Margaretha <I>Reihs</I> Ott


Margaretha Reihs Ott

Death 29 Aug 1955 (aged 90)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 41109526 View Source
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Funeral services for Mrs. Margaretha Ott, 90, one of Ritzville's oldest pioneers, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Zion Congregational church with the Rev. R. W. Reiger officiating. Mrs. Ott wil be buried beside her husband, Andrew, who died in 1941 at the age of 83, in the Ritzville Memorial cemetery.

Though advanced in years, Mrs. Ott continued to maintain an active interest in gardening through last summer. She suffered a severe stroke with accompanying paralysis Jan. 23, however, and had been in the Adams county hospital ever since. She reached her 90th birthday Aug. 7th.

Margaretha Reihs was born in Klein Niedersheim, Rheinpsfaiz Germany on Aug. 7 1865 and there grew to young womanhood. She was married to Andrew Ott on Dec. 29, 1885. In February of 1896 the young couple sold their farming interets in Germany and with their four small children came to the United States. They settled in Ritzville and both lived here for the rest of thier lives.

The Andrew Otts were among the earliest Ritzville pioneers, Andrew and his brothr, Sebastian, founded the Ritzville Flouring Mill which later became part of Centennial Flouring Mills. Andrew also had other business and farming interest in Ritzvill and the Inland Empire.

Mrs. Ott was also the mother of five surviving children; Mrs. Barbara Denecke of Seattle, Mrs. Carrie Hunter of Spokane, Mrs. Louise Webb of Pullman and Mrs. Anna Manke and Theodore Ott, both of Ritzville. Also surviving was a sister, Mrs. Barbara Boll of Landau, Germany; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews.

Six grandsons served as pall bearers; Arthur Ott of Addy, Robert Ott of Ritzville, Harold Manke of Harrington, David Hunter of Richland, William Anderson of Spokane and Lt. Richard Webb of Enid, Oklahoma.

Ritzville Journal Times September 10, 1955. Sue Gardner & gapwork90

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