Fifth Generation


75. Marjorie Ruth (Ruth) DeRoe was born on 1 September 1917 on the family farm in the Pella community, rural Adams, Lancaster County, Nebraska. She received elementary education at Lancaster County Public Schools, District 20, "Wooden Shoe" located at 176th street and Firth road in rural Adams, Lancaster County, Nebraska. She graduated from Adams High School in Adams, Gage County, Nebraska. She took Normal School training and received her teaching certificate from Adams High School at Adams, Gage County, Nebraska. She then taught at country elementary schools in the area. She later accepted a position at a country elementary school near Malcolm, Lancaster County, Nebraska and met her future husband while teaching there. They moved to Powell, Wyoming in 1948. She was instrumental in starting the nonprofit Powell Day Care Center and served as its first Director in 1972 and continued to serve on its board of Directors for fifteen years. She was also active in the Shoshone Rock Club, Fine Arts Club, Mountain view Circle of the United Methodist Women, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She lived, with her family, in Powell, Wyoming most of her married life.
She died on 4 September 2000 at the age of 83 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana. She was buried on 6 September 2000 in the Crown Hill cemetery, Powell, Park County, Wyoming.

Marjorie Ruth (Ruth) DeRoe and Loran Gifford (Bud) Otto were married on 19 April 1941 at the Pella Reformed Church, in Pella, rural Adams, Lancaster County, Nebraska. They lived in Adams, Gage County, Nebraska while Bud was serving in the Army during WWII. They continued to live in the Adams, Gage County, Nebraska area after his discharge and Bud found employment as a farm worker at Krause's farm south of Adams. In 1910 the US Government completed construction of Buffalo Bill dam as part of the Shoshone River project near Cody, Park County Wyoming. This opened a large parcel of land in the area to irrigation farming. After the attack of Pearl Harbor and World War II had begun, this location was selected for Heart Mountain Relocation Center, named after nearby Heart Mountain, and was one of ten internment camps used to incarcerate Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast during World War II under the provisions of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The location for the center was selected because it was remote and yet convenient. The land was managed by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which before the war had initiated a major irrigation project in the area and had already constructed canals, buildings, and some infrastructure. The site was adjacent to a railroad spur and depot where internees could be off-loaded and processed. After the war ended, and the relocation center was closed, the land became available for irrigation farming under direction of the Federal Government. Some of the land was set aside and make available to WWII veterans as homesteads. Ruth applied, without Bud's knowledge, for a homestead on the Heart Mountain Irrigation District near Powell, Park County, Wyoming and they were one of five families drawn in the Lottery System. They moved to the Powell, Park County, Wyoming area soon after, to take possession of Homestead unit 108. On arriving in Wyoming, they lived in the barracks that remained at the World War II Japanese internment camp which was nearby. Each homesteader was given two barracks buildings from the internment camp which were moved to their homesteads. Ben and Coba traveled to Powell, Wyoming and spent several months there assisting in moving the army barracks to the homestead and remodeling them for use as a house and other farm buildings. Bud and Ruth later sold the original homestead and purchased a farm with better access to irrigation water. Bud and Ruth worked their homestead experiencing many of the same problems of early 1870 Nebraska homesteaders. They retired to nearby Powell, Park County, Wyoming in 1976. They were honored as 53 year members of the First United Methodist Church of Powell, Wyoming. Loran Gifford (Bud) Otto, son of Clarence Otto and Mona Otto*, was born on 24 June 1918 in Malcolm, Lancaster County, Nebraska. He died on 8 July 1980 at the age of 62 in Powell, Park County, Wyoming. He was buried on 11 July 1980 in Crown Hill cemetery, Powell, Park County, Wyoming. He was an Irrigation Farmer in Powell, Park County, Wyoming area.

Marjorie Ruth (Ruth) DeRoe and Loran Gifford (Bud) Otto had the following children:

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Ardell Kay Otto.

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Orin Lee Otto.

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Rolland Dean Otto.

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Earl Eldon Otto.

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Donald Boyd Otto.

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Dale Gene Otto was born on 8 July 1956 in Powell, Park County, Wyoming. He died on 12 August 1963 at the age of 7 in Powell, Park County, Wyoming. He was buried on 15 August 1963 in Crown Hill cemetery, Powell, Park County, Wyoming.