Fonds 1982.225.0 - Otto Lau Family fonds

Frank Otto Lau c.1916 John William Lau c.1916 Mr and Mrs Otto Lau's New Home Threshing Gang Threshing Picture Tom Mansfield's Home and Garden Unidentified Threshing Crew Lowther Farm, R.M. of Elton, Manitoba Men Using Auger to Unload Grain - Otto Lau's Farm, Justice (Manitoba) Frank Lau Firing Threshing Engine of Otto Lau About 1910
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Otto Lau Family fonds

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CA DHM 1982.225.0

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  • 1889-1930 (Creation)
    Lau, Otto

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1 cm textural documents; 18 photographs and 1 prayer book

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Otto Lau (1858-1940) was born in Ontario Canada. He homesteaded the south half of 10-12-18 in the R.M. of Elton, Manitoba in 1881. In 1885, he worked on the Grand Valley Ferry in the R.M. of Cornwallis, Manitoba. He married Georgina Augusta Reid (1869-1891) on July 27, 1888. They had a son Robert (1890-1941). Otto Lau remarried on December 27, 1893 to Louisa Wiener (1869-1936). They had six children: John William (1894-1917); Frank Otto (1897-1918); Allan (1900-1975); Annie Louise (1902-1996); Gordon Wiener (1906-1964) and Ruby Florence (1909-1992). John and Frank Lau were killed while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
Otto Lau continued to farm in the R.M. of Elton until 1935 when he sold his land to George Miller. Otto Lau passed away at Vancouver British Columbia in 1940. His wife Louisa passed away at Vancouver British Columbia in 1936

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The fonds was donated to Daly House Museum on June 20, 1982 by the daughter of Otto Lau, Mrs. Ruby Florence (Lau) May.

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The fonds consists of photographs depicting farming activities on the Otto Lau farm and farms in the Humesville and Justice Districts of the R.M. of Elton, Manitoba.

Fonds includes photographs from the First World War and correspondence to various members of the Lau family including correspondence from Private Frank Otto Lau during his service overseas in the First World War.

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The collection is under the standard policy issued by the directors of the Daly House Museum. No materials are to leave the Museum premises without authority of the Board of Directors. Reprints and photocopies will be made available upon request.

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