One of the successful stockmen of Plymouth township is Philip J. Ott, who owns a valuable and highly improved farm of eighty. acres. He was born in the vicinity of Cedar Grove, Holland township, on the 6th of June, 1868.
The father, Carl Ott, was born in Nassau, Germany, July 3, 1829, and died on the 4th of April, 1911. The mother, Caroline (Rehm) 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 186o. He had been married twice. His first wife, Philopene (Schumacher) Ott, bore him five children, of whom Carl Ott, the father of our subject, was third in order of birth. By his second marriage to Luisa Schreiner he had four children.
Carl Ott, the father, was sixteen years of age when his father emigrated to America with his family. He remained at home working on his father's farm until he attained the age of thirty-two years, when he was married and removed to a farm which he purchased, two miles southwest of Cedar Grove. There he resided until 1870, when he took up his abode upon a farm northeast of Cedar Grove. In 1883 he disposed of that property and bought land on section 33, Plymouth township, upon which farm the remainder of his life was spent.
In 1861 he married Miss Caroline Rehm, a daughter of Henry Rehm, a native of Lippe-Detmold, Germany. Caroline Rehm, after the death of her parents, came to America with an uncle, Herman Rehm, in 1859. By her marriage to Mr. Ott she became the mother of six children, four of whom died in infancy. Those who survive are Henry and Philip, who both reside in Plymouth township.
The education of Philip J. Ott was acquired in the public schools of Holland and the high school of Plymouth, which he attended for three years. After laying aside his text-books he assisted his father with the work of the farm for two years, but at the expiration of that time he went to Plymouth and engaged in teaming. He withdrew from this at the end of a year and became associated with W. F. Hueppchen in the livery business, under the firm name of Hueppchen and Ott.
They had been in partnership for more than eight years when Mr. Hueppchen traded his interest to Ed Moore for a farm, and six months later Mr. Ott bought the interest of Mr. Moore. He continued operations alone during the succeeding e1even years and then withdrew from business activities and removed to his farm.
During the period of his ownership Mr. Ott has wrought extensive improvements on this property, including the erection of a fine residence, thoroughly modern in all of its appointments, and a large, commodious barn. He is both practical and progressive in his methods and at various times he has installed such modern appliances and conveniences on his farm as he felt would lessen the labor connected with its operation. As a result he has an excellent equipment, that contains everything essential to a dairy or stock farm. Mr. Ott is making a specialty of the breeding and raising of thoroughbred Holstein cattle for dairy purposes and is meeting with excellent success in his undertaking.
On May 18, 1890, Mr. Ott was married to Miss Amelia Haut, a daughter of Fred and Caroline Haut, natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Ott have a daughter, Meta, who was born in 1894; and an adopted son Roy, whose birth occurred in 1907. The daughter married Alvin Roehr, a farmer located across the road from the Ott homestead, and is the mother of one son, Raymond.
Fraternally Mr. Ott is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Royal Arcanum and the National Fraternal League, and in politics he is a republican. He takes a helpful interest in all community affairs and while living in Plymouth represented his ward in the town council for two years. Mr. Ott has always led an active, energetic life and is meeting with the success that invariably crowns intelligently and persistently applied effort.
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