Franklin County Missouri
Henry Oeters was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1845, and is the second of the four children of Otto Henry and Mary (Foglepole) Oeters, the latter of whom died in 1849, after which the father of our subject married Miss Mary Pulce, who bore him seven children. Otto Henry Oeters, a native of Meyenburg, Hanover, Germany, was born April 21, 1815, a son of Conrad Oeters, a shoemaker by trade. He came to the United States in 1836, spending some time in New York, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Vicksburg. He came to St. Louis in 1842, and was successfully engaged in shoemaking until the great fire, when he lost everything. With his characteristic energy he soon retrieved his losses, and in 1838 established the Oeters Leather Company, and the Rock Spring Tannery Company, in both of which he owned large interests. He was one of the founders, builders, and most faithful members of the Church of the Holy Ghost. He was also a member of the I. O. O. F., and director of the German Fire Insurance Company. His death occurred November 27, 1886. Henry Oeters received his education at Oakfield Academy and St. Louis High School. In 1861 he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he learned the tanner's trade, and the following year enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded in a severe skirmish near Hartsville, Tenn., where he was captured by Gen. John Morgan, but was paroled eight days later. He served as body guard for Gen. Payne, while stationed at Gallatin, Tenn., and was mustered out at Nashville, June 29, 1864, having served three years. The following two years he was engaged as an apprentice at the tanning trade in Cincinnati, when he returned to St. Louis, and one month later to the farm where he now resides, which consists of 400 acres of land, on which is located a very extensive deposit of sand, superior in quality to the celebrated Crystal City Sand, and tested 97 per cent silica. Mr. Oeters was married, in 1873, to Miss Amelia Shude, by which marriage four children were born: Otto, Anna, Julia and Louisa. Mrs. Oeters died in 1879, and in 1880 Mr. Oeters married Louisa Alt. They have four children: Eddie (deceased), Gesene (deceased), Otto Henry and Lena. Mr. and Mrs. Oeters are members of the Evangelical Church. He is also a member of the A. O. U. W. and G. A. R. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]
John Osborn, a prominent citizen of Franklin County, Mo., was born in that county, August 5, 1829, and is the son of William and Rebecca (Richardson) Osborn, natives of Virginia. The father was born July 4, 1777, was a farmer all his life and a soldier in the War of 1812. He and family came to Franklin County in 1811, and were among its first settlers. The father died in August, 1865. The mother was born in 1796, and died in Franklin County, Mo., at the age of seventy-seven. She was the mother of eleven children, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. John was the youngest child born to his parents, five now living, three daughters and two sons. He received his education in the old time log schoolhouses, and, being a great reader and a close observer, is considered a well-informed man. He remained with his parents until 1854, when he married Miss Tabitha Wilkinson, a native of Virginia, born September 14, 1832, and a daughter of Samuel Wilkinson, an old settler of Franklin County. She died in Franklin County, Mo., July 10, 1868. To Mr. Osborn and wife were born five children, two now living, viz.: Martha and Sarah. Those deceased are Rebecca, born January 4, 1858, and the wife of Isaac Tovell, who died shortly after her marriage; William T., born July 7, 1860, and died when an infant; and Martha, who was the wife of John Johnson, a farmer of Crawford County, Mo. March 18, 1866, Mr. Osborn married Miss Caroline Triplett, a native of Franklin County, Mo., born in 1839, and the daughter of Burr and Eliza (Howard) Triplett, who came from Campbell County, Va., and settled in Franklin County in 1838. Six children were born to this union, five now living: Ellen M., Minnie C., Fannie L., John J., George B. and Eliza H. George B. was born September 4, 1875, and died when in his third year. After marriage our subject farmed for one year with his father, then began for himself. He now owns 228 acres of good land. Mr. Osborn is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are worthy members of the Baptist Church. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]
