Wayne Spiller, Compiler
McCulloch County History, Vol. I
Mr. Fred W. Otte (1876-1961) came to McCulloch County with his parents
in October of 1886 from Crabapple, a small community a short distance from
Fredericksburg, Texas. They settled on a section of land about seven
miles south of Brady, Texas. Fred Otte's parents were Fritz and Fernandina
(Ottmers) Otte, who were both born in Germany and came to America at the
age of five and seven respectively.
In 1905, Fred Otte purchased from the state of Texas a section of land adjoining the section owned by his father. Also in 1905, he purchased a tract of 100 acres just south of the community of Camp San Saba, Texas, which became his permanent home. He was married to Miss Marie Louise Holmann on April 25, 1906. To this union two sons were born: Ernst Karl, on April 17, 1909, who married Ivyll K. Wilder on December 22, 1934; and Hugo Otte, b. Jan. 10, 1911, who married Floy Ludwick on December 18, 1938. He died Apr. 25, 1971.
Also the parents of Mrs. Fred Otte were born in Germany and came to America as teenagers and settled in Mason, Texas.
The Otte family was of the Luthern faith, and held membership in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason, Texas.
Fred Otte was a staunch supporter of good schools and community progress. Stock farming was his means of livelihood, and he remained active until one year before his death on March 18, 1961. Mrs. Otte passed away on May 30, 1967.
Submitted by: Louann Hall