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Life History of Otto Ernst Wilhelm Schloss

By: Otto Schloss

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Family & Birth

          I, Otto Schloss was born of goodly parents like Nephi in the olden days. I honor my parents. They gave me my life and the name they gave me is:  Otto Ernst Wilhelm Schloss. I was born on the 3rd of October 1902 in Stettin Germany, Province Pommern at the Hohenzollern Strasse.

My Parents

Otto's Father, Wilhelm August Schloss                                 Otto's Mother, Albertine Emilie Behnke-Utecht

My father's name is Wilhelm August Schloss. He was born on the 27th of December, 1866 in Stettin, Germany. He died on the 22nd of November, 1907 in Stettin, Germany. My mother's name is Albertine Emilie Behnke-Utecht. She was born on the 13th of October 1868, Stecklin, Germany. She died on the 8th of April 1908 in Stettin, Germany.


My Siblings    Back to top

I had three sisters and one brother.
My oldest sister, Grete Anna Elisabeth, was born on the 20th of September, 1893 in Stettin, Germany. She died on the 2nd of June, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Frieda Anna Louise, the second oldest, was born on the 4th of May, 1895 in Stettin, Germany. She died on the 10th of September, 1895 in Stettin, Germany.

Gertrud Anna Hedwig was born on the 7th of January, 1898 in Stettin, Germany. She died on the 10th of February, 1922 in Hamburg, Germany.

Otto's Sister, Gertrud Anna Hedwig Schloss

My brother, Richard Wilhelm Egon, was born on the 16th of January, 1900 in Stettin, Germany. He died on the 20th of May, 1900 in Stettin, Germany.

I, Otto Ernst Wilhelm, was born on the 3rd of October, 1902 in Stettin, Germany, and am still alive at this writing (June 2000).


Childhood & Teen Years

I was baptized on the 26th of July, 1903 in the Lutheran-Evangelic Church in Stettin, Germany. Later I was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-dayay Saints in Hamburg, Germany. When I was born, we lived at the Hohenzollernstrasse in Stettin, Pommerania, Germany, in an apartment house on the 4th floor.
One of the Streets in Stettin, Germany
Dad had a glass and picture frame store in the same building at street level. He had a stock of all different types of glass and moldings, very well arranged and marked with prices. Dad would cut and make the picture frames himself. The corners that he would cut off while mitering would go in a box for firewood or for disposal. When I was big enough to go down to the store by myself, I would go and play with these triangle corners. I would build different things with them. They were so pretty. I especially liked the ones that were goldleafed.

When Dad was called out to replace a window or to take an order, I would play outside or go upstairs in the apartment where I had good toys to play with like the farmhouses with animals, horse and buggy — but no cars, for cars were rare in those days. I had plenty of lead soldiers. I loved to play soldier (the German soldiers used to wear shiny helmets). I would use my little potty as a helmet. When it was washed clean, I would put it on my head and wear it as a helmet like the soldiers. One day this potty slipped over my ears and I was unable to take it off. As I cried and screamed for Mother, she came running but could not get my helmet off. She then called Dad. By the time Dad came, my head was so swollen that even Dad could not get it off. As he pulled and twisted, finally he came up with this idea. He took two bread knifes, with these he pushed my ears flat against my head and Mother would twist and turn till the potty finally came off. After that experience, I used paper helmets.

As a little boy, I had beautiful long curly hair. One day Mother was not at home and Dad had been drinking too much, so he took me to the barber and had all my hair cut off short to the scalp. When Mother saw this when we came home, she cried and cried being so upset with Dad because she was so proud of my long hair. Later on, Dad joined the Alcoholics Anonymous and stopped drinking. When I was about 3½ years old, I was very ill. I don't remember this but my sister, Grete, told me that I was only skin and bones and nearly died. I had scarlet fever and the measles at the same time. I can see why my parents were concerned. My older sister Frieda and my brother Richard died when they were only four months old.

My dad died when I was five years old. I remember when Dad came upstairs from the store with his handkerchief in front of his mouth and nose. He had a hemorrhage. Mother called the doctor and he came and stopped the bleeding. After being ill only two months, the doctor came to see Dad. It was too late; Dad did not have a chance to go to the hospital. This was quite a shock to Mother. Dad died at home at 8:30 in the morning on the 22nd of November, 1907. Then five months later Mother died on the 8th of April, 1908.

At this time my sister Grete was 14 years old, Gertrud was 10 years, and I was 5 years old. We were all separated. Grete went to stay with good friends in Stettin, Karl and Grete Koehler. I stayed with my Grandma Utecht and Aunt Amanda Heidenreich. My sister Gertrud was supposed to stay with my uncle who had a restaurant in Stettin but Grandma Utecht did not approve of it, that a 10-year-old girl should help and serve in a restaurant. This developed into a big argument with my Uncle. He must have contacted the police because he came with the police to get Gertrud but Grandma did not open the door at the request and so they had to leave without my sister, Gertrud. I don't know how long Gertrud stayed with Grandma Utecht because shortly after this had happened I was sent to an orphanage in Stettin. I was then nearly 5 ½ years old.

At the orphanage the children had to help with general cleaning, also in the kitchen washing dishes (no electric dishwashers in those days), also peeling potatoes by hand. We had to clean our rooms and make our own beds. Our beds had to be perfectly smooth without wrinkles. If there was only one wrinkle on the bed, the sister in charge of our rooms would tear the whole bed cover apart and we had to do it all over again but without wrinkles. After spending several sad months here where I cried myself to sleep many nights, I was sent to foster parents in Kowalk by Villnow, Kreis Greifenhagen, Germany. This of course required a long train ride. One of the caseworkers in the orphanage took me to the railroad station one morning and put me on the train and notified the conductor to let me off in Villnow. This was the station I had to get off.

This was my first long train ride in the world. I was hoping the conductor would not forget my destination, thinking what would happen if he would forget. After several hours, he finally came and told me that the next station is Villnow and I would have to get off. I had arrived in Villnow, a small town. I waited outside the station until a man came and asked me for my name. Then he introduced himself and asked me to come along. This was Mr. Erdman, my new foster father. We now walked for about ½ hour through the most beautiful farming country, fields of wheat, rye and oats mixed with beautiful red poppies and blue bachelor buttons, a lovely sight to see. We finally arrived at the home in Kowalk, close to Villnow, a brown brick farm house.

In front of the house was a well where everybody in town would come and get their water. Beside the house was a duck pond where the kids would go ice skating in the winter. In the middle of town was a small market place where the farmers would come and sell their farm goods. Occasionally the town crier would come here and ring his bell so the people would come and listen to the latest news and announcements. The town crier was replaced later by a scroll which consisted of a round pole about 16 inches long with the scroll rolled around it. This scroll would be passed by the people from one house to the next till everybody had read it. Mr. Erdman was a carpenter by trade besides being a farmer. They had two horses, two cows, some pigs, chickens and geese. Here I helped with their daily chores. I also had to tend their own son, a little boy. He was about four years old. He was a good boy. I had no problems with him.

The Erdmans were good people, they treated me very nice. Every Sunday and holiday we would have sweet rolls or Danish pastry for breakfast. I'll never forget one day: Mrs. Erdman sent me to the bakery to get some Danish pastry. I knew it was not Sunday or a holiday. I could not figure it out, why we had to have Danish pastry. So while eating breakfast, Mrs. Erdman asked me what special day this was. I couldn't tell her. I didn't know of any particular holiday so she reminded me that it was my birthday. What a pleasant surprise.

Here in Kowalk I started school four hours a day. After school, I would take the cows to the pasture and help on the farm. In the evening after the chores were done and after supper, there was homework for school. I also had to peel potatoes for the next day. Not to waste anything, I had to peel them real thin with a paring knife. While attending the cows in the pasture, I had to dig up a burlap bag full of thistle, nettle, and weeds to take home. This would be chopped with a chopper and scorched with boiling water and mixed with the feed for the pigs, a delicacy for the animals. This would be our daily routine except on Sunday. We did no farm work on Sundays. Of course the animals had to be fed. Also in an emergency, we had to work. In the fall when there was less work on the farm, we would kill our geese. This of course required us to stay up all night to clean the geese, pluck the feathers, and prepare the meat for winter storage. The feathers we would use for pillows. Several weeks later when the harvest was all taken care of, we would kill a pig again. We would stay up all night to prepare the meat and make different kinds of sausages and bologna like bloodwurst, liverwurst, Griddwurst and meat bologna. I always enjoyed staying up all night because we would get special treats and no school the next day. Here in Kowalk I stayed from June 1909 till April 1913. Then the Erdmans received notice from the orphanage for me to return to Stettin.

I arrived in Stettin on a Sunday and the next Sunday I had to leave again on the train to go to my new foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Denel in Burow by Speck Kreis Naugard, Germany. They also had a farm and Mr. Denel was a carpenter. They came to the railroad station to pick me up. Here I had to work harder; the Denel's farm was larger. My first job when I got up in the morning was make a fire in the coalstove, put some water on the fire for coffee, then go and milk two cows, feed the cows and the horses and the pigs.

By then, Mrs. Denel would have breakfast ready. We then would eat and I was off to school, a five minute walk. It was a one room schoolhouse. Here in Burow I went to school from the 14th of April 1913 until the 31st of March 1917. Burow was a very small town so not many children. We would go to school from 8:00 a.m. till noon. At 10:00 a.m. we would have recess and I would go home and feed the sheep, then get a sandwich and eat it on the way back to school. In Germany we had Frühstück (2nd breakfast) at 10:00 a.m. When I came home from school, we would have lunch and then we would go on the farm to work till the sun went down. After coming home from the farm, it was time to feed the animals and then have supper; not much time left for school homework and peeling potatoes for the next day—Also not much time for play.

Here in Burow I also had to go twice a week to Konfiermanden Unterricht (like a catechism or seminary). Since there was no church in town and no pastor, we had to go to the neighboring town, Speck, which was about a half hour walk. After attending Seminary for one year, I was konfiermiert (in other words I graduated) from Seminary on Palm Sunday, the first of April, 1917. I also graduated from school on the 31st of March, 1917.

Otto's Confirmation Certificate from the Lutheran-Evangelical

Before Graduation we were given verses from the Bible that we had to learn by heart, most of it from Dr. Martin Luther's Catechism. Two holidays were then set apart for us candidate boys and girls. The first day was the so called Prüfungstag (Test day). The boys were in their suits but with their first long pants. The girls were in colorful dresses with a small bouquet especially made for the occasion, with a rosette around it and a long bow. We went very festively along our way to church. All of the people enjoyed watching the candidates. We had a real test (richtige Prüfung). The pastor would ask us questions and we had to answer. The church was full with parents and friends.

