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As a whole the immigrants coming to the United States have made good, and, with few exceptions compared to the whole mass, the offspring of these immigrants have made exceedingly good. Otto Raiff was born in Germany in 1862 and was educated in the public schools there. When he was fourteen years old he was apprenticed to the sheet metal worker's trade, which he mastered and followed there until he was twenty-one years old. Then, in company with his brother, August, he came to the United States and located in Dayton, Ohio. There he remained about five years, when, in 1887, he came west to Sacramento. Soon after his arrival he found employment at his trade with H. G. Hayes, with whom he remained about a year. In 1888 he transferred his services to Carlow and Miller, for whom he worked diligently until 1904, giving sixteen years of faithful devotion to their business. In the year last mentioned he took an interest in the concern with H. J. Miller and O. J. Edlar and has since been identified with them in an enterprise which has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the northern part of the state, having filled many important contracts for plumbing and sheet metal work and having others of equal importance which Mr. Raiff and his associates plan to undertake in the near future.

February 28. 1891, Mr. Raiff married, at Sacramento, Miss Annie Debrunner, a native of Switzerland, and they have one child, Varna, born December 8. 1901. Fraternally Mr. Raiff affiliates with the Owls and with the Turners' societies. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011