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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 & Southern Railroad shops at De Soto; Otto Henry, 
locomotive engineer on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, 
between De Soto and Piedmont; Adolph, Louis, George, 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.