On the next morning at 10:00 a.m. was the actual confirmation day (Einsegnungstag). The girls were in black dresses, the boys in dark suits. The girls usually carried a new hymnal book with gilded edges, with a cross made out of flowers, violets, pansies, and forget-me-nots which could not be longer than the book and it had a pretty, long white bow which hung down from the end of the book. We went into the church walking two by two and went before the pastor at the altar. The pastor laid his hands on us and gave us a blessing. He recited a verse from the Bible, which could also be found on our graduation certificate (Entlassungschein). That meant for us that we were now members of the Lutheran-Evangelical Church. Many of the children had their homes filled with guests and there was a dinner at noon but my confirmation went by very quietly with my foster parents at home. In the afternoon we boys went from house to house to present ourselves, the parents would congratulate us, admire our new long pants-suits and tell us how grown-up we looked in them—yesterday still school children with short kneepants and today already grown-ups.

I was 14 years old. At the age of 14 years the boys in Germany have to learn a trade. I received a letter from my guardian at the orphanage that I would have to learn a trade. He suggested four different trades like Barber, Shoemaker, Carpenter, and Sattler, (Saddlemaker). I had to choose one of these four. I did not want to be a barber nor a shoemaker. Carpenter, yes, but both of my foster fathers were carpenters and both told me not to become a carpenter. The carpenter trade in those days was not very healthy. So I notified my guardian that I would learn the trade of saddlemaker. I then received the address of Mr. Sattlermeister M. Page which was Muehlenstrasse 12, Daber, Germany. This became my new home for the next four years from April 1917, till April 1921.

City of Daber where Otto studied Saddlemaking


Here we were with 5 boys learning the trade of making saddles and harnesses. Our workshop was next to the house. Our bedroom was upstairs above the workshop with five beds and lockers. No running water-we had a pump outside the shop. We had to work 8 ½ hours a day 5 ½ days a week. We started at 8:00 a.m. Then breakfast was served in the workshop, at 10:00 Früestück, 2nd breakfast, a piece of bread and a glass of milk. At 12:00 noon we had dinner in Mr. and Mrs. Page's dining room. We were not members of the Church yet so we drank coffee. We then worked till 6:00 p.m. when we cleaned up and washed up. Then supper was served in the dining room. After supper, we were free to go. We could see our friends or go to a show-silent movies in those days. Sometimes we would go dancing. Once in a while our boss, Mr. Page, would give us 50 cents to see a movie.

The Street where Otto Lived in Daber, Germany (Arrow shows his building)


Two evenings a week we had to go to the (Stadt Gerverbliche Fortbildungs Schule) Trade School. Sundays we could go wherever we wanted to go but we had to be back at mealtime. I had found a real good friend in Daber so I spent most of my free time with him and his family. They lived in the basement of the Daber City School house. We played cards and other games. I would help him make the fires in the stoves of each classroom to heat the school.

Daber City School where Otto spent many weekends with friends
Our work in the shop mostly consisted of repairing harnesses and saddles, also leather transmission belts. Meister Page also had some contracts with some farmers or ranchers where we would have to go with materials and tools to do the repairs there at the farms or ranches. We would stay days or a week. We would really enjoy going to those places because we would get more and better food there.

Mr. Page also had a farm out of the city and in the summer or fall, also in the spring, we had to go there and help. This also was a wonderful invitation for us. Here we would get more food. We would leave with horse and buggy in the morning and come home at night. We loved the fresh air on the farm.

This had been the time during the First World War. Food had been rationed so one day we complained to Mrs. Page that we were not getting our share of bread for breakfast. So Mrs. Page would weigh our portion every morning and we would even get less now. We felt sorry that we had complained. Mr. Page had two horses, some cows, pigs, and chickens so he stored some food for the animals in the barn like turnips and rutabagas etc. We would go and get a turnip or rutabaga, wash it, slice it, and eat it raw while we worked. It was delicious and it would fill us up. The Page's also had a maid who would take care of their house and a farmhand who would take care of the farm.

On holidays like Christmas, Easter, or Pfingsten (Ascension Day) we would go to church where we would enjoy helping ring the church bells by pulling the rope to the bells and pumping the bellows for the organ.

The Lutheran Church in Daber where Otto attended & rang the bells                                       City Hall on the Left and Otto's friend's hotel on the right

In Germany we would always have 2 ½ days off on holidays like first Christmas day then second Christmas day then the third day we would work till noon and then have the afternoon off. In the summertime my friend and I would go boating and fishing. On Sundays and in the evenings we would play games or play cards.

One of my friend's father owned a hotel and restaurant so my friend would supply me with cigarettes and as I mentioned before, we did not hear anything about the L.D.S. Church so we boys would smoke, but not at work, only on our free time.

When you have to work hard and keep busy all the time, the time goes fast and so the 3rd of April, 1921, was here where I had to make my apprenticeship. I passed every test and I got my Gesellen Brief (diploma).

Outside of Otto's Graduation Certificate from Trade School for Saddlemaking


Inside of Otto's Graduation Certificate from Trade School for Saddlemaking


Now I was on my own. I could keep working for Mr. Page or find another job somewhere. So I decided to go to Hamburg, Germany, where my two sisters, Grete and Gertrud, lived. I wrote to them and told of my arrival at the railroad station in Hamburg. As I arrived I didn't see anybody familiar. I had the address so I started walking. I had not seen my sisters for many years. I walked to Hammerbrook, Strasse where they lived. Grete was not home. The children were home however. I introduced myself as Uncle Otto so they let me in. Grete had gone to the railroad station to meet me. Grete's husband, Richard, was at work. So when Grete came back from the station, she told me that she was looking for a small boy; she did not realize that I had grown to a young man.

Grete and Richard then had five children: Elfriede, Otto, Willy, Gertrud, and Elsa.

Grete's family: (Left to right) back row standing:  Otto & Willy; front row:  Gertrude, Elfriede, Erwin, Grete, Alfred, Richard, Elsa


I had not seen Grete since I came to the orphanage in 1908 so this was a happy reunion. My sister, Gertrud (Trude) as she called herself, lived with Grete's family. She had a separate extra room. But at this time, Trude was in the hospital (lugenheil Anstalt) Lung Observatory. She had tuberculosis so I could stay with Grete in Gertrud's room. She had the most beautiful brass bed. It was good to sleep in. After several months, there was a possibility that Gertrud might come home for a while. So I had to move to the home of some good members of the Church, Karl and Grete Koehler, who lived close by in Hamburg.

Gertrud never did come home. She did not get better. Grete and I visited Gertrud nearly every Sunday and sometimes during the week we would bring her flowers and some fresh fruit, which she enjoyed. We visited her for about one year but she never got better and died in the hospital on 10 February, 1922. She was only 24 years old. A wonderful funeral service had been arranged. My sister had long dark hair and I remember seeing her lay in the coffin with two long braids, nearly down to her knees, one on each side of her body. She was buried at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof (cemetery) in Hamburg. I missed her very much because she was the one that always wrote to me while I was in Daber. Grete was busy with her family but Grete always sent greetings with Gertrude. Once in a while she would write a letter or a postcard.

Several weeks after I had arrived in Hamburg, Grete asked me if I would like to go to church with them. One Sunday I accepted the invitation and went with them the following Sunday. I enjoyed the church service and so continued to go with them every Sunday. After investigating the church for about three months, I was baptized and so became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the 22nd of June, 1921, in the St. George Gemeinle (Branch). This was the most happy day of my life. We had a small lake there and I was baptized in this lake. No matter how cold it was, I felt warm. It was a wonderful day. I became quite active by attending all the meetings, teaching a Sunday School class, and becoming a member of the choir in the St. George Branch. Our meetinghouse was on Besenbinderhof 13, Hamburg. We had several Branches in Hamburg, St. George, Hamm, Altona, and Wandsbeck. We also had a Branch in Harburg near Hamburg, but they had no brethren holding the Priesthood there in Harburg; so two young brethren, myself, and two young sisters had to go there every Sunday to conduct the meetings-Sunday School and Sacrament Meeting. It took us about 20 minutes by train to get there. Sunday School would start at 10:00 a.m. and Sacrament Meeting at 5:30 p.m. After Sunday School we would have lunch then we would go tracting and do missionary work till it was time for Sacrament Meeting. We had some inspirational meetings. After Sacrament Meeting, we would take the train and go home.

At Christmas or Easter we would put on a lovely program with some of the members in Harburg participating.

I lived with the Koehler family for about six months when I moved to the Schröpfers. Sister Schröpfer was a widow, her husband died during the war. They had five children: Elisbeth, Elfriede, Erna, Arnold, and Guida. I paid room and board and this helped Sister Schröpfer financially. I lived with the Schröpfers from June 1922 till January 1927.

Schröpfer family:  Sister Schröpfer

To get a job in Hamburg, I had to apply for a work permit. My first job in Hamburg I got with the help of Richard, my sister's husband. I got a job in an oil factory filling barrels and railroad cars with oil. The name of this company was Reiherstieg Oilwerke. To get there I had to take the ferryboat to cross the river Elbe or walk through the Elbtunnel.

I worked here from 25 May 1921, till 1 July 1922. Then I got a job in my trade making leather transmission belts, the name of the company was C. Oscar Gehrkens Leder Tribriemen Fabrick. Here I worked from 4 July 1922, till 25 January 1924. I was working here with our friends, Hans and Willy Schorr. While working here I had a chance to buy a goat but I was not able to keep the goat at the apartment house by Schröpfers. The Schorrs had a farm and since Willy Schorr was working with me at the same company, they would let me keep the goat at their farm. Willy Schorr would milk the goat every morning and bring me the fresh goat milk at work. It was delicious.

The company's business slowed down and we were laid off. But we started working then at C. Otto Gehrkens Company-this was C. Oscar Gehrken's brother. Here we had the same work making transmission belts. We worked here from 20 February, 1924, till 25 February, 1925.

Now I started working for myself making briefcases and ladies overnight cases. I also did some repairs on suitcases.

Rosa Appears in Otto's Life    Back to top

All these years I faithfully went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir.

Group of Church members with whom Otto did things

Sitting in the choir seats we could always see who was coming to our meetings. On one Sunday evening in June, 1925, here came a couple with a young lady to our meeting. They were not members of our Branch. After the meeting, I went down to greet them but they had left the building. So the following Sunday, I looked for them but they did not come to our meeting.

Then two weeks later our meeting had just started when they came in. After the meeting, I went to greet them and welcomed them to our meeting. The following Thursday was a holiday and our Branch had an outing in a park. Everybody was invited so I invited this couple and their daughter to come to the outing. They accepted my invitation and came to the outing. Here we got better acquainted and I found out that this couples name was Dietrich. Brother and Sister Friedrich Dietrich were the foster parents of this young lady, Rosa Mundwiler. They came from Switzerland to immigrate to America but they were not able to go because Papa Dietrich, as Rosa would call him, was deformed. He had a hunchback. Senator Smoot of Utah had furnished him an affidavit. They also were going first class on the boat but still the immigration officers would not let them go. They were very strict in those days. So Friday evening the Dietrichs and Rösi left to go back to Switzerland. (Rosa was always called Rösi or Röslÿ. Rösi is the German spelling for Rosa).

Left to Right:  Friedrich Dietrich, XX, Rosa Mundwiler & Fritz Dietrich

They had given me their address in Switzerland so I would write to Rösi and she wrote back. This started our romance, "Love at first sight."

