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Otto U. King, D. D. S.

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Otto U. King, D. D. S.

Posted: 30 Jul 2002 7:27PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: King, Hawley, Cussic, Merriman, Souers
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 358-359

Otto U. King, D. D. S., one of the most popular and at the same time most prominent dentists of Huntington county, is a worthy example of the self-made man.

He was born on a farm in Rock Creek township, this county, March 18, 1873, and there spent his boyhood days working on the farm in summer and attending school in winter. At the age of sixteen he, with his parents, moved to Huntington, where better school advantages presented themselves, and while yet in his junior year he here won the S. M. Saylor gold medal for being the best orator in his class. After graduating from high school, in 1893, he spent one year in the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He next entered the Chicago Dental College to prepare himself for his chosen profession, and a course of one year at that school was followed by a two-years' course at the Northwestern University, from which institution he graduated with the class of 1897, receiving the degree of D. D. S. He was at all times a popular student in college, and served as vice-president of his class in the Chicago Dental College, and president of the senior class in the Northwestern University Dental School.

Immediately after graduating he opened an office in Huntington, where he has achieved flattering success, and though yet a young man stands at the head of his profession. The Doctor has always kept green the memories and associations of college days and thoroughly interests himself in the social as well as the business relations of his calling. He is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity of the University of Indiana, at Bloomington, and also a member of the following dental societies: The Delta Sigma Delta fraternity, the Odontographic Society, of Chicago, and the Indiana State Dental Association.

Both the Doctor and his wife are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he has been superintendent of the Sunday-school for four years, during which time the enrollment has increased from three hundred and seventy-five to over a thousand, making it possibly the largest Methodist Episcopal Sunday-school in the state.

On December 23, 1898, Dr. King was united in marriage with Miss Mayme, daughter of Daniel G. and Maranda (Hawley) Beaver, a very popular young society leader of this city, who was born in Huntington county, Indiana, March 16, 1876, and to this union one daughter has been born, Helen Alberta, February 12, 1900.

In politics the Doctor affiliates with the Republican party, though he has never devoted much time to the cause, business cares having occupied his entire attention. Like many of the leading citizens of northern Indiana, Dr. King is of Buckeye parentage. His grandfather, Samuel King, was a native of Montgomery county, Ohio, and was born in 1827. He married a Miss Sarah A. Cussic, and in 1865 removed to Huntington county, Indiana, where he purchased a farm of two hundred and forty-seven acres, a property that is now considered the finest in the county. Here he still resides at the advanced age of seventy-four years, a vigorous and intellectual old man. In politics he early allied himself with the Whig party, and is now a most enthusiastic Republican. A member of the Methodist Episcopal church, he for many years served as an official and a member of the board of trustees. His father, John King, was a native of Pennsylvania and immigrated to Ohio when that state was in its infancy.

Francis M. King, the father of our subject, was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, August 1, 1850, and was about fifteen years old when his parents came to Huntington county. Following the routine of farming, he worked and went to school until reaching his majority. Then, with money saved, he purchased a small farm in Rock Creek township, adding to it gradually until to-day he owns a large and well improved farm. Here he dwelt until 1890, doing a general farming and stock dealing business, in which he was successful. Coming to this city in 1890, he conducted a meat market for ten years, after which he rented both his farm and market and has since devoted his entire attention to his large property interests.

Like his father, Mr. King has always been a Republican. Though active in party councils, he has always been too busy to seek office. In social life Mr. King has taken a lead as in business. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and in nearly all its branches has filled numerous positions of honor. He and his entire family are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has served as secretary of the board of trustees for many years, as well as being superintendent of the Sunday-school in Rock Creek township.

On November 15, 1870, Mr. King was united with Miss Xantha M., daughter of Jacob F. and Ruth (Merriman) Souers, whose biography will be found elsewhere in this volume. She is a native of Huntington county, and was born October 9, 1852. To this union two sons have been born, the subject of this review being the elder. The younger son, Emmet O., a graduate of the high school of Huntington and also a graduate of the State University at Bloomington, Indiana, is now principal of the Warren high school in this county, and intends taking a course in law at Harvard University this year.

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