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
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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