We would write each other about twice a week. We continued this for a whole year. Then in June, 1926, Rösi came with her sister, Hannah (nickname Honey, or Tante Honey), to go to America. They stopped in Hamburg and visited us. Sister Schröpfer had invited them for dinner.

After dinner, I went with them sightseeing. We went to the Hagenbeck Tierpark, a large zoo in Hamburg. In the evening we went to the Stadt Theatre and saw an opera. Late that night we went to Bremerhafen where they took the boat to go to America in June, 1926. I went back to Hamburg.

The Walking Tour    Back to top

One evening after the youth meeting in our St. George Branch, my friend, Hans Gürtler, asked me if I would be interested to go with him on a wandering tour for about 4 weeks. At that time I was without work so I had to think it over. He asked me if I would go with him to the main railroad station to look over the chart of Germany. We would wander from Harburg through the Lüneburger Heide to Hannover . . .

Map of 1926 walking tour showing the part of their path between Harburg to Hannover


. . . then through the Harz Mountains and through Thüringen. I was very much interested and agreed to go with Hans.

Otto & Hans Gürtler in hiking dress on their walking tour

We decided to start Monday, the next week. I still had to pick up my unemployment check for last week so it was before noon that we were able to take the train to Harburg (fare was 20 cents) but then we decided no more train or bus from now on. Our first wandering tour brought us to the Lüneburger Heide (countryside) till Haustedt. Then we continued in the countryside until it started a soft rain, so we decided to sleep outside the first night. On an old railroad track we found an empty railroad car in which we made it comfortable for us. We fell asleep and slept good.

Early in the morning we went out in the fresh air. No water in sight so we shook the bushes and the small trees to refresh ourselves. Our baggage was light, only our necessary things and our daily food and so we started our first day wandering. The birds were still singing. The stream was rushing down its way and bubbling. Whenever we would find a spring, we would wash ourselves and fill up our bottle with drinking water. It was a hot day and in the afternoon we landed in Soltau, a little city in the Heide (heather).

Our lodging quarters here were not so good. It was in a school. On the floor under the roof it was hot but we had our mattress and our blankets and slept good. We had to watch our food close, sometimes we would eat carrots and get some bread and bologna from the farmers. We did not stay too long in Soltau. We had to go on. We traveled through many small and beautiful towns. One day we got stopped by a policeman but we showed him our passport and he let us go. We now arrived in Celle, a very famous city. Here we slept our third night in a schloss (castle).

Celler Schloss is one of the castles where Otto and Hans stayed overnight on the walking tour

We had to show our Traveling Pass to get our blankets. Our lodging only cost us 20 cents sometimes 30 cents. We had a Youth Membership Certificate to show, so we had cheaper lodging. Since Celle is such a famous city, we decided to make a tour through the city early in the morning. The kilometers or miles did not bother us. We just kept walking; it was fun. So our next destination was Hannover, a distance of 40 kilometers (30 miles) or more, but we did not worry about it because we walked that much nearly every day. Now we came in a different country where the farmers would grow more vegetables-so we walked through fields and farms. The neighborhood was beautiful, especially the old farmhouses with their straw covered roofs.

In the afternoon it started to rain so we looked for shelter under a straw roof. The rain had stopped and here came a truck slowly along the road, so I started running behind the truck and jumped on the back of the truck so I had a ride to Hannover. Hans was not able to catch the truck, so he was left behind. This was our first separation and our last (the distance of twelve kilometers till Hannover). I did look up some acquaintances in Hannover and borrowed a bicycle and with rolls and food I went back to look for Hans. But no problem, he had walked already several kilometers so we went back to Hannover and I returned the bicycle. We then looked for lodging quarters and again we found a castle. Many wanderers had already registered here, so we had an interesting evening. Many people demonstrated volkes (folk) dances. Before we went on the next morning, I bought a cheap bologna. Hans did not want to eat from it. He was smart because a few days later, my face was covered with pimples, but soon it got better again.

A building in the city of Hildesheim We now went on our way to Hildesheim, not as many kilometers as before. The closer we came to Hildesheim we noticed that we came closer to the Harz (mountain range). When we arrived in the city, Hildesheim, we soon found our lodging in a private home on the ground floor. Here we were all by ourselves. It was interesting to learn about these different cities. We made several walks around the city and noticed the different fountains and mineral springs. After a good nights rest, we went on to Gosla. We arrived here early in the afternoon so we had time to get acquainted with the city. Many tourists had already arrived here because Gosla is the city where you start your tour through the Harz (mountains). We now started our walk through the Harz. My friend, Hans, had been here several times so he made a good guide. He made the tour with me through the most interesting places.

We wandered through the Oker Valley till we came to The Romker Hallen Waterfalls and we arrived at the beautiful city, Bad Harzburg. We then went on to Altenau where we stayed overnight in a youth home. Altenau was beautiful with the forest and valleys. From here we could even see the Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz, over 3,000 feet high. This is very high for North Germany. The next day we went to Ilsenburg and then to Werningerrode. Here was a youth home where we would feel real comfortable. For a few dimes (groschen) we could buy a good tasting pea soup. This was the first time we had something real warm in our stomach. Then we went on and landed in Thale, a little industrial city in the Harz. From here we went through the wonderful Bodevalley. We walked sometimes in the water and sometimes beside the water. We were not afraid even to drink from the water of the crystal clear river. It never did any harm to us. We now walked up the mountain to the famous Hexen Tanz Platz (the witches dancing place) and the famous Rosstrappe (the horse footstep). We sure learned a lot on this tour. We also liked to mention Blankenburg where we found a street full of cherry trees named Cherry Street. We would eat cherries, as many as we could eat, from the ground or we picked them from the trees, who knows?

A building in the city of Weimar seen on the walking tour We now went on to Treseburg, a charming little city. Here we cooked ourselves a nice warm soup in our little pot. We also said farewell to the beautiful Harz Mountains. We decided to go to Nordhausen and then on to Sondershausen and Thueringer.

We decided once to make a tour through the night. In Tresburg there was no youth home so after we ate, we started walking since we couldn't find a place to stay. We arrived late in Ilfield and everything went well, but then it started to rain, what to do now? Well we went on walking even in the rain and arrived in Nordhausen at night very wet. It was 2:00 a.m. but we were lucky, we found a park in the city with a covered pavilion with benches. We laid down on those benches and fell asleep. When the sun came out in the morning, we went to the railroad station in the wash room and refreshed ourselves. Then after breakfast, we went through Nordhausen on our way to Sondershausen. It is only about 20 kilometers. We felt sorry that we had to leave the beautiful Harz Mountains. We had seen so many lovely places in our first week like castles, beautiful valleys, forests, etc.

Now we went on to the lovely Thueringer Land. Before we left, we bought some potatoes and some salt herring for our evening meal. We could always go to the youth home and cook the potatoes. So we had again a wonderful evening meal. The next day was Saturday and we were on our way to Erfurt, one of the largest cities in Thüringen. In Erfurt we looked up some members of the Church for two days. We went with them to the meetings and so we had two nights where we could sleep in some nice warm beds. We had two lovely days here in Erfurt. In Thüringen we were not very lucky with the youth homes. We always had to wait till the youth had been taken care of and if there was still room left for us, we could stay. We now went on the Weimar, the beautiful city of Schiller and Goethe. We also visited some members of the Church here that we knew. They had a cheese factory. Since there was no youth homes here, we had to stay overnight at the "House for Homeless Men." It did not smell too good here but we had to stay here overnight. The next morning we walked around Weimar and came to a town where Hans knew an elderly sister. She made some sandwiches for us and gave us some goat milk to drink. We then wandered to Paulinzella, visited the Drel Gleichen, a fortress from the olden times. We stayed overnight in Gotha. Here we had an experience with a single wanderer. He was spending more money for souvenirs than anything else. He had bought some pictures that he showed us. In the middle of the night he woke us up and asked for a piece of bread. He had no more bread and was hungry and could not sleep.

A market place in the city of Jena The next morning we went on through Thüringen. We came to Jena, Rudolphstadt, Blankenburg and to Waltershausen. All over it was beautiful and all over a change of scenery. Since we were wandering we did not mind to go over the border and into Bayern. Hans took his blue and white Boy Scout scarf and put it around his neck. Most of the time we had good weather and things were beautiful. But we had to go sparingly with our meals because we were getting short on money. We then decided to go to Eisenach. Hans had an uncle living in Eisenach who was a spiritual advisor for a drinking organization. He also used to be a missionary in India in the olden days. He took us in and was very friendly. We stayed with him several days.

The first evening Hans' cousins, Johannes and Emannuel, took us to show us the forests in the neighborhood to see some deer but there were no deer in sight. We came home late so the boys had to go to bed without supper on account of being so late-but we still got supper, some fried potatoes. The next morning we went to the Wartburg Castle where Dr. Martin Luther tried to translate the Bible and where Satan was disturbing him. One day Dr. Martin Luther threw the ink well at Satan so up to today, you can still see where the ink well hit the wall and the plaster came off.

We also had some interesting conversations with Hans' Uncle Fritz, who used to be a missionary in India. But now we had to think about our way home.

We counted our money and had sufficient for a trainride to Celle. We went on a night train and 4th class; it was cheaper. It was still early and we had to wait a long time before the train came. We met a single wanderer at the station. When he found out that all our money was gone, he gave us all his food so we had a good meal. The train came on slowly and went through the night with us till Celle. We arrived there before noon. Hans had sent a note to his sister in Lüneburg to send some money to Celle. Hans now went to the post office to find out if some money was there for us. We were going to meet at the youth home. On the way to the youth home, I met a teacher with his class of school children. In our conversation he found out that we had no more money so he gave me two marks. When Hans came back, he had no money. His sister did not send any money. Hans was disappointed that I had accepted the two marks from the teacher. He said to me, "We are no beggars," but then he was glad that we had the money to buy some food. We had a good breakfast and then we started our walk. We had to wander 90 kilometers but we had half of the day and then the whole night before us.

In the beginning it was very interesting to walk through the beautiful forests and valleys. Sometimes we would meet some wanderers that would make a tour over the weekend, but then when it started to get dark that was a different story-to walk through the dark forest not able to see anything except the pine trees in front of your eyes. Sometimes we would rest for a few minutes but we could not think about sleeping. We had to go on alone in the dark forest. But we made it. On the morning of the 3rd of July, we arrived in Lüneburg. Very soon we found the house of the dentist where Han's sister, Therese, worked. Therese with the help of the cook soon had prepared a wonderful meal for us. Were we hungry! O Boy, O Boy! Hans borrowed some money from his sister so we could take the train to go to Hamburg. At the end we can say, "O wandering, wandering what a joyful pleasure." Now looking back we can say how wonderful it is to see the beauties of the earth and meet people that are always willing to help.

To America (Crossing the Sea)    Back to top

In November of 1926, I received my affidavit from Hannah's husband, Fritz, and the money from Rösi for the ship ticket from Hamburg to New York. I sailed on the steamship "Deutschland" on the 14th of January, 1927, and arrived in New York on the 24th of January, 1927. It was late at night so we had to wait till the next morning to leave the boat.

