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Historic Entrepreneur Shares Highpoints of Her Life

Aug 31, 2016 08:15PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Betsy Rider, in the children’s section of her store—one of her favorites.

Gallery: Otto's Bookstore [5 Images] Click any image to expand.

Community organizer, publicist, mother, entrepreneur; Betsy Rider, the multi-faceted owner of Otto’s Book Store in downtown Williamsport, has embraced all of these roles.  As she prepares to sell her business, and step down, she takes time to recall some of her career—and personal—highlights.

Story and photographs by Erica L. Shames

 

Betsy Rider had dreams of her own, and outlined them in a poem, before graduating from college and heading home where her father, Jack Roesgen, lay dying in 1958.   

“I made a list of all my plans, which included moving to New York City and getting a job that would lead to a job that would lead to a job that was interesting,” she joked.

Roesgen worked in, managed and ultimately purchased the H. Y. Otto's Bookstore in 1940. After his death, Betsy and her mother Margaret kept the business going.

“I knew where I needed to be,” says Betsy. “I hunkered down and worked [in the store] for a year, then I got married, and kept working,” said Betsy. “Then I had a baby.”

The high points

For the next 20-plus years, as Betsy mothered and nursed—she’s proud to say—10 children, she kept her hands in the business, making advertising decisions, filling in for her mother when she could get her kids to sleep—and bringing her children along when she couldn’t. She also served as promotions director for Williamsport’s downtown business association.

“I had something active on Pine Street Mall, which was then closed off to traffic, every week,” she recalls. “I figured if we could just get a picture in the newspaper, people would say, Oh, there still is a downtown!”

Over the 175-year history of the business—Betsy says it’s the nation’s oldest— the store’s location has changed nearly a dozen times. In the early 1970s, during the store’s last move, from 29 West 4th Street to the present location at 107 West 4th Street, Betsy recalls organizing teams of volunteers.

“We moved everything with no motorized vehicles,” she says with pride, “including carts from the recently closed J.C. Penney. I had floor maps of the old store and new one—and every item in the store was tagged with a code that corresponded to a code on the map. We started Saturday night at 5 and opened for business Monday morning at 9 a.m. with everything in place.”

Meeting the challenge

Otto’s Books offers customers lay-away, special orders, book recommendations and free gift-wrapping and in-town delivery.

When the last of Betsy’s children went off to college in 1999, she came back to work at the store full-time. “I’ve never had a challenge I didn’t rise to meet,” she reveals. “I was scared to death when the [Lycoming] mall opened. I thought it was the end of us. Now Amazon is the biggest challenge. We’ll have people come in here, write down the book title and price and go home and order it online. The big thing is to stay connected to our customers.”

Customer service is a big part of the equation. “We gift-wrap everything for free, offer lay-away, do special-orders and deliver in-town for free,” she notes. “We recommend books for customers and do our best to get things as quickly as we can. There’s always the challenge of meeting the customer’s needs.”

Betsy found ways to set her store apart from competing chains with lower prices.  One vital element, Betsy believes, is her passion for books and people, and her staff, including her son Tom, who oversees bookkeeping and inventory, Elisa and Nancy. At Christmastime Betsy adds one or two more. 

“The staff is very sensitive to the needs of customers,” Betsy affirms. “And I like reading the books, advertising the books—even giving recommendations.”

Time to cut back

Most of the bookshelves were created by Betsy’s husband John, who passed away six years ago.

 

Part of Betsy’s decision to retire stems from the long hours required of her.  “I learned to work 12-hour days through the Christmas season,” said Betsy. “Last year I told myself I was not going through that again. I was 81 years old, and thought it was time to cut back.”

Betsy, who turns 82 in September, now works part-time. She swims a few mornings a week, then hops on the 7:30 a.m. bus from her home, near Williamsport Hospital, to get to the store by 8. “I get the orders together so I’m ready to place them at noon. Then I’m out of here! Afternoons off are very nice,” she says with obvious delight.

