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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John Otto, a merchant of Vienna, was born in Osage County, Mo., in 1856, and is a son of Anton and Kate (Hoghonhof) Otto, natives of Germany. Anton Otto was born in 1830, and when ten years of age immigrated with his father, Herman Otto, to the United States, locating in Westphalia, Osage Co., Mo. Anton Otto is a farmer by occupation, now living in Vienna, Maries Co., where he removed from near Westphalia, in 1870; in 1851 he married Kate Hoghonhof, who was born in 1827, and their union has been blessed with five children, viz.: Henry, John, Kate, wife of Conrad Avers; Ann, wife of Henry Wieberg, and Mary, who married Henry Schwartz. John Otto was reared to the occupation of farming, and remained with his parents until twenty-one, when he was employed at Vienna as salesman for R. L. Schenker, in which capacity he worked five years. In 1884 he established a general store of his own at Vienna, which he has since conducted, and is doing a profitable business, carrying a first-class stock of general merchandise. February 22, 1881, he married Maggie Buschmann, who was born in Osage County, Mo., in 1858, and is a daughter of Joseph Buschmann. He was born in 1815, and died June 1, 1884. Mrs. Buschmann, his wife, was born December 31, 1819, and died January 24, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Otto have three children, viz.: Kate, William and Henry. The family are devout members of the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Otto is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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