"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Otto, Leonard proprietor of the Ottoright Garage and Machine Works, Tomahawk, was born on a farm near Appleton, Wis., Oct. 6, 1874, son of John F. and Bertha (SIMIC) OTTO. The father was a native of Germany who came to the United States at the time of the German revolution in 1848, while yet a young man. When the Civil War broke out in this country in 1861 he enlisted in Company B, 22d Ill. Inf., and served during the entire war. After its close he settled in Outagamie County, Wis., and bought some timber land, which he cleared and operated as a farm until his death in 1912. His wife is still living there. They had eight children, Emma, Louise and Leonard (twins), Anthony, Edward, John F., Ida and William. Louise is now the wife of Henry HOLTZ and lives in Outagamie County. Leonard OTTO was reared on the home farm and educated in the district school. He then took up carpenter work and in 1893 came to Lincoln County, entering the employ of C. B. PRIDE, for whom he installed the paper exhibit at the World's Fair in Chicago that year. After that he came to Tomahawk and helped to install the Pride Paper Mill No. 2, since which time he has followed the machine business. In 1920 he helped to rebuild the new paper mill and has resided here since. In February, 1923, he started the Ottoright Garage and Machine Works, having during the previous fall and winter erected a cement block building 38x72 feet. He opened it in February with a full line of lathes and grinding machinery used in grinding cylinders in automobile engine blocks. Mr. OTTO is an expert auto mechanic, having served his time with the Nash Motor Co., the Kissel Motor Co. and the Waukesha Motor Co. He does all kinds of automobile repairing, machine work and oxy-acetylene welding, and enjoys a large patronage. He is fraternally affiliated with the local Odd Fellows' Lodge and as a progressive business man, with the Commerical Club. In 1903 he was united in marrage in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, to Alice GUMM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William GUMM. Both parents are now deceased.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 676; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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