Biography of Otto Willert
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Otto Willert president of the First National Bank of Grove City, Ohio, has had a veteran's service in banking and for a quarter of a century has been connected with the institution of which he is now president.

He was born December 2, 1866, at Pomeranin, Germany, a son of Rev. Hugo and Bertha (Jacobs) Willert, natives of Germany. Hugo Willert was born in October, 1835, and attended the schools of his native land. He came to the United States in 1868 and settled in Sidney, Ohio. He attended Capital University at Columbus where he completed his theological training and was ordained as a minister of the Lutheran Church. He held several important charges in various cities of Ohio. He retired from the ministry in 1896 and resided with his children in Grove City until his death in 1908. His wife, who was born in 1835, died in 1921. They are both buried in Grove City. Reverend and Mrs. Willert were the parents of three children: Otto, the subject of this sketch; Hugo, lives at Duluth, Minnesota; and Carl, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.

Otto Wiliest was reared in Ohio, and after attending the public schools, he took a course in the Normal School at Woodville, Ohio. From 1889 until 1894 he was engaged in teaching. He left that profession to engage in the mercantile business with his brother, Carl, in Grove City, with whom he was associated for four years. In 1906 Mr. Willert went in the First National Bank of Grove City as cashier. Fourteen years he held that position, and in 1920 he was elected president of the bank.

Mr. Willert married, May 8, 1895, Miss Anna R. Schumacher, who was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1865. She was reared in Covington, Ohio, and is the daughter of Henry and Anna (Boehringer) Schumacher, natives of Germany. Their four children are: Elsa, married Doctor Davis; Agnes, married Otto Hensel, and they have a daughter, Susanne; Lucille, married Louis Chenoweth; Hilda, married Marshall Johnson. All reside in Grove City.

Mr. Willert takes an active interest in the welfare of his city. He has served as mayor of Grove City for two terms, and also has been councilman. He helped organize and was the first president of the Chamber of Commerce and held that office for five years. Politically, he is a Republican, and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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