Betsy looks forward to reading poems to residents of local senior centers, and spending time with her children, eight of which live in the Williamsport area. Her husband, John, who constructed many of the store’s bookshelves, passed away six years ago as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Every Sunday I host brunch for my kids in the area, anywhere from 19 to 25 people,” she says. “I like my family to get together. I have the wall of the ten most-wanted—a picture of each of my 10 kids—in my house. That keeps me positive! I don’t have grand dreams of anything more.”

Summertime Betsy rents cabins for her family—40 people last summer—on Loyalsock Creek, but that’s the furthest she will venture from her home. “I don’t want to travel,” she says with certainty. “Why would I want to travel? I know where to find everything I need. I’m happy where I am.”

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    Join us for an evening of storytelling, song, tastings, and crafts from cultures around the world...


  • Who would have predicted, when Riverdance exploded into world-wide popularity in 1995, that 22 ye...


  • Intergenerational Drawing (8 & up)

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Intergenerational Drawing (8 & up) CE 189, Saturday, January 27 - March 3 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $1...


  • Short Story Writing

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Short Story Writing CE 208, Saturday, January 27 - March 3 (no class on February 24) 10 a.m. - ...


  • chttp://engage.pcad.edu/winter2018

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Young Artists Academy for Grades 6.7.8.9 YS13, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10a.m. - 12 p.m....


  • Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3 YS11, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $1...


  • Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5 YS12, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/04/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/04/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Preschool Family Yoga Camp

    03/06/2018
    10:15AM — 11:15AM

    Parents will practice yoga with their preschoolers (ages 3-5), learning tips and tricks for havin...


  • Homeschool Art Studio Ages 6-13

    03/06/2018
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Homeschool Art Studio Ages 6-13 YS 40, Tuesday, January 30 - March 20 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m....


  • Business Practices for Creatives

    03/06/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Business Practices for Creatives DES 200, Tuesday, January 30 - April 3 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 1 c...


  • HTML5 & Website Design

    03/06/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    HTML5 & Website Design DES 155, Tuesday, January 30 - April 3 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1 credit, $475 ...


  • Drawing (Portrait & Figure)

    03/06/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Drawing (Portrait & Figure) CE 91, Tuesday, January 30 - March 20 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $245 Evan ...


  • Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media

    03/06/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media CE 238, Tuesday, January 30- March 6 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $215 Ju...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Preschool Family Yoga Camp

    03/07/2018
    10:15AM — 11:15AM

    Parents will practice yoga with their preschoolers (ages 3-5), learning tips and tricks for havin...


  • Homeschool Hangout

    03/07/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Every other Wednesday 11-1p.m. during the school year beginning Jan. 17th-Apr. 25th.Parent/child ...


  • Basics of Copyright Law for Visual Artists

    03/08/2018
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Basics of Copyright Law for Visual Artists WS 102, Thursday, March 8 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $60 Pet...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Preschool Family Yoga Camp

    03/08/2018
    10:15AM — 11:15AM

    Parents will practice yoga with their preschoolers (ages 3-5), learning tips and tricks for havin...


  • iMAKE

    03/08/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. String ...


  • Intro to Video Production & Short Film

    03/08/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Intro to Video Production & Short Film DES 178, Thursday, February 1 - April 5 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.,...


  • Design Principles & Typography

    03/08/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Design Principles & Typography DES 150, Thursday, February 1 - April 5 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1 credi...


  • The Art of Felting: 2-D Composition

    03/08/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Art of Felting: 2-D Composition CE 239, Thursday, February 1 - March 22 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $...


  • Oil Painting

    03/08/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Oil Painting CE 169, Thursday, February 1 - March 22 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $245 Michael Allen Ex...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Preschool Family Yoga Camp

    03/09/2018
    10:15AM — 11:15AM

    Parents will practice yoga with their preschoolers (ages 3-5), learning tips and tricks for havin...


  • Homework Happy Hour Tutoring

    03/09/2018
    03:00PM — 04:15PM

    Fridays 3-4:15 p.m. during the school year beginning Feb.9th.  Bloomsburg University Education...


  • chttp://engage.pcad.edu/winter2018

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Young Artists Academy for Grades 6.7.8.9 YS13, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10a.m. - 12 p.m....


  • Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3 YS11, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $1...


  • Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5 YS12, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Microscopy

    03/10/2018
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Microscopy March 10th 1-3pm Get a peek at microscopic cells and organisms! Scouts with learn the...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/11/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/11/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Adobe Illustrator

    03/12/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Adobe Illustrator DES 151, Monday & Wednesday, March 12 - April 11 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 1 credit, $4...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/13/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/13/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Homeschool Art Studio Ages 6-13

    03/13/2018
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Homeschool Art Studio Ages 6-13 YS 40, Tuesday, January 30 - March 20 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m....


  • Content Creation & Digital Storytelling

    03/13/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Content Creation & Digital Storytelling SM 105, Tuesday & Thursday, March 13 - April 12 6 p.m. ...


  • Business Practices for Creatives

    03/13/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Business Practices for Creatives DES 200, Tuesday, January 30 - April 3 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 1 c...


  • HTML5 & Website Design

    03/13/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    HTML5 & Website Design DES 155, Tuesday, January 30 - April 3 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1 credit, $475 ...


  • Drawing (Portrait & Figure)

    03/13/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Drawing (Portrait & Figure) CE 91, Tuesday, January 30 - March 20 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $245 Evan ...


  • Intro to Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering

    03/13/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Intro to Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering CE 186, Tuesday, March 13 - April 10 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $19...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/14/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/14/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Homeschool Hangout

    03/14/2018
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Every other Wednesday 11-1p.m. during the school year beginning Jan. 17th-Apr. 25th.Parent/child ...


  • Adobe Illustrator

    03/14/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Adobe Illustrator DES 151, Monday & Wednesday, March 12 - April 11 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 1 credit, $4...


  • This family quartet garnered international critical acclaim for its unprecedented arrangements an...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/15/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/15/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • iMAKE

    03/15/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. String ...


  • Intro to Video Production & Short Film

    03/15/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Intro to Video Production & Short Film DES 178, Thursday, February 1 - April 5 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.,...


  • Design Principles & Typography

    03/15/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Design Principles & Typography DES 150, Thursday, February 1 - April 5 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1 credi...


  • Content Creation & Digital Storytelling

    03/15/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Content Creation & Digital Storytelling SM 105, Tuesday & Thursday, March 13 - April 12 6 p.m. ...


  • The Art of Felting: 2-D Composition

    03/15/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Art of Felting: 2-D Composition CE 239, Thursday, February 1 - March 22 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $...


  • Oil Painting

    03/15/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Oil Painting CE 169, Thursday, February 1 - March 22 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $245 Michael Allen Ex...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/16/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/16/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Music Together Family Classes

    03/16/2018
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    8 class sessions run from Friday, Mar. 16th to May 4th at 10:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. This intern...


  • Music Together Family Classes

    03/16/2018
    11:15AM — 12:00PM

    8 class sessions run from Friday, Mar. 16th to May 4th at 10:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. This intern...


  • Homework Happy Hour Tutoring

    03/16/2018
    03:00PM — 04:15PM

    Fridays 3-4:15 p.m. during the school year beginning Feb.9th.  Bloomsburg University Education...


  • Join the Central Columbia Junior Jay Bots and area FIRST Lego League Jr clubs for a LEGO expo!Thi...


  • chttp://engage.pcad.edu/winter2018

    03/17/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Young Artists Academy for Grades 6.7.8.9 YS13, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10a.m. - 12 p.m....


  • Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3

    03/17/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art I for Grades 1.2.3 YS11, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $1...


  • Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5

    03/17/2018
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Youth Studio Art II for Grades 4.5 YS12, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, January 27 - March 17 10...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/17/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/17/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Meet the Masters: Cave Paintings

    03/17/2018
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    It’s never too early to introduce art through exploring “the masters” like Monet, O’Keefe, and Pi...


  • Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition

    03/18/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

    03/18/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, S...


  • Lancaster's upscale boutique, Festoon, presents it's sophomore spring collection of it's exclusiv...


  • Adobe Illustrator

    03/19/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Adobe Illustrator DES 151, Monday & Wednesday, March 12 - April 11 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 1 credit, $4...



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