The dinner meal card from January 15, 1927, aboard the ship Deutschland on which Otto sailed to America

The breakfast meal card from January 15, 1927, aboard the ship Deutschland on which Otto sailed to America.

I got up early and went on deck and saw the beautiful Statue of Liberty in the sunshine. What a beautiful sight that was. The time came that we could check out and leave the boat.

Hannah and Rösi were there to welcome me. They took me to Brother and Sister Hansen, who were members of the Church, who lived on East 86th Street, New York City. I could stay there till I was able to find a furnished room for myself.

Life in New York City    Back to top

I could not speak much English-only good morning and good night-but I managed to get along. I was here in New York a few days when I found a job in a bakery as a baker's helper at the Vogels Bakery. Mrs. Vogel would always have some rolls and cakes ready for me to take home after work. Mr. and Mrs. Vogel were Jewish and most Jewish people in New York spoke German so we got along just fine.

I had to take the subway to go to work. I now had found a reasonable place to live at 309 West 93rd Street with the Wegners. It was a furnished room. I always had to eat out while I lived here or get food from the bakers. I lived here from September 1927, till March 1928. I worked in the bakery till December 1927. By now my English had improved and I found a job in my trade at Arbeys Leather Products Co. We made all different sample cases, but in February 1928, they closed their business. A few days later I found work at L.P. Katz Leather Goods.

I now moved to 303 14th Street, West New York, New Jersey. I rented an apartment and started buying some furniture for the apartment. Rösi's sister, Hannah, and her husband lived in Union City, New Jersey, so I could live closer to them.

On the 5th of February, 1929, we got married. In the morning we went to the City Hall, New York, to get our Marriage License. We paid $2.00. Then we went to Brooklyn, New York, to get married in the Brooklyn Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rösi's sister, Hannah Dietrich, and Pearl Bridge, a missionary, were our witnesses. We got married by Elder Thomas B. Neff. We were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

Otto & Rosa's Certificate of Marriage

After the ceremony, we went back to Union City. We were invited by Hannah and Fritz for dinner. After dinner, we visited with them for a while. Then we went to a show to see a nice movie. After the show when we left the building, a little black and white kitten followed us all the way home. We had to walk about 20 minutes but this kitten followed us up to the fourth floor where we lived. This was our wedding present.

Otto holding the wedding 'present' that followed them home on their wedding day          Otto & Rosa as newlyweds

I had taken the 5th and 6th of February off from work without notifying the boss so when I came back to work, they had no more work for me. I was laid off, but Rösi was still working in New Jersey. This of course helped us.

On the 10th of April, 1929, I started working for the Western Electric Co. in New York City. To go to work I had to take the street car and then the ferry boat to cross the Hudson River to New York.

Schloss Family (abt. 1932): Rosa, Ernest (Ed), and Otto

In May 1930, we were expecting our first child and on the 29th of May, Rösi started to be in labor. At 11:30 p.m. we started to walk to the hospital in Weehanken, New Jersey-about a half hour walk. I stayed with Rösi for a while till she fell asleep then I walked home. Early in the morning of the 30th of May 1930, our first son, Ernest (Ed), was born. I went to the hospital at 8:00 a.m. and there was Rösi with our first child, a son. I was so happy I could have jumped to the ceiling for joy. I stayed with Rösi for a while on account of Memorial Day, a holiday. Then a little later I went to New York City to watch the parade on Fifth Avenue. We both were very happy that everything went well with Rösi and the baby.

We now needed furniture for the children's room. One evening Rösi and I went window shopping. We found a beautiful Children's Bedroom Set displayed in the show window in green with golden trimmings. We went in the store to buy it but the salesman refused to sell it to us, so we were ready to leave the store when he called us back and sold it to us. We enjoyed it very much. It was beautiful.

With the help of our good friends, Brother and Sister Carl Retzlaff who worked for Nehring Brothers Real Estate Co., I was able through his recommendation to get a job with Nehring Brothers Real Estate Co. as building manager.

Apartment Building Otto cared for and where the Family lived. (651 West 190th Street, New York City). Fred was born here.

We had to move to 651 West 190th Street, New York City, to take care of a six story apartment building. They furnished us a five room apartment and wages. I had to manage the building by leasing the apartments, collecting rents, and do all the repairs in the building. This was our home from the summer of 1931 till September 1939, when we decided to move to Salt Lake City. Shortly after we moved into this home, our second son, Fred William, was born on the 22nd of August, 1931. It was a new experience for us because the doctor came and delivered Fred right there at home.

When I came to New York, Rösi and her sister, Hannah, lived outside of New York City but on Sundays we always would meet and go to church together. We went to the New York Branch located at 124th Street in a dance hall. When we came in the morning, we had to open all the windows to let some fresh air in. Priesthood meeting, Relief Society meeting, and Sunday School would be in the morning and Sacrament Meeting would be at 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

In March or April 1928, the New York Branch moved to Carnegie Hall, New York. Here the Branch could meet under better facilities. On the 2nd of June 1928, I was ordained an Elder by Ernest L. Wilkinson here at Carnegie Hall.






On Mother's Day the 13th of May 1928, a picture was taken of the New York Branch at Carnegie Hall.

New York Branch Sunday School on Mother's Day, Carnegie Hall, May 13, 1928.  Otto and Rosa are third row back, second and third from left side.

After a year or two, the Branch moved to the Music Hall across the street from Carnegie Hall and later on to the Manhattan Towers.

Rösi had her friends, Margareth Barth and Marty Ringwald, visit us on their days off at work while we lived here at 651 West 190th Street. My niece, Elfriede Frank, and Erich Kuehne immigrated July 1929, from Germany when we were living still at 303 14th Street, West New York, New Jersey.

Rosa holding baby Grace When we worked for Nehring Brother Real Estate Co., we had our office next to our apartment. After Nehring Brothers, our new agent was Mrs. Fanny Lieberman who was very fond our little daughter, Grace. She would take her out for lunch about twice a week when Grace was about four years old. Shirley Ann, who was born on the 15th of November, 1937, soon replaced Grace in Mrs. Lieberman's affection which really upset Grace.

Ed in chair with Fred next to him and Grace at far left.  Posing with neighbor girls in front of the building at 651 West 190th Street, NYC.  Ed was sick at this time and one doctor thought the sun out West would help him. In the fall of 1938, our son, Ed (Ernest), got very ill. He had an ear infection and had a Mastoid operation in 1939. The doctor prescribed bed rest but Ed did not get any better. He got worse so we changed the doctor and the new doctor was against bed rest and he suggested we take Ed out in the sunshine and if possible, to change where we would live to a different climate. So now we decided to move to Salt Lake City.

I went to Bishop Grover for advice if we should go by train or by car. He suggested we buy a car. It was necessary to have a car in Salt Lake City. So I went and bought a 1935 Ford two door Sedan for $236.50.

We had to sell all our furniture but nobody wanted to buy our furniture. The year 1939 happened to be one of the years of the bad depression and people had no money. The 1935 Ford that the family drove to Utah So I had to pay somebody $25.00 to haul it away-piano, living room, two bedrooms, and kitchen. We left our apartment on the 15th of September 1939. We packed the car almost to the top and then our four children on top with suitcases on both running boards.

Life in Salt Lake City    Back to top

We traveled along US 40. At night we would stop at a motel. Our first stop was at Niagara Falls where we took a tour. We then went on and stopped at important places like Hill Cumorah and the Sacred Grove. We arrived at Joseph Smith's home late in the afternoon. After the tour, the guide at the home asked us to stay overnight and leave early in the morning. We were supposed to sleep in the room where Joseph Smith had the Vision. This of course was too sacred for us. We could not sleep there. They then asked us if the children could sleep there and we agreed, so our children slept in the room where Joseph Smith had the Vision. This was a marvelous experience. In the morning we thanked them for their hospitality and went on our way. We arrived in Salt Lake City on the 25th of September 1939. The trip took us 10 days.

We arrived at Dietriches at 280 Wentworth Avenue late in the evening where Hannah, Rosa's sister, and Fritz, Hannah's husband, had invited us to stay with them. They had some furnished rooms downstairs. We lived there for 9 months.

Hannah and Fritz also had a store and a bakery. They gave us room and board and I helped Fritz in the bakery and delivered some bread and cake to his customers. To make more business, Fritz opened a store downtown on 3rd South between Main and State Street. Unfortunately business was not so good, so he had to close up again. To support our family financially, I had to look for a job. Hans Schorr, our friend, worked at the Brainards Dairy and through his recommendation, I got the job. So I started to work for the Brainards Dairy on Mainstreet, and we moved to 9th Ave. and K Street in a four room apartment. I worked here for about one year when I was laid off by the foreman of the Dairy so that he could hire his nephew.

I now had to look for another job. I found one on 12th East and 13th South in Salt Lake City at The Childrens Service Society of Utah with Mrs. Virginia Bennett as the President. They furnished us a house and wages. There I had to take care of a three story office building by cleaning all the offices in the evening and taking care of the furnance and the grounds. The Children Service Society is an organization that took care of Welfare Children. They had their own clinics with doctors, nurses, and caseworkers.

About a week before Christmas in 1941, Rosa and I were appointed by Mrs. Bennett to take our car and to go to several schools in the city to collect boxes of clothing, toys, and goodies that the children had brought to school for the welfare children. We had to make many trips so it took us two days. Nearly every school that we entered the children were practicing Christmas songs. Through this experience, we really felt the Christmas Spirit like we never had before. After we had everything collected, we had to set up banquet tables to display all the clothing, toys, and goodies the people had donated for the Welfare Children. We admired the beautiful new toys, dresses for the girls, suits for the boys, and many goodies.

We now put up and decorated a beautiful Christmas tree. Christmas day had arrived and Santa and his helpers, the caseworkers, came and presented the children with clothing, toys, and goodies. The joy and Christmas spirit we felt when we saw the happy faces of the children, brought tears to our eyes. This was the best Christmas I can remember.

After I worked for the Children Service Society for about six months, Mr. Brainard, the owner of the Brainards Dairy, came to see me. He did not know that I had been laid off. He wanted me to come back and work for him. He offered me $50.00 a month more wages, but I did not accept his offer. I remained with The Childrens Service Society of Utah.

At the Childrens Service Society, we had Saturday and Sundays off so we were able to attend church at the Garden Park Ward on 1150 Yale Ave. On Sunday December 7, 1941 we came home from church at 12:00 noon. I turned the radio on to hear the news. There came the sad memo that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, the American Naval Base. What a shock that was.

The following summer of 1942 I was working in the garden when suddenly I heard someone screaming for help. I looked up and I saw a coal truck laying on its side in the gutter with the driver underneath the truck, with the truck resting on this chest. The truck was loaded with coal as it went up the hill on 13th South, it had lost its brakes and rolled down the hill in the gutter where it tipped over with the driver underneath it. I called the ambulance but until they arrived, the neighbors came to help with a 2 X 8 X 8 foot long plank. We were able to lift the truck off his chest, then the ambulance came.

