Robert (Bob) Kotts came to Ypsilanti as a young carpenter from Baldwin, North Dakota in 1915. Lena Jorgenson came to Ypsilanti as a child, in a covered wagon, in 1906, from Ayr, North Dakota.
Bob was in the service during World War I, where he was wounded while serving in France.
He returned to Ypsilanti, where he and Lena were married. Bob continued in his carpentry work. He became the rural mail carrier for the west route in 1929, returing in 1964, but did carpentry work as well, building many of the homes, barns, and other buildings in the Ypsilanti area. He also did cabinet making and finishing work for contractors in Jamestown.