February 26, 2011

The Delph Brothers - Otis William, aka "Pat"

The oldest son of Philip and Elizabeth Witzgall Delph was named Otis (Ottis) William, but was often referred to as "Pat."  Pat was born March 21, 1876 in Monroe Township, Henry County, Ohio and he stayed in Malinta for his whole life.  He married Elsie Hemsoth, who immigrated with her family to America in 1881 from Germany.
In the 1900 census, Ottis was still at home with his parents, and Elsie was living with her parents, Christian and Katherine Hemsoth, in Toledo, along with six siblings.  Her father worked on the railroad, but she, at 17, and her two sisters Minnie, 21, and Alvina, 19 worked as brushmakers for four months each year...probably when not in school. 

By the 1910 census, Ottis already owned the general store that he would run for most of his life, and he and Elsie were married.  He lived in Malinta with his wife and daughter, Elizabeth, 2.  Little Elizabeth's middle initial K. indicates that she may have been named after Ottis's mother, Elizabeth, and Elsie's mother, Katherine.
Four more children were added to the family by the 1920 census, and in 1930, we find Otis W. at 54 with Elsie M., 47; Elizabeth K., 22, a public school teacher; Maxwell H., 19; Norma M., 17; Mary Ellen, 15; and Janette Fay, 12.  Otis owned his home, valued at $2500, and was still working at his store. 

Otis died first on December 15, 1960 at the age of 85.
"Otis W. Delph
From the Blade Correspondent
Malinta, O., Dec. 16 -
Otis W. Delph, 85, died at his home here yesterday.  Until his retirement in 1949, Mr. Delph had operated a general store here for 40 years.  He was a native of Henry County.  He had been a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge for 53 years and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mr. Delph is survived by his wife, Elsie; son, Max, of Monmouth, Ill.; daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hamburger, East Canton, O.; Mrs. Norma Russell, Leipsic, O.; Mrs. Mary Sage, Findlay, O.; and Mrs. Jeanette Mahoney, Montpelier, O.; brothers, George, of Malinta, and Cecil of Portage, O.; sisters, Mrs. Julia Spangler, Bowling Green; Mrs. Bess Ordway, Malinta, and Mrs. Sue Robison, Portage; 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Services will be in St. Paul's Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Hoy Cemetery.  The body will be in the Walker Mortuary from 2 p.m. tomorrow until 12:30 Sunday."

The obituary was mistaken as to the place of the funeral,which actually was held at Pat's own church, Trinity.
Elsie died almost fourteen years later on April 23, 1974. "Northwest Signal, April 26, 1974
Mrs Elsie Delph
Malinta - Mrs. Elsie Delph, 87, died Friday, April 23, at the Winebrenner Nursing Home, Findlay.  Born in Germany April 28, 1883, she was the daughter of Christian and Katherine Hemsoth.  Her husband, Otis Delph, preceded her in death in 1960.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hamburger, Mrs. Paul Russell, both of Leipsic; Mrs. Mary Sage, Findlay; Mrs. James Mahoney, Twinsburg; 1 son, Max, Shennandoah, Iowa; two brothers, Frank Hemsoth, Toledo, Paul Hemsoth, Deland, Florida; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Malinta where services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The Reverend E. A. Lehman officiated.  Interment followed in Hoy Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Peoples Funeral Home, Leipsic."

Hoy Cemetery, Henry County, OH

The oldest daughter of Otis and Elsie Delph, Elizabeth K. is also buried in Hoy Cemetery with her
husband, Rev. Herbert, who was a WW II veteran.

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