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Title Otto B. Storbeck
Catalog Number P2001.8.1
Accession number 2416
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Albumen print mounted on plain card stock. MARKS: Back: "Otto B. Storbeck"
Date 1885-1899
People Storbeck, Otto B.
Subjects Portrait photographs
Rescue work
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Otto B. Storbeck
Cataloged by Radig, Dan
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Neg # 2436
Notes Bust view image of Otto B. Storbeck at the age of eighteen.

Otto is pictured in a suit and striped tie with a butterfly pinned at the knot. At the age of eighteen, Otto became a local hero, when on September 2, 1885, he dove off the Chicago & St. Paul Railroad bridge into the Fox River to save the lives of four young women. Eleven people were thrown into river after the ferry they were riding in capsized after hitting the wake of the tug S. W. Hollister. One man, William Wolf, saved himself by swimming to the bridge and the remaining six drown. Those saved by Mr. Storbeck were: Amelia Polzen (later married Otto),Tille Utecht (later Mrs. L. R. Stille), Louisa Maurtiz (later Mrs. Louis Bernhard)A, Anna Hartwig (later Mrs. William Gohsman). Those who lost their lives were: Johanna Matschie, Augusta Weise, Emma Bauer, Lena Maidl, Phillip Berry and Louis Dichtl. Mr. Storbeck received a medal for his bravery from the United States Treasury 15 years after the event. Mr. Storbeck, later moved to Rock Island, Ill. A copy of the Oshkosh Northwestern 50th anniversary of this story can be found in document 681s in he Otto B. Storbeck folder.
Orig/copy Original