One evening in February 1943, Bishop Sterling W. Sill from the Garden Park Ward came with his first Counselor David W. Evans to offer me the job as custodian at the Garden Park Ward. I told Bishop Sill that I didn't want to change. I was happy at the Children Service Society, they furnished our house and paid wages. Bishop Sill and David Evans said good night and left. The next evening they came back and told me that they had bought a house for us. They invited us to come so they could show us the house on 11th East. So we could not refuse, we had to accept the job as custodian of the Garden Park Ward.

The Garden Park Ward Building for which Otto was caretaker

We now had to move from 13th South to 1132 South 11th East in Salt Lake City. Just one block from the ward house, a five minute walk. I started working on the 15th of March 1943 as the custodian of the Garden Park Ward on 1150 Yale Ave. The Chapel and grounds of the ward house are unusual and certainly among the most beautiful in the Church. Running through the property to give it special beauty is the Red Butte Creek.

The Garden Park Ward grounds was the old homestead of Le Grand Young. He came to Utah with his parents at the age of 8 years. Later he acquired 21 acres of land of which the Garden Park Ward property was the center of it. It was a real pleasure to take care of the grounds and the church building. It is located on 1150 Yale Avenue and 1148 Harvard Avenue. The grounds are well known to those interested in the study of Botany and every year students from high schools and The University of Utah are brought here to see the many varieties of shrubs and trees. All of this has become a beautiful setting for many wedding receptions that were held in the building and on the grounds. This of course kept us very busy. We had many weeks in June and July where we had a wedding reception every night in the week. These wedding receptions kept us busy setting up tables and chairs on the grounds or in the building. We also had some of our children's and grandchildren's wedding receptions here at the ward house; Shirley, Fred, and Grace each had lovely wedding receptions there.

I remember a very unusual wedding reception. They were serving the refreshments in the Relief Society Room with a beautiful five layer wedding cake on the table. They didn't cut the cake, so when the reception was over, and everyone was nearly gone, the bride's mother came in the Relief Society room to carry the wedding cake to the car. I asked the lady if I could carry the cake out to the car for her. This is what she said, "No, I"ll carry this cake out by myself." Five feet before she arrived at the car, she dropped the beautiful 5 layer cake upside down on the ground. She then went in the car and drove home. I went and lifted the cake up without the part that touched the ground and took it home. The next morning and during the day we enjoyed the cake very much. I went and cleaned up the rest with a hose.

The building of the church is still the best planned and best arranged of the churches that I know. The chapel has a slopping floor furnished with individual theater seats. The classrooms are in a seperate wing, they have large windows and are light and airy. Each room including the halls and the stairs are carpeted to add beauty and quietness.

Otto in front of the house at 1132 South 11th East, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Otto and Rosa lived in this house until 1996.

While we lived at 1320 South 11th East we had our fifth and final child, a daughter. Carol Jean Schloss was born on July 21, 1945. She was born at L.D.S. Hospital.

Baby Carol Jean Schloss

I worked at the Garden Park Ward as a custodian for 28 years and 6 months. After that, I only worked part time for two years at the ward.

Otto and Rosa standing with Bishop Ted Evans in back and Brother Buchanan at the side

     

After our retirement at the Garden Park Ward in 1968, my wife and I started working in the evenings cleaning offices for William Buchanan's office building on 7th East and 15th South in Salt Lake. Here we worked only in the evenings for a couple of hours each day except Saturdays and Sundays.

As the years passed, our family grew. Our children got married and had children of their own.

Ed married Nora, and they had two children, Chad and Melody. Ed and Nora later divorced and Ed married Elaine. They had one son named Jeffrey. They later divorced and Ed married Marylyn Stansbury whom he also later divorced.

Fred married Margaret Anne Jorgensen on September 6th, 1957. They had five children: Robert, Rheid, Richard, Carolyn, and Mary Anne.

Grace married Edwin S. Allen on November 4th, 1954. They have six children: Scott, Sheri, Deborah, Lynne, Stephen, and Kenneth.

Shirley married Michael Saxey on May 29th 1957. They had 7 children: Sharleen, Bret, Bart, Todd, Maria, Bob, and Cori. Shirley and Mike also had many foster children throughout the years. More recently, Nancy Giraldo came into their home and became a part of their family.

Carol married Ron Hughes. They had five children: Simone, Dale, Shauna, Cindy, and Clayton. Carol and Ron later divorced and Carol married Todd Gaarder. They had one son, Jason. They also later divorced.

Family Photo Dec 1970 (left to right):  Otto, Rosa, Carol, Shirley, Grace, Fred, Ed

     

(Left to right) Otto and Carol Hughes are standing in back.  On the wall:  Simone Hughes, Rosa, Debbie Allen, Margaret Schloss, Robert Schloss, Shirley Saxey holding Julie Ortega.  On the ground in front:   Todd Saxey, Rheid Schloss (standing next to Rosa), Sherri Allen (by Rosa's knee), Bret Saxey, Scott Allen, and Bart Saxey (19 June 1966)

Mission Call & Service    Back to top

One Sunday morning in September of 1970, I went to Church and Bishop Edmond Evans greeted me and asked me to come to his office. I took my coat off and went to see the Bishop. This is what he said, "Otto, I want you and your wife Rosa to go on a mission." What a surprise, I was speechless. So he said to let him know next Sunday. I said to myself, how can we go on a mission, that is impossible. We have our house our garden with fruit trees, and our lawn to be cut.

Otto & Rosa's mission picture taken before their mission in 1971

I told my dear wife Rosa about it, and she felt the same. But then we made up our minds if the Lord wants us to go on a mission we will go on a mission. This was our answer to our Bishop. Then on the 13th of November 1970, we received our mission call to go to the North Germany Mission. Now we had to get ourselves ready to apply for our international vaccinations and for our passports, etc. We also had to have a visit with our doctor and dentist. I needed a new denture. We now were scheduled to enter the Mission Home in Salt Lake City at 119 North Main Street on Saturday Jan. 9,1971. We had only one or two items to take care of. I got up early in the morning, and it had snowed overnight about three inches. I walked out to shovel a path to the car and around the car. I cleaned off the car and shoveled a path to the house. While I was shoveling the snow, my new denture was hurting me badly, so I took it out and put it in my white shirt pocket and continued shoveling snow. After I was finished, I walked in the house in our bathroom to clean my denture and put it back in, but there was no denture. I had lost it while shoveling snow. I went out to find it. It was impossible to find it. I looked all over in the snow. There was only one way to find my denture. I had to ask the Lord to help me find it. I went upstairs in our bedroom and kneeled down to ask the Lord to help me find my denture. After I got up from my knees, I had the most wonderful feeling like I never had before. I felt like I was going to find it. I went down and took my snow shovel and walked to the largest pile of snow. I lifted the shovel and right underneath the shovel of snow was my denture. I again went in our bedroom and thanked the Lord for helping me find my dentures.

We entered the mission home on Saturday Jan. 9, 1971. We met two Elders here that also went to the North Germany Mission. They found out that we spoke German so they asked us if we would help them with the German language.

On Thursday, Jan. 21 we received a telephone call from President Monson to come to his office at 2:00 p.m. We went to see President Monson and introduced ourselves as Brother and Sister Schloss. President Monson said, "I understand you are going to the Language Training Mission in Provo." I told President Monson that we were all prepared with the German Gramar books and the tickets to go to Provo. President Monson said "What do you want in the L.T.M.? So you want to teach the professors how to speak German? He then told us to return the German books and the bus tickets.

Otto and Rosa just before boarding the plane to Germany for their mission

On Friday morning at 9:50 A.M. we were at the Salt Lake Airport to leave on our mission to Germany.

We arrived in New York at the John F Kennedy Airport. We now took the bus to Luftansa Airlines. We arrived in Koeln at 6:15 A.M. Saturday January 23, 1971 and went through customs for inspection. Leaving Koeln at 7:15 A.M. and arrived in Hamburg North Germany Airport at 8:15 A.M. on January 23, 1971.

President Bryson and Sister Bryson greeted us at the airport and took us to the mission home in Hamburg. We stayed at the mission home three days. Then President Bryson told two missionaires to show us the city. I had lived in Hamburg for many years before the Second World War. During the war, about 80 percent of the city of Hamburg had been destroyed. So I was glad to see the newly built city of Hamburg. The third day the missionaries had to take us to Bremen, Germany. We had to start our mission in Bremen about 180 miles from Hamburg. Gohann Dierking a member of the Breman Branch had reserved for us a beautiful heated three room apartment with bath. Here we were able to live the time of our 18 month mission. After we were here several months, I received a telephone call from President Bryson telling me that they were going to set me apart as the President of the Bremen Branch. I thanked President Bryson for his suggestion, but I told President Bryson that there would be a better feeling among the members of the branch if he would set apart a good German member of the branch. Then President Bryson asked how I would feel if they set me apart as the first counselor in the Branch Presidency. I told President Bryson that the members of the branch would feel better about this. So a wonderful fine member of the branch was set apart as Branch President. I was set apart as the first counselor and another fine member as second counselor in the Branch Presidency. There was a wonderful feeling in the branch after this.

Otto and Rosa with Brother Handy at their Home in Bremen, Germany

Otto and Helmut Plath in Bremen in front of the church meetinghouse

The time of our meetings were at 8:30 A.M.. We had Priesthood Meeting and Relief Society Meeting at 10:00 A.M. Sunday School till 12:00 noon and at 5:30 P. M. we had Sacrament Meeting. On Tuesdays we had Mutual and on Wednesday we had Primary. We had to bring children to the meetings and take them home after the meeting. We had to go by bus or on street cars to all the meetings because we had no car on account of our age. On Sundays after the meetings at 12:00 noon, we would go home. my wife would always prepare a delicious dinner and we would always invite 2 missionaries for dinner. We would make crazy cake for dessert because the missionairies liked the crazy cake. One day, we had missionary Conferance where all the missionarys from the North Germany Mission came together for a conference in Hamburg. President Bryson and Sister Bryson would serve dinner at noon. Sister Bryson found out that all the missionaries like crazy cake for dessert. Sister Bryson called Rosa and asked her if we could bake 12 crazy cakes for dessert at the missionary conference. Rosa said we would bring the 12 cakes to the conference, and they were so good. We had one cake left over so we took that cake back home and ate it. It turned out to be a wonderful conference for the missionaries of the North Germany Mission.

After our 18 months, our mission was finished. We made arrangements to go to Switzerland to visit all our relatives in Switzerland since my wife was from Switzerland and also her Sister Hannah Dietrich in Salt Lake City said she would come to Switzerland . Our nephew, Max Spinnler let us borrow his car to make all the visits. Before we went on our tour to Switzerland, I received a telephone call from President Bryson asking me and my wife to remain one more year on our mission in Bremen. I told him that this would be impossible that we had made plans to go to Switzerland to visit all our relatives and then go home together. So President Bryson had one answer for me. He told me to take my wife Rosa and go to Switzerland visit all your relatives and then you and your wife come back to Bremen to spend one more year on your mission. So that is what we did.

