This past 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 in Seneca.

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: lois0653@yahoo.com

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 memories...

 

Bertha Schumacher & Willie F. Otto were married 26 Aug 1908
 at Elias Church in Herman Twp.
Click on the photo to see the LARGER image.

 

Beautiful Wedding Invitation
Bertha Schumacher to Willie F. Otto
August 26, 1908

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DESCENDANTS OF CARL OTTO (PDF File) (WORD DOC)
 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 1874 LAND PATENT - CARL OTTO (PDF File)

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