Train Track Tragedy

It all began with a news story. In my never ending search for Edward Overholtz (Overholser), I’m desperate to find some mention of him in the Lima, Ohio newspapers. Instead, I find an article about his nephew’s untimely death. 

John James Overholtz went by James based on this article. He was born to David Overholtz (1836-1923) and Mary Jane Edwards (1845-1914). He was the fifth of twelve children from David and Mary Jane. David also had one child from his second marriage. James was born in Allen County, Ohio on February 15, 1875. At the time of his passing on March 21, 1911, he lived with his parents at 401 North Cole Street. The house on North Cole Street is no longer standing. Today, it is the empty field on the northwest corner of North Cole Street and West Wayne Street. James was buried on March 23, 1911 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima, Ohio. Today there is no grave stone marker for him or his parents in Section 37. Several empty spaces exist where it can be imagined they are buried.

Brinton W. Overholt Jr., my Dad, is pictured here. We did our best to try to figure out which railroad track and where 4 miles from Lima could be located. It was fun to have a train coming through at the same time!

1897 Poor’s Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway

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