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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Oscar H. Ott is a prominent and popular young druggist of California, Mo., and was born in Cole County, of the same State, January 21, 1868. His parents, Charles and Elizabeth (Reichel) Ott, were born in Germany and Moniteau County, Mo., respectively. The former immigrated to America at an early date, and located in Cole County, Mo., where he followed the trade of blacksmith for years. His wife died April 30, 1887, having borne a family of six children, five of whom are living: Henry, Oscar H., Philip E., Walter L. and Amiel, Jr. An elder brother, by the name of Amiel died. Oscar H. Ott was educated and principally reared in Centre Town, Mo. In 1882 he entered the drug store of Dr. M. A. Dunlap, of Centre Town, as a clerk, but at the end of the year engaged in the same capacity with A. F. Snow, of California, and at the end of eighteen months began clerking for T. J. Buchanan. In 1886 he again returned to A. F. Snow, and a year later became connected with William E. Bard, of Sedalia, a wholesale and retail druggist, with whom he remained three months. In January, 1886, he was examined before the Board of Pharmacists of St. Louis, and in March, 1888, engaged in the drug business for himself at California, succeeding Dr. J. P. H. Gray & Son. He carries an excellent stock of drugs, and has one of the best equipped stores in California. He is an intelligent and enterprising young gentleman, and is sure to succeed in whatever enterprise he may engage.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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