Otto Sann is a substantial citizen of Johnstown and is widely known in musical circles of Cambria County. He
was born in Germany, May 22, 1878, and is the son of Frederick and Marie (Schaffer) Sann.
Frederick Satin, deceased, was a native of Germany and an early settler of Johnstown, where he was a well known
musician for many years. He returned to his native land in 1890, the year after the Johnstown flood, and brought
his family back to the United States with him. He died in February, 1922, and is buried in Grandview Cemetery.
His widow lives in Johnstown. To Mr. and Mrs. Sann the following children were born: Frederick, lives in Johnstown;
Kathryn, married John Schwing, lives in Philadelphia; Marie, twin sister of Kathryn, married Conrad Van, lives
in Johnstown; Emma, deceased; Otto, the subject of this sketch; Charles, lives in Topeka, Kans.; Rudolph, lives
in Johnstown; Matilda, married Leo McAchren, lives in Johnstown; Hugo, lives in Johnstown; Frieda, married Harry
Miller, lives in Johnstown; and Anna, married Dr. D. S. Bantley, a physician, lives in Johnstown.
Otto Sann spent his boyhood in Germany and attended the schools there. At the age of 12 years he became interested
in music and now ranks among the prominent bandmasters of the county. He organized the Sann Band in 1905 and the
Johnstown Elks Band in 1907, and has been bandmaster of the Johnstown Reed Band since 1910. He has alsd been active
in the organization of the Johnstown Municipal Band. His business connections in Johnstown are as mechanical engineer
with the Lorain Steel Company.
On May 15, 1902, Mr. Sann was united in marriage with Miss Emma Emmel, of Johnstown, and they have a daughter,
Catherine. A son, Theodore, died in infancy.
Mr. Sann is a Republican and a member of the German Lutheran Church and Masonic fraternity.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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