I have not forgotten about your query. Looking into the newspaper collection at Ancestry.com as well as from other sources, I find several train wrecks during the time period.
There were four references:
The train 20th Century Limited wrecked at LaGrange December 27, 1911.
There is a 1913 train wreck in the Black River referred to the Brighton train wreck. Exact date not yet found at this time.
There is a reference in a 2000 query that refers to someone's grandfather being killed in a 1914 [Grafton] "train accident" that may possibly be a vehicle (horse drawn) and a train, or some similar type accident. I've read about other men being killed in freak accidents involving trains that were not "train wrecks" per se.
The largest, by far, is the March 29, 1916 train wreck at Amherst, in which a large number of people were killed and many were dismembered and burned beyond recognition. In fact, in Crown Cemetery, there are four burials that I was able to locate that read simply "Died at Amherst, OH, March 29, 1916, (Train Wreck), with no identity. One man, Ludwig Hadadi is identified in the cemetery transcription. One newspaper articles described some of the grewsome results in an attempt to identify people, as in a pair of hands that were preserved that may have been a Greek. So interesting of the nature of the reporting during the time.
Although there are newspaper accounts that I can find online via Ancestry.com they start in April of that year. I was trying to find a list of people deceased, but only a name mentioned here and there in the papers.
Regarding the Altmeyers, I did find some interesting things. The Sandusky Star (OH) 30 Jan 1904 reports (courtesy of Ancestry.com) "Judge Curran issued a marriage license Saturday to Louis S. Altmeyer of Lorain and Miss Kitty Murphy of this city. Rev Father Sidley is to perform the ceremony."
In the 1910 US Census, Lorain Ward 1, Lorain County, OH:
Louis S., age 25, b. Missouri
Kittie, age 25, b. Ohio
Juanita, age 24
Lillian, age 12
In the 1920 US Census, Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga County, OH:
Louis S., age 35
Katherine, age 35
James, age 13
I find two obituaries noted in a Cleveland Public Library online file. They are:
Louis S. Altmeyer, June 14, 1967, ref: Cleveland Press
Altmeyer, Louis S. age 83 late resident 31384 Hilliard, beloved husband of the late Catherine (nee Murphy) father of Mrs. Charles (Cathering) Weekley, grandfather of two, brother of Mrs. Lillian. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday June 19 at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel 2914 Dover Center Rd., Westlake, where friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.
Catherine Altmeyer, April 7 1958 Source?
Altmeyer, Catherine (nee Murphy) late residence 31277 Hubbard Rd, Westlake, O, beloved wife of Louis S., dear mother of James J., and Catherine Weekly, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister of Florence Waldecker. Friends received at Corrigan's Funeral Home, Lorain Ave., at W. 148th St (After 1:30 PM Tuesday). Funeral mass Wednesday April 9, Holy Trinity Church 34143 Detroit Rd at 9:30 AM. Interrment Holy Cross Cemetery (loation?).
Then there is one for a Byron Altmeyer, Jul 17, 1937, husband of the late Mae, brother of Louis, Peter K. Verne, Mrs. KA Daugherty, and Mrs. Bruce L. Peter. Now at William R. & Roy A. Daniels' Funeral Home 15800 Detroit Avenue, where services will be held Saturday, July 17, at 1:30 PM.
In the Social Security Index, I find James Altmeyer:
b. 14 Oct 1906, d. June 1982, last residence Cleveland. SSN issued in California (in the service?? or ?? just a question I have).
So far, this is what I've been able to pull from some of my favorite resources.
I'll look a little bit more when time allows.
Jack Sheldon, Jr., CPA
Mesa, AZ (formerly of Owosso, MI - ancestors from Lorain County)
Sheldon Fam Assoc. Life Memeber
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