1844 - 1903
Rudolph's ancestors on his Otteni side can be traced back to his Great Great Great Grandfather, Hans Georg Otteni, who was born in 1655.
Franz Joseph Otteni and Maria Eva Weber
Grand Mother --
Great Grand Parents --
Ferdinandus "Ferdinand" Otteni and Magdalena Kling
Great Great Grand Parents --
Johann Martin Otteni and Maria Eva Schmidt
Great Great Great Grand Parents --
Hans Georg Otteni and Usrula Salinger
Joseph Otteni, born Mar 1879 in
PA; died Apr 1942 in Wilmington, New Castle County, DE
Paul Otteni, born 16 Mar 1881
in PA; died May 1963 in DE
Harry Otteni, born Jan 1887 in
J. Otteni, born 31 Jul 1891 in
DE; died Dec 1972 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
Percival F. 'Percy' Otteni, born 11 Oct 1896 in Wilmington, New Castle County, DE
The Evening Journal
Wilmington, Del., Monday, 7 Dec 1903, Page 1
OLD GERMAN SOLDIER
DIES OF PLEURISY
Rudolph Otteni, Well-known
Printer, Dies After a
Rudolhp [sic] Otteni, 62 years old, died at his home No. 23 South Clayton street this morning after a few days illness. His death was caused by pleurisy. Mr. Otteni was born in Offenburg Baden. His father was owner and editor of the Volkfruend. He started to learn his trade as a printer when he was 13 years of age.
In 1861, he came to this country and went to work on a German paper in Newark, N. J. Like many other patriotic German citizens, he enlisted in a cavalry regiment and went to the front against the South. He served during the entire war. He was twice wounded and by the explosion of a cannon lost an eye.
Mr. Otteni was discharged in New Orleans and for a time worked there on a German paper. He afterwards came east and worked on the German papers in Philadelphia and New York.
For some time he was a collector for the Hartman and Fehrenback Brewing Company. For the last sixteen years he was employed as a compositor on the Free Presse. He was a member of the Typographical Union end the German Military Association.
He is survived by a wife and several children. Ernest Otteni a reporter on the Evening Journal, is a son.
Emma Otteni died 21 Jul 1914. She is buried at Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.
Wilmington Morning News
Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday, 23 Jul 1914, Page 2
MRS. EMMA T. OTTENI, widow of Rudolph Otteni, died at the home of her son, Rudolph P. Otteni, 1835 West Fourth street, late Tuesday night. While Mrs. Otteni bad been ailing for some time death was due to an attack of heart trouble.
Mrs. Otteni'a husband was a veteran veteran of the Civil War. She is survived survived by five sons, Ernest J., Rudolph P., Harry F., Louis and Percival. Her funeral will be held on Friday morning morning from the home of her son. Requiem Requiem mass will be said in St. Thomas' Church at 9:30 o'clock and the interment will be made in the Cathedral cemetery.
The Evening Journal
Wilmington, Delaware, Friday, 24 Jul 1914, Page 1
LAY MRS. OTTENI TO
REST UNDER FLOWERS
The funeral of Mrs. Emma T. Otteni, widow of Rudolph Otteni, was held this morning from the home of her son, Rudolph P. Otteni, No. 1835 West Fourth street. There were many beautiful floral offerings from relatives and friends of the deceased, who was the widow of a Civil War veteran and a well-known German-American resident.
One of the most beautiful floral tributes was from the employes of THE EVENING JOURNAL, Ernest J. Otteni, a son of the deceased, being connected with the advertising staff of this newspaper. Requiem mass was celebrated in St. Thomas Church by the Rev. J. J. Connelly, and interment was made in Cathedral Cemetery.
Rudolph's son, Ernest Otteni, was also in the newspaper business. His obituary appeared in the Journal-Every Evening, 13 Apr 1942, Wilmington, DE.
J. Otteni, 62, Newsman, Dies
of Veteran Newspaperman to Be Held In City Tomorrow Morning
services will be held tomorrow morning for Ernest J. Otteni, 62 years old,
veteran Wilmington newspaperman, who died of a heart attack Saturday night at
his home, 215 North Connel Street.
funeral will be from the Yeatman Funeral Home, 819 Washington Street, at 9
o'clock with requiem mass at 9:30 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery.
native of Philadelphia, he was a son of German parents who come to America in
His father was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
many years active in the editorial and advertising departments of the then
Evening Journal and the Sunday Star, Mr. Otteni was a founder and former
publisher of the Brandywine News.
Lately, he had engaged privately in the real estate and insurance
He also was connected with the Century Indemnity Company.
10 years, Mr. Otteni was the executive secretary of the Brandywine Business
He was also a member of the Democratic League, the Elks and the A.O.U.W.
His widow, Mrs. Agnes H. Otteni, and one daughter, Mrs. Weldon H. Cloud, both of this city, survive him as do four brothers: Rudolph P. of this city; Harry M. or Buffalo, N.Y.; Louis J. of Huntsville, Ala., and Percy F. Otteni of Philadelphia.
Another son, Louis Otteni, served in World War I. According to a newspaper article in the Delmarvia Star, Wilmington, DE, Sunday, 30 Jul 1919, he was cited for his actions during the war.
L. J. OTTENI GIVEN CITATION
an interesting history of the 1st United States Engineers 1st United States
Division, printed at Coblenz Germany, April 15, 1919, appears in the
regimental roster, officers and men serving between October 16, 1917 and
November 11, 1918, the names of six Wilmingtonians who served in the famous
Of the six men, one died of wounds received in action, one gassed in
action, and one cited for distinguished conduct.
Otteni on a recent visit for a month at the home of his brother, Ernest J.
Otteni, having languishing in a hospital in France for two months, suffered
with nervous breakdown, spoke very little about the exploits of the First
He recoiled from any discussion on the subject.
The first intimation that he had been cited became known here
Otteni is now in charge of the Army recruiting Station at Worcester, Mass.
He does not know of this publication.
citation in extract, follows:
FIRST DIVISION AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES
30 December 1918
Division Commander cites the following officers, nurses and men for
distinguished conduct in the operations between the Argonine and Meuse (ten
"Sergeant 1cl Louis J. Otteni, Co. A, 1st Engineers 'displayed .... and distinguished bravery in securing information confirming the location of the enemy machine gun nests, and by tactfully leading his platoon caused the destruction of enemy strong points and established the advanced outposts."
(Report with documentation also available)
(Report with documentation also available)
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