In a world where our lives seemingly depend on technology and the latest innovative gadgets, the idea of living in a homestead located in Alaska without power or water might sound absurd. One the questions that will cross your mind is “what will you do to keep entertained and busy day and night?” For Otto Kilcher and his family, this has been their lifestyle.
The Kilcher clan has survived on their 600-acre homestead with minimal contact with the outside world for many years. They are the main characters in the American TV series titled Alaska: The Last Frontier, which shows on the Discovery Channel. It is a vivid, unscripted documentation showing the lives of the Kilchers as they go about their daily activities in the homestead. Viewers of this television series are exposed to life in a homestead, the struggles and efforts put in to make the best use of the summer in preparation for the cold and bitter winter.
Edwin Otto Kilcher
Born in 1952 in Homer, Alaska, Otto Kilcher (age 65 in 2017) is one of the leading characters in the TV series, Alaska: The Last Frontier. He is the sixth of eight brothers born from the marriage of Ruth and Yule Kilcher, who emigrated from Switzerland in the 1940s to escape the growing political tensions affecting Europe at the time. The Kilchers settled on Homer’s East End Road, overlooking Kachemak Bay, and Otto grew up helping with the work of his parents’ farm.
Otto’s father, Yule Kilcher, immigrated to Alaska looking for a peaceful and unspoiled location where he could establish his farm and live off the land. Yule was a great contributor to the political history of Alaska, helping to draft its first constitution and serving in the state Senate. On the other hand, his wife Ruth was an aspiring opera singer who loved music and poetry, and she enjoyed teaching others to appreciate music and play instruments. Together, they homesteaded a small piece of Alaskan land on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula and began an adventure of survival and self-support that involved all of their eight children; a venture that continues today with the help of their sons Otto and Atz.
He has lived all his life in the homestead. He often used to go hunting to get meat for the (but now mainly raises cattle because of his concern for animal welfare). At a very young age, Otto Kilcher started herding the cattle and helping out on the farm.
Otto also became interested in mechanics from a very early age, collecting parts and instruments that he used to repair machines or perform any mechanical work needed by the Kilcher family. This keen interest became his hobby, then his passion and finally his profession. Today Otto is able to fix anything, and he also loves to recycle and reuse any mechanical instruments or parts. This skill became immensely useful in the homestead; Otto used his resourceful skills to fix any equipment that got broken saving time and huge costs that would have been spent to hire the services of mechanics. At the moment, he operates a boat transportation service, and is also a member of the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area Council and part of the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau.
He has run the homestead with his brother Atz Kilcher all these years. Otto is married to Charlotte Kilcher; they have three sons and a step-son.
Otto Kilcher Net Worth
How rich is Otto Kilcher, as of late 2017? Charlotte and Otto Kilcher’s net worth is estimated at five million dollars. Not bad for a family who grow their own vegetables.
The money has been accumulated largely through the American mechanic and reality TV personality Otto Kilcher and his wife starring in the television project. Otto Kilcher is a successful entrepreneur; he has a boat commuting business which generates income in addition to the reality show and the commercial proceeds from the Ranch.
Otto Kilcher’s Wives and Children
Otto and Charlotte were brought together by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in South-central Alaska. After five years, Charlotte and Otto Kilcher turned their love affair into a marriage. After tying the knot, the couple has been living a happy married life. Otto Kilcher’s wife Charlotte Kilcher appreciates the self-sufficient life their family leads, and focuses on gardening and raising small livestock. Otto and Charlotte have two sons together: Torrey (from Charlotte’s past relationship) and August Kilcher.
Prior to marrying Charlotte Irene Adamson (his third marriage), Edwin Otto had been married twice – first to Sharon McKemie (he had 2 children with his former wife, Sharon – Eivin Charles Kilcher and Levi Farenorth Kilcher), and later to Olga Von Zegasar, with whom he had no children.
There isn’t much information about Otto Kilcher daughter, whose mother is Sharon Elisa McKemie Bauer.
The Last Frontier
The show has been fantastic, the first episode aired on December 29, 2011, and it is currently in its seventh season on the Discovery Channel. With such an amazing cast, the viewers are held spellbound while watching the events that unfold in the wild lands of Alaska. It is interesting to see how the family survives without dependence on electricity and only recently running water had to be installed because the family is expecting a baby very soon from Otto’s son Eivin and his wife Eve.
