William Wilford Rottluff

William Wilford Rottluff

Kingsbury County, South Dakota, USA
Death 31 Aug 1968 (aged 83)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Scappoose, Columbia County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 43575969 · View Source
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As recorded in "South Dakota Births, 1856-1903," William Wilford Rottluff was born 22 September 1884 in Kingsbury County, Dakota Territory in a town then known as Spring Lake. His father, Karl Reinhardt Rottluff, had emigrated in 1877 from Germany via Brazil, along with his parents and siblings. His mother, Ella Mae Starbuck, was born in Iowa but descended from the England-born Starbucks who first arrived on this continent in 1635. As the eldest child, William went to work early - by age 7 he was behind a pair of draft horses - and left school after 6th grade, while his 6 younger siblings all received higher education.

In 1920 he had a farm outside Bismarck and married Olive May Gray of Watertown, South Dakota, whose English ancestors had arrived in Massachusetts before 1760. William and Olive had 2 daughters and in the late 1920s, the family relocated to Portland, Oregon. There he continued doing farm-type labor, keeping a cow, chickens and a pair of draft horses, and finally retiring at age 77.



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