According to the Internet source given below, Herbert Forrest Odell was an American mandolinist, conductor, arranger, composer, teacher and publisher born in Boston. He studied violin, piano, organ and voice in New England. Later In 1895 he went to Paris and studied the mandolin with the virtuoso Jean Pietrapertosa.
On returning from France he was the mandolinist at the Boston Opera House and formed the 60 piece Langham Orchestra which was later named the Odell Orchestra.
In 1905 he published music as H. F. Odell & Company
in Boston which had the exclusive agency for fretted instruments by Gibson of Kalamazoo Michigan, The firm's trade journal was named Crescendo (1905-1925) in which, he published his own compositions and arrangements for mandolin, banjo, guitar and mandolin orchestra which became known as the Odell Edition
. 1925 the company was taken over by the Vega Company,. He was an editor for Oliver Ditson Co.
in Philadelphia and Carl Fischer
in New York.
He died in a hospital or nursing home in Brookline.