We left Bremen on the 31st of July 1972. We arrived in Basel at 5:20 P.M. My wife's sister, Hannah Dietrich and Olga, her cousin, came to pick us up at the railroad station.

Visiting with family in Switzerland.  Hannah is sitting in the chair; Rosa is behind her with Otto at her side

August 1st is a holiday in Switerland so we went to the first of August Celebration in Frankendorf. August 2nd we went to Basel to visit the Zoo. The following days we were visited by Cousin Sophia and Bertha. On the 5th of August we went to Sissach for a funeral service for one of the relatives. August 6th we went to Basel for Sunday School and Fast Meeting. On the 12th of August we went to Zollikhoven to the L.D.S. Temple. We spent the day there. We also visited my wife's brother, Ernest, and his wife, Marthi. Then on August 20th we had a regular family reunion with all the relatives. They had rented a large hall with banquet tables. They served us a most delicious dinner. One of the cousins played the piano and two of them sang Swiss songs and yodeling. It was hard to say good-bye to all of the 38 relatives. On the 2nd of August Mirthal and Sophia came to take us to the railroad station in Basel, to go back to Bremen. On our way back, we stopped in Siegen, Germany to visit some members of our church.

We returned to Bremen on the 24th of August 1972, to spend one more year on our mission. We were able to move back into our apartment. Rosa's sister Hanny went back to Salt Lake City. The members of our branch were glad to see us back on our mission. Since we were back, I was still in charge of the baptisimal font which was located in our meeting house. We had some baptisims coming up. I took care of the water in the baptisimal font to get the right temperature and after the baptism to help with the confirmation. I also had to check if the building was heated properly. I was glad to be back. On the 24th of October till the 30th we had problems with our heating system in the meeting house. The plumber had to come to replace some steampipes. We had to break open the tile floor to replace the steampipes, then replace the floor tiles. I had to come early in the morning to open the meeting house and then come and close it in the evening. We were glad to have our heating system in order again.

One more year on our mission went so fast. July 8, 1973 was our last Sunday in Bremen. We had Branch Conference. I was in charge of the meetings with Pres. Bryson presiding. My wife and I gave our farewell talks. After the meeting, we went home to make dinner. We invited Brother and Sister Otto Brey from Salt Lake City who had just arrived to take over our apartment and our mission. Brother & Sister Roegner from Siegen, Germany came to say good-bye to us.

Heidelberg Castle, Germany where Otto and Rosa stopped while returning from their mission with Grace and her family.  The white X and arrow point to Otto and Rosa.

On July 9th Grace and her husband, Edwin Allen, came with all the children, Sheri, Debbie, Scott, and Kenneth. They all found a place to sleep with the members of the branch, except for Scott & Kenneth. Scott slept in the trailer in which they came and Kenneth slept in our front room. July 10th we left to go to Hamburg to the Mission Home to say good-bye to Pres. and Sister Bryson. We left the mission office and went to Frankfurt. From Frankfurt we went to Heidelberg. In Heidelberg we went to Sunday School. They had a beautiful chapel. We visited the Heidelberg Castle and went on to do more sight seeing till the time came to go to the Airport. We went home to Salt Lake City. Shirley came to the airport to pick us up and take us home. What a pleasent surprise awaited us. A large sign reading Welcome Home was in the front of the house. We were glad to be home again.

We had a good nights rest in our own bed. The next day was July 24, 1973 so we went downtown to watch the 24th of July Pioneer Day Parade that Salt Lake puts on every year.

Otto and Rosa enjoy the 24th of July Parade in Salt Lake City.  Rosa's sister, Honey, is at the far right with them.  Although this photo was taken 24 July 1980, it is typical of how they watched the parade each year, including the day after their mission return.

We came home at noon and started unpacking our suitcases. After a few days rest, we went back to start our job again at Brother Buchanan's office building to clean offices in the evening.

In February, 1975, I was called and set apart as a veil worker in the Salt Lake Temple. Shortly after that I was called and set apart as a recommend desk attendent checking Temple Recommends. In December, 1978, Rosa and I were called and set apart to work on the Name Extraction Program.

Certficates of Service received by Otto and Rosa for their ten years of service in the Records Extraction Program

We went every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 A.M. till noon to the Bonneville Stake Center where they had a special room set aside for name extracting. We would put films in a micro film machine that would magnify the names and we would write the names, birthdate, place of birth, and death date down on a piece of paper that would later be used to do work in the temple. Rosa and I worked on this name extracting program 10 years.

In February 1979 we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our children, relatives and friends at the Garden Park Ward. Over 300 people came, including Sister Sterling Sill and Sister Richard L. Evans. It was decorated like a wedding reception. We had a wonderful time.

Otto & Rosa's 50th Wedding Anniversary Invitation/Announcement


Otto and Rosa by their 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake   Otto & Rosa at their Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary Open House (2 February 1979)

Family Photo of those attending the 50th Wedding Anniversary

Family Photo of those attending the 50th Wedding Anniversary

Back Row:  Robert Schloss, Edwin Allen, Grace Allen, Mike Saxey, Shirley Saxey, Ron Kunkel holding Jonathan Kunkel, Mary Anne Schloss held by Fred Schloss, Margaret Schloss, Kirk Benson holding Melissa Benson, Simone Hughes, Carol Hughes. 2nd Row:  Joyce Allen, Scott Allen, Todd Saxey, Maria Saxey, Sharleen Kunkel, Rosa & Otto, Sheri Benson, Debbie Allen, Rheid Schloss, Hannah Dietrich. Front Row:  Dale Hughes, Clay Hughes, Kenneth Allen, Carolyn Schloss, Cindy Hughes, Shaunna Hughes, Robert Morrison.


Vacations    Back to top

In January 1986, I went to see Brother Buchanan to tell him that we had to give up our job cleaning offices on account of my wife's health and my age being 84 years old. Brother Buchanan thanked us for the good work we did and presented us with a free trip to Hawaii for a week vacation.

Otto and Rosa with Ed and Grace on the 1986 Hawaiian Vacation

Our Trip to Hawaii: February 25, 1986 was the day we started our trip to Hawaii. Shirley came at 8:45 a.m. to take us to the airport. We flew in a D.C. 10 with 13 seats in a row. We were sitting right next to the window. As we were comfortly seated, Grace and Edwin came. They came from Denver and transferred to our plane. They had made arrangements to go with us, so they had seats reserved right in back of us to go to Hawaii. We left Salt Lake at 11:25 A.M. They served roasted peanuts and orange juice. We landed in San Diego, Califonia, to pick up more passengers. We left San Diego and by 2:30 a.m. we were flying over the Pacific Ocean. At 6:30 p.m. we landed in Honolulu. A group of the pleasaent Hawaiian Holidays greated us with a kiss on both cheeks and a lei around our neck with a photographer standing by to take our pictures. The bus was waiting to take us to the hotel. We stayed in the Holiday Isle Hotel room 505 in Waikiki. Grace and Edwin were not able to get any reservations here, so they stayed at the Waikiki Village Hotel which was a few houses up the same street which was just a one minute walk.

The next day after eating breakfast with Grace and Edwin, we went sightseeing . We went on a tour at the Dole Pineapple canning plant where we had all the pineapple juice we could drink, and after the tour there was all the pineapple slices we could eat. We then went on the boat tour to Pearl Harbor. We all had dinner and went shopping. I bought a pair of sandals.

Otto and Rosa on the beach in Hawaii, 1986

February 27th we went to the town Kaneohe where Paul and Margaret Parker lived. They are friends of the Burtons which were our neighbors across the street from us. We delivered some packages that the Burtons had sent with us for them. They are lovely people. Paul played the ukeleli and sang for us. They invited us back but we didn't have time to go back. They took us to meet some of their family. We then went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. There were so many attractions to see here. We went to a show "Pageant of the Long Canoes." We went to the Gateway restarant which served the best all-you-can-eat; it's not just a meal, it's an experience. We then saw the terrific show, "This is Polynesia," which was a fantastic show. We also took a tour and saw the BYU Hawaii campus and the Hawaii Temple.

February 28th, we packed up and went to the Island of Kauai. We flew in a DC-9 and it took only a half hour. Edwin rented a car and we went to Princeville in Pali-ke-kua where Edwin had rented a condominium for three days right at the edge of the ocean. After checking in we went sightseeing on the Island. Then we had dinner at the Princeville Clubhouse. We spent the three days here sight seeing. We saw the pineapple plantations and the sugar cane fields. We had fun bathing in the ocean and roasting in the sun on the beaches.

On Sunday, went to church. It was Stake Conference and Elder Perry and several others spoke. The choir sang two songs. We were amazed how many members were present. We went back to the condo had lunch and went with Edwin and Grace. They both went on a helicopter ride for one hour. We waited till they came back; Edwin said this was the most expensive ride he ever had. He even got very sick on the ride. After going back to the condo, Edwin and I went for a walk on the beach. We flew back to Honolulu the next day. On the way to the airport we still went sightseeing. We had dinner with Edwin and Grace, then we went window shopping and Edwin and I bought some pineapple to take home.

March 4th was our last day in beautiful Hawaii, but our flight wasn't untill 10:30 that night. We put all our suitcases in the car and went to the Hawaii Temple to do the 4:10 Session. While at the temple we bumped into Brother & Sister Parker again. They were working at the Temple. It was a beautiful temple. We had someting to eat at the cafeteria and headed for the airport. We left Honolulu at 10:55 p.m. and flew all night. We arrived in Salt Lake at 10:00 a.m. and said good bye to Edwin and Grace as they flew home to Denver. Shirley came to the airport to take us home. What an ourstanding trip.

In May, 1990 Grace had made arrangements to go with Rosa and I on the Brigham Young University study group to Germany to see the Oberamagau plays. Rosa however, got very ill and had to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. This made it impossible for her to go on such a trip. Shirley got to take her place. Rosa's niece took care of her while we were gone.

We left on the 18th of June from Salt Lake City to New York JFK Airport then to Frankfurt Germany. We stopped at the Frankfurt Temple in Freidurg. We traveled then by a double decker bus. The bus went on to Heidelberg but we stopped in Fredricksdoef with some friends, the Hebedies. The next morning we went sight seeing on a bus again. That evening, we went on a boat and had our meal in its' dinning room. After the boat ride we went back on the bus. Traveling to West Berlin we arrived the same day when the Berlin Wall came down. We could see where the check point station was torn down and destroyed. People were knocking off pieces of the wall to take home as souvenirs. We returned to the bus to go to the Oberamagau plays in Oberamagau. That day we spent the day seeing the world famous Passion Play. This play is only held every ten years. We also visited the memorial site the Concentration Camp Dachan. What a horrible site to see. We also saw other sights, like the sky divers dive off the cliffs of the Eaglesnest, and the beautiful buildings of Salsburg. The tour took us from June 9, 1990, through June 28, 1990. It was very enjoyable to see Germany again, and remeber all the memories of my life and our mission to Germany.

