One of the best known and most successful dairy farmers in Sheboygan county is Henry Ott, who owns a model dairy farm of one hundred and eighty acres, finely stocked and splendidly improved, situated near Plymouth. He was born March 6, 1865, in Holland township, southwest of Cedar Grove, Sheboygan county. The father, Carl Ott, was born in Nassau, Germany, July 3, 1829, and died on the 4th of April, 1911. The mother, Caroline (Rerun) Ott, was born in Lippe-Detmold, Germany. The grandfather, Philip Ott, was also born in Nassau, Germany, where the family originated. He was engaged in merchandising in his native land and. emigrated to America with his family in 1846. He proceeded at once to Milwaukee and in the same year purchased a tract of land eight miles north of Port Washington. He cleared and improved this farm but at the end of two years disposed of it and removed to Holland township, Sheboygan county; where he purchased eighty acres of land. Upon this farm he resided during the remainder of his life, passing away in 1860. He had been married twice. His first wife bore him five children, of whom Carl Ott, the father of our subject, was third in order of birth. By his second marriage he had four children.
Henry Ott was educated in the public schools of Sheboygan county and was reared on his father's farm, assisting in the work of the fields at such times as he was not busied with his studies. After laying aside his text-books he continued to assist his father in the farm work until 1900, when he bought the home farm, on section 33, upon which he has made many improvements, and he is now the owner of a model dairy farm in the community. In 1910 he added to his acreage by purchasing one hundred acres across the road from his former holdings, on section 34, now owning one hundred and eighty acres of productive land.
In 1888 Mr. Ott was married to Miss Matilda Phillipsen, a daughter of Peter and Louisa (Wolf) Phillipsen. The Phillipsen family came from Germany, the father being about three years of age when his parents emigrated to this country. When the Civil war broke out in 1861 he enlisted in the Twenty-fourth Wisconsin Volunteers. He served efficiently as a soldier and toward the close of the war he was wounded and discharged on account of physical disability. During his lifetime he followed farming, owning a large and well improved farm and also dealing in stock. In early life he resided in Milwaukee, where he was employed for a time as a mail carrier. Of his children five grew to maturity; Emily, the wife of Nicholas Reif, of Milwaukee; Anton, who resides in Mitchell township; Matilda, now Mrs. Ott; William, of Plymouth; and Louis, who lives in Mitchell township.
To Mr. and Mrs. Ott have been born five children: Louis, who married Anna Helmer, and is engaged in farming his father's land on section 34, Plymouth township; Earl P., of California; and Armand, Carl and Louise, all of whom are residing at home.
In his political views Mr. Ott is a republican and takes an active interest in party affairs. For eleven years he served as clerk of Plymouth township and since 1900 has been chairman of its board of supervisors. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the National Fraternal League, the Beavers, the Eagles, and the Odd Fellows. The family is affiliated with the Salem Methodist Evangelical church and are active workers in its behalf.
Mr. Ott since early manhood has been regarded as a most estimable citizen of his township and county and by his well ordered life and well directed efforts has built up a lucrative business as well as an honored name in the community. Possessing a good education, he has been of much service in his township, where for so long he has been a public official, holding positions to which he has given his strictest attention and serving the community with fidelity and efficiency. In his own affairs his endeavors have been characterized by the earnestness which he has displayed in all his connections in life. He has long been esteemed as one of the best citizens of his community and his family is greatly respected wherever known.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL