More Denny Family History

From the Rohlfing Side

Otto Rohlfing, dealer in fresh and salt meats, game, and poultry, 
De Soto, was born in St. Charles, Mo., April 6, 1860. He was one of 
ten children born to Henry and Catherine (Young) Rohlfing, viz.: 
Edward, painter in St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad 
shops in De Soto; Otto Henry, locomotive engineer on the St. Louis, 
Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad, between De Soto and Piedmont; 
Adolph, Louis, George (my grandpa), Lizzie, and Minnie. 

Henry Rohlfing, father of our subject, came to America from Germany 
when twenty-five years of age and first settled in St. Charles. He 
married in Jefferson County, and then lived in St. Charles, and 
returned to De Soto, Jefferson county, Mo., four years later where 
he worked at the shoemaker's trade until his death, on August 4, 
1879, aged about forty seven years. His wife, also a native of 
Germany, was a daughter of Conrad Young, of Jefferson County, and 
died nine months before her husband. Otto Rohlfing came to De Soto 
with his parents in 1864, where he received his education. 

When but twelve years of age he commenced work in a butcher shop, 
working for Mathieu & Racine nine years. May 14, 1887, Mr. Rohlfing 
opened a butcher shop on his own account, which business he has since 
successfully conducted, and carries a first-class supply of meats of 
all kinds. He is one of the industrious and enterprising young men of 
De Soto, and is well liked. In politics he is a Democrat.
(We'll excuse that last statement).

Printed in Goodspeed's "History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, (Missouri)."


This is a story about my great-uncle Otto. It tells of my grandpa 
(George) who died when my mother was only four years old. It also gives
some information about his mother and father. The Youngs still are a 
prominent name in and around De Soto as are the Rohlfings (but they are 
dying out due to lack of marriage and offspring).

I saw them kill a steer one time at Uncle Otto's butcher shop and 
it almost made me be a vegetarian as a small boy.

I loved my Uncle Adolph. He'd come from East St. Louis to visit us 
once or twice a year (he was an engineer on the railroad over there 
and ran trains in the switch yard). He'd always buy a big container 
of ice-cream from Duffner's and we'd eat it out in the yard. He 
also was able to find a shiny one dollar coin somewhere on my 
clothes and give it to me (magic). My Aunt Mattie (his wife) was 
from Louisville, Kentucky and was the epitome of a southern lady 
and talked just like you would expect of a true southern belle.

Uncle Henry, we called him "Heine", lived next to Aunt Minnie and 
Uncle Harry who also had Uncle Eddie living with them. (He never 
married). Uncle Heine was married to Aunt Gustie who was so deaf 
she couldn't hear herself sneeze. (Aunt Minnie was almost as bad). 
Aunt Minnie and Uncle Harry were just like grandparents to me. I 
loved them all. (The Rohlfing men were not the marrying kind.)

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