1786 - 1865
was born in Germany in Mar 1844. The name, Rudolp Ottin, appears in the
"Passenger and Immigration Lists: Germans to America 1850-1874 Archive". The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists his immigration date at 1861.
It is interesting that Rudolph must have enlisted in the Grand Army of the Republic to fight in the U.S. Civil War soon after his arrival in the United States. The Civil War Pension Index lists Emma Otteni as the widow of Rudolph Otteni, which she filed in the State of Delaware. From Session 1 of the Sixtieth Congress in 1908, the following entry was made:
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
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.
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."
The descendants of Rudolph Otteni spell their name OTTENI.
on the following link
to view information on
the descendants of
Rudolf Otteni to the present. (Report with documentation also available)
(Report with documentation also available)
Descendants of Rudolph Otteni (1844-1903)
Rudolph Otteni - 5 pages plus index.
- a privatized (dates & places of living people omitted) 5 Generation Descendant Book (PDF), starting with
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