August Ott, blacksmith, was born in Gasconade County, Mo., in 1850, and farmed until nearly twenty years of age. He then learned his trade and, in 1884, rented a shop in Beemont, and afterward purchased it. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Schultz, a native of Osage County, born in 1866, and the daughter of John Schultz. The result of this union was the birth of one child, a son named George H. For three years our subject has resided in Beemont, and is doing a successful business. He and wife are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Ott's parents, Louis and Charlotta (Wiemann) Ott, are natives of Wirtemberg, Germany, and Leffe, Germany, respectively. When young they came to America and settled in Gasconade County, Mo., where the father followed agricultural pursuits. Their family consisted of eight children, four sons and four daughters. The father was a soldier in the late war, and is a Republican in politics, as are also his sons. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]
William H. Otto
William H. Otto, undertaker and furniture dealer of Washington, was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1830, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Otto) Otto. The father was born in Hanover, Germany, and in 1834 left his native country and immigrated to America, settling in Louisiana. He was a carpenter and wagon-maker by trade, and in Louisiana manufactured cotton presses for the Southern planters. In 1837 he moved to Franklin County, Mo., and settled three miles north of Union, where he resumed work at his trade, and in connection looked after his farming interest, having purchased 100 acres of land. In 1858 he moved to Washington, where he resided until about 1879, when he moved to Port Hudson, Mo., where he now resides with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Minnie Bargen. He was twice married; his first wife, Elizabeth Otto, was a native of Hanover, Germany. She died in 1841. She was the mother of four children, our subject being the second. He was only seven years old when his parents came to Franklin County, and he remained with them until twenty-one years of age. At the age of eighteen, however, he began learning the cabinet-maker's trade, working as an apprentice for three years in St. Louis. He then returned to Franklin County, but, furniture being in slow demand, he began working at the carpenter's trade, and followed that for many years. March 30, 1854, he married Miss Catherine Baumann, daughter of Henry and Annie Elizabeth Baumann. Mrs. Otto was born in Germany, in 1834, and came to the United States when twelve years of age. To her marriage were born six children: William, furniture dealer and undertaker, at New Haven, Mo.; Edward, general merchant in Washington; Emily, Henry, Addie and Ida. In the spring of 1866 Mr. Otto established a furniture and cabinet shop, and in 1879 he added an undertaker's line of goods, and has since been engaged in the same line of business. He is a Republican in politics, and he and family are members of the Lutheran Church. He was town councilman of Washington for three years. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]
William H. Otto, Jr.
William H. Otto, Jr., furniture dealer and undertaker, at New Haven, is a native of Washington, Mo., born in 1859, and is the third of eight children born to William H., Sr., and Catherine (Baumann) Otto, natives of Germany, born December 3, 1830, and November 1, 1833, respectively. When the father was seven and the mother thirteen, they came to the United States with their parents, and were married in Franklin County, Mo., March 30, 1855. The father farmed for three years and then removed to Washington where he engaged in the carpenter business until 1867. He then established the furniture and under taking business, which he has continued ever since. His father, John Henry Otto, was born April 16, 1803, in Hanover, Germany, and came to the United States and to Franklin County, Mo., in November, 1835, being one of the earliest settlers of the county, and has made his home here for nearly fifty-three years. He is a manufacturer of fanning mills and feed cutters. He was a ship carpenter in early life. He is still living and resides with his youngest daughter, at Casco postoffice. His father also came to Missouri, and settled in Franklin County when there were no railroads in the State, and when everything was in a wild and unsettled condition, and the nearest trading post was St. Louis. Our subject received his education in the schools of Washington, and at the age of twenty he left home and went to St. Louis, where he worked for several months as an employee. He then determined to go into business upon his own responsibility. He soon found a suitable location at New Haven, where, in 1881, he opened up a business which has since steadily increased. December 25, 1882, he married Miss Fannie, daughter of Nicholas and Martha Shookman. To this union was born one child: Edmund William. The great grandfather Shookman lived to be one hundred and four years old. Mr. Otto is a Republican in politics and cast his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield, in 1880. He is a member of the Saxon Lutheran Church, and his wife is a member of the Christian Church. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]