He was born in Manhattan to ethnic German immigrants who had settled in the greater New York City area. His father worked in the silk industry as a weaver for many years. The family resided in several different rental properties while he was growing up in the Queens and Bronx areas, primarily around modern day La Guardia airport (College Point).
For reasons that remain unknown today, he and his brother moved to Dayton Ohio in 1910 with his parents and younger sublings joining later. He enlisted in the US Army to serve in WWI (1918) and fought in battles of France. He returned to the US in 1919 and received an honorable discharge, but suffered from Mustard Gas exposure for the remainder of his life.
After the war, Otto Finkbohner was in training camp for return to civilian life in Chilicothe Ohio, where they met the McClain family. These families remained friends for years to follow. His first two children were born in Dayton (1920 and 1922).
In 1923, they moved to join Otto Finkbohner's father and father's brother (Alfred) in Tusten, Sullivan County, New York, where they had three identical houses built in a row outside the town of Narrowsburg. They lived in rural New York through the depression and moved back to Dayton Ohio sometime around 1940. They had a total of seven children. Otto died at the age of 52 of angina and endocarditis on 2 Nov 1945. His mother lived with the family until her death on 19 October 1954 at the age of 86. She is buried next to him in the same plot.
CPL. 112 AM. TN. 37 DIV
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Florence Cameron Finkbohner Reed
1899–1973 (m. 1918)