Josephine M. Kafer

2 April 1878–24 June 1979 (Age 101)
Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Josephine M.

When Josephine M. Kafer was born on 2 April 1878, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, her father, Jacob Garner Kafer, was 24 and her mother, Laura Melissa Glenn, was 24. She married Miles Homer Otis on 1 January 1905, in Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Glendale, Douglas, Oregon, United States in 1920 and Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon, United States in 1930. She died on 24 June 1979, in Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States, at the age of 101, and was buried in Glendale, Douglas, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

Miles Homer Otis
Josephine M. Kafer
Marriage: 1 January 1905
Wilma Izetta Otis
Letha M Otis
Laura Gwynethe Otis
Miles Harrison Grey Otis
Martin Sylvester Otis
Gertrude Elaine Otis

Spouse and Children

1 January 1905
Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings




    Gertrude Ida Kafer



    Charles Jacob Kafer


    Edward Pearson Kafer


World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1883 · ""

Age 5

Historical Boundaries - 1883: Jackson, Oregon, United States
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 28

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 German (Käfer): nickname from Middle High German keveor ‘bug’, ‘beetle’.2 Possibly an altered spelling of German Köfer, from Low German küfe ‘hut’, ‘pen’, hence a nickname for someone living in a hut.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Josephine Otis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Josephine Kafer in household of Jacob Kafer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Josephine M Otis in household of Partner Miles H Otis, "United States Census, 1910"

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