Why Not Real Estate?

Thanks to my wonderful cousin Sandy, I have a really neat picture of one of my collateral ancestors.

2015 03-29 Mueller, Otto V

And a new question.

If real estate was the largest part of his business (an assumption based on it’s position on the window), why is insurance the only part of Otto V. Mueller’s business listed on line 49 of the census record below?

1900 US Census IL Mueller 1 of 2

I couldn’t have been more excited to see this picture. I had often wondered if Alma Mueller was working in the same insurance office as her half-brother. Now I know it was more than just where Otto worked. It was a business he owned.

1900 US Census IL Mueller 2 of 2

What a neat picture into the lives of this family – thanks cousin!

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