Jack, WOW! You have certainly given me a lot to contemplate. I live near Canton, Tx. so I won't get to go to Ohio to personally do any research due to health. My husband is a Curtis and is from Texas. I was born in Los Angeles where my parents lived until their divorce. Dad went back to Ohio. I was born under the surname Altmeyer which is the name my father used. He was only 5 when supposedly all of the change in his life happened so probably what he remembered was just a lot of unconnected or unrelated memories since we don't have clear memories at that age. I was hoping that some of it was true to enable me to find his real family. I knew Louis and Kitty and Catherine. I even visited them in the 1957/58 era. They traveled around the USA for a time when my Dad was not at home anymore. My parents married in L.A. in 1930. He was living in Calif. when he got his S/S card. The Lillian that you found them living with in Oklahoma could not have been his younger sister as she would not have been old enough. Maybe an Aunt? I will check into this angle as I am close to Ok. and can get census information. Louis was born in Vernon, Navada Co. Mo. and this is close to the OK. border so maybe he had other relations in the area.
Most of the train wrecks were a little later then I think would have been correct so maybe I need to keep looking. No one was killed in the LaGrange wreck.
The information on Nicholas is great. It is possible that there is a connection to the lady next door. Nicholas worked at the National Tube Co. in Lorain. This is where he was killed. There is an obit in the Elyria newspaper around 10 Jun 1902 on his death and a later article on a settlement made by the company on his death. Someone sent these to me.
Louis and Kitty were married 16 Feb 1904 at St. Mary's Catholic Church by John Johnston, Pastor. Witnesses were Richard and Rose Johnston. This is close to the Johnson you mentioned living next door to Nicholas. It is possible that Louis and Kitty spent some time in Florida as I think I remember them mentioning that they spent time there. I think they spent some time traveling the country. They lived in California in the late 1940's at our house for awhile and then rented a home in El Monte I believe. Louis raised his younger sisters after their mother died. His brother Verne lived somewhere in California with a wife Lydia. Don't know anything else about him though. I agree that the Altmeyer family is very diffucult to find. I cannot connect them to the Ohio Co. W.V. or Pa. Altmeyer families yet. I believe that Nicholas could be connected to the Altmeyer Funeral Home family. He was born in W.V. not Ohio. But the county in W.V. was Ohio County. There are some of the Altmeyer's who were butchers from Germany in the W.V. bunch and Nicholas was a butcher in Mo. I believe that Martha's father was a butcher also. Did the 1900 Ok. census say what occupation that Louis was in?
I want to sincerely thank you for all of your work on my behalf. You truly are an Angel. Mary
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