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William H. Otto

William H. Otto

Male 1851 - 1912  (60 years)

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  • Name William H. Otto 
    Born 4 Jul 1851  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1861  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Evangelist 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    General Merchant 
    W. H. Otto's envelope from 1902
    W. H. Otto's envelope from 1902
    Club Membership 1903  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elmira Musical Society 
    Name W. H. Otto 
    Occupation 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Merchant, General Store 
    Residence 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Evangelical 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-26003 
    Died 1912  [3
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I26003  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2024 

    Father Valentine Otto,   b. CALC 20 Oct 1825, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1893, Ellice Township, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Kleinknecht,   b. CALC 26 Jan 1834, South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1916, Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Family ID F25589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Antonette Schmidt,   b. 27 Apr 1859, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1938, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Children 
     1. Luella Clarissa Otto,   b. 25 Nov 1881, , Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Anna Myrtle Otto,   b. 27 Aug 1883, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Alfred Gordon Otto,   b. 10 Jun 1885, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1937  (Age 51 years)
     4. Edgar William Otto,   b. 10 Aug 1887, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949  (Age 61 years)
     5. George S. Otto,   b. 28 Feb 1889, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Sidney W. Otto,   b. 26 Apr 1891, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Ernest Schmidt Otto,   b. 22 Mar 1894, Sebringville, Ellice Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 55 years)
     8. Leanor Mae Otto,   b. 19 Apr 1896, Sebringville, Ellice Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Antoniette Mildred Otto,   b. 5 May 1896, Sebringville, Ellice Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Robert Bruce Otto,   b. 3 Nov 1905, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1980, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F6776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Henry Otto 1903
    William Henry Otto 1903

  • Notes 
    • Mr. W. H. Otto, was born in New Hamburg, Ont., where he passed his youth and received his education. From New Hamburg he removed to Ellice Township, where he was engaged a number of years in farming. In 1875 he embarked in the mercantile business under apprentice-ship with Mr. W. L. Schmidt, then of Sebringville, Ont. Four years later he removed to Elgin County, where he conducted a branch store for Mr. P. J. Lindenman, in whose employ he remained 3 years. In the fall of 1882 he returned to Sebringville, where, in the following year, he commenced business for himself in a small way. He made a success of his business. In 1899 he disposed of his stock there and came to Elmira where he bought out the stock in trade and the good will of Messrs H. Dunke & Co. Here his integrity and strict attention to business has won for him a constantly growing trade. He enjoys the confidence of the public and is highly respected as a citizen. As such, he takes a lively interest in the welfare of the town and has been particularly active in the interests of the Public Library, of which he is now a Director. Mr. Otto deals in a variety of goods such as well appointed general stores generally offer. Besides keeping the usual stock of Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery, Boots and Shoes, he makes a speciality of Clothing and Dress Goods. His store is situated in the heart of the Village in Dunke's Block. [Dunke's Block was located on the southeast corner of Church and Arthur Streets.]

      Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

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      SUDDENLY CALLED

      Like a flash of lightning from a clear sky came the report at about 11: 30 am, last Tuesday, of the sudden death of one of Elmira's best known and highly respected citizens and business men, Mr. W. H. Otto. Mr. Otto was a merchant, proprietor of the general merchandise business conducted by him since 1899 in Dunke's block. In the morning of the fatal day he was about his business as usual and at the time above mentioned was examining the samples of a commercial traveller over the counter of his store when he suddenly was seized with a pain in the chest and almost immediately fell over dead. The news of his death spread rapidly and cast a gloom over the village that hung like a pall. He was laid out in his office while the unpleasant task of breaking the news to the bereaved family fell to a few friends. The shock they experienced may be better imagined then described. Such is the uncertainty of life!

      Mr. W. H. Otto was born in New Hamburg, Ont., where he passed his youth and received his education. From New Hamburg he removed to Ellice Township, where he was engaged a number of years in farming. In 1875 he embarked in the mercantile business under apprenticeship with Mr. W. L. Schmidt, then of Sebringville, Ont. Four years later he removed to Elgin County, where he conducted a branch store for Mr. P. J. Lindenman, in whose employ he remained 3 years. In the fall of 1882 he returned to Sebringville, where, in the following year he commenced business for himself in a small way. He made a success of his business. In 1899 he disposed of his stock there and came to Elmira where he bought out the stock in trade and the good will of Messrs. H. Dunke & Co. Here his integrity and strict attention to business had won for him a constantly growing trade. He enjoyed the confidence of the public and was highly respected as a citizen. As such, he took a lively interest in the welfare of the town and has been particularly active in the interests of the Evangelical Church and Public Lirary of which he was a director at the time of his death. He was also connected with the Children's Aid Society and the Upper Canada Bible Society and was a prominent church worker.

      As a citizen he was progressive and aggressive, he took a ly? interest in the moral and material welfare of the town and was a useful and valued member of the Board of Trade. He was regarded as an upright honorable, reliable, solid and good living citizen such as any town can ill afford to lose. He was particularly a family member and home and church furnished the bulk of his recreation. He was married to Antonette Schmidt who survives him. With her he had ten children: - Luella (Mrs. Ed. Suehring) of Brock, Sask., Anna Myrtle (Mrs. D. D. Ratz) Gordon, in Sask., Edgar, Edmonton, George in Sask., Sydney of Waterloo, Ernie, Antonette, Leonora and Robert at home.

      The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of a large circle of fellow-citizens and acquaintances in their sudden loss of a kind husband and a provident father.

      Deceased reached the age of about 62 years. The funeral arrangements have not been completed at the time of going to press.

      Newspaper Unknown.

  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 6.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 6.

    3. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      Father/William Henry/ Otto/ 1851 - 1912.

    4. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 49 Pg. 8.

    5. [S1868] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1861, Div. 1 Pg. 7.

    6. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Page 16.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jul 1851 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelist - 1861 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - General Merchant - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsClub Membership - Elmira Musical Society - 1903 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant, General Store - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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