week, I received an email from Lois Jansen, who is researching
the OTTO FAMILIES from 1854 to the present. I'm
including excerpts from her email as she has done extensive
research on this family line and has included a GORGEOUS wedding
photo along with a detailed scan of the wedding invitation.
I was so taken with the wedding invitation because this is our
first scan of a REAL WEDDING INVITATION from this time period.
And, Lois has also included the land patent deed along with a
detailed DESCENDANCY CHART of Carl OTTO & his bride Dorothea
APPLE -- the family resided in Herman Twp. in the Gresham area
and my daughter attended grade school with one of their
descendants, Missy Otto. If you are familiar with Herman
Twp., you'll see many familiar family names in this decendancy
chart: OTTO, DAHSE, SCHUMACHER, HOFFMAN, RUHBUSCH, SCHMIDT,
SALZMANN, SCHMIDT, SCHWARTZ, HOHN, GROSSKOPF and KRIEFALL.
<<<Carl Otto Descendants
Carl Otto and his family left Prussia and arrived at the Port of
Buffalo, New York in August 1854. They settled in Dodge County,
Wisconsin where he worked as a farm laborer. In 1870 he and his
wife, eight children, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson, moved
to Herman Twp, Shawano County. In 1874, he received a land
patent to homestead 160 acres.
I looked through the 1900 Census and recognized every one in
Herman Twp. with the surname Otto as a descendant of Carl Otto.
The same was true for Shawano County with the exception of one
family of eight living in Waukechon and two young men boarding
About 1978, my parents gave me a wedding portrait of my
grandparents that was still in the original wrapper. With the
photo is such good condition, the scan shows great detail.
Bertha Schumacher and Willie F. Otto were married 26 Aug 1908 at
Elias Church. The groom used the name Willie to reduce
confusion with his father who was called Wilhelm, William, or
W.F. Otto. The scan of the invitation picked up most of the
embossing. Only the script lettering was printed. Lois >>>
Lois, thanks so very much for
sending this in and we hope other Otto researchers will contact
you. Lois can be emailed at:
And, if you have pictures
you'd like to share with the Shawano site, just email me and
we'll make a page just like this to display your treasured