How did OTT get its name

Maximilian Ott


Max Ott, originally from Württemberg, was the son of the mill owner Anton Ott and his wife Viktoria, née Keller. After the death of his parents, he moved to Munich in 1860, where he attended elementary school and completed an apprenticeship as a chimney sweeper in Bad Aibling (Upper Bavaria) from 1868 to 1871. On the waltz he came to Austria, Italy and Switzerland. From 1875 to 1877 he did military service and then worked as a chimney sweep in Munich. From 1879 he attended the building school there, but dropped out prematurely after two years. In 1883 he moved to Salzburg, where he bought a chimney sweeper.

In the same year Max married Ott[1] the mother of his first daughter, Eleonore (born April 25, 1859 in Mattsee; † December 11, 1920 in the city of Salzburg)[2], the daughter of the Salzburg chimney sweep, Jakob Feichtner. They had six children in total:

Political career

In Salzburg he soon turned his interest to local politics. On April 29, 1892, the third electoral body elected him to the municipal council of the state capital, where he proved himself above all in technical and financial matters. Under Mayor Franz Berger he was second in 1900 and first deputy mayor in 1903. From 1902 he was also a member of the Salzburg state parliament.

On September 7, 1912, he was elected mayor of Salzburg as Berger's successor. After the unanimous re-elections in 1915 and 1918, he held this office until June 30, 1919. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, which brought about a massive upheaval and incision in Austrian politics, Ott was appointed Deputy Governor under Alois Winkler in 1918. The following year he was confirmed again in this position, whereupon he withdrew from the mayor's office and from the local council.

In 1927, as the list leader of the Greater German People's Party, he managed to return to the municipal council and, although he was representative of the smallest parliamentary group, he was re-elected mayor of Salzburg. Despite the political upheavals of 1934, Ott was still able to prove himself in the Austro-Fascist corporate state, but had to hand over his office to his successor Richard Hildmann in 1935 (after all, he was eighty years old).

Political activity

Max Ott was the initiator and sponsor of numerous foundations and during his tenure as mayor made a significant contribution to the development of a modern community.

One of his most sustainable achievements is his commitment to the construction of the hydropower plant in the Wiestal, through which the city of Salzburg could be supplied with sufficient electricity. He tried to build new school buildings (e.g. Elisabeth School) and to build modern residential and transport structures. During his term of office, the swimming pool in Franz-Joseph-Park (Volksgarten), the Franz-Joseph-Bad (later Volksgartenbad), and the leasing of the old swimming school in the municipality of Leopoldskron-Moos were built. In addition, the Salzach was regulated in the area of ​​Makartplatz, the gas and electricity works were purchased, the Fürstenbrunn water pipeline was expanded and, in connection with the Neutor expansion, the light rail system was expanded to Riedenburg.

A personal concern for him during his term of office was the design and expansion of the Salzburg municipal cemetery. In 1914 he arranged for the construction of a new funeral hall (planned by Jakob Ceconi) and in 1931 for the construction of a crematorium (planned by Karl Ceconi), which meant that there was no longer any need to go to Upper Austria for cremations.

The chain of mayors in the city of Salzburg can also be traced back to an initiative by Max Otts. It was donated in 1913 at his suggestion by several honorable citizens and patrons of the city of Salzburg. During the First World War, Ott waived half of his mayor's salary to distribute it to poor families left behind, which primarily included needy families of municipal employees and servants, and also to support the unemployed.[9]



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Literature and sources

  • Martin, Franz: Salzburg street names. List of streets, alleys, squares, paths, bridges, gates and parks with an explanation of their names. 5th, substantially revised edition by Leitner-Martin, Willa and Martin, Andreas. Announcements of the Society for Salzburg Regional Studies, 25th supplement, self-published by the Society, Salzburg 2006

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Traungsbuch der Dompfarre Salzburg, Volume XI, p. 130.
  2. ↑ Baptismal register of the parish Mattsee, Volume V, p. 128
  3. ↑ Baptismal register of the parish Mattsee, Volume VI, p. 36.
  4. ↑ Baptismal register of the cathedral parish of Salzburg, Volume XV, p. 169.
  5. ^ Baptismal register of the cathedral parish in Salzburg, Volume XV, p. 229.
  6. ↑ Baptismal register of the cathedral parish in Salzburg, Volume XV, p. 317.
  7. ^ Baptismal register of the cathedral parish in Salzburg, Volume XV, p. 351.
  8. ↑ Baptismal register of the cathedral parish in Salzburg, Volume XVI, p. 120
  9. ↑ ANNO, Salzburger Chronik, edition of August 19, 1914, page 4
  10. ↑ More on this in the article Unrealized projects and plans in the city of Salzburg