Cowpokes, Rosa and Otto, wait in the unloading zone at Whistling Acres Ranch (Colorado) for family members to arrive for the 1995 family reunion I have been on many other wonderful trips, including some three day weekend trips to Grace and Edwin's guest ranch, Whistling Acres in Peonia, Colorado. There we would be pampered, but also experience the western way of life. The ranch is located in a beautiful mountain valley at an altitude of 6,200 feet adjacent to the Gunnison National Forest. In 1987 and 1995, Grace and Ed invited the whole family up for some great Family Reunions. There was horse back riding, hay-rides, nightly entertainment, hiking, biking, fishing, cookouts and much, much, more. It was a great time to get together and see everyone.

Otto rides again!  Otto takes a turn riding a horse at the Whistling Acres Ranch Family Reunion 1995



Family Reunion Photo, July 1987, Whistling Acres Ranch

Family Reunion Photo, July 1987, Whistling Acres Ranch

Front Row (l to r):  Amy Parker, Christopher Saxey, Corinne Saxey, Jennifer Kunkel, Tom Lambros, Melody Lambros, Jeffrey Schloss, Matthew Benson, Melissa Benson, Stephen Benson, Kirk Benson, Sheri Benson holding Andrew Benson, Cindy Hughes, Clayton Hughes, Jason Gaarder, Amanda Jacobs. 2nd Row:  Maria Parker holding Angela Parker, Brett Parker, Liz Saxey, Bret Saxey holding Benjamin Saxey, Jonathan Kunkel, Mike Saxey, Shirely Saxey, Joshua Kunkel, Marylyne Stansbury, Ed Schloss, Rosa Schloss, Otto Schloss, Grace Allen holding Stacey Redd, Edwin Allen holding Ashley Redd, Scott Allen, Jr., Joyce Allen holding Geoffrey Allen, Fred Schloss, Margaret Schloss holding Tabitha Schloss, Shari Hughes, Dale Hughes. Back Row (left side):  Voni Saxey, Todd Saxey, Cori Saxey, Sharleen Kunkel, Ron Kunkel, Bart Saxey, Chad Schloss.   Back Row (right side):  Paul Redd, Debbie Redd, Scott Allen, Carolyn Schloss, Robert Schloss, Julie Schloss holding Risa Schloss, Mary Anne Schloss, Carol Gaarder, Tod Gaarder.


(L to R):  Grace Allen with Rosa and Otto at Otto's 90th birthday celebration (Garden Park Ward) I celebrated my 90th birthday on October 3, 1992. It happened to land on the same day as Gerneral Conference for the LDS Church. On October 4, 1992, the family had a big celebration with an open house at Garden Park Ward. It was all fancy and decorated beautifully, they even had formal violin music played. Fred and Valda Deitrich (Rosa's sister Hunny's son) and family catered it. They had a little program where Willy Frank did his usual harmonica and accordian entertainment. Some of my great-grandchildren sang I Am a Child of God in German. Honey's daughter, Margrit Deitrich, and a friend sang a wonderful song. Many family and ward members came to help me celebrate.

In 1995, it was getting to hard to care for my beloved wife and our home by myself. I couldn't drive any more because of my failing eye sight, and the area we were living in wasn't as safe as it once was. Mother (Rosa) also couldn't be left alone anymore. Our children came and helped when they could. Shirley, living the closest, would come and drive me to places I needed to go and would prepare our evening meal. Fred would come and cut the grass and care for our yard. Grace and Carol would come from out-of-state whenever possible to give their help in our care. Many grandchildren and relatives such as Margrit Dietrich would come and sit with Rosa while I went to the temple. What wonderful, wonderful children and grandchildren we have. Even with all the help however, it was to hard to continue living this way. It was decided that we would sell our home on 1100 East and move in with Shirley so that she could help me care for mother (Rosa). On June 3, 1996 we moved out of our home at 1132 South and 1100 East, and moved to Sandy, Utah with Shirley and her husband Mike. It was very hard for us to give up our home and all our friends and neighbors in Salt Lake. We knew we would miss our ward the very most. It was like leaving family. Thanks to Shirley, we were able to remain members of the Ward, as she has taken us to the Garden Park Ward every Sunday. We also continue to have home teachers from this ward. What a blessing this has been for us.

When we moved, I was released from my calling as temple worker at the Salt Lake Temple. I had worked there for many years doing many different things from checking recommends to showing new brides where they needed to go to get out side. I was assigned to the recommend desk in the Salt Lake Temple as a temple worker. On Tuesdays I would work at the main recommend desk and on Saturdays, I work at the tunnel recommend desk.

On one very special occasion, I got to walk with President Spencer W. Kimball, the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Saturday May 20, 1978 at around noon, I received a call from a security man to watch out for President Kimball. He would come down the tunnel that leads from the parking plaza to go to the temple. I could see President Kimball coming on my T.V. monitor. I went and opened the door for him to enter and greeted him. He greeted me in a very friendly way. As I went back to my desk he turned back and asked me if I had seen him come? "Yes, President Kimball, I saw you come and that's why I came to open the door for you." It is a solid door, that's why he wanted to know if I had seen him come.

He walked down to the baptistry all by himself. About 2 hours later I received another call from the security man asking me if I had seen President Kimball return. My answer was no, as I had not see him return yet. About a half-hour later, President Kimball returned from the direction of the baptistry and I again opened the door for him. At the same moment, one of the temple officiators came to leave so I asked him if he would assist President Kimball to his office, and he said he would be delighted to do so. The following Saturday while working on the recommend desk the same officiator came to thank me for asking him to assist President Kimball that day. He assured me that it was the most wonderful experience in his life to assist the Prophet.

Two weeks later, June 3, 1978 when I was working on the recommend desk, I again saw President Kimball coming down the tunnel. Again I opened the door for him. We greeted each other and he thanked me for opening the door for him. He walked down to the baptistry all by himself. About a half-hour later he returned alone, so I walked down and met him half way down the tunnel and offered my arm to assist him. He was very appreciative. He said he was very glad to take hold of my arm and walked with me. As we approached the exit door at the tunnel, a security man came from the other end of the tunnel and President Kimball asked me, "Who's coming there?" I told him a security man. He said "Let's wait here until he comes." When the security man came I asked him if he would assist President Kimball to his office. President Kimball thanked me for assisting him and then went on . This of course was the most wonderful experience to walk arm in arm with President Kimball. It was a feeling I can't describe--to walk with the prophet of the Lord, arm in arm. He walks so tall and straight. You can see in his face the beauty of the true Prophet. I said to him, "President Kimball, you walk like a young man. The Lord is very good to you."

One day I met him and I opened the door for him and asked him if he enjoyed his trip to Europe. He enjoyed it very much and mentioned the fine active members we have in East Germany. He did nothing but praise them.

(L to R):  Otto, Rheid, and Fred - Three generations of Schlosses playing the harmonica at Otto's 95th birthday party.  Sherri and Josh Schloss watch from behind. My 95th birthday was October 3, 1997. On October 4, we went to Chuck-O-Rama for lunch with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Then on October 5th we had a party for the older adult relatives. Willy Frank played his accordian and Fred and his son Rheid surprised us with their own harmonica playing ability. Rheid, Fred, and I played a song on the harmonica together so we had three generations playing at one time.

Rosa celebrated her 90th birthday on May 12, 1998. The family helped her celebrate with lunch at Chuck-O-Rama. This has always been Rosa's and my favorite place to eat. We had some food, entertainment, and then we took a family photo of those that could make it to the party. This would be the last family photo we would take with Rosa. Rosa's health continued to go down hill very fast after that. She was unable to eat, and couldn't walk anymore. Shirley brought in Valerie Nejatifer to help care for my wife needs. Valerie performed such wonderful service in caring for Rosa and has become like family to us. Valerie has even cared for me now as I need more help to do things and someone to stay with me while Shirley is out.


Famly Photo of those attending Rosa's 90th Birthday Party, Chuck-o-Rama, May 12, 1988

Famly Photo of those attending Rosa's 90th Birthday Party, Chuck-o-Rama, May 12, 1988
(This was the last family photo taken before Rosa died, July 9, 1998)

Front Row (l to r):  Joshua Schloss, Brett Parker, Jr., Risa Schloss holding Brittany Toney, Tabitha Schloss holding Katelyn Toney, Sarah Saxey holding Spencer Saxey, Ty Parker, Angela Parker, and Ben Saxey. Middle Row (sitting):  Nathan Yazzie, Margaret Schloss, Fred Schloss, Grace Allen, Rosa and Otto Schloss, Shirley Saxey, Mike Saxey, Margrit Dietrich, and Nancy Giraldo (standing). Back Row (alternating forward then behind):  Mary Anne Larson, Mike Larson, Joy Saxey, Maria Roden, Amy Parker, Rheid Schloss, Sherri Schloss, Corinne Saxey, Robert Morrison, Christopher Saxey, Tracey Saxey, Bret Saxey, Jean Schloss holding Elizabeth Schloss, Robert Schloss, Sharleen Kunkel, Jennifer Kunkel, Michele Smith, Sarah Smith, Malinda Dietrich, Chris Smith, Andy Smith, Leandra Yazzie, and Olivia Yazzie.


After 69 years of marriage, my beautiful and beloved wife Rosa Mundwiler Schloss passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90, on July 9, 1998. How hard it was for me to let her go, but how hard it was for me to see her suffer. She had lived a long and full life. Her memorial service was held in our beloved Garden Park Ward house. Of the many great tributes, one was given by Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. He praised Rosa for helping teach his children in primary in their ward. Many other great tributes were give by grandchildren. It was such a wonderful service. Almost everyone of our family was there. It was the first time in four years that all five of my children were together with me. Otto standing by the casket of his beloved wife, Rosa

Otto at the family dinner after Rosa funeral (July 13, 1998) with his children (front: l to r): Carol, Otto, Ed, and Shirley and (standing) Fred and Grace


Rosa's body was put to rest in a beautiful cemetery called Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park which is located at 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Rosa was a wonderful wife, I love her very much and I know that she is not that far away since her death; she has visited me more than once for brief moments in Shirley's home. I can hardly wait to be reunited with my dear sweet Rosa on the other side.

Since Rosa's death I have done many things. I have visited family members in other states. I went to Grace and Ed's ranch for a few weeks. I have been to baby blessings, mission farewells, and weddings of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As my health deteriorates, it is harder to go and do things, but I still try to remain as active as I can. One of my highlights right now has been the Senior Citizens group that Fred takes me to every Friday. Oh, I live for those days. We eat and sing, and have a great time. According to Fred, I'm the apple of the ladies' eyes. I have won prizes for things such as Best Easter bonnet. I have really enjoyed going to the center and spending time with my son. The Senior Citizen Center isn't the only thing we do together. Otto and Fred at the Sandy City Senior Citizen's Easter Bonnet competition.  Otto won an award for 
Best Easter Bonnet.

Fred has taken me to the state fair for the ice-cream festival. It is an all you can eat affair that was so much fun. We even made it on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune (September 9, 1997). We have also been able to take in a few temple sessions.

