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Jacob Ott was born in Germany, Dec. 29, 1827, a son of Jacob and Barbara (Webber) Ott, natives of Germany, the
former born April 22, 1802, and the latter born Aug. 21, 1805. He was reared in Wurtemberg and received a good
common school education. He served six years in the German army at one time, and later served for three years more.
In 1866 his parents started for America, his mother dying at sea. The father then came to La Salle County, and
made his home with our subject, who had settled here in May, 1857, till his death which occurred in the fall of
1875 at the age of seventy three years. Our subject after coming to this county first worked at the blacksmith's
trade, which he had learned in the old country, for August Evart, of Tonica, for a few years. He then engaged in
farming in partnership with a brother-in-law for a year, after which he began making a home for himself, baying
timber land, which he cleared and improved, and erecting a small frame house. He has now a fine home, and his tàrin
buildings are among the best in the township. He has sixty acres on sectioii 14, and sixty five acres on section
23. and his land is all improved with time exception of twenty acres. Nov. 10, 1863, he was married to Lebroda
Buirth. They have four children - Emma, born Oct. 6, 1864; Charles, Feb. 10, 1867; Caroline, Dec. 16, 1868, and
Minnie, Sept. 24, 1871. Mr. Ott has served as School Director for about seven years. In politics he affiliates
with the Republican party. He is a member of the Lutheran church. Mrs. Ott was born in Baden, Germany, July 28,
1845, and was nine years old when her parents immigrated to America. Her father died in this township in 1866,
aged sixty five years, and her mother makes her home with our subject, and is now eighty years of age. Mrs. Ott
has a sister living in South Ottawa - Paulina, wife of Jacob Bolivar.
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