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
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.
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.