Otto B. Tegelberg is at the head of the Tegelberg Auto Company of Wahoo, in which connection he is conducting
an extensive business in the sale of motor cars, his enterprise, ready recognition of opportunities, his determination
and integrity being factors in a growing success that has placed him among the leaders in his line of business
in the state. Saunders county may well be proud to claim him as a native son, for his record reflects credit upon
her. He was born on a farm in this county, April 22, 1876. His paternal great grandfather lived the greater part
of his life in Germany but spent his last days in Sweden. The latter's grandson, Lars Tegelberg, was born in Sweden
and on attaining his majority bade adieu to friends and native country, sailing for America in 1860. He at once
made his way to Nebraska and homesteaded eighty acres in this county, after which he began to farm the land, soon
bringing about a marked change in the appearance and value of the place. He was married in Omaha to Miss Marie
Larson, also a native of Sweden, who came to this country alone, She survives him, his death having occurred in
Otto B. Tegelberg was reared in the usual manner of farm lads, early becoming familiar with the best methods of
tilling the soil and caring for the crops, but his parents wisely recognized the fact that education was an important
factor in preparation for later success, so that when he had mastered the branches of learning taught in the district
schools he was allowed to attend Luther College in Wahoo. Still later he became a student in the Omaha Business
College, from which he was graduated in 1893. He then returned to the home farm, whereon he resided until 1895,
when he responded to the country's call for troops to serve in the Spanish-American war, enlisting on the 18th
of June. He was assigned to the band of the Third Nebraska Volunteer Infantry and remained with his regiment until
mustered out at Augusta, Georgia, on the 11th of May, 1899. He was on active duty in Cuba from the 3d of January
until the 15th of April and he therefore belongs to the younger generation who have demonstrated the loyalty of
America's sons to her interests.
Mr. Tegelberg continued to engage in farming until 1907, when he became agent for the Ford automobile at Mead.
He succeeded fr om the beginning and in 1910 he became agent for the Overland car also. He now has the agency
for both and since 1910 he has conducted business in Cahoo, opening a large garage here. He has enjoyed growing
success from the beginning and now has one of the leading enterprises of the county, so that he is now selling
more machines than any other two dealers of the county, while his business will compare favorably with that of
any automobile dealer in the state. During the early part of 1915 he placed a_single order for one hundred and
ninety cars and in April he was credited by the leading automobile magazine of the middle west as having received
more cars during that month than any other dealer in Nebraska. He thoroughly understands the business and can tell
exactly how a machine is constructed, how it should be operated and the care that should be given it. He is absolutely
reliable in all business transactions and this is one of the strong elements of his success. He is now a director
in the Lincoln Overland Company.
On the 1st of January, 1908, in Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Tegelberg was united in marriage to Miss Janet M. Perry, of
Wayne, Wayne county, Nebraska, daughter of Edward and Nellie (Gilchrist) Perry. They have one child, Helen Marie.
Mr. Tegelberg's fraternal relations are with the Elks and his political indorsement is given to the republican
party. He is wide awake, alert, is good natured and genial, but while never too busy to be courteous, he is also
never too courteous to be busy.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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