December 18, 2014

Otto Family Had Five in World War II

Otto-Ranslow WWII newspaper

All Came Home

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All of these men are, or were, my husband Jim’s uncles from his mother Mary Jane Otto Wilkerson’s side of the family.  Going by the dates mentioned in the article, it might have been written in 1944. As far as I know, all of these men are now deceased.  The parents, Adolph and Mamie (Boyert) Otto were residing in Clinton, Iowa when the newspaper article was written.

There were eleven children in the family, ten of whom reached adulthood.  A baby, Eugene Otto was born in about 1931 and died the same year.  The ten, in order of birth were: Dorothy (m. Earl Harris), Adolph ( m. Henrietta), Marion ( m. Clifford Ranslow), Alfrieda ( m. Marion Lathrop), Albert ( m. Helen Froslie), Evelyn (never married), Raymond (never married), Marvin ( m. Evelyne Sullivan), Charles ( m. (1) Mirt Maines  (2) Dorothy) and Mary Jane (deceased 1986; ( m. Loren Wilkerson)  [my mother-in-law].

Otto siblings (front): Alfrieda, Marian and Evelyn; (back) Adolph, Ray and Marvin. Photo taken 1986

MacArthur Left But Volckmann Remained

Clinton County Historical Society and Museum

Clinton County IAGenWeb

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