Biography of E. Durbin Ott
Cambria County, PA Biographies

E. Durbin Ott, the well known superintendent of Barnesboro public schools, is a veteran of the World war and ranks among Cambria County's representative citizens. He was born at Shirleysburg, Pa., Sept. 23, 1889, and is the son of Rev. L. P. and Lois (Dougherty) Ott.

Rev. L. D. Ott, who lives at Clearfield, Pa., is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Blair County, where he spent his boyhood. He is a graduate of Dickinson College, and for more than 40 years has been active in church work throughout Pennsylvania. His wife was born at Tamarack, Pa. To Mr. and Mrs. Ott the following children were born: Orville M., deceased; E. D., the subject of this sketch; Gladys Lenora, married J. B. McCreight, lives in Indiana; and Margaret, a nurse, was graduated from Pottsville (Pa.) Hospital in June, 1926.

E. D. Ott spent his boyhood at Reedsville, Newport, Blain, Danville, Williamsport and Patton. He was graduated from Gettysburg College in 1912, and in 1925 received his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Mr. Ott began his teaching career in 1913 at Stephens Hall, Gettysburg, where he remained for three years as an instructor in mathematics. He then taught at South Williamsport, Pa., for one year, at Simpson, W. Va., for one year, and at Leighton, Pa., as principal of the high school. During the World war Mr. Ott enlisted in the Fifty-sixth Pioneer Infantry and was sent to Camp Wadsworth, S. C. He served in France and was discharged at Camp Mills in 1919, after having attended school at Beaune, France.

Upon his return to this country, Mr. Ott was made principal of the Barnesboro High School. The following year he was elected superintendent in which capacity he has since served.

On Aug. 21, 1924, Mr. Ott was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Morton, a native of Morrisdale, Pa., and the daughter of R. W. and Beryl (Shoemaker) Morton, residents of Morrisdale. Mr. Morton, now a resident of Emmons, is active in the coal business.

Politically Mr. Ott is a Republican. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and is director of the educational department of the church.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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