Biography - C Otrich

C. L. OTRICH, druggist, Anna, was born in Union County, seven miles east of Anna, September 16, 1849, and is a son of Henry W. and Caroline (Pinninger) Otrich, he born in Rowan County, N. C, in 1817, and died in this county. He was a carpenter and builder, and also a farmer. In 1837, he emigrated to Illinois, and located in this county, becoming the owner of one of the best farms (of 200 acres) in it, now owned by his son, George W. Otrich. He was of Scotch-Irish descent, and a stanch Democrat, His wife, subject's mother, was a native of Rowan County. N. C, where she was born in 1818, and is now residing in this county on the old homestead. She was the mother of ten children, five of whom are yet living. Our subject was raised on a farm, and when eighteen years old left home and entered the State Normal School at Bloomington. Ill., having previously attended Southern Illinois College at Carbondale. He read medicine with Dr. Black, of Jacksonville, for eighteen months. In 1869, he began teaching school in Union and Menard Counties, and in 1873 engaged in the drug business as successor to Dr. Dodds, the firm being Parks & Otrich. He soon after, however, bought out his partner's interest, and has since conducted the business alone. He was married, in March, 1878, to Miss Mary E. McClure, of Alexander County. She died March 11, 1880, leaving one child, Thomas McClure Otrich. In addition to his drug store in Anna, he in 1879 opened a similar store in Cobden, which is now under charge of Dr. Wilson Brown. His store in Anna is full and complete in its lines, is in the Otrich House Block, and known as “Egypt's Pharmacy." He is also interested in farming in Alexander County, and is an owner of the Otrich House Block, one of the handsomest blocks in the city of Anna. He and four others are directors and have procured the right-of-way for a railroad from Jonesboro to Cape Girardeau.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 80.

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