Louis Otto was born on December 15, 1853 in Saxony, Germany. He lived there until roughly 1868, when he immigrated to Downers Grove, Dupage, Illinois. He married his wife, Louisa (Wolff) Otto (1857-1932), in Illinois in 1879. They had at least six children: Fred William Otto (1879-1963), Louis F. Otto (1884-1960), Amanda J. Otto (1883-1972), and Jeanette Louise Otto (1893-1990). The other two died young and their names are unknown.
Around 1880 Louis, his wife, and their son Fred moved to Bennett, Nebraska where Louis worked as a hotel keeper. Not too long after, they moved to Lincoln. Louis worked for a while as a clerk.
In 1892, Louis Otto was appointed the position of police chief. In 1893, Otto left the position of chief, but he remained a part of the police department at least until 1897.
Eventually, Louis Otto moved to Portland, Oregon where he lived until his death on November 18, 1923. It is believed that he is buried in Forest View Cemetery, Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon.
Lincoln Nebraska Evening News - Thursday, February 9, 1893
Headline: Raided The Roosts.
Byline: Five Gambling Resorts Yield Up Their Patrons to the Law.
Chief Otto and Officer's Splain, Routzahn, Morrissey, O'Shee, McWilliams, Sipe, and Johnson sallied forth last night together to round up the gambling resorts. They visited the places run by Bill Gleason over Carr's Saloon, J. D. Hood over his own saloon, Jetes & Bradeen over Brown's restaurant, and the place over Gus Saunders' saloon run by Louie Holburg. Fifteen men were found in them, being divided equally among the raided roosts. All gave fictitious names at the station and were bailed out by Bill Gleason, Jim Hood, George Bradeen, Louie Holbuge and Ed Whiting. None of the proprietors were arrested. This morning Judge Waters assessed each of the men $14.70 (about $350 present day value) for frequenting gambling houses and the proprietors of the resorts settled the bill without a murmur.
In affixing the fines Judge Waters directed attention to the fact that none of those arraigned appeared to be charged with gambling or operating a gambling house, or anything more serious than frequenting such places.