The Motter Brothers

Motter brothers 1902This article was published in the Republican-Courier on September 11, 1936.

Death Breaks Link Uniting Eight Brothers Who Will Be Together Last Time for Funeral at Ada.

The Death of one of their number this week brought the first break in a group of eight Orange township brothers.The brothers are the sons of John and Catherine (Zullinger) Motter, pioneer residents of Orange Township.  There were five sisters in the family, too, and three of them still live in the community around Orange township.

Paul O. Motter, who passed away Tuesday at Battle Creek sanitarium was the first of the eight brothers to drop from the circle, and the youngest.  He was 53.

The others, all once young together, are now well past middle life, their ages ranging up to 67 years.

Are Hard Workers

The brothers were hard workers and helped on the Motter farm, located at the intersection of state highways 69 and 30N, four miles north of Ada.  All of them attended the one-room Owlsburg school, of Orange township.

With 13 children in the family, giving and sharing was just part of the lesson of life they learned easily.  Their home atmosphere was a religious one, and three of the brothers entered on ministerial careers.

Of the others, one became a teacher, one a realtor and three took up farming.

Favor Higher Education

Four of the brothers were graduated from Ohio Northern University at Ada, including Rev. E.L. Motter, now financial secretary of White Cross hospital in Columbus; Rev. W.W. Motter, pastor of North Riverdale M.E. church in Dayton; Rev. Samuel Motter, M.E. pastor in Toledo; and Paul Motter, of Ada, member of the high school faculty at McGuffey.  The brothers who entered on the ministry later pursued their seminary studies in the east.

Take New PhotoMotter brothers 1936

An occasion when the family was called together was the time when the first photo was taken.

It took considerable effort to get them rounded up in one place, because of the various duties each had.  When the second photo, the new one was taken 34 years later, there was still that difficulty.

They probably all will be together again for the last time at the funeral services at Ada, but the youngest, Paul will lie in his casket.

They are grayer, and heavier in the lapse of that time, but all are still leading active lives in their chosen calling.

Their sisters are Mrs. Dr. R.P. McElroy, of Orange township; Mrs. J.H. Morrison, of Orange township; and Mrs. J.N. Main, of Ada.  Two are deceased.  They were Mrs. H.C. Blosser, of Bluffton, and Mrs. R.P. Gregory, of Pennsylvania.

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