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Otto Henry Vosgerau

Although only twenty-five years of age and just fairly started in his business life, Otto Henry Vosgerau, manager of Der Crawford County Demokrat, has attained recognition as one of the energetic and capable citizens of the county.

He is a native of Stockholm township, this county, born October 17, 1886, and is a son of Henry and Elise (Kreuger) Vosgerau. The father was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, in 1834, and on coming to America first took up his residence in Clinton county, Iowa. Later he removed to Crawford county and located upon a farm which he cultivated until 1898, when he retired to Denison. In 1910 he removed to Sac county, Iowa, and there passed away October 9, 1910. The mother is still living and makes her home in this county. There were seven children in their family, five of whom survive.

Otto H. Vosgerau spent the earlier years of his boyhood on the home fann and received his preliminary education in the public schools. Later he attended a college and applied himself to his studies with a diligence that gave bright promise as to his future. On the 1st of January, 1911, he acquired a half-interest in Der Crawford County Demokrat, of which he has since been manager. The paper was established in 1887 and is published weekly, being the official organ of the county. As it is conducted on thoroughly reliable and conservative lines it wields considerable influence in this section of the state and under the new management gives promise of a much more extensive circulation.

On the 28th of July, 1909, Mr. Vosgerau was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Boettger, a native of Goodrich township, Crawford county, and a daughter of Fred Boettger. Her mother is deceased but her father is still living in this county. There were three children in their family. One daughter, Lucile H., has come to bless the union of Mr. and Mrs. Vosgerau, her natal day being October 23, 1910.

Mr. Vosgerau and his wife are valued members of the Lutheran church and are well known socially in Denison. They live in a beautiful residence in one of the most attractive parts of the city and he also owns eight acres within the city limits. He has made an excellent beginning in a business which his friends prophesy is destined to bring to him honor and prosperity.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.