returns from the end of 2020 show assets of nearly $12.4 million.

Laura J. Boyer