Otto Renz, born in Nebraska’s Otoe County (hence, the name Otto) came with his family in 1885 to their new home on what is now known as Church Road. Both Otto and his father, who were Catholics, helped build St. Anne’s Anglican Church. Otto was particularly proud of his dovetailing of the logs on the corners of the church. Otto is remembered on the road close to the land where he spent his early years: Renz Road. Learn more p. 19 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler


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