Fred and Otto are featured in the Salt Lake Tribune after attending an ice-cream festival at the Utah State Fair

At the time of this writing, I am 97 years old. Rosa and my legacy has blossomed from five wonderful children, to 26 grandchildren, and 58 great grandchildren, all of whom I am very proud of and love dearly. I have lived a good life, and this is but a brief history of it. I have had many more experiences that are not written on these pages, but as I get older it is harder for me to remember, and put my thoughts down on paper. So I close this history of my life with my testimony of the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for without it, my life would not be complete.

As you read through my history, you will find that the Lord has been extremely kind to me as I have traveled through this journey of life. I was privileged to find the true gospel and the true church early in my life which opened the door to my meeting up with my Rösi and our eternal marriage. Had it not been for my early conversion to the Church, and my active participation in church activities, Rösi and I would never have met.

The Lord has also blessed my life that I was able to live through the trying times of war, and did not have to experience first hand the horrible things that went on, as my relatives did.

As time went on the Lord made it possible that I, my wife, and our little family were able to continue on to Zion, Salt Lake City, where we were eventually sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake Temple.

Original Family Group Sheet for Sealing of the Otto and Rosa Schloss Family, 13 Dec 1939


I am grateful for my children who have helped to bring me joy and happiness, especially in this latter part of my life. My children continue to give me strength in the gospel now as they see to my physical and spiritual needs on a daily basis. Even now, I have a strong conviction that Rösi, who passed away almost three years ago, is still close to me and is aware of my tender feelings for her, for I have seen her more than once lovingly looking at our children and grandchildren's photos in my room. My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel includes this awareness of her closeness and the knowledge that she is still alive in the spirit--as we all shall be when we leave this existence. I know that we can be together forever.

When asked how I felt about the truthfulness of the gospel, there is one incident that I feel affected me the most and when I truly felt the spirit very strongly that the Lord was watching over me. This incident was when I lost my new dentures while shoveling snow, right before we were to leave on our mission. It had snowed and I was out shoveling. I had removed my new teeth and put them in my pocket. Shortly later I noticed that they were gone and I knew I had to have these teeth since we were leaving soon. I searched and searched and was unable to find them. I finally went inside and kneeled at my bed and prayed earnestly that I would find them. I had such a wonderful feeling in my heart that all would be well. I went outside and took the snow shovel and in one scoop I found my teeth. At that moment I had such a strong feeling that the gospel was true and that the Lord, Jesus Christ was aware of me and my needs.

I want all of you, my family and friends, to know that I know that the gospel is true and that Joseph Smith was and is a true Prophet of God. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true as are the Doctrine & Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. During my life I have been blessed to personally know several of the great men in leadership positions in the church. I learned quickly to recognize the priesthood power that they held and I accepted them in their great callings in the church. I also accept Gordon B. Hinkley as our Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as our present President of the Church.

To all of you who may be reading this, my testimony, I would admonish you to stay true to the faith, read the Book of Mormon, and find out for yourselves the truthfulness of it. Be honest in your dealings with those you come in contact with and live the Gospel every day of your life.

Remember me--look at my life and see how the Lord has blessed me and my family. The Lord will also bless you if you keep his commandments. He loves you and I love you too. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Otto and Rosa snuggle at a family gathering in the home of Bret and Tracey Saxey in Layton, Utah, January 1998


A Family Photo Album of Otto & Rosa Schloss

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A young man, Otto Schloss
A young man, Otto Schloss

Schloss Family photo taken in 1958 in the living room at 1132 South 11th East.  The wall paper was still the same the day they sold the house in 1996.  Front row (l to r):  Grace, Ed, and Carol.  Back: Shirley, Fred, Rosa, and Otto

Schloss Family photo taken in 1958 in the living room at 1132 South 11th East
Front Row (l to r):  Grace, Ed, and Carol. Back Row:  Shirely, Fred, Rosa, and Otto


Otto and Rosa with their children and their spouses at the 1987 Family Reunion at Whistling Acres Ranch. Front Row (l to r):  Ed Schloss and Marylyne, Tod Gaarder and Carol, Edwin Allen and Grace.  Back Row:  Mike Saxey and Shirley, Rosa and Otto, Fred Schloss and Margaret Otto and Rosa with their children and their spouses at the 1987 Family Reunion at Whistling Acres Ranch.
Front Row (l to r):  Ed Schloss and Marylyne, Tod Gaarder and Carol, Edwin Allen and Grace.
Back Row:  Mike Saxey and Shirley, Rosa and Otto, Fred Schloss and Margaret

Otto and Rosa with their children at the 1995 Family Reunion at Whistling Acres Ranch.
Front Row (l to r):  Fred, Otto and Rosa, and Shirley.
Back Row:  Ed, Grace, and Carol
Otto and Rosa with their children at the 1995 Family Reunion at Whistling Acres Ranch.  Front Row (l to r): Fred, Otto, Rosa, and Shirley.  Back Row:  Ed, Grace, and Carol.

Rosa and Otto on the beach of Coney Island about the time they were married (abt. 1928)
Rosa and Otto on the beach at
Coney Island about the time
they were married (abt. 1928)
Rosa Schloss and children (l to r),
Ed, Grace, and Fred in New York about 1935-36
Rosa Schloss with her children (l to ): Ed, Grace, and Fred in New York about 1935-36

Ed (left) and Fred (right) in the front
yard of the house on 11th East.
Ed was about 13 and Fred
was about 12 when this photo
was taken.
(L to R):  Ed and Fred in the front yard at 1132 South 11th East.  Ed as about 13 and Fred was 12 when this photo was taken

(L to R): Fred, Grace, Shirely, and
Ed enjoy a little swim

(L to R):  Fred, Grace, Shirely, and Ed enjoy a little swim

Otto & Rosa Schloss' family in New York with Sister Frieda Schröpfer (Guido Schröpfer's mother).  This was taken about 1938, about a year to a year and a half before the Schlosses left for Salt Lake City.  Front Row (l to r):  Ed, Grace, Fred, and Frieda Schröpfer.  Back Row: Otto and Rosa holding Shirley
Otto & Rosa Schloss' family in New York with Sister
Frieda Schröpfer (Guido Schröpfer's mother). This
was taken about 1938, about a year to a year and
a half before the Schlosses left for Salt Lake City. Front Row
(l to r): Ed, Grace, Fred, and Frieda Schröpfer.
Back Row: Otto and Rosa holding Shirley



(L to R):  Otto, Ed, and Fred with a family friend at Brighton.  Many times Otto and the kids would go up to Brighton and rent horses for trail rides and hikes
Otto, Ed, and Fred with a family friend
at Brighton. Many times Otto and the kids
would go up to Brighton and rent horses for trail rides and hikes

Schloss Children(L to R):  Ed, Shirley, Fred with Grace in back
Schloss Children(L to R): Ed, Shirley,
Fred with Grace in back


Newspaper article reads:  RECENT ARRIVALS--Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank (second and third from left) are welcomed
to Utah by Alfred Lippold, president of the LDS Swiss-German organization in Salt Lake, and wife (right).  Arriving 
from Hamburg two weeks ago, Mrs. (Grete) Frank is reunited with brother, O. E. Schloss (far left) for first time
in twenty-one years.
Newspaper article reads: RECENT
ARRIVALS--Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frank
(second and third from left) are
welcomed to Utah by Alfred
Lippold, president of the LDS Swiss-German
organization in Salt Lake, and wife (right).
Arriving from Hamburg two weeks ago,
Mrs. (Grete)Frank is reunited with brother,
O. E. Schloss (far left) for first time
in twenty-one years.

LEFT: The Flood of 1983 in Salt Lake City. Otto, with Margaret Schloss and her daughter Mary Anne stand by the outer wall of Garden Park Ward on Harvard Avenue as high water from spring runoff fills the gutter and street. RIGHT:The Flood of 1983 in Salt Lake City. Water from heavy spring runoff fills the street in front of Otto's home on 11th East.
The Flood of 1983 in Salt Lake City.  Otto, with Margaret Schloss and her daughter Mary Anne stand by the outer
wall of Garden Park Ward on Harvard Avenue as high water from spring runoff fills the gutter and street. The Flood of 1983 in Salt Lake City.  Water from heavy spring runoff fills the street in front of Otto's
home on 11th East.
A picure of (l to r) Erwin Frank, Otto Schloss, and Willy Frank playing their harmonicas for those attending one of
the yearly celebrations of Otto's birthday.  (taken in the living room at 1132 So. 11th E., SLC, UT)
(L to R) Erwin Frank, Otto Schloss, and Willy Frank playing their harmonicas for those attending one of the yearly celebrations of Otto's birthday. (taken in the living room at 1132 So. 11th E., SLC, UT)
Otto (far right) plays the harmonica with (r to l) Willy Frank, Eric Kuehne, and Erwin Frank during a celebration
of Otto's birthday, October 1990 (Picture in the dining room at 1132 South 11th East)
Otto (far right) plays the harmonica with (r to l) Willy Frank, Eric Kuehne, and Erwin Frank during a celebration of Otto's birthday, October 1990 (Picture in the dining room at 1132 South 11th East)

Otto dances with Sarah Saxey during a celebration of Otto's birthday, October 1990 (Picture in the dining room at 1132 South 11th East, Salt Lake City)
Otto dances with Sarah Saxey during a celebration of Otto's birthday, October 1990
(Picture in the dining room at 1132 South 11th East, Salt Lake City)

Otto tries out Chris Saxey's helmet while Rosa gets a laugh (Summer 1983)


Otto tries out Chris Saxey's helmet
while Rosa gets a laugh (Summer 1983)


For posterity's sake, Otto Schloss shows
his blue-Popsicle tongue at the family reunion,
July 1989 (Butler Park, Holladay, Utah)
(Sheri and Kirk Benson are behind Otto)

For posterity's sake, Otto Schloss shows his blue-Popsicle tongue at the family reunion, July 1989,
     (Butler Park, Holladay, Utah)  (Sheri and Kirk Benson are behind Otto)
Otto and Rosa on their front porch<BR>(1132 So. 11th East), July 1989,<BR>after the family reunion.  (Otto has<BR>a bruise over his left eye.)


Otto and Rosa on their front porch
(1132 So. 11th East), July 1989,
after the family reunion. (Otto has
a bruise over his left eye.)


Ed Schloss poses with his mother, Rosa,
in the backyard of Otto and Rosa's home
(1132 So. 1100 E., SLC, Utah) after
a family reunion, July 1989

Ed Schloss poses with his mother, Rosa, in the backyard of Otto and Rosa's home (1132 So. 1100 E., SLC, Utah)
after a family reunion, July 1989

Family Reunion Photo, June 1995, Whistling Acres Ranch
Family Reunion Photo (Grand- and Great_Grandchildren), June 1995, Whistling Acres Ranch


Otto and Rosa admire recently-born Steven Saxey (held by Todd Saxey)


Otto and Rosa admire recently-born
Steven Saxey (held by Todd Saxey)


Rosa and Otto at Chuck-o-Rama for
Rosa's Birthday, May 1997

Rosa and Otto at Chuck-o-Rama for Rosa's Birthday, May 1997

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