Bolln, Otto Henry (July 22, 1876 - February 11, 1942)

Otto Bolln Dies

Was Prominent Resident of This Section Since 1900- Funeral Friday Afternoon

Douglas Budget - February 12, 1942

Unexpected death called Otto H. Bolln, 65, Wednesday morning about 11 o'clock as physicians were preparing him for a hernia operation. While he had not been in the best of health the past two years, yet his sudden passing came as a surprise. He was on the streets Tuesday. It is reported a local anesthetic was administered for his approaching operation. He replied to the doctor as he entered the operating room that he felt fine.

Douglas loses one of its most prominent and useful citizens in the death of Otto Bolln. His services to this area have been spread over a period of nearly 42 years. His business, civic, social and political activities during those years have been a benefit to this area. He was held in highest esteem by all who knew him, and nearly everyone in the county did know him.

Otto Henry Bolln was born in Omaha, Neb., on July 22, 1876. Following his education in that city he came to Douglas in the year 1900 as a clerk in the mercantile establishment of his uncle, George Bolln. When George Bolln died Otto Bolln reorganized the firm into the George Bolln Mercantile company and acted as its manager for many years.

It was during the next fifteen years that he made his ability and good judgement felt in the growth of Douglas. In the early 90s he was a member of the board of county commissioners. He was for a number of years secretary of the Wyoming State Fair. He was the first president of the Douglas Kiwanis club.

For a number of years following his managership of the Geo. Bolln company he operated a ranch near Esterbrook. In the middle 1920's he went to Casper and for about ten years was associated with the Richard's & Cunningham merchandise store. Later he returned to Casper when the company closed out and assisted in the collection of accounts.

Otto Bolln was secretary to Senator Robert D. Carey during the latter's terms as United States senator in Washington, D.C.

About three years ago he went to the west coast and conducted a travel bureau, returning to Douglas about this time last year. He has been unoccupied since his return except that he had served a number of months as temporary secretary of the local Moose lodge of which he was a member.

He was made a Master Mason in the local lodge on June 22, 1904, and is a past master of the lodge.

In 1905 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth (Bess) Willox. To this union two children were born, George, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Betty Ann of Douglas. Mrs. Bolln passed away in Los Angeles in June, 1935, and is buried in the family plot at Douglas Park cemetery.

Besides his son and daughter, Mr. Bolln is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Gordon and Miss Alma Bolln of Pasadena, Calif., and a granddaughter in Milwaukee, Wis.

Funeral services will be held at the Episcopal Church at 2:30 Friday afternoon. George Bolln and wife arrived in Cheyenne Thursday morning and were brought to Douglas by Miss Ann Freeman this afternoon.


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