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William H. Otto

William H. Otto began his strenuous career at Harmony, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1862, where his father was engaged in a general merchandise business.  When the young man grew up he entered the Harmony Collegiate Institute, from which he was graduated in 1882.

     Mr. Otto first ventured into business for himself at Junction City, Kas., coming from that place to Kansas City in 1885.  He first associated himself with the Kansas City Elevator Manufacturing Company, and in 1894 organized the Moline Elevator Company and started into business for himself.

     The rapid growth of the city, and the erection of many large buildings since then have helped to make Mr. Otto prosperous.

     He was a member of the examining board of engineers under Mayor Davis three years, and served six years in the lower house of the Council, beginning in 1898.

     He was married to Miss Kittie Shaefer, of Buffalo, N. Y., January 1, 1891.
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