The Ott family letters are made up of correspondence between Emil and Ida Ott of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and their son Harvey, who lived in Madison, Wisconsin, in the early 1910s. Most of the letters concern Emil and Ida Ott's travels to Egypt and Central Europe in 1911.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Anne Tomlanovich, June 2002, and Meg Hixon, April 2013
Scope and Content:
The Ott family letters (20 items) are made up of correspondence between Emil and Ida Ott of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and their son Harvey. Emil and Ida Ott wrote the first 17 letters about their voyage to, and travels in, Egypt and Central Europe between January 29, 1911, and May 11, 1911. The Otts visited the Azores and Gibraltar during their outbound journey on the SS Celtic and then traveled to Egypt, where they described Cairo and, after a trip up the Nile River on the SS Ramses II, cities such as Luxor. They later wrote of their travels in Sicily, mainland Italy, Austria, and southern Germany. Their letters are written on illustrated stationery from the SS Celtic, which advertises the White Star Line's new liners Olympic and Titanic; the Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo; the SS Ramses II, operated by Cook's Nile Service; the Hotel Bristol in Vienna; the Hotel Sommer Zähringerhof in Freiburg; and the Hotel Messmer in Baden-Baden.
The collection also contains 3 letters that Harvey Ott wrote to his parents after their return to the United States. In a letter written around 1912, he commented on the assassination attempt on Theodore Roosevelt in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this letter and in his letter of April 26, 1913, he commented on his parents' health and encouraged them to rest and to consider a return to Europe, where he wished to join them. By the time Harvey wrote his final letter (July 14, 1914), Emil and Ida Ott had returned to Switzerland, along with Harvey's grandmother.
Biographical / Historical:
Harvey Lincoln Ott was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 22, 1890, the son of Emil H. and Ida Ott. He had two brothers, Irving and Walter ("Wally"). After serving in the United States Army during World War I, Harvey L. Ott followed his father into the grocery business. He died in Tucson, Arizona, in January 1976.
1999. M-4065.7 .
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