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WATERBURY, OTHO L.
Portrait And Biographical Record of Northern Michigan,
Record Publishing Co., Chicago (1895), pp. 467-468
OTHO L. WATERBURY is editor and proprietor of the
Frankfort Express, which he purchased in December, 1890, and still continues to
publish. He has had several years' experience in journalism, and possesses ability
in this direction. The Express is a weekly Republican paper, devoted to the
expounding of party principles, and to the advancement of this region. Among its
supporters are numbered most of the leading professional and business men of this
vicinity, and under the present management the list of its subscribers is constantly
increasing. For two years the editor of the organ has been Village Trustee, and is
now serving his second term as School Director. He is interested in whatever tends
to the development and progress of this county, and is a patriotic man and good citizen.
The birth of Otho L. Waterbury occurred in Lapeer County, Mich., February
17, 1855. His parents were Lester E. and Mary E.
(Tomlinson) Waterbury, natives of Connecticut and Canada, respectively. In
early life Lester E. Waterbury was engaged in merchandising at Lapeer,
and was a pioneer in that locality. He is now engaged in farming near Highland Station, Oakland County, Mich. He and his wife are
members of the Congregational Church. His grandfather, Capt. J. C. Waterbury,
won his title in the War of the Revo- [Begin Page 468]lution. The
family is of English descent, members of it having settled in Waterbury, Conn., at a very
Otho L. Waterbury passed his boyhood uneventfully in the place of his
nativity, and worked in his father's store until he had nearly reached his majority.
He then took up the printer's trade, serving a three-years apprenticeship with S.
J. Tomlinson on the Lapeer Clarion. For a short time he then
turned his attention to merchandising, after which lie traveled as a salesman on the road
for two years. The journalistic profession, however, seemed to possess unusual
attractions for him, and so he drifted back toward that vocation, which he has since
followed. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to the local blue lodge and chapter.
He is also a Knight of Pythias, and is identified with the Knights of the
February 23, 1885, occurred the marriage of Mr. Waterbury and Miss
Eva S., daughter of Daniel and Harriet (Morris) House.
She is a native of Canada, born in 1856, and is a lady of good education and social
attainments. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Waterbury, a little son and a daughter, namely: Rex L. and Mary