Oft's Family History
Eggert Oft immigrated from Haupen, Germany with his parents in 1869 and moved to Bennington in 1877. Eggert bought a farm ½ mile west of town in 1880. He met and married Rosa Lage in 1882. They had five children: Katy, Minna, Meta, Hans and Nancy (not shown). The family farm prospered and their businesses ventures expanded to town and included Oft’s Hotel (1888), a saloon, store, livery and other businesses. Eggert served as a City Trustee on Bennington’s first city council (1892). In 1910, they built this dream home. Their youngest daughter Nancy, married Roy Gordon whose family farmed near town. The young couple helped with family businesses and Roy started several business ventures of his own. He became internationally known for his mink ranch and ‘Pink’ mink. Roy and Nancy moved in with her elderly parents and took care of them until they passed away. Their daughter, Jeanette was raised in this house. Jeanette married Enno Mueller whose family also farmed in the area and they raised their family North of town on Roy’s family farm. Jeanette and Enno moved in after her parents died and lived here until Jeannette and Enno passed away, they were followed by, followed by their son, Gordon and his wife Linda making the 4th generation living in the house.