It is an intriguing story of families survival in a homestead located in the remote parts of Fritz Creek, Alaska. The show highlights the family’s efforts to prepare for the eight long months of winter. You will be thrilled with the uncut capture of hunting expeditions on camera, ice fishing expeditions and the quick methods used to gather and preserve enough food for the herd to last through the winter. On the TV screens, we see live emotions and happiness at various points in the show. The significant challenges faced by Otto Kilcher and his clan is the severe winter weather which is especially horrid in Alaska, and the menace of predators such as wolves and bears which make many attempts to get at the herd. After the winter, the men in the clan have to ensure that the herd is safe from predators. While many people go fishing for the fun of it, the Kilchers go fishing with a big goal in their minds, if they are to survive the winter, they need to catch a lot of fish which will be eaten and traded during the winter.
It is an amazing show; you will love the reality of the events and the light-hearted nature of Otto and his family. They have resolved to live this way, they have enormous responsibilities, and have all proven to be extremely resourceful in finding solutions to the problems that each new day might bring to the homestead.
Meet the Kilchers; they are not your regular family; they are resilient and resourceful people who have been surviving in a remote homestead living a life intriguing enough that it had to be captured on camera for the world to see.
Atz is Otto’s older brother; he is one of the characters in the TV series that has added a lot of excitement to the show especially when he goes on his hunting and fishing expeditions.
The amazing man with a wonderful sense of humor, he is the father of Levi, Eivin, August, and Torrey. He is incredibly resourceful and skilled in the repairs of machines and farm equipment. He has passed this invaluable knowledge to his sons who help out in various ways in the homestead. Otto has continued to thrill the viewers with his spectacular wisdom and skills in carrying out actions such as performing CPR on calves, finding solutions to predators that attack the herds, attending to newborn calves to ensure they survive while undertaking construction work to improve the homestead. He has shown strength and wisdom in helping his family achieve their daily goals.
Otto Kilcher’s wife, Charlotte is a biologist and a lover of animals and the outdoors. Charlotte has been married to Otto for almost two decades, and together they have brought up their children to accept the homestead as their home.
Charlotte Irene Adamson, originally from North Carolina had moved to Alaska in 1978 to work as a biologist when, in 1979, she witnessed the great devastation caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which profoundly affected the state’s wildlife. Thanks to their mutual interest in helping in the recovery from this horrific natural disaster, he met Otto, whom she would marry five years later and who has been her partner in the self-sustainable life project that has made the Kilcher family famous. Charlotte used to be a vegetarian before marrying Otto, but she had to go back to eating meat because of the harsh conditions of the Alaskan environment where the Kilcher family has always relied on animal products for sustenance. She now contributes to the family’s food supply by gardening, collecting, and helping to raise chickens and milk the cows. She has been a wonderful support for Otto and a great mother and stepmother to all of their children.
Eivin has taken after his father’s ways; he has excellent fishing and hunting skills. He also helps out on the farm. He is married to Eve Kilcher.
Eve was born in Alaska where she grew up; she has shown a big interest in gardening which takes up a lot of her time on the farm. Eve and Eivin Kilcher are parents of a son Findlay, and recently welcomed their second child, daughter Sparrow Rose Kilcher.
Atz Lee Kilcher
He is the son of Atz Kilcher; he has a singing talent and an excellent guitar player. Atz is married to Jane Kilcher, and he is a big part of the show.
There’s also Bonnie Kilcher who is married to Atz Kilcher Snr, a woman with an undying passion for the outdoors; she is actively involved in the activities her husband loves doing in the homestead.
Members of the homestead’s second generation are Fay Graham’s daughter Anna Smith, Otto’s sons Eivin Kilcher and Levi Kilcher, and Atz’s son Shane Kilcher.
Another famous family member, singer Jewel, the daughter of Atz Kilcher, is a star on Discovery’s Alaksa: The Last Frontier. Jewel grew up outside of Homer, Alaska.
They are a beautiful family who has shown that a lot can be achieved with the collaboration of a team with a common goal.
The American TV series, Alaska: The Last Frontier has been nominated for numerous awards such as the Telly awards, Emmy awards, and Communicator awards, etc.
The Kilcher clan has indeed shown the world that it is possible to survive in Alaska the old-fashioned ways.