I just saw your post, and realize you posted in Oct., 2011 so I hope you see my reply.I did contact the newspaper and never got a reply. Here is where and when Otis Smith was born.
13 OCT 1844 in Logan Co., Ohio but I did find a whole boatload of info on him at Rootsweb. I guess where the break is, in the info I have, is that my Great Great Grandparents were William Otis and Sarah Olive Smith, however I don't have any information passed down from my older family members, on this couple, except I do have two pictures.
One picture I wanted to upload at findagrave.com for Otis Smith, but because I don't have conclusive info, that the Man in the photo is Otis Smith, the Medal of Honor Recipient, they won't put it on his memorial page, apparently.
Here is what is interesting, Otis Smith is buried beside his Wife Sarah, in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery,in CA.Well, this cemetery has family members of mine on both sides of my Dad's family that go back generations. Sarah's middle name of Olive is the same as one of my Great Aunt's middle names.
Thephoto I mentioned of William Otis Smith, in his wheelchair, with what looks like a uniform on, was taken on or about 1921 or 22, at what looks like a veteran's home.
Otis W. Smith was at a veteran's home in Yountsville, CA and died March 1923.
The parallels are uncanny.I knew my Great Grandmother Mary Smith Petker very well, and She never spoke of her parents, let alone her Father being a Medal Of Honor recipient.