The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



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 early day.

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 Maccabees.

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 E.


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