Miss Alma G. Ott, who since 1899 has capably served in the office of postmistress at Riverside, was born in
Washington county, Iowa, her parents being Dr. William and Rhoda (Glasgow) Ott, both of whom were natives of Ohio.
The year 1854 witnessed their arrival in this state and for thirty five years the father was a successful medical
practitioner of Riverside. Prior to his graduation as a physician he followed the profession of civil engineering.
He passed away in 1899, having for a number of years survived his wife, who was called to her final rest in 1886.
Unto this worthy couple were born three children, namely: Alma G., of this review; William D., a civil engineer
by profession, who lives at the family home with his sister Alma; and Mildred J., the wife of John L. Stevens,
of Iowa City.
Miss Alma G. Ott completed her education by a course of study in Mount Vernon, Iowa. In 1899, under the administration
of William McKinley, she was appointed postmistress of the office at Riverside and has since been the capable incumbent
in the position, receiving a salary of twelve hundred dollars a year. Her brother now resides with her in a handsome
and attractive residence which they own in Riverside, and with the exception of five years which she spent with
friends at San Diego, California, she has always made her home in that town. She is a valued member of Floral Lodge,
No. 197, O. E. S., and has filled some of its chairs. Her many excellent traits of heart and mind have endeared
her to many with whom she has come in contact and she has an extensive circle of friends throughout the community.
